Sunday, 27 January 2008

Puppysitting

I've been puppysitting 5 month old Tessa while YoungerSon and The Bride enjoyed a skiing weekend.

I didn't know a puppy required so much equipment. The list included:
1. Padded Bed (for snoozing in the kitchen during the day)
2. Blanket for the Bed
3. Cage (for sleeping in the hall during the night)
4. One blanket inside the cage and another one to cover the cage
5. Folding puppy gates
6. Juicy beef knuckle bone for a special treat
7. Packet of lamb flavour doggy biscuits
8. Tupperware container of special Puppy dog food
9. Collar and leash
10. Generous handful of chew stix
11. Rawhide bone (she didn't like this much)
12. Tennis ball
13. Squeaky toy
14. Food dish and water dish
15. Bitter apple spray (to discourage chewing on the furniture)
16. Carpet cleaner spray (in case of accidents)
17. Puppy handling guide book

WOW. Worse than having a rambunctious toddler come to stay. But we had a great time. Lots of long energetic walks in the forest.

She ate all my plastic flower pots. The back yard closely resembles a Bill and Ben battle ground.

But she's so cute, how can anyone resist her???

34 comments:

Kerri said...

Oh My....she is SOOOOO Adorable!
That last shot should be framed! I bet "mom and dad" loved that one!!

PS. Sorry about the flower pots!

tut-tut said...

Well, she looks lovely; a Goldendoodle??

Annie said...

My, she does have a lot of personal belongings. But then, she's a princess.

imac said...

cute or what.Such a fantastic post.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...I LOVE that picture of her with all that snow on her face...She sure is one cute diggie!
I bet you are tired! But in a happy way!

dabrah said...

She is adorable. What breed is she? I have the occasional puppy/dogsitting weekend, and one thing I've found very useful is to have babies' disposable nappies(diapers) handy. They don't need to be an expensive brand, just the cheap supermarkets own brand is fine. It's great for mopping up any accidents; put the absorbant side down on the carpet and stand on it, it shlurps it all up. (Works for wine spills too)

rosemary said...

Ok she is one cute puppy...they keep you young you know...just like grandchildren....you'll see. We have the crate, blankets, toys everywhere, special food.....I understand.

other mom-in-law Patti said...

Hi Fen...looks like you enjoyed your weekend with Tessa. Thanks for helping...we had a great time skiing and relaxing. Also wanted to say thanks for the christmas gifts...very thoughtful of you. Hope to see you soon when the new baby arrives.

Ming the Merciless said...

A lot of work but she is soooooo cute. Look at that face! How can anyone not love that face?!?!?!

Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

It's so cute!!!!

CanadianSwiss said...

LOL! With a face like that, she's gonna be a winner... of hearts. Adorable shots!

madretz said...

she is adorable! i want one exactly like her. is she a poodle? beautiful puppy she is!

how did you get those cute little underlined extra comments? very clever of you!

Fizzy said...

OH she is beautiful. I bet she had kept you VERY busy

Peter said...

What a lovely snowy face! ... and she slept in her "bed" or in yours?

Martina said...

Awwww....surely she must be forgiven any transgressions!

Libbys Blog said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww! want one!

Now!!!!

Ackworth Born said...

and with all that just when would you get time to read the manual?!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. Tessa is a Golden Doodle, her father is a standard poodle and her mother is a cross between a standard poodle and a golden retriever.She has boundless energy, and when we go walking in the forest, I'm the only one to do any actual walking, she covers far more ground than I do!
Peter: she loves her cage, it's nice and warm and dark, she goes in it every night of her own accord, she has never slept on a human bed!

Changes in the wind said...

Nothing warms the heart like pictures of a dog and that last one is a killer:)

Chris said...

Aw, she is adorable! We have a seven week old puppy who needs a lot of stuff and attention but is also a lot of fun.

photowannabe said...

Hi, I had to smile as I read your list. I just posted about my weekend of puppy sitting with a Labradoodle that's 12 weeks old. She was fun but my goodness it's like having a baby in the house again.
Great shots, especially the last one with the snowy face. You have to frame that one.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh my gosh she is adorable reminds of when the kid was young having to pack all there stuff together to go to grandmas house.

Peter said...

Thanks for the answer: Seems to be the perfect dog!

Becky Scarrott said...

She's Byootiful! Ah, yep, I WANT ONE! But you've given me a good cautionary tale there about all the equipment required to care and give a loving home to her. First job, THEN puppy! OK...I'm jealous of the snow though....

Mr. Mapper said...

The goldendoodle and our new Labradoodle look like they are related!

m.e. said...

wotta cute lil mutt!! i am so relieved....it's safe to come back after the photos of the HAGGIS!!!

still snowy up there, eh? i took some photos of the crocuses sprouting out front of school tonight.

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d. chedwick bryant said...

it is much simpler being a cat. she reminds me of my Alf doll though, very sweet looking.

TorAa said...

You asked so many questions, and you are right - puupys need care - both dogs and cats - and you managed very well - even fantastic photos.

Thanks for sharing

lettuce said...

aaah this post has me smiling all over imagining that boundless energy for life.

she is just gorgeous

Joanna said...

He is so lovely and wow what a lot of things he needs. Lucky you having snow, we like sunshine but snow would be very good rather than all the wet cold rain.

dot said...

What a beautiful dog! Bet she is spoiled!

willie said...

She is adorable and would love to go for a walk with her. She looks like lots of fun and no doubt work. Loved the photograph with snow on her face.

Peggy said...

Did she make you think of Wendy? I bet you're thinking that another dog might not be such a bad idea.

isabella said...

LOL! I remember those early days when we travelled with our Old English Sheepdog - bringing 1 bag for both of us and 2 for the dog ;-)
She's a hoot!