Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Oh Boy!

We had a lovely afternoon playing with the puppies on Tuesday. Harry came with us and seemed to enjoy the drive. He hasn't been great in the car up until now - lots of pacing, whining and panting, but today he seemed much calmer. It was a beautiful warm day so we could have the windows open (he loves sticking his nose out and catching the breeze!).

This is the view from the breeder's house and it's the same in any direction - pretty picturesque isn't it? I would love to wake up to that view every day, but imagine it could be quite bleak living out here in the winter.

Harry enjoyed romping in their huge double-fenced field, and had a good old bark with Oscar's mum and big brother! He didn't manage to catch one of the many pheasants running about though. He loved being made a big fuss of, and they thought he was great and will make an excellent big brother.

The puppies had changed so much even since last visit only 9 days ago! They have grown bigger and are much more playful. They just love fuss and attention and are all super confident. I love the one clinging to the back of David's jeans! Maybe it won't be so amusing when it's my ankle!

We were mobbed by puppies as soon as we went through the garden gate. Mainly because they thought we were great new chew toys I reckon!

Here Martin is having a cuddle with the littlest girl pup. She is growing well, she's just smaller than the others. I met the couple who are likely having her, and they said they'd like to keep in touch, so that will be nice. She is to be named Lottie. Hopefully other new owners will want to exchange phone numbers/addresses too, and as the breeders are keeping one, we will always be able to meet up easily with her.

Martin's shoe laces provided a great new toy, and the ragger tuggie was discarded in an instant! Apologies for some of the photos being blurred but they are so fast, plus their tails were wagging nineteen to the dozen.

Here are two of the boys working hard on those laces. Teamwork almost got them undone!

Their teeth are fully through now and they are testing them out on everything. It's great that the weather has been so mild as it means they have been able to play outside for a while most days. Apparently they day before they had explored the lawn and done lots of grass grazing and leaf munching! not sure a wrought iron table makes the best chew toy though puppy! We have been reading Ian Dunbar's puppy training book, so young Cassidy is hopefully going to become a Kong/chew toy-aholic rather than a furniture muncher.

How do you choose who to play with when confronted with 4 adorable little faces gazing up at you?!

Martin is the Pied Piper of the puppy world!

Those paws are getting bigger! Their fur has grown lots since last visit, and they are starting to get fuzzy now rather than being sleek. I am determined to start hand stripping Cassidy from an early age. That way both of us will get used to it while there's not too much surface area to contend with!

They really are adorable. You can start to see their individual characters coming through more and more. They are all very confident, and all are very good at coming when called. I suppose at this age they are like little sponges soaking up new knowledge. They all know to come when called and sit.

They were all keen to try these steps out! Maggie (mum) and Annie were up and down them and they so wanted to try, but weren't quite brave enough to go more than one or two steps high. We will be putting the baby gate back up once Cassidy comes home so there are no accidents on the stairs and no damage to young joints.

Before we left they had their supper - some Weetabix and warm milk - it didn't last long! There were 2 bowlfuls, and while they started out with two identical bowlfuls, none of them could resist wandering between the bowls to see if there was anything better on offer!

Listen to the contended slurping of 6 little puppies, bliss!

With full tums they went to snuggle up together in their crate, apart from this little guy who decided to catch the last warm rays of the day.

So yes, as the title of the post reveals, Cassidy is a boy! Unfortunately, we still don't know which of the three boys he is, as only David was home today and he wasn't sure which one was selected for us. They are all beautiful, confident, healthy and happy though so we don't mind. We may pop back across early next week so we know for sure, or just wait until the weekend and go to pick him up.

We are really excited now!! Time seems to have passed quickly the last few weeks, in part due to Harry's arrival I suppose. He has given us focus again, which had been so lacking since Oscar's death.

Here's Martin having some snuggles. Sorry it's sideways on - I forget I can't record that way sometimes, doh!

