I haven’t been doing much in the way of crafts and such. Gardening pretty much dominated my time the past few months and now that Shelibean has joined our family, life is quite busy with tending to and training him.
Shelibean weighed in at a healthy 23 ounces when we took him for his shots last Saturday. He’s grown alot in physical size too. I’m so thankful that he’s not super tiny anymore. Oh he’s tiny, but he’s not wee-tiny. lolWhen Shelibean first came here, he reacted excitedly and positively to an afghan that my MIL had made for us many decades ago. Then I discovered that he loves anything crocheted or knitted. He really likes the gold afghan I made awhile back too, so I gave him that for his play-yard.By the way, this play-yard is a marvelous invention and well worth the money. Sheli plays wonderfully in it with all his new toys.
I made up a crochet pattern that was similar to our MIL afghan, but mine has larger solid groups of double crochets. I call my new afghan pattern the ‘Nine Eight’. I made Sheli a small gray afghan and he loved it, so I bought some more yarn and made him 2 more.
Sheli’s bed in his crate is fabric. He only plays or naps on afghans when we humans are around. He chews on alot of toys, but not his afghans. He hasn’t chewed up anything because his teeth aren’t very sharp. We figure that will change with time… meanwhile we watch him like a hawk to make sure he’s happy and safe too.
Do you recognize the crate? It’s my mini greenhouse turned back into a kennel. We’ve used it for so many things. I think every one needs a dog cage even if they never have a dog, there’s so many uses for it.
Sheli doesn’t like to sit on the bare floor when he’s eating. He’ll grab a piece of food and run to the livingroom or bedroom carpet and sit down to eat it. I tried resolving this issue by putting various fabrics and/or towels by his food, but he wasn’t happy with any of them. I dug out a spare bathroom rug stored in the closet and placed it by his bowl. Well, he seems pleased as peaches with it, but every now and then he still totes food to the livingroom or bedroom carpet to eat. He’s a funny little fellow with his odd quirks. Sheli eats Puppy chow. We cut the kibbles in half to make it small enough for him. I also make sure our Little Prince drinks only bottled water. He’s likes it quite well. BabyCat isn’t fond of it, she prefers the water in the bowl we keep on the porch for her fresh out of the faucet.
Also, I’m happy to tell you that Sheli is doing quite well with his potty-pad training. He took to it faster than we thought he would because the day we went to get him, I asked the Lady if he was familiar with potty-pads and she told me ‘no that he’s only 7 weeks old’.
Anyway, we started him that very evening with potty-pads. We haven’t regretted it either. Hopefully within the next few months, he’ll be fully potty-pad trained.
When the vet thinks Sheli’s ready, we plan on having him neutered. According to our vet, if we can keep Sheli away from where other dogs have marked then there’s a good chance he shouldn’t start lifting his leg. Hopefully he won’t start lifting his leg and we’ll be able to continue using the potty-pads without having to buy an indoor tinkle-pole.
I got out our puppy staircase that we bought our last dog. She never used it. She was afraid of it for some odd reason. Sheli isn’t afraid of them, he can hop up these stairs in nothing flat. lol He’s such a cutie. (In the photo,Sheli’s sleeping next to the couch on my old crocheted shawl)
My husband says I’m spoiling Shelibean, but I don’t think so. I’m just trying to make the little fellow happy and feel secure as an important member of our family.