Blaze's pups just turned five weeks old. They are living in our 'little kitchen,' a 5' by 8' very small room, that truly was the kitchen for this farm house back in the day. For the last several days I have been opening the access in the doggy gate across the front and, one by one, they have taken to the road to explored the kitchen at large.
As long as the biggies, Sara the lab (read 'bull in china shop, times ten') and Sparky, or maybe just Sara, is not present (Sparky has perfect manners when it comes to tiny puppies, or maybe she isnt quite as interested as Sara. This is a very fun for the little fur balls. Today being Mother's Day, in honor of the extremely nice sunny weather we decided to give Blaze a break (not that she needs one, she can come and go with her pups as she likes) we took all seven outside to the doggy play yard.
It was immediately apparent that just being let lose in the yard was too much for their little brains to grasp, so I quickly went about establishing a new den for them to be safe in, return to and to leave from. We have three standing beds and one still has a blue tarp over a bean arch, with the base of an old dog crate in under the arch. The tarp keeps the wind out and keeps it shady, it was my thought that this would be a pleasant place for any of our canines to enjoy, though they all pretty much ignore it. So, in went the seven pups. Much better. They went about climbing in and out of the tray, with sides about 4 inches this required a ramp made from an old sign, and a pillow inside to land on loll around on.
They had a good time, and were joined by our twelve week pup Big Red (Big Red is leaving for Florida next week. Luckily her mother to be enjoys NY in the hottest parts of the year so Big Red will not suffer in the heat of Florida summers. Her name, thankfully, won't be Big Red for much longer, either.) All the pups played, got lost around the back and under the tray, got found, climbed in and out, and a few of them took off into the wild, maybe a dozen feet from the new den. Eventually they went to sleep and were carried back into their regular kitchen home.