Samson arrived this morning on the 0700 redeye direct flight from LAX from his breeder, Tierra Alta Kennels. He was shaking all over, but had kept the shipping crate clean. We coaxed him out of the shipping crate while still in the Air Cargo office, and took him outside. He was too terrified to be very interested in doing any business initially, so we drove him over to a marshland reserve for a walk. He learned how to walk on a collar and lead (did very well, the proud mother says, puffing out her chest), did his business, got to know us, drank water, ate breakfast, and even met four other dogs (and did pretty well with that for a little guy) who were also there. He loved the reeds by the marsh water - wasn't pleased that we didn't want to follow him into the stagnant water.
On the way back home to Maine, we just HAD to drop in at Spunky Eclectic and let her meet Samson - I needed to introduce him to the luscious fibers, and spinning wheels. He toured the shop, met Baby Boogie and 7-going-on-20, as well as Boogie Mom. He did very well with the girls, and it appeared they were happy with him as well.
We drove the rest of the way home (a total of four hour drive), and introduced him to our older dogs (that went well), and gave him a guided tour of the fenced portion of the backyard (approxiamtely 1/2 acre). He seems pleased with the digs, and in the course of all of that, has learned very quickly how to handle stairs. After more food and a nap with mom on her bed, he got to meet his sister while we were moving her into her permanent dorm at school.
DD joined the marching band for the University of Maine, playing the tuba. Their tubas are all brass, and are named after the seven deadly sins - hers is "Envy." She is developing tuba shoulder, and is getting in plenty of exercise. Their band camp is this week (classes start next week), and they work at this from 0800 to 2100 (9 pm) daily. She seems happy. Her horse is happy in the new barn near school. She'll meet her roommate Friday when the rest of the kids officially move in...
More puppy updates frequently - need to document his growth, okay?