Since having a long list of projects to do wasn't enough to keep my crazy life crazy, we also added a new member to the family. I'd been planning on a puppy now for geez like 5 years and it just never worked out. As I'm not getting any younger I wanted a puppy that wasn't going to be huge and well, needed to kind of "get on it" (planning the 15 years out type deal). This girl came from the breeder of Epic's Dad and well, the Universe kind of tapped me on the noggin and said, if you are going to do it, do it.
Getting her here from TX was no small feat in itself and even though that ended up costing me some critical puppy training time with her, we are working through those hurdles and well, basically most of the pack still hates her although their tolerance levels are getting better as she learns the rules. So, meet Cricket, poodle (most likely Epic size but maybe a bit smaller).
To say she is keeping us busy is an understatement. One forgets (I won't now!) how you don't have a moment to sit as puppies get into everything! LOL She was supposed to start some puppy classes but alas, she has had a rough time with motion sickness so until that subsides, no classes (cramming her with cookies to then drive home). Probably start those next session. She has been swimming and did well and probably won't do anymore water work till next summer when it warms up. She isn't afraid of it but swimming is another deal all together. She has lots of other things to experience in the meantime.
Meanwhile the old man Sterling spent a long day at the vet getting teeth pulled and cleaned. He is 1/2 way done and will have the rest finished in a few months (after my bank account recovers a bit). He's doing great now (actually better than he was before now that bad teeth are gone) but it was a rough week to say the least. If you don't remember he is now 13 1/2. Thanks to our FAB vet Dr. Richardson for taking such good care of him.
Not to be outdone however, Epic at the same time as Sterling was having tooth issues, decided that ripping off one of his dew claws would be interesting as well. Same day as Sterling went in so did he for an xray to assure there was no disease causing the issue since I really couldn't pin point a time when he "ripped it off doing whatever". It looked good and aside from antibiotics and keeping it soaked and clean and wrapped, I think he's on the mend. The nail may never actually come back as it was but since it was a dew claw won't be a problem. Sigh....never a dull moment here!