The Rodeo Ridgebacks

9/26/16 - 7 Weeks Old - Home Home on the Range

Home home on the range
Where the boy puppy and girl puppies play
Where seldom is heard a whimpering word
And the Rodeo’s play all day!
 
Howdy Partners!   Well, it is time for the Rodeo’s to Giddy Up and Go!!  They are really ready to go go go too.  Every day is an adventure that they are rearing to get after.  We still go on our daily walk abouts so they can experience new things and, better yet, get tired!!  Remember a tired puppy is a good puppy!!  They learn a lot on these fun training sessions – follow and come being the most important for you when they get home.  I continue to learn a lot just by watching them experience new things and how they react to them.
 
As part of the process of winding up the Rodeo’s life with me, they had to pony up and hit the trail to their last vet checkup. All weighed between 12.4 lbs (Tiara) – 14.8 lbs (Concho).  They got their first of three puppy vaccinations (ouch!) and then they were microchipped for permanent identification with a really big needle (OUCH)!  All took it like little buck-a-roos which was NOT how they handled getting another toenail trim.  Makes no sense!!  We wound thing up with another yummy de-worming.   The vet fills out our ‘Puppy Checklist’ reviewing every single body part, taking temperature, and noting all important health issues.  You will receive a copy of this checklist to share with your vet on their first visit.  All pups had great hearts and lungs, and Bull had all the required testicles.  We have a Rootin’ Tootin’ good time at the vets -probably better than the pups!
 
Time to Head ‘em Up and Move ‘em Out!!  Get a Wiggle On now little Doggies!
 
Bull - dark red, black mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, RF sock. Lazy and laid back, happy go lucky lap lover
 
Concho – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, white on RF, big burly girl.  Quiet, gentle, easy going, reserved and a watcher
 
Cheyenne – dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, small spot on chest, LF sock.  Playful, bright, active, curious, confident
 
'Lil Filly – very dark red, dark mask, off set cowlicks in ridge, perfect teeth, small spot on chest, high RF sock.  Cuddly, goofy & fun
 
Lasso – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, wishbone spot on chest, least amount of white on feet.  Confident, outgoing go getter with lots of spit and vinegar
 
Chaps – dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, medium white on chest, high socks on front. Funny, goofy, loves attention, people are for kissing
 
Tiara – dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest that connects to the RF.  Very flashy small bambi like female. Tender, gentle, sweet, kind, loves people
 
Cinch – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, big girl LF sock.  Confident, curious, outgoing go getter
 
 

9/15/16 - 5.5 Weeks Old - Back in the Saddle Again

Holy Cow, the puppies are all fired up and have headed for the hills, the rocks, the trees, the grass, the flowers, the berry patches, and the little house on the prairie out back by their grown up relatives.   Grandma June is back in the saddle again riding herd on the Rodeo Ridgebacks while we go on our daily ‘walk abouts’.  It’s like trying to round up rabbits! The greenhorns can’t believe how much adventure is to be found outside the corral they have been holed up in all this time!!  They are experiencing all different kinds of noises – horses, cars, golf carts, lil’uns running, screaming and chasing them, and of course the big barks of their big relatives.  Smells are every where just waiting to be detected and identified.   It is fun to watch them discover, experience, and enjoy a whole new world and note how they react to each new changing adventure.   By hook or by crook, each cowboy/cowgirl is becoming their own unique little selves!
 
Grandma insisted on another annoying toe nail trim and another yummy de-worming with that great banana tasting stuff.   Momma Dayo said the jig was up and she is DONE with feeding the wild bunch.  Fortunately, the Rodeo’s have taken kindly to their 3 times daily ration of puppy gruel and gladly wet their whistles on a mighty fine mix of puppy chow and milk.  By the time they skedaddle to their new homes, they will be down to twice a day and no milk.
 
As if toenails weren’t bad enough, another reason Dayo is a goner is the arrival of TEETH!  Little sharp teeth that they really don’t know how to use, but are sure getting the hang of fast!   Toys were introduced and tortured so that all that teeth sharpening was not being done on their humans or siblings.  All Rodeo’s appear to have perfect little teeth coming in – we will know directly.
 
Here’s what we know fer sur about the local Yokels:
 
Bull - dark red, black mask, spot on chest, RF sock. Lazy and laid back, happy go lucky
 
Concha – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, white on RF.  Quiet, gentle, easy going
 
Cheyenne – dark red, medium mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, small spot on chest, LF sock.  Playful, bright, active
 
'Lil Filly – very dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth small spot on chest, high RF sock.  Cuddly, lap lover
 
Lasso – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, small spot on chest, minimal white on feet.  Confident, outgoing, go getter
 
Chaps – dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, medium white on chest, high socks on front.  Funny, goofy, very playful, people lover
 
Tiara – dark red, dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, RF sock to the chest.  Tender, gentle, sweet
 
Cinch – very dark red, very dark mask, perfect ridge, perfect teeth, big spot on chest, LF sock.  Confident, outgoing, very watchful, observant
 

September 5, 2016 - 4 Weeks Old - Get Along Little Doggey!

Whoa!  Hang on there little doggies!!!  You have turned into DOGS this week!   The Rodeo Ridgies are saddling up and heading for the hills, down in the valleys, or any where other than their boring whelping box!! All fat tummies are up off the blankets and they are circling their corral on a regular basis!!!  Some still have a bit of a hitch in their git alongs, but for the most part they are getting the hang of running, jumping, falling, hopping, and tipping over.  
 
The Rodeo’s have figured out the whole barking, growling and whining thing too.  They still act a bit like they don’t understand where those sounds are coming from, but they sure enjoy hearing themselves!!  They are playing with each other where tails, toes, ears and noses are all fair game and get a fair amount of abuse.  They also like to use their Momma Dayo as a chew toy which does not go over well with her!!
 
To help Dayo out, we have begun feeding them puppy milk with a little bit of puppy chow soaked into it so they start getting the hang of eating on their own.   No greenhorns here, they have taken to eating puppy mush like they had been doing so all their lives!  Dayo appreciates the help keeping them full and repays the favor but cleaning up after them!!  What a mess!
 
Also new this week was the addition of the ‘litter box’ so that the little yokels start learning where they are supposed to go potty.  They pick up using it pretty quickly as they instinctually don’t want to potty where they eat, sleep, or play.
 
Another annoying toenail trim was forced on them, but the tongue lashing baths have eased off a bit - at least while they are trying to sleep.  Momma Dayo skeedaddles and takes a much needed break!
 
Bull  - 6# 6oz - white chest, dark mask, happy wherever he is, ok alone, ok mixing it up with his litter mates, white right sock 
Concha - 6# 12oz - dark mask, dark ears, she is a quiet, confident girl, right white foot
Cheyenne - 6# 4oz - lighter face, this is an active, happy girl, left white foot
'Lil Filly - #5 12 oz - medium mask, this one is definitely a cuddler, loves laps, right white sock
Lasso - 5# 6oz - white on chest and up throat, very strong pup, in charge, smallest amount of white on feet in the bunch
Chaps - 6# 3oz - lighter face - she is the class clown, likes to get things going, "come play with me", right and left front socks
Tiara - 5# 6oz - she was the smallest when born, cute face, loves to love her mom, another cuddler, very observant, right front forearm white
Cinch – 6# 10 oz - dark face, big girl, she is a bit of a bulldozer, another in charge kinda girl, front right foot, front left sock

8/29/16 - 3 Weeks Old - Tumblin' Tumbleweeds