Feb 26, 2021

Short nights and long days

The pups are doing really well. Having never been outside and loving it has made it easy to potty train them. Sometimes they actually run to the door to go out. Our job is to watch them while they are awake and get them outside as needed. We have had very few accidents. We don’t use wee pads during the day. Of course it is cold here and so they start to shiver very quickly. Colin always takes them out and I greet them at the door with hot towels to warm them.

We had snow Tuesday morning and they loved it. Carlie is trying to eat the snow.

Looking outside at the birds and the doxie statue.

Carlie’s eyes are so expressive.

A bit later in the day. They have enjoyed sitting in the sun in this area. Love Ciela’s foot placement.

We picked the twins up on Tuesday and our first night with them was in Canmore at the hotel. They did really well and only whimpered once about 2AM and settled down on their own. However they did get us up and out of bed about 4:30AM and that was when our day started Wednesday morning. Yesterday morning, Thursday, they slept about 3 hours and then started to cry extremely loudly, It was worse than any operatic soprano singing off key at full volume – times two 😯 Colin peed them and we resettled them into their crate. About 15 – 20 minute later they were screeching/screaming, so loud that it hurt our ears. Colin held them and calmed them but as soon as he left them in the crate it started all over again.  It was so loud that I thought a neighbour might call security. Finally we gave up and were up about 4:30AM. I fed them at 5AM and they were rather hungry. During the day they are great.  Generally they are up for an hour and then nap for 1 -2 hours. Sometimes they get up for 10 minutes and then go back to sleep. Other times they play hard for up to 90 minutes. Wrestling is their favourite pastime. I think that is because  they are sisters.




They did rest more during the day yesterday, maybe because they wore themselves out. We are getting to know which is which a bit more. Colin still says”she did it” and I go which one? They are starting to notice things outside the windows. Having our windows ceiling to floor makes it fun for them. Ciela barked at the doxie statue sitting on the back steps. One drinks a lot of water and the other holds her poop for a long time so we are always watching her just in case. They love their playpen and use it for playing with toys and wrestling. Other areas are used for different things, they are creating their own play routines so by observing them we know what signs to watch for. Today they learned to come when called to eat. For the first Ciela came into the kitchen and asked for food. She ate 3/4 of her meal while Carlie ate only 1/4. Next meal one will eat more than the other.  They always leave kibble in their bowls. It didn’t take them long to figure out that sitting under the fireplace was the best place to be.

I discovered that Ciela has wrinkles on her forehead. A good way to tell them apart.

We have come to love them both so very very much.

Sometimes they play separately in different areas and in the past day have actually slept separately, one in a dog bed under the fireplace and the other in the crate. I’m glad to see them being somewhat independent. Today Colin took them out separately which was fine except one time Ciela became upset and started crying for her sister. They do tend to know where the other is even if they are not together.

We found out today that their sister who was supposed to be picked up this week now has new parents.  The first couple who have never ever had a dog had a change of heart. However another family who already has a two year old female from our breeder is picking her up Sunday.  So nice that she will have an older sibling to bond with and teach her the ropes.



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6 Responses to “Short nights and long days”

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    They are so tiny! Looks like you will have your hands full!

  2. You guys have it all in control and are pros when it comes to raising dachshunds. The little ones just have to learn your routine and as they get older they can hold their bladders better. They are enjoying the view that is obvious. Our dogs like to lie in the sun too and love watching the birds and everything that goes on outside. Playtime is usually after eating and I bet you love watching them wrestle with each other.

  3. I can see your hearts have been stolen already. It’s nice learning their little habits.
    Be Safe and Enjoy watching your babies grow.

    It’s about time.

  4. Paul says:

    We are so thrilled for you! The photos and the story are fantastic! Thank you for sharing them. We cant wait to see you and meet the family.
    These angels will bring great joy to you and to everyone that reads your blog.

    Love them.

  5. Karen says:

    Contessa, they are sooo adorable I wait for your posts to have a glimpse at your babies

  6. phyllis Schmitz says:

    Two little angels, how perfect for you.

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