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Fennario's  American Beauty

Whelped: 4/9/2021

Male   

Registration #FEN100-AB-1

Box of "Rain"
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Birth Notes

Birth order: 1st born, sac on, head first

Birth weight: 25.5 oz

White, one dark spot on left side of spine,

grey ears, pink nose at birth

  

August West x Bonnie Lee

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 Dogs of Fennario 5 weeks report - Not very often do I have trouble settling on a name. Today, this  pup's name is "Rain Man - definitely not my underwear."  This little guy has feelings.  He's sensitive and attentive. Not as demanding as Flyer, but he lets you know he's there. An obvious desire to relate to people is developing and I'm nurturing the desire with quiet petting.   I notice that he instigates clashes between Friend and Flyer. Jumps on both of them, then backs off and watches the two duke it out.  He's smart, but not exceptionally clever, which is GOOD. Clever dogs figure out how to open gates and such.  Affectionate, accepting and a little apprehensive. He will need time to adjust to new situations, but will cope well with anything you throw his way.

Eating, pooping and sleeping - Spot on poopies and he's a prolific pee'er.  Healthy, solid and consistent in color and texture.  He has always been the last to the dish and he will move from one corner to the next. This tells me his coping with food loss is appropriate. He is not insistent, but waits till there is an opening. They are eating MERRIK - grain free, chicken 1st ingredient soaked in PetLac milk replacer. We will be cutting the replacer this week, and transitioning to Purina O.N.E. Large breed puppy.

Body and Bone - Weight - 9.3 lbs  He's stocky, short legged and barrel chested.  His coat will be long and thick, shedding will be a subject to tackle in the spring - moderate to none the rest of the year.  HIS TAIL!  He's gonna like his tail, and swooshing it around.  He may have inherited Bonnie's inner eyelid fault. It will not be a health issue, but he will look like he's squinting much of the time.

TEMPERAMENT TEST SCORES - 3 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks

3 Day notes
"Rain" jumps into action when he is touched, sure there is a reason for the sensation. He is first to milk-bar when mom returns from a break.  When picked up to be placed on the scale he protested loudly at the change of gravity. On the way to the scale we turned him over and he was having none of that, clever enough to right himself if I had given him the chance.  He acted surprised about the slippery surface and decided he could change it by leaving.  Good thing I kept my hand on him or he would have found his way off the scale.  When placed back in the whelping box he told his tail of woe to his siblings which he found right away. Once tucked safely between them he stopped his yammering and went to sleep.
3 day score: 4
3 week notes
Little "Box" (as he is now known) is taking his time with this life. I bet he was surprised to be first born.  For the sensitivity exercises he had very little response. I believe he was trying to seek the darkest warmest place, and that was me.  He did respond to the touch sensitivity, pulling his foot back after 3 seconds. Dominance exercises showed a dislike of what was happening, with some solid thinking about it.  The "dangle", is where we pick them up supported, with their spine perpendicular to the ground and let their feet dangle from their body.  He seemed to enjoy that one at first.  The worst was being turned over. He was having none of it - flailed and yelled.   Throughout the exercises he grunted, whined and yelled a few times.   Once it was all over he did not seem very upset. Sat in his nest and watched his siblings wrestle then plopped down and went to sleep.   Box's socialization will have to be monitored so that he is given ways to cope with the stressors he will experience in life.  He will always look to his "Alphas" for direction. If none is given he will lose confidence quickly.
3 week score: 4

6 week temperament test notes