Mia is all about food. I waved some chicken in front of her nose and she sat down and patiently waited. "Am I gonna get me some of that?" Yes Mia, you are.
The Bruno Lean
Learning from the Brothers
Mia will often sit down next to one of the other dogs and copy what they do. If they are calm, she is calm. If they are on high alert, she is on alert.
Bruno was watching some people across the field. Mia sat down next to him and watched with him.
There was a man walking his dog off in the distance. Spencer showed Mia how to quietly just watch. No need to bark or get all upset. That only makes mommy tell us to hush. So let's just watch.
The pack in front of the fireplace.
A Nice Day
We have had a rough winter. Mia has mostly known cold, snow, and ice. As spring approaches we have had a few nice days here and there. This particular day it went up to 55 degrees F. We went for a walk and Mia curiously checked out a stream. Wow, this was something new. It’s clear running water with things floating in it. A few days later it snowed again. This pup is going to LOVE when spring finally arrives.
The pack gets more practice at posing for the camera.
Posing on the side of a hill overlooking a stream in the woods.
I attempted to get Bruno and Spencer to look and Mia thought I was calling her. "Mimi stay, you silly puppy. Our photo shoot is not finished yet."
Posing on a bridge, "Everyone stay, good babies". Darn, I should have moved that poop bag before snapping the pic.
Van poses are easy. Everyone knows not to jump out before the command that it's time to leave so they line up on their own.
The pack poses on a stage at a park we visited.
I test their posing skills by backing up to get the whole stage in the picture. "Stay, good babies!"
Resting after a hike.
Checking out the rushing water at another park.
Carrying Things Around
Mia loves to have things in her mouth. She is constantly picking things up and eating, chewing, or just carrying them around. She not only loves to carry toys, but everything else as well. When I let her outside she will swoop down and pick up a leaf or a piece of wood on her way to her potty spot. She will often have something in her mouth when you let her inside, like a stick for example. "Mia drop it! You can't bring that inside the house." She will drop it when asked if the object is large enough, but sometimes it's a wet and mushy small piece of paper, a fuzzy, or a bug that she found somewhere that she can't spit out easily and you have to dig it out with your hand before she eats it. "Mia drop that, too!" The picture above is her right after she scooped up an old banana peal someone had tossed out onto the ground. "Mia don't eat that!"
When going on a walk she tries to carry the leashes in her mouth. Yes, leashes as opposed to leash. She wants to not only carry her leash, but Bruno and Spencer's leash, too. One might think there is no harm carrying the leash, but she will start to chew as she carries it and her sharp razor teeth will eventually cut it right in half.
Mia kept trying to bite the leashes while we walked. Mia no leash biting! That's a bad habit to get into. She must be teething because the urge is strong and she always wants something in her mouth. A solution... here Mia, have a stick. Oh was she happy. "I got me a stick, I got me a stick and I'm going to carry it all over!"
She carried that stick for a long time and when she dropped it she wanted another one.
Here Mia, bite this stick while we walk.
I walked into the dining room and saw Mia staring at a pile of poop. "Oh no!" When Mia saw my reaction she started to walk away from it. I knew I should have made you come with me when I went to feed the animals this morning! Since you were busy chewing your toy I didn't make you come. It has been 4 weeks with no accidents and now this. Mia come sit next to it for a picture. Thanks. Now go outside while I clean this up. Hmmm I wonder when she did it. I don't smell anything. If she had just pooped it will still be warm. I got a bag and a bunch of paper towels and bent down to pick it up. That's strange, it's hard and cold as if it's really old.
Oh my goodness! It's plastic!!!!!! Someone in this house is playing jokes! Poor Mia, come back in the house. You didn't do anything, but it sure seemed like you were in on this joke the way you acted out the part looking at it as if you had just done it.
Later the same morning after eating her breakfast Mia walked to the front door and stared at the doorknob. When I opened the door she trotted over to the fire pit and did her business. Now that's my girl.
Storm Drain Fascination
Mia is fascinated with storm drains. She is so curious. Every time we walk by one she wants to look down the drain and smell it. There's an entire world down there that she can't get to. I can only imagine the smells that rise up from the drain, from rats to decaying leaves as well as the sound of running water.
Spencer-Puppy, you're in Mia's crate and she wants to go to bed for the night. She just crawled right in there with you. "Mom, really? I was here first. Why does the kid get the crate?"
Mia needs to learn that just because the front door is open does not mean she can run out. When I first opened the door she tried just that, to run out squeezing past everyone. That can be very dangerous with cars coming down the driveway, etc. We can't just have her bolting out the door when she pleases. "Mia back!" I blocked her from getting out the door. "Wait". Mia sat down and waited with her brothers.
Good puppies. "Come" Much better.
Mia, you are one thick puppy. Look how wide you have gotten, and those paws!
Amie, watch out! Here come the puppy kisses!!
Mia gives Amie more of her inevitable puppy kisses.
Raising a Puppy: Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit)