Your Daily Cute- Tuesday 7/26, Aria Borzoi Encore x Zen Litter

Yesterday’s Highlights

On Monday we were busy preparing for the big day coming up – the pup’s 3 week birthday!

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Some of the pups got ready by catching a few extra ZZZZZZs.

I have been clipping nails every three days and checking collars every single day to be sure they’re not too tight.  On Monday, Blue outgrew his completely.

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I ended up getting clever and getting him a little extra length by using a 2 inch long scrap of lavender that was just lying around in the box.  

Zen watched me the whole time I bustled… something she’d never done before. She’s gotten real comfortable with me handling the puppies, even if they’re fussing, but she seemed kind of wistful.

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It was as if she was saying “They’re getting bigger, but they’ll always be my babies.” 

Speaking of getting bigger, Red was able to figure out how to use the potty box right away.  She’s the firstborn.  She’s good for a lot of firsts!

Wow. They really ARE growing up.

“They can get as big as they want, but they can’t have my dinner!”

“Oh Zen…it’s ok. They’ll be doing solid food of their own real soon now.  I promise, you don’t have to share.”

“Yay! Solid food! Soon!”

Today’s Daily Cute brought to you by borzoi fanatic and fantasy author C.T. (“Chel”) Griffith.

Windows to the Soul

Most of the puppies have their eyes open now.  Still a few bumbling around in the dark, but most are awake, aware, and taking their first looks at their little piece of a big beautiful world.

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Look at that sweet little face!  

It’s been the most fun day!  I’ve hardly been able to take my eyes off of them. They’ve been noticing and interacting with each other as individuals now, looking up at their dam, looking at me and coming towards me.  All the little hints of personality that I’ve seen are starting to blossom before my very eyes!

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“Pssst! I heard there are these things called secrets. Don’t tell anyone!” 

My goodness, they are adorable.  They’re just too cute for words.   They’re also getting kind of hard to photograph.  I set them down, and they don’t stay put.  Not even for an instant.  They’re off and running, scattered in all directions.  They won’t look at me when I want them to, and they come bumbling towards me when I’m trying to get side shots for identification. Looks like ALL shots are gonna be “candids” until I can get a helper.

I expect the rest of them will open their eyes tomorrow.  They were born on July 5th, and are already a VERY active and mobile bunch.  You can tell their parents are speedsters!  They all escaped the clear Rubbermaid tote I was using to keep them cozy while I was cleaning their pen – they all figured it out within 5 minutes of each other on Sunday, and they weren’t even two weeks old yet.  No one had their eyes open yet, either – it was like they shared a hive mind.  A bigger Rubbermaid has since been secured.

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Haha! “Brace yourself”… see what I did there?  😉 

Better brace yourself… more photos (and possibly bad puns) to come!