They are all having so much fun together. It seems sad that they're all off to their new lives, but such is the way of the world, and they'll all have lovely new families, and as I said, hopefully they'll all get opportunities to meet up in the future.

Only 8 more days until we can go back to pick Cassidy up! We will have to get Oscar's crate and the baby gate out next week and start getting ourselves and the house prepared. I have told Harry to catch up on his sleep while he can!

Harry's paw is much better. The sore area is all dry now, though I think it is still itchy. We have let him off wearing the cone when we are keeping a close eye on him, but if we are out or overnight he has been wearing it so he's not tempted. Now it is healed I may ask the vet if she can bandage it for a few days to prevent him fiddling during the itchy last stage. That will be so much nicer for him than the cone!

Katy and Martin x

Katy x


Seadra & Zoe said...

Oh puppies everywhere!! What a joy it will be when you can bring Cassidy home.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Finni said...

So glad your paw is getting better Harry! Nasty things those sores. You could try a bootie like Ludo.
I reckon by the time Cassidy arrives at your house you'll be as good as new!
Finni x

Penny & Poppy said...

We can't wait! Mom loves all those pictures. They make her want to get a third Airedale. We're really glad Harry's paw is better! He will be very glad to get rid of the cone. We are so glad Harry has helped to fill the void for you since Oscar is at the bridge.

Poppy & Penny

Boo said...

airedale pups overloaded! that pup clinging to the jeans is sooooooooo adorable!

wet wet licks


jaffeboy said...

Wow, cute puppies!!! I can't wait to see which is going home with U!!! So exciting!!!

Faya said...

Je craque .... je fonds... Je vous envie aussi un peu... Mais avec une Faya j'ai bien assez à faire...
Katy tu vas vivre entourée de mâles.... aïe !
Bisous, Véronique

Sir Chance-Lot said...

Oh I can just sit here and watch those pictures all adorable they all are. I am so glad that puppie happiness is filling your horizons!!
When I was a puppy, I was too cute too!..hehe
I just know that you will be the best big brother Harry!!!

Sir Chance-Lot said...

oh...send mamma a good pictures once the baby is home, and a good one of yourself. ohoh and I see the Tot bag, on the chair in the video, how did the picture come out on that one?

Clover said...

Oh my goodness!! The puppies are so so cute. They are getting so big, and they just look so nice and cuddly!
Glad to hear Harry's paw is doing a little better too!
Love Clover xo

4xBs said...

Those pups look like they are so much fun now. I love the long wagging tails. What a happy bunch. It will be nice to keep in touch with all of the parents. And it will be extra good for Cassidy to have Harry to keep him company and also help train him.

We're glad to hear that Harry's paw is healing well.


Molly and Taffy said...

Those puppies are growing at incredible rate now! They all look gorgeous. So pleased Harry's paw is healing so well, cross fingers it does not reoccur.

Molly and Taffy

Snowball said...

Lil Cassidy and his pack are realy CUTE!!! We like the smallest girl too. I am looking forward to your post about his home coming. Its so exciting....

Btw, for the itchy feet, can you consider getting a pair of children socks to put on? I am sure it will be more comfortable than to have it bandaged.


FleasGang said...

Sorry you footie is itchy, Harry. But that looks to be the least of your worries in the near future! You're gonna have a bitey little brother to contend with :-) We can't wait until he comes home.

The Fleas

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh Harry, both Elsie and Wilma here will love you...they are 2 german shepherd bitches.......but they need to know that mrs nesbitt is queen bitch in the nesbitt household! LOL!

Mojo said...

A boy for me to play with! Arooooo! I'll be his big cousin and chase him around and snuffle his ears.

Mum here:

Oh my oh my! Puppy heaven! It's scenes like this that make me think maybe we should not get Mojo spayed after all. Then again, I would never want to part with the puppies so we'd end up with a pack.

I can't wait till Cassidy comes home, so I can imagine how impatient you feel. We first saw Mojo at 4 weeks and the next three were the longest of my life.

