Spark turned 12 weeks old yesterday! She received her second set of vaccinations on Tuesday and we got the green light to start more serious socialization.
So now Spark has been busy experiencing the world outside her home. We have visited the Shawnessy C-Train station, and we have stood outside both Micheals and Superstore. We hung out and watched all the people walking, running, chatting, pushing carts and going about their daily activities. We watched cars and trucks race past us, and watched a few C-trains pull in to the station. We even stood beside a power scissor lift with construction workers on it while at the station.
this afternoon. She had a chance to see what horse barns are all about and watch agility dogs in action. She met tons of people and got lots of cuddles and treats from strangers. She had several opportunities to walk around and explore, and she even offered me some focused attention.
We have had a lot going on with the holidays too. Lots of family visiting. For Spark that means listening to lots of loud conversations, cuddling with children, babies crying and loads more noises she doesn't normally hear. She also visited my sister's house for the first time and met a cat through her kennel door.
She has been a wonderful little trooper through all of this. In new situations she is a little quiet and reserved. She is happy to watch from my arms or my lap. But once she gets comfortable she wants to explore and sniff, wander around and watch everything. Her recovery time in new situations is getting faster. She is less and less bothered by the new noises and sites and wants to get in and be apart of it. Today at the barn she was even barking and whining in her kennel to come out and explore and earn some turkey treats for walking on a leash.
Pictures are from this week. There is a short video of Spark playing with a box. She was playing
with this box for probably 15 minutes straight. Then I get the camera and she is bored in 10 seconds! Puppies :)
oh and a quick brag. Strider earned his Expert Steeplechase Bronze award on Friday night for earning 25 Steeplechase Q's.