Monday, July 18, 2011

Kipling: 13 weeks.

Photo Credit: Sharon Pica
Kipling - 13 weeks
Kipling had another super successful weekend at the trial. Not a peep out of him in his crate at the motel or at the trial site. Kipling slept in a soft-crate, walked around on a more or less loose leash to potty and socialize. He tugged with a ton of people, went on a couple of excursions with 'strangers', met and played nicely with kids (helped that the kids were awesome little puppy handlers too) - I'm still working out the routine part of having three dogs - which I'm going to be finetuning for a while I think...Kipling is going out first, doing his business and then I'm feeding him in his crate while I take the big boys out for their potties and then their breakfast. I'm not totally happy about feeding Kipling first (he usually eats last at home), but it's significantly more efficient when we're on the road - at least for now. I'm trying not to take all three out for simultaneous potties yet - Kipling can be too into everything other than his business...mulch is very exciting as are moths, cigarette butts and sticks. Once I add in the BIG dogs and their leashes it's not super productive (or efficient). If I have to I can (like on the way out of the trial on Sunday) and it's on the list of things to work on sooner (than later).
Photo Credit: Sharon Pica
Kipling on the move! And yes, Erica running in flip-flops.

When we travel Kipling is eating Honest Kitchen for breakfast and lunch (SUPER EASY) and whatever meat and veggie mix the boy's are eating for dinner (in the summer that's chicken or turkey). This works out really well acutally because I buy mixes in 1,2 and 5 pound bricks, so it's very easy to travel with 1# and 2# bricks of pre-packaged Oma's Pride raw. - 1# feeds Murphy and Teller a 'trial morning' breakfast on the road (no swimming, no hiking, no off-leash romping plus lots of goodies) and 2# feeds all three for dinner.



Photo Credit: Sharon Pica
During the week I'm feeding about 60-40 at each meal, though I am trying not to mix proteins in the same meal: Thrive and Chicken mix and Embark and Turkey Mix. I'm feeding Kipling about a pound at each meal (1 cup honest kitchen = 1 pound of food; 1 cup Oma's Raw = approx 1 pound as well) - he seems to be growing consistently and slowly at this point, watching his growth very carefully. He weighed in at 20 pounds on July 1st - my guess is that he's about 25 pounds now, but  I do need to weigh him. I carried him around a little bit this weekend and I'm reasonably sure I won't be able to (comfortably) do that much longer.

Kipling has outgrown (or mostly so) the borrowed 24" wire crate that we'd been traveling with, but I think that he's demonstrated that he's trustworthy in a covered NOZ to NOZ crate for now - hoping he stays that way, as it will make my life MUCH easier not to cart around wire crates if at all possible. Especially for the times we get stuck on the 2nd or 3rd floor at a motel.

A couple more pics from Sunday:
Photo Credit: Sharon Pica


Photo Credit: Sharon Pica
Kipling meets Peyton....Kippie says "WOW, Peyton, you are HUGE!"


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