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14 weeks and Growing!

I've been asked to give another update about our puppy: Ziva the Australian Blue Heeler. She is growing fast. In the roughly 6 weeks since we welcomed her home, she has about doubled her weight and added significant height & length.

imageA growing little girl

Now in her 14th week she is an active young girl who wants to play, likes to run and likes to try to play with her housemates - however, the 4 kitties are still a bit wary of her, but they are beginning to warm up to her. Ollie the oldest and Ziva actually were sleeping on a rug together. But don't let that fool you - Ziva still gets a taste of his paw occasionally when she is just "annoying".

imageA calm moment - all innocent like!

Ziva was gifted with a puppy shower - by John's co-workers, who provided Ziva with a fine selection of play things and even a floor mattress. One - a squeaky "dachshund", which we named: Datzyuk has become one of her favorites to carry around and sleep with. Note: we named it after the Red Wings hockey player - Ziva "short" is Z - short for Zetterberg... are you getting the pattern yet.

imageJust one of her many toys - Squeaky Ball!
She even does a "handshake"... sometimes.

To show how big she is - the following two pictures can be compared to the earlier pictures of Ziva on our laps.

imageMuch more of a "lapful" now.

imageWhat a Face. The little puppy that curled up and slept at about 4-5 weeks is no more.

Ziva is just starting to run off-leash in a private area nearby. We play frisbee with her - well we try to anyway, but she hasn't got the "release/drop" part down yet - so a bit of tugging and then ignoring gets the frisbee back. She barrels off after it, then trots back with it in her mouth. Occasionally, she trips and goes end-over-end --- which of course we laugh about. Ziva just gets back up and adjusts and starts trotting again.

Still a lot of fun! Next update will be later in the spring.

Ziva Update...

Ziva has been with us for about 3 weeks now and she will be 11 weeks old this Tuesday.

imageFirst Bath

imageOf course, a bit of toweling off was required

She has been learning very quickly - yet she still has periods where she "thinks" she is the alpha, around the house. Unfortunately for Ziva, she usually finds that the 4 inside kitties give her an adjustment... just to re-assert who was here first.

House training has been going well and has increased over the last couple of days when Shari embraced a technique she learned from my brother. Shari hung a bell on the back door and showed Ziva - twice - to ring it, to go do her duty. Much to the surprise of all - she did just that later in the day and did indeed "complete the transaction".

imageWalk-a-bouts

Ziva hasn't been fully broken of wanting to bite/nip at our hands - but she knows we are not happy with that activity and it has decreased significantly. She also has crated herself when she is tired - whoo hoo!

All in all - Ziva is showing us the smarts of the breed. Learning very quickly. Mostly having fun doing it. But... she is still a puppy and growing by the minute.