PODENGOS DA FLORESTA
"Podengos of the Forest"
JOURNAL of the "F" LITTER:
Sarissa and Figurão (Big Shot) da Floresta - the "F" Litter puppy dog - 24 hours old
Born the day after Labor Day - September 2, 2008
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when possible. Everyone in our family shares this exciting time and helps to socialize
these little "guys" and "gals" so that they are ready to go into new homes when the
right person or family is found.
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September 3, 2008: Day1
(the next morning)
< Which one to choose?
A full stomach, a warm
< Sweet little newborn face
September 5, 2008: Day 3
< Relaxed and thriving
(the umbilical cord has fallen
off and scabbed over nicely)
"Little Puppy" is crawling
At this point in time, the
puppy cannot see or hear
anything. He can smell
and he can feel and is
frequently climbing around
looking for comfortable
spots in the "nest" of
towels that Sarissa has
shaped unless he is sleep-
ing or nursing.
(His nose is starting to darken up.)
Weight on Day 3 is 11.6 oz.
September 7, 2008: Day 5
Weight on Day 5 is 14.0 oz.
Sept. 9, 2008: Day 7
little puppy is grow-
Puppy's nose, ears, and lip are starting to
darken up with black coloring.
Weight at 7 days is 18 oz.
September 9, 2008: Day 8
First nail trimming - SO important so
September 11, 2008: Day 9
The puppy's head is beginning to develop
The puppy spends all of his time
at this point sleeping or nursing.
Momma Sarissa is still stimulating
him to urinate and defecate by
licking him. He is clean, warm,
and happy in his own little world.
Today I smelled "puppy breath"
September 12, 2008: Day 10
Tonight all 4 grandchildren came over to visit the
puppy. Below see some great socialization for
for "Puppy" and for grandchildren. Kids need to
learn early on how to handle puppies safely
respect. Supervised handling at this
September 16, 2008: Day 14
We finally have a name for the puppy:
Figurão da Floresta (Big Shot of the Forest)
We will call him "Figgy" (pronounced Feegie)
The pictures below show that Figgy's eyes are starting to open today.
Puppy's eyes frequently start to first open in the corner closest to the nose.
You can see his right eye (left as you look at him) actually shows the brown color.
Weight at 2 weeks of age is 25.5 oz.
If you look closely,
NOTES FROM JOURNAL:
September 17, 2008: Day 15
* So far I have had Figgy on 7 different types of textures:
His right eye is open and he attempted to "mouth" a fold of the
* PM: "Looking" at things and wobbling around the whelping box.
* 8 AM: Figgy's trying to walk
around the whelping box now that both eyes are
* 7:45 PM:
Figgy's wobbling/walking all around the whelping box now.
September 20, 2008: Day 18
* Figgy looking
out of whelping box - responds some to my voice when I call his
Whelping box out of x-pen and children's plastic pool in its place.
September 22, 2008: Day 20
* Figgy is now whining when Sarissa leaves the "pool".
* When out of the x-pen and on the carpet, he wags his tail and
September 23, 2009: Day 21
Out on the carpet, Figgy is walking around
exploring all sorts of things around the bedroom.
He is wagging his tail and showing lots of animation. He even gave a small growl.
He is trying to play with Sarissa by attempting to bite the hair under her neck and pulling.
Hi, World !
I'm Figgy and I'm 3 weeks old today !
today I weigh 34 ounces
|â Hey ! What's under here?||Hi, Ma! This is fun! â|
|á It's hard getting through these big things !||What kind of trouble can I find now? á|
September 24, 2008: Day 22
|Two "sweeties" playing together.||A wiggly, little puppy isn't always easy to hold!|
|He's got the rabbit!!!||WHOOPS! The rabbit got him!!!|
September 27, 2008: Day 25
* Figgy is starting to cry to get
out of the "pool" now and be free outside of the x-pen on the
* Today we started him on some wet gruel. He licked it, but really didn't like it that much.
* Toenails clipped today for the 3rd time in his life.
* I put
the stuffed rabbit in his pool for him to play with. He wants to
play with it when we make it
September 29, 2008: Day 27
Guess who learned to do what today?
