Clipping Tessa

March 20th, 2016

          Today my third effort at clipping Tessa’s always ever-growing hair occurred. The result confirmed my continuing suspicion that it’s a task requiring talent, expertise and a willing subject. None of these were present during this morning’s puppy clipping episode. She moved, backed, squirmed, wiggled and in other ways made clear her lack of interest in having been chosen to participate in such a dumb activity.

          The task’s result may not rise to the quality standards of a going-out-of-business beauty parlor, but there’s little more that could be done in the absence of a team of handlers and experienced clipping artists.

          Didn’t manage to finish the job without drawing a bit of blood. Blood, that is, mine – not her’s! Time to check the Wall Street Journal and see about investing in a Band-Aid manufacturer’s stock. My supply constantly needs replenishing. Am wondering whether all puppies have such healthy teeth and nails? Tessa’s appear to be of first rate quality.

          Many who have seen other photos of Tessa may not notice any difference in the ones below. Nevertheless, they were taken after the clipping experience and, while neither of us feel particularly gratified by the experience, we are both thankful the job is finished.

Tessa on Rug

Tessa On Rug Upright

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Tessa & Mirror

March 16th, 2016
     Since her first encounter with mirrors about six weeks ago Tessa has continually tried to get the other doggy to play. Her “friend” in the mirror moves, comes close but never touches, smells or makes sounds.
     The residence has three free-standing columns covered on all four sides by mirrors. Tessa, following early encounters, ran around the columns trying to play with the other doggy who was always there. She finally abandoned the doggy in the columns but continues to seek out the ones that appear in other floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
     I have to wonder if she’ll ever learn who the other doggy actually is?
     This little story will join the others about little lady Contessa Le Rouge on my Facebook page.
Tessa & Mirror

Walking Tessa

March 15th, 2016

     Tessa and I have been doing morning “walks” for more than a week. They’re laughably called “walks” or “walking the doggy”, but nothing could be further from the truth. Her brisk pace, despite such a small size, greatly exceeds my own and she pulls ahead as if urging me to run.

     Some have rightly questioned who is being walked and I perceive their assumption being that she’s not the one.

     Tessa still reacts and is often frightened by strange (new) loud noises. Also loud barking dogs we encounter are on her list to be avoided.

     She won’t be receiving her 4th and final puppy vaccination until March 25th so we continue to avoid getting close to other dogs.

    Have signed up for a series of puppy obedience training classes (wonder if I’m the one who’ll get trained?) starting April 10th. Looking forward to when she learns, accepts and responds to words from me. Not convinced the word “commands” is one that works for her.

Tessa on Leash

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Tessa – She’s now 4 lbs

March 8th, 2016
     Contessa Le Rouge (“Tessa”) had her third puppy vaccination from Dr. Cutler at VCA Desert Animal Hospital last Friday. She was three months of age and her weight had increased to over 4 lbs. Her veterinarian noted she has dry skin and prescribed capsule medication designed to address the problem for that’s believed to be the source of her scratching.
     Tessa is teething and anything that can be chewed is fair game. She goes after anything white, anything moving, anything I wear, anything made of paper, anything that is or is not a puppy toy – in fact, remove all the words from each phrase other than “anything” and you get the picture. My walking shoes, paper copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, my clothes, me standing motionless, me moving – anything appears to meet the needs of those extremely healthy teeth! Her nails are also quite healthy! My supply of Band-Aids is running low!
     This week we’ve started doing a morning walk. She’s finally becoming accustomed to the retractable leash and often leads the way (at a very brisk pace). She’s also quite social and runs to greet anyone we encounter. Have to keep her away from other doggies for a bit longer (until that fourth vaccination has been administered – probably on March 25th).
     She’s also learning to bark and does so indoors for no apparent reason that I can detect other than her personal amusement and experimentation. Puppy-hood is a great time – for her, that is – and one that leaves me looking forward to her next phase. Tessa’s fun to watch for she’s extremely playful with lots of running, giving her dozen or so little toys a workout and alert to every move I make. She quickly learned which room in the residence is the source of all food and makes her presence (behind me) known anytime I enter the kitchen. Loves Milk Bones, doggy treats and anything I’m preparing for myself. My role as puppy-valet is one she assumes I’m here to perform and it’s one to which I’m apparently being trained.
     Also looking forward to our upcoming move to a new residence where she will have a fenced yard, a doggy door from the house with more tile floors (and fewer floor rugs to chew).
Tessa 4 lbs
Contessa Le Rouge – Red Toy Poodle puppy

Tessa – at 14 weeks

February 22nd, 2016

Tessa – at 14 weeks

     Last Saturday Contessa Le Rouge was 14 weeks old. She received her first bath and hair styling (from me). I considered every snip of my scissors a victory……

Tessa & Snake