Glad to hear Harry's paw is sorting itself out.

lots of love from deepest Devon

Gus said...

Harry: Glad to hear the news about the paw. Hope the vet goes with the plan to allow a bandage rather than a cone. Muzzer can send instructions for making boots out of plastic baggies, as we had to do that while in New Mexico last year. (caution, all of a sudden they look at your foot and talk about getting you a set of wellies!)
And we loved the puppy pix...thanks for sharing. Whichever little guy goes home with you will be a really loved doggie!


Maggie & Mitch said...

A baby brother for Harry! How exciting! Gosh, but the puppies are all so cute! I bet once you get there, you never want to leave!
Great idea to catch up on your beauty sleep, Harry!

Love ya lots,

Lorenza said...

Glad to hear that Harry's leg is healing well. I think a baby sock would be a good option for him.
All the puppies are soooo cute and they are growing very fast!
Katy, you will have a house full of boys!
Have a nice day

JJ said...

Such cute cute puppies! Can't wait to see more pics!!!

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Harry,
We're happy your foot is much better now. No fun wearing that icky cone thing. So far we've never had to wear one.
We can hardly stand it waiting to see which pup will be your brodder. They are all so darn cute. Mama wouldn't even be able to wait 9 more days. She would be begging to bring one home now, hehehehe. Have fun getting the house ready!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers
PS If you need any little tips stripping let Mama know.

Agatha and Archie said...

How sweet are thse guys!!! We loved the lapping noise of eating their weetabix!!!!! Haryy you will make a GREAT big brother!! Love A+A

Asta said...

Hi Harry!
I'm so glad youw paw is bettew! What lovely puppies..we watched them ovew and ovew..loved it when they sluwped theiw food,heheh
Oh a baby bwuddew will be fun fow you..I think giwls awe mowe twouble..and you'll be able to give gweat advice to a little boy..
smoochie kisses
(I bet Oscar is smiling about these events)

Tofu Burger said...

oh boy oh boy oh boy! Tofu and I are sooo excited for you all, Katy, Martin, and Harry! Hooray!!


Lillie Valentine said...

We cant wait for you to bring the wee pup home!! It will be about the same time of year when we got Lillie. She was 7 weeks old when we brought her home on November 11th. I can't believe its almost a year since we got her and we said goodbye to our sweet Daisie. Time goes quickly. It seems like just yesterday Lillie was a little pup and now she's a big girl! Glad to hear that Harry is adjusting well.

Bogart said...

OVERWHELMING PUPPY CUTENESS!!!! There really should be a warning at the top of these puppy posts so that mom can take the strain!

Completely adorable :)

Harry, you're going to have some real fun soon with your new little brother... glad the paw is feeling better!


Kirby said...

I'm so glad your paw is doing so much better. Glad the dreaded cone is off (most of the time). Rest up my friend. I remember what a terror I was when I came home. I'd be all full of energy then just pass out wherever I was at. Your going to love your little brother, Cassidy. Can't wait to see you all together. I'm so happy Oscar was able to arrange this much happiness!

Your pal,

Joe Stains said...

Cute puppies, my dog my mom is so excited for you guys! we were barking right back at all those doggies when Mom was watching the videos!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

All the puppies are so cute... Can't wait to see you guys bring Cassidy home. And I hope the rest of the puppies will go into good furever homes.

~ Girl girl

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

All of them are so adorable!

Boy n Baby

Ferndoggle said...

Oh Harry's gonna have a brother! How exciting!!!! Those puppies are just precious. Makes Mom want a big does of puppy breath.

Glad Harry's paw is feeling better. I'm having a nasty allergy flare up & may have to wear a big cone on my head too!! Bleh!


2shibas said...

You're making me cry - at work, no less! I am so happy for you both that Harry and your future pup have helped to mend even a small part of your heartbreak. All the best to you, Harry, and Cassidy. We can't wait to meet him!

Let the countdown begin!

