I've had a few people write and ask me for an update of the pups. They are both doing well and quickly finding there own special places in the family and in my heart.
Athena and Demeter are the best of friends. Seeing the two dogs roaming around the back yard looks quite comical considering the size difference. Athena lopes along at a normal St Bernard pace and Demeter scampers along at a very non normal Border Collie pup pace, but has not trouble keeping up. She does seem to need more sleep than Athena though and I wonder whether it's not all because she is so much younger and her faster pace in life has something to do with it.
Athena is very
concerned about the size difference and is very careful not to
hurt Demeter. This has resulted in Demeter taking unfair advantage
and we often have to rescue Athena from the tiny pup. It seems
Athena has very tasty ears and it has to be said, a temptingly large area of them. She is so patient with Demeter. A few days ago I was in the kitchen watching them through the window as they played. Demeter was trying to jump up
to attack Athena's ears as usual. She was getting frustrated with
not being able to reach. While I stood at the window and watched,
Athena lowered her front end, in the classic downward dog yoga pose, to get down to Demeter's level so
the game could continue. It quickly turned into a wrestling match
with Athena lying on her back while the little black and white
ball of energy attacked various parts of her body. At one stage
Demeter attached herself to Athena's ear and Athena couldn't do
anything to dislodge the pup. She tried moving her head from side to side, but Demeter hung on tightly. Athena tried batting the pup off and despite the huge paw brushing at her gently, Demeter continued to hang on tightly. Of course there was lots Athena could
do if she lost her temper or hurt Demeter but Athena never has so
far. I tapped on the kitchen window until Demeter realised she'd
be in trouble if she didn't let go of Athena's ear. I'm pretty
sure she was hurting Athena, because when they got back to their
game Athena wouldn't bend down to Demeter's height again, although she was happy to keep playing as long as her ears were a safe distance from sharp puppy teeth. Still, the little episode didn't damage the friendship at all.
They are a force to be reckoned with in the back yard and are
always extremely excited when I go outside. I spend quite a while
fending off bouncing puppies and leaning St Bernards before I can
move a few feet away from the house. I am always escorted wherever I want to go outside. If I manage to sneak out without them seeing me, there is a mad scramble to get to me as quickly as possible once they notice I'm outside. It's nice to be loved.
continue to steal boots and anything made of plastic including my
gardening clogs. Thankfully they have the three treasure trove spots
in the garden and it's usually a matter of checking these out to
find the missing items. Strangely, Graeme's work boots rate their own, fourth spot in the yard, well hidden among a little bushy area in the corner of the front garden. Boots they don't chew thankfully, just
steal and drool on. I've had one pair of gardening
clogs ruined and the second pair (bought to replace the first)
severely chewed. We try to keep them up out of reach but old
habits on our part die hard. We are used to being able to leave
our shoes on the bottom of the shoe rack and have them remain
there unmolested. This is no longer the case. Plastic on
the other hand is destroyed if we don't rescue it quickly
enough. The kitchen hand broom is the latest casualty. Graeme used it outside on the porch when moving the back door for our kitchen renovations. He turned
around and couldn't find the hand broom anywhere. I found it up near the
chook pen. Suffice to say I've put a new hand broom on the
Athena has taught Demeter the joys of swimming in the dam. It's
usually just a wade out until Athena's tummy gets wet, but that relatively shallow depth is a
full on swim for Demeter to keep up with her much larger best
friend. Most mornings I am greeted by two thoroughly wet and
happy pups. Now remember what I said about how glad they are when
I go outside? Add that exuberance to the muddiness and sogginess
of the pups in the early morning and you can see that mornings are
fraught with problems. Our toilet is in the laundry outside the
back door so there's no avoiding the muddy paws first thing in the
Yesterday Athena and Demeter seemed to spend most of the day in dam. It wasn't a particularly warm day and actually rained from time to time, so what the attraction was I can't tell you. It seemed every time I saw the girls yesterday they were happy and soggy, wanting to share the wetness with me. Demeter went one better than Athena at one stage. It looks like they came out of the dam in a particularly silty area. Athena's huge feet were coated in grey, slimy dam silt. Demeter on the other hand was covered from the tips of her paws to the top of her tummy in the slimy, mucky stuff and she couldn't have been happier. She had the hide to rush up to me, yucky tail wagging furiously, and throw herself down at my feet, exposing the disgustingly filthy tummy and requested a tummy rub. I told her there was no way that was happening despite her hopeful looks and furiously wagging tail. Demeter couldn't believe that her cuteness didn't outweigh the yuckiness, but no amount of cuteness, and there was plenty of that, would have had me touch that tummy!
I'm going to have to try and get some photos to share with you all.
Photo taking is difficult to almost impossible because as soon as they see me they stop
doing whatever it is I want to photograph and come over to bounce
or lean all over me. I don't seem to be able to sneak up on them. They must be constantly on the watch for one of us to come out and play with them. I will persevere though, so stand by for some less than pristine, but extremely happy pup photos in the future.