Monday, June 11, 2012

Hansel and Gretel

As if our yard project wasn't major enough, Adam felt we needed an extra challenge.  Two extra challenges to be exact.  Meet Hansel and Gretel.  They are not ours...they are foster puppies that we've had for 2 1/2 months now, roughly.  They are about 7 months old now and still in that chewing stage.  Remember those bathroom cabinets I painted and glazed less than a year ago?  Well, both of them have been chewed up, along with the other cabinet (not permanently mounted though) we have in the bathroom and a wall.  However, they have gotten much better about not chewing on those things now that they are allowed out in the fenced yard to run and play.  You can barely see it but they are wearing harnesses in the pic below.  Hansel is in blue, Gretel is in pink.  

They are small dogs.  Hansel is 17 lbs and Gretel is 13 lbs.  They are adult size already...maybe minus a pound or two.  They are both sweet hearts but scaredy cats.  Gretel is more afraid of other dogs while Hansel is more afraid of people (though they are both suddenly and strangely going through this phase where they are very afraid of Adam).  They love to cuddle together and often sleep tangled up together.

There's just one little problem here...they can't be with the other dogs.  Well, they've met them all, on accident one day.  Thankfully my dogs behaved themselves and no one got hurt but I can't trust Jack or Bear with them so they are separated.  Because of this, and because all three exits to the outside are in the main living area, I have no way to get the puppies out without locking the dogs outside, taking the puppies to the basement, letting my dogs back in, then letting the puppies out...and again to bring the puppies in.  I make sure to spend time with both sets every day so it eats up a good chunk of my time when I am actually home.  If I need to work on the yard, I feel guilty because I am with neither sets but it needs attention too, especially right now.

They have wormed their way into our hearts and we are really enjoying them while we have them but they are not ours...they are meant for someone else...I just hope that that someone finds them soon so life can get back to some semblance of normal (if that's possible).  


Heather and Thomas Mann said...

They are lucky to have you two to take care of them! Hope you can find their permanent home soon... so you can relax :)

Anonymous said...

They do look cute! Well, just keep telling yourself that anything worth it takes alot of work.

Your bathroom cabinets...hmm...puppies do love to chew! love,andrea

Anonymous said...

Hi (again) Tiff:o)
Thanks about flickr.
I use it and then erase it...
and then add again..
but it sure is convenient to show people instead of emailing pics!!
Thanks for watching that video.
I bet you are still awfully busy with your yard.
I wish my husband would bulldoze away some of my trees...I should've sneaked and chopped them down myself while they were still small!love,andrea

Tiff :o) said...

I had all 6 out in the yard together yesterday. Bear ignores them (as long as they aren't invading his space...and even then, he just tells them to get lost, he doesn't bite them. Jack barks his head off if they're anywhere within 10 feet of him but he stayed back. Tucker and Jasmine were having fun. So it was fairly successful!

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