Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Monday, November 14, 2005

So we’re going for our afternoon welcome-papa-home walk and Rocky grabs something off the sidewalk. Peter gets it out of his mouth and we see it is a kleenex but it has blood on it and we go “Eew!” and fling it away. Then we go on and on at length about peoples’ disgusting habits of littering, especially where puppies can get the garbage and get sick on it. A minute later, we see Rocky has snarfed up something else and we open his jaws up and his whole tongue is covered in blood! That’s when we realize that he has lost a molar and it was his blood on the kleenex. But we didn’t go back to get it as someone else had tossed it in the first place. We have standards, you know.


At 8:10 p.m., November 14, 2005, Anonymous Olde geezer said...

Julia -
Will the tooth fairy visit Rocky tomorrow morning? Does it need his old tooth in exchange for a present?

I know that when he eventually loses a canine, as opposed to a molar, you will do the right thing and do something special to celebrate. Please let his fans know!

At 12:05 a.m., November 15, 2005, Blogger IndyPindy said...

My mommy didn't know that dogs lost their puppy teeth when she got me. Her parent's dog must have, but her gums never bled and nobody noticed the dog losing puppy teeth. The first time I lost a puppy tooth was during a game of tug of war with a rope toy. My mouth started bleeding and mommy freaked out and thought she had pulled out one of my teeth. She's kind of embarassed about that now. I hope the tooth fairy leaves you a soft chewy treat Rocky!

At 9:01 a.m., November 15, 2005, Blogger JuliaR said...

Indy, Rocky got an ice cube to chew on when he got home. We humans might think that would be horrible but he really liked it. Nobody told us with our first dog that they lose their baby teeth either, so we were surprised when it happened. Your mom shouldn't feel embarrassed at all.

Olde Geezer, I think Rocky has lost at least one canine already! We haven't noticed quite a few of the teeth going and we only had the one molar that we found before it was lost or swallowed and I didn't keep it. I think we should celebrate when the teething is over, don't you?

At 10:31 a.m., November 15, 2005, Anonymous Olde geezer said...

Juliar -
I agree with the idea of a celebration and it should have a special name. Instead of a "coming out party", how about "they're all out party"?

Have you thought about his image of the tooth fairy? Maybe, when he saw that cutout of Santa, he thought it was the tooth fairy and that's when he lost his molar. It's quite possible, doggone it!

At 12:02 p.m., November 15, 2005, Anonymous Norah said...

Instead of a "coming out party" how about a "gumming out party".

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

At 12:37 p.m., November 15, 2005, Blogger JuliaR said...

You guys! (And you know who you are.) You know what two thirds of a pun is, don’t you? That’s right, a “P - U”. Rocky’s adult teeth are already halfway in when he loses a baby tooth, so there won’t be any gumming, that’s for sure. Right now, his adult front teeth still look too big for his mouth so when his lip draws back and you see the teeth, he looks goofy, as in “hyuk, hyuk” Goofy. Well okay, not that bad.


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