September 30, 2008: Day 28
Figgy is running around outside of the x-pen
standing up well on all 4 legs.
He is extremely curious and checks out all sorts of spaces and places in the room.
He is still nursing a lot, preferring that to wet gruel.
weight at 4 weeks is 39.5 ounces
October 1, 2008: Day 29
Figgy's upper canine teeth ("fangs") have erupted.
October 3, 2008: Day 31
Figgy's 2 lower canine teeth have erupted as well as several of his upper incisors.
He seems to prefer wet puppy kibble to eating wet, sloppy gruel despite not having many teeth yet.
Sarissa continues to nurse him well.
|I got a secret.......!||What's that, Momma?|
"4 weeks & 3 days old"
October 4, 2008: Day 32
Figgy crying a lot to get out of the x-pen and be free in the bedroom
with Sarissa who is able to go in and out over a barrier in front of the x-pen
gate. She is out more than in with him. He is taken out and played with
many times a day for socialization.
Figgy's x-pen was moved
into the living room today and he met all of
9, 2008: Day 37
Today is Figgy's first day outside on the grass. He was quite cautious and preferred to stay
on my legs if possible. I walked around and he followed very closely. He did enjoy sticking his
nose deep into the grass and smelling all the great scents down there.
WOW ! This stuff feels funny.
Run, Figgy, run !!!
|Big leaves, small puppy.......!|
|Safe on Momma's boot !|
This afternoon Sarissa decided that she was
weaning him completely and wouldn't let him near her.
We've been feeding him gruel for awhile, but he's been enjoying nursing more than eating the "big guy's"
type of food. No more.
We've been letting the big dogs come around him while he is out of the x-pen, but staying very close to "supervise".
October 11, 2008:
Figgy's been taken outside each day for at least a half hour to get used to all there is to see, hear, and
smell on the lawns and around the property. He's still too small to take into the woods yet, but soon.
In the meantime, look at this !!!
Figgy's been going all over the place and loving it.
One of the places we visited is Racio and Caro's
Why not try the tunnel? And so we did.....he loved it !
Now we make it part of our outside fun.
We're also "busy" socializing in the house
with the big dogs.
He still gets lost in the crowd, and we still stay very close by.
|Poppa holding Figgy - Racio, Ilda, Habib look on.||Checking Figgy out - Racio, Ilda, Tintol.|
| Surrounded by the "big" guys -
(front to back)
Habib,Tintol, Ilda, Carochinha, Racio.
|Taking in some sun rays.|
October 14, 2008: Day 42 - 6 weeks old
taking Figgy outside for about 30 minutes a day and introducing him to
all sorts of
"footing" to walk on: grass; forest floor with sticks, pine needles, leaves, brush; sandy texture of
the Agility table and smooth nylon feel of the tunnel; in the garden with the landscape cloth "fuzz".
He approaches it all cautiously, gives it a few "tries", and appears to have no problem with walking
on any of the surfaces after that. Very happy attitude and a wagging tail characterize this little guy.
|Hi, Mom !||I love being outside|
|Can I get up here......?||Oh, yeah !|
|What's in here ?||Where's that squirrel ?|
|Wading through the autumn leaves||My human folks think I'm quite handsome !|
October 15, 2008: Day 43
Took Figgy for a walk around the
yard in the deep leaves, through the veggie
October 16, 2008: Day 44
Rained all day !!!
Could only play in the house for short periods with the
October 19, 2008: Day 47
Figgy is now being taken outside after each meal and before being
allowed outside of the
x-pen into the rest of the living room with the other Podengos. In other words, "potty" training has
what I'm big enough to
carry now !
|Hey, Guys, look at me !|
|I like playing with big, old knotted socks, too !|
October 21, 2008: Day 49 (7 weeks)
Figgy has started to cuddle up with "Bunny" in his nest box.
|Figgy enjoys playing with Nate and Nicky on the living room floor.|
October 23, 2008: Day 51
up and over the agility A-Frame today. It was lowered to
* Today he had a snap collar put on for the first time.
