On Sunday we got four little chihuahua mix puppies to foster (they say it will be about two weeks). We were told that we would not get to name the puppies and we were to use the names they were given. However, when we arrived to the designated spot. There were about 15 dogs and nearly as many foster homes. (Some like ours would go as a 4-pack). They said we have three boys and a girl…toss out names. We suggested candy (since it was so close to Halloween). They said no, we’ve done that. We suggested beer. They said no – we’ve done all kinds of beer, wine and alcohol. So someone said cheese? Thus, the puppies are named Swiss (we call her lil’ Miss Swiss), Cheddar, Provolone and Gouda.
After they were named and micro-chipped – it was already about 7:30 p.m. and then we drove them home. The three boys were in the crate – and the girl was in my daughter’s lap. Upon our arrival home, my daughter had called two of her friends that live near and went to get the neighbor. Everyone played with all four puppies. They were super quiet – but cute.
My daughter had her friend stay the night – they put the puppies in the crate and had the crate in her room. I had warned her if they make too much noise to go ahead and take them into the office. For several hours my daughter and her friend dutifully took the puppies out. They used their phone to create a little flashlight and see the puppies in the dark. Up and down until about 1 a.m.
Since that night I’ve gotten to know each of the puppies a little better.
Swiss – She looks the most like a real chihuahua. She know she’s the little sister and thinks she has the right to be held all the time. She is a better climber than the boys and will easily climb onto my lap and curl into the crook of my arm. (She’s the bottom right in the picture above)
Cheddar – He’s the darkest of the boys. He also likes a good cuddle. He will fall asleep in my lap as Swiss takes the arm crook. He’s got these real “puppy eyes” that makes you really want to spoil him. He is also the most verbal of the group. He was the first that I heard to bark or play growl. He likes to protect little sister from her other brothers. (He’s the upper left picture above)
Gouda – He is the lightest of the boys. He doesn’t have much time for cuddles when there is food or a good chewing bone around. He is the first to the food dish and the first to the bone. He is the bully – making everyone else play (even when they don’t really want to). He will nip at the others ears and legs. He was also the first to explore at bit more of the yard. He likes to play and is the most active of the puppies. He doesn’t mind a cuddle when he’s tired – but mostly likes to be on the go when he’s awake. (He’s the bottom left TWO pictures above – sort of fitting that he takes two spaces)
Provolone – He is such an easy go with the flow puppy. He is the least likely to bark, least likely to fight for the bones (there are four bones – but they like to bite off either end of each others). He also likes a good cuddle – but doesn’t mind if brothers and sister are there too…he’s just mush in and find a space.