Sunday, 24 September 2017

Ziggy


Meet Ziggy, our nine and a half week old whippet. You'll notice I mention the half-week there - not that we're counting down the days until he can go out for walks at twelve weeks old, or anything. Thank you for all your lovely comments and for sharing our excitement.

He's gorgeous; playful, affectionate, easy going, busy, his tail wags almost constantly and he seems like a happy soul. We already love him to bits. When he's not asleep, his main hobby is chewing. Dog appropriate toys are not as exciting as shoes, mobile phone chargers, furniture, balls of wool, the log basket, handbags, books...I could go on. He was tentative and shy on his first day, never venturing more than a few feet from John or I, and unsure of the garden. But one week later he's very at home here, and is out in the garden chasing balls and chewing plastic plant pots as often as we'll let him.

Ziggy has two modes: asleep, or full of beans. When he's feeling energetic, you need eyes in the back of your head. It's gone quiet. Where is he?? Has he wee'd somewhere? What's he chewing? We've had to move a lot of things out of the way, temporarily I hope. He has a kitten-like fascination with anything that dangles in front of him, like yarn, tassels on blankets and throws, shoelaces, and likes to nibble them. If you move your feet too fast he'll bite your toes (gently, thankfully) and so slippers are essential.

Ziggy likes chewing (did I mention the chewing?), cuddles, people, the sofa, food, and building a nest in his crate. He dislikes the car, wearing his collar, the vacuum cleaner, being told "down" or "no" when we're eating, the lawnmower, the extractor fan in the kitchen, but he'll get used to all these things. 

If it all sounds exhausting then it is. The nights have been very challenging, and I haven't known a level of sleep deprivation like this in some time. But it won't be forever and I have to keep reminding myself that all the tough training we're doing now is going to reward us later. (Please?!) We didn't just want a puppy in our family, we wanted a dog, a four legged friend who'll hopefully be part of our lives for many years to come. I am particularly looking forward to the walks, especially now that the weather is starting to change and the leaves are turning. There's nothing like the woods in the autumn. And I really hope we can train his recall to a point where he can run off lead, especially on the beach. We've got lots of fun ahead of us, but for now, we need to enjoy the puppy moments because they will be gone in a flash. 










37 comments:

puttermuch said...

Awwwww.....congratulations on your new addition! Ziggy looks like the perfect pooch for you and yours :)

Jennifer Hays said...

He's so sweet. What a cutie! You have a challenging road ahead, but it sounds like you're up to it. I hope everyone settles in happily together and that having Ziggy in the family is wonderful.

feeblefingers said...

He's gorgeous! Mine sulked for two days when we put a collar on him! His favourite hobby is still pinching kindling out of the basket and shredding it on the carpet. It is totally worth getting him into good habits now, you're absolutely doing the right thing..... Good luck and warmest wishes.

Nic said...

He's gorgeous!! We found putting a blanket over the crate (not over the front, just top, sides and back) really helped for our dogs to begin to tell the difference between day and night. We only put the blanket on at night and so they soon got used to being in there for longer when the blanket was on. It really is like having a new born baby all over again but totally worth it as our two puppies are now very much family members and (thankfully) did settle down as they got older!! Enjoy him!!

Clicky Needles said...

Oh wow! He looks like fun. I love autumn walks scrunching through the leaves, and so does our dog! CN x

Jules said...

He's absolutely gorgeous Gillian.
The look on the faces of Bella and Angus show just how much he means to your family. I'm sure Ziggy will bring you all so much joy. X

Jo said...

He looks like fun. Luckily we didn't have sleepless nights, ours loved the security of the bed crate. But chewing - jeez! Andy has put some serious puppy training in place this last week or so and he walks better, doesn't jump up anymore and sits before we cross the road but Bruce is 9 months now so we are turning a corner. Our wooden settle is closed in the dining room to prevent further damage! Dog walks are great though, a good way to all get out for a walk which I know you all miss. Jo x

thrift deluxe said...

Oh how beautiful, hope you enjoy many happy years together.

CJ said...