It didn't seem to bother him
October 24, 2008: Day 52
*First day Figgy has walked to the "first boundary" and back
again through the
*He walked up a 6 foot long plank (7 inches wide) set on the
*He had the collar on for about 20 minutes and scratched at it frequently.
*He was introduced to the "soft crate" today in preparation
October 26, 2008: Day 54
Today was special as it
was Figgy's first time in the forest with the adult Podengos.
We started out with him in a tote bag so that he could rest when he got tired. However, he
"wanted out" of the bag from the start. Still, when the puddles were extremely deep and wide,
we felt it better to pick him up and carry him a for a short distance.
Below is a little slideshow of his walk. The total distance is about a mile for humans
and anywhere from 3 miles or more for Podengos since they are constantly casting about
looking for interesting scents and the critters that go with them.
FIGGY'S FIRST LONG WALK IN THE FOREST:
|In the bag for a walk....||.....not for long !||walking with Poppa|
|Oooooh, wet toes !||Poppa has HUGE feet !||The "big" guys are looking for mice.|
|Can I find something in here ?||I'm that little guy by Poppa's leg.||Wow! I match the leaves !|
|Hey ! What have you guys got ?||walkin' along checkin' things out||a little puppy in the big woods|
|My mom & Racio dig for a critter.||Rac is getting in over his head.||Can I help ?|
|Hey ! Where did the critter go ?||I'm not afraid of big puddles now.||Back home.......|
|......and to sleep with "bunny".|
October 27, 2008: Day 55
*Figgy continues on with his soft crate training -
October 28, 2008: Day 56 - 8 weeks old
*For the last three mornings, Fig has held his "poops"
*I have been taking him out right after every meal and just
before I go
*Figgy went in for his first
distemper-complex vaccination and his first
|Playing really hard with Auntie Dinha||"Stay away from Bun-bun !"|
October 30, 2008: Day 58 - 8 weeks + 2 days
weight: 4 pounds, 2 ounces - 66 ounces
*Lately, Figgy has been
playing with "Bunny" and carrying him all over the
| Nate and
a happy afternoon at
Gramma and Grampa's
|"Practicing" going in
the soft crate.
Is that "Bunny" in the
November 5, 2008: Day 64
Today Nate walked Figgy on the 6 foot lead under Gramma's supervision and helped teach him to "sit".
weight: 4 pounds, 8 ounces - 72 ounces
Figgy burrowing under
November 6, 2008: Day 65
**BOTH EARS ARE
UP AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING !!!**
We've been playing with the agility equipment in a very easygoing way.
Figgy now runs through a 17 foot tunnel with two 90° turns;
he runs up a 6 foot - 7 inch wide - plank onto the pause table (12" high)
and then down again;
he runs up the teeter and rides it down - with me lowering it gently-and runs off;
and we are playing with 3 short weave poles just to get him used to going between them.
He's also running with the big Podengos during our woods walks without having to be carried
at all. And he's starting to cast out looking for critters in a more serious way.
He's becoming quite independent.
Inside the house, he is
running free with the adult Podengos frequently and playing
hard with many of them for short periods of time. We do not encourage rough play in
the house, but we do allow a little of it in the name of single puppy "socialization".
Auntie Dinha is lots of
fun cause she's not too big and not too small; she's just right for
a playmate !
2008: 72 days
weight: 5 pounds, 2 ounces - 82 ounces at 10 weeks, 2 days
November 16, 2008: 75 days
We had hoped to get some
"formal" show poses with Fig !!!
This is as close as it came.
2008: Day 78
Racio and Figgy play hard with the Fluggle
November 22, 2008: Day 81
Figgy and the adult Podengos have adjusted well enough with playing
together that he can stay with them for much longer periods
of time with us watching less closely.
"Potty" training continues and he has had very few mistakes in the house .
He's got the idea of heading toward a door most of the time.
Playing with Ilda.
"I like to 'bug' the heck out of her ," says Fig, "but she does keep me in line !"
Hey ! I'm big enough to carry this rabbit
around the house now.
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