Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Morning Antics

Ellie and Gretel keep me busy in the morning. I change their water, fill up their food dishes, clean up their toys and bedding.  But the most fun thing I do with them in the morning is play!  Playplayplay. They have endless energy, and they play nicely together.  I'm so happy they're friends.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Ellie and Gretel Show

Gretel knows how to get what she wants.  She jumps on Ellie's bed, and then her own. She doesn't like to give up her space -- and she pushes Ellie's buttons, just to see what will happen.  You can see what I mean in this clip.  The end is entirely worth waiting for -- one and a half minutes.

(I like how Ellie pauses to look at me for minute, before deciding what she'll do.)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Riley in his New Home

Riley is Gretel's brother who lives in San Mateo.  They arrived together from Taiwan about three weeks ago. They are due for their last vaccinations at the end of April, and we hope to get our families together for a play date after that. Riley is warming up to his new family and surroundings very well, and he's really cute!

Some of his expressions are just like Gretel's -- there's definitely a family resemblance. Riley is mainly black with a white patch on his chest and white socks, similar to Gretel's socks. They both have black and pink spots on the pads of their paws.

Both our vet and Riley's vet believe that Gretel and Riley are a bit younger than originally thought by the rescue group.  They both have all of their baby teeth, and look younger than 16 weeks.  We are estimating age this week of about 13 weeks.  (Since we don't know their exact birthdate, we've chosen January 7 for Gretel.)

Here are some photos of Riley during his first week in his new home.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Pup in Town

Gretel is the new addition to our family.  She arrived from Taiwan three weeks ago, along with her brother Hansel (now Riley), both Formosan Mountain Dogs/Shepherds -- although it's hard to be certain of their breed. Some people have mentioned they see some Basenji in her.  Who knows?

Ellie met Gretel at the foster's home in Danville. At first Gretel was shy and hid behind bushes and trees to stay out of Ellie's path. Soon, they were meeting nose-to-nose and finding that they were meant to be pals. 

Gretel and her brother Riley were street puppies who got a second chance for a happy life because they were rescued.  Some people have asked why we didn't adopt from a shelter.  It's simple, really.  Gretel, like so many Taiwan dogs, was a foundling. Dogs in Taiwan are left to starve or to be injured. People lay bear traps for them, mutilate and kill them for sport or food. We are happy to have the opportunity to save Gretel from a bleak future. Dogs from the streets of Taiwan need to be saved, and dogs from the streets of San Francisco need to be saved -- take your pick and save one!  It doesn't matter where they are from.  Just do it!

We believe in the Pound Puppy Rescue model. They are very thorough in checking out families who want to adopt. Both of our dogs are PPR dogs.  We adopted Ellie first who came from a shelter in central California, and she has been a wonderful family member from day one.  Our experience the first time around was great, and we trust PPR to examine the pups and represent them well. They also provide training, spaying/neutering, initial shots, and follow-up for all adopting families.  Riley's puppy parents are staying in touch, and we expect Gretel to meet up with her brother for a play date some time in the future.  I would recommend PPR to anyone seeking a reputable, safe and sane puppy adoption.

With that part of her story behind her, Gretel has acclimated quickly to her new surroundings.  We've puppy-proofed the yard as much as possible, and we have two very responsible people checking in on her during the day while we're at work.

It was a little scary for us, wondering if Ellie would pounce on little Gretel, who only weighs eight pounds.  But Gretel has been fearless, jumping on Ellie, licking her, playing ball, and running around the yard, as if they'd always known each other.  Last night, after a particularly fun play session in the living room with Gretel, Ellie walked over to me with her tongue hanging out, breathing heavily, and showed me her biggest happy-dog smile!  I could see that she was glad to have a new friend.

Here are a few photos of our two pups, Ellie (the big one) and Gretel (the little one).

Gretel on Ellie's pad in the backyard

Sharing is good

End of a long day

Gretel and her brother Riley