The Pups Turn Six Weeks
The pups turned six weeks old and turned into trouble for the photographer. The problem is that motion thing. When they were younger they sort of laid around and looked cute. They didn't even blink when the flash went off. Well, those days are over. This is how the puppies look to an inexperienced and undertalented photographer:
So don't expect much in the way of focus or picture composition - things just happen too fast!
Anyhow, back to the Six Week Visit. Marian was expecting lots of visitors, including Jennifer from Seattle, so we waited until all the people had arrived before going to see the pups. Wayne and I got to spend the time with Sava, the sire of Flare's pups. We had met Sava before, but hadn't had a chance to get to know him. What a nice, playful and handsome gent! As other people gathered, Sava entertained them as well.
When all of us were assembled, we moved out to the kennel (aka Stalag 17). The pups were ready to bust out, with or without Marian's help; when she opened the door, the wave was released. They all bolted around the corner and then skidded to a stop to check out the new objects in their environment.
After they got over the sheer excitement of being let out, AGAIN, they started spreading over the yard. With all the pups around, it was obviously necessary to walk carefully. What I didn't realize is that you also had to stand carefully, so they wouldn't run into you, and sit carefully so you didn't go for your wallet and crush three pups. These guys even ran into trees, for which they have no one to blame but themselves.
The old saying about kids and dogs must be true; Bo seemed like a pretty sure puppy magnet all morning long.
Stephanie was also a pretty good draw for them. Notice the picture of Miss Pink alone in her lap. This is how the Pink Lady wanted it; if another pup came to a lap she already occupied, she left. In the third picture, you can see the look of outrage on her face as the pup approaches her Throne from the left.
The story about Miss Pink was consistent and true (you can see photos of her motoring to her next lap a couple of picture rows below), until she got to Jennifer. For some reason she was able to share when the object being shared was Jennifer's lap. Marie was also a much anticipated destination on the Puppy Yard Tour.
Wayne was sucked in by all the pups, of course, and I was just overwhelmed. Much safer behind the camera, all in all.
I ended up with a lot of pictures of the pups, just being pups. Mr. Green seems to have caught my eye quite a lot. He was really adventurous, always out exploring the edges.
Mr. Blue was Johnny-on-the-Spot so to speak. As soon as they pups were out, he was on top of his business. This is kind of neat to notice; the pups are starting to be unwilling to mess up their den. After he got done with business, he started raising some high class hell with Marie's riding boots. Good thing she wore safe foot wear, although I'm not sure this was the danger The Pony Club had in mind.
I'm not exactly sure what pup the next few pictures are of. Four of the collar colors are pink, bright pink, berry and maroon. Depending on the light, they all looked like each other to me. That's okay, the pups wearing them are all really cute. Also, I think that all the girls are in this group, although maroon is a male, I think. Anyhow. Notice Miss Pink marching purposefully toward her next lap - what a little princess that one is! Mr. Maroon was the first one I saw interested in playing with the stick, and Miss Berry won the tug of war.
The rest of the pictures I kept in because . . . I couldn't throw them away? If we end up with one of the pups in these pictures, it will be excellent to have the photos. If not, well, someone will get these pups and they're awfully cute. Now that I think about it, there's a bunch of things to notice. I particularly like the two photo sequence where the three pups stumble over Jennifer's shoe before successfully organizing themselves to go Somewhere. I also like Mr. Maroon and his friend giving us a nice view, first fore and then aft. And it looks like Miss Berry has an early start on a point. And those might be ankle-breaker holes to you but they're The Great Gopher Canyons to these guys.
All in all, another great puppy day. It seems like it's taking forever for these mutts to get old enough to come home, but it's amazing how much they grow between visits.