Frannie, Wiley & Fievel

Amber-Mae said...

Oh, they are growing bigger & bigger each week. Cassidy a boy? Oh yay! But there's three boys. They all look sooo adorable. I hope you choose the right one for your household...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

oh I so enjoyed those pictures, videos and words! The puppies are all just so sweet and adorable, I loved the video of the weetabix eatathon! The little one on the left in that video, looks very feisty, well they all do but that one really struck me!

I am glad to hear Harry is feeling a bit better with his sore paw.

Can't wait to hear your next news!

I am quite envious! oh and I saw another Airedale this morning in the next village to us here in Dunblane. I have seen him before, we have few Airedales around here so now I am always so interested when I see one.

I met one in Dunblane High Street the other week, the owner told me she was 11 years old, she looked very good for her age.

Unfortunately I did not have Marvin with me, otherwise I would have taken a photo!

Take care, and lovely to hear all your happy news!

love Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxx

Sophie Brador said...

Katy, They are all so adorable. I can't imagine having to choose just one. I forget that I did just that with Sophie, although it was her colour that did it -- she was the only blondie in a litter or brown pups.

I can't wait to see Cassidy and Harry together! You must be soooooo excited.


PerfectTosca said...

Oh Harry! How cute are those puppies eh? The Woman said this post should have come with a Cute Overload warning! You are going to be such a good daddy for Cassidy! And I just think you are one handsome boy yourownself!

Nanook and Pooka the Newfoundlands said...

We watched the videos and then Pooka started barking barking barking and hunting all through the house for those airedales!

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Harry....they are just so adorable. We loved the pic of you channeling or perhaps "lampshading" Oscar to talk things over with him. He'll be watching over young Cassidy soon too....

You bringin' sausage to the pawty????


Frasier said...

Those puppies are so adorable!!
We call that a puppy pileup!

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

That is just outrageously cute - it's almost too much!!

I'll bet you're like children on Christmas Eve!

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh the pups are just too cute!!!

Can't wait to meet Cassidy!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Noah the Airedale said...

They're just beautiful Katie. So much personality. We're really looking forward to Cassidy's arrival.

Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Scrappy and Pebbles said...

Fabulous just fabulous puppy pictures. Yes Harry get plenty of sleep now while you can. When Pebbles arrived I kept watch over her all night.... it was exhausting. BTW Pebbles was the runt of the litter too and now looks like being my BIG little sister lol

have a great weekend
Scrappy and Pebbles

Koobuss said...


Looks like you're are going to be getting you new baby brother very soon! You better get all the rest you can now, because once Cassidy arrives, you are going top be a very busy boy.

Lots of luck to everybody!

All the puppies are adorable.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Katherine and Pippa, said...

Hiya Harry
Glad your paw is feeling better - you will soon be able to look after young Cassidy and help him grow up to be a fine Airedale like you.


ROSSI said...

oh dear.. those airedale pups are so adorable.. and they are real active too huh.. simply love them!


Jackson said...

Hey Harry, glad to hear that your paw is getting better pal! Looking forward to seeing whichever pup will be Cassidy! J x

Amber said...

Oh the puppies are so adorable!!! I just love to be surrounded with so many puppies. It must be so much fun. Can't wait for Cassidy's arrival :)
Glad your paw is feeling better, Harry.

Have a nice weekend

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Great photos and videos! Glad Harry did great on the trip!

Rachael said...

Just caught up with you guys! You have been busy! Look at all those little guys! How exciting to be bringing one home in a a week. Oscar would be proud.

Give Harry cuddles from us. Hope his paw heals quickly!

Johann The Dog said...

They are just adorable!!! My Mum loves puppies....won't be long now, yeah! Woofs, Johann

Lacy said...

woofies Harry!!! awwww how cutes doze puppies mama iz wantin a puppy nows...verwy soon cassidy will bees up Harry, heehee u will need ur energy..glad u footies iz betters..

b safe,