Puppy Update

4 weeks ago today, Sadie and I drove down to the Seattle airport to pick up the newest member of our family, Ginger.

While visiting our cabin this summer, our good friend and talented photographer Axel took some beautiful photos of her, and I thought I would share those with you today as well as give you an update on how things have been going! 

So just to review, Ginger is a Pudelpointer which is a German breed that was established back in the 1800’s by crossing a Poodle with several different breeds of pointers. This breed was created to be the ideal hunting companion, which is what sold Steve, who is a duck hunter and has always wanted a sporting dog.

So here’s some things we have learned about Ginger…

1.She loves to chew anything and everything!

I know is typical of most puppies. But given a pile of fancy puppy toys, she still somehow knows what you don’t want her to have and goes for it with great enthusiasm! Like this rope for example…mmmmm

Or the hammocks, now those are great fun!

If you have watched my instagram stories at all, you will know that her favourite toy by far is a plastic plant pot – she chewed it into a flat mangled frisbee type thing, and loves to run around the yard with it. So funny!

2. She LOVES to drink from the hose

This is one of her favourite ways to stay hydrated. She doesn’t seem to mind that her whole head gets soaked in the process…I guess she is a water dog afterall!

3. She REALLY likes Lucy and wants to play with her all.the.time.

Fun fact, Ginger’s mom is also called Lucy! It’s just been in the last week that we have started seeing these two playing together. For the most part lucy just ignored her or told her off when she was trying to play. Then we took them out in a field where they had tons of space and Lucy actually started chasing and wrestling with Ginger. It was a pretty big moment and Ginger was just beside herself with excitement! The best thing about them running and playing together was that it really tired Ginger out like nothing else. Thank you Lucy!

I am sure they are going to be thick as theives in no time and I can’t wait to find them snuggling together one day!

4.Ginger takes a lot of naps…thank goodness!

She is so busy and we have to be on top of her at all times when she is awake, so her naps in her crate are the only way I can get anything done.

Even though I know we shouldn’t do it, a few times we have held her while she sleeps…it’s just too hard to resist, and when she was a few weeks old, it was the only way to get in some good snuggles with her.

Can you even with these two?

This past week she has been having more calm awake moments where she is seeking us out for some snuggle time, and that is just the best!

5. Teaching puppies to walk on a leash is a process!

Ginger is really funny about walks. One minute she is pulling…

and the next she flops down and refuses to move…

I know we will get there…we have registered in puppy kindergarten in the fall and hopefully they will have some helpful tips. Ginger is already so heavy and when she decides to pull me, it feels like a battle! My arms are going to be in good shape in no time, which is a small consolation for the fact that I haven’t been able to make it to a work out class since we got her.

6. She is a #plantlady

This is a weird one, but she absolutely loves plants, bushes and tall grasses…she throws herself into any of the above and has a good roll around. Lately she is obsessed with my hydrangea bush in our back yard and keeps pulling flowers off and then wrestling with them in the yard. I’m not a huge fan of this, but she looks so dang pleased with herself!

7. She is wicked Smaaart (name that movie)

I have to take a proud mom moment and brag about how very clever this little lady is. It’s not really a surprise because she was bread to be a sporting dog, but I can’t believe how many commands she knows already. By her second day with us, Steve had already taught her “sit” and “down” which I thought was pretty amazing.

We practice a bunch of commands with her every day and we use her meals for the training. We make her “earn” her kibble and it really helps that she is very food motivated.

The challenging Parts of Bringing Ginger into our family

It’s not all rainbows and unicorns over here though, and in the interest of keepin it real, we have had some major challenges with this little lady. I know it’s hard to imagine when you look at this sweet little face!