WHY HELLO BELLY
So it appears the Popsters has always been a tad...um...rotund around the middle, which has already changed dramatically after just one week with us and all our assorted insanity. She's actually shaped more like a dog than a barrel on legs.
We really aren't doing anything to dispel that illusion for her, to be honest.
Poppy's first week really couldn't have gone any better. She's learning our routine and following Beau's lead, sleeping beautifully (and silently!) in her crate, going potty outside, unless we space out on the need for more puppy-frequent breaks. Or if it's raining. (Beau's like: HA HA SAME LOOK AT WHAT LITTLE PRINCESSES WE ARE.) Beau's already a lot less jealous/defensive over toys and attention and really, REALLY loves their near-constant playtime. They play play play then sleep sleep sleep until one of them wakes up and starts it all up again. They both seem really happy.
The boys were originally not super stoked about getting a "big" dog. They were thrilled to hear we were considering a puppy but wanted a super tiny one. But it didn't take them too long to discover the joy of wrestling and tumbling around with a big ol' thing, and Poppy is a great combo of super excited/playful but unfailingly gentle and careful around them. (I also have photos of Poppy sleeping with and being bottle-fed by toddlers in her foster home...very very sweet but um, sorry I took ur puppy babies.) They love to lay on the floor and spoon with her, so I expect when she's full-grown she'll graduate to just being the mattress.
The cats are like, whatever. They're on a diet right now and pretty pissed about that. Poppy they could take or leave, especially since they haven't figured out how to steal her food.
It's been a lot of work and it's been a little hard to concentrate and focus with all the wrastlin' and tusslin' and potty breaks and what's in your mouth Poppy drop it drop it, not to mention the constant urge to join in the play and rub sum bellehs all the time. I will try to talk about something else tomorrow, promise.