Cami, the Wonder Puppy
As if nine permanent residents weren’t enough here at The Foster Pack household, we’ve adopted another.
(The above photo is Cami, on her first day as a foster puppy of ours, at 8 weeks old. Look how much those ears have grown in just a month!)
Camille (Cami), formerly Bell was one of our last litter of foster puppies. The runt of the litter, she weighs in at a mere 3.5lbs at 12 weeks of age. Her mother was a Dachshund mix, and well, we think she got around some. As every puppy in the litter looked totally different. Two with long hair, two with short, and the only little boy with a “broken” coat, long and short fur.
We realized we had fallen in love with her and couldn’t let her go. It’s possible that she has some congenital abnormalities, her tail is unlike most dogs. And she’s less than half the size of her siblings. But other than that, she seems like perfectly healthy. She does like to sleep more than the rest of her litter did, but then she’s a lot smaller too.
She actually gets Sister to go out and run around the yard with her, which is a wonder. As it’s really hard to get Sister to go outside if she’s not leaving the property. That’s why she’s a Wonder Puppy!
Cami is already starting to make friends in the house. Her new favorite thing to do, besides chase Sister around the yard, is to chase Kirby, our little Pomeranian foster dog, around the house. She likes to grab his tail, and he loves puppies much more than the rest of the older dogs. He had made friends with our first litter of foster puppies this year, the Golden Retriever mixes. Especially Trouble. So now he’s making friends with our little Cami girl.
Her first morning with us, she didn’t want to get out of her snuggly nighttime bed. She currently has playpens in each section of the house, until she’s ready to be let loose. Once the rest of the dogs are used to her, outside of her litter, and once she’s potty trained. She’s so little she fits under the furniture, and we don’t want accidents under there. Or her getting stuck.
If all goes well, Cami is going to be trained to be a therapy dog, once she’s mastered her basic obedience training.
New Puppies are the Best
So be prepared for lots of puppy posts over the next few months, as we watch our new little girl grow up. And experience all of the firsts of puppyhood. And as we remember how to train a single puppy, we’re used to working with whole litters, and only until about 12 weeks of age.
Most of the permanent residents here didn’t come to us as puppies. Only Jackyl, and Woobie, who it’s been almost a decade since they were babies, and Monkey, who was injured and on medical rest for most of the first year of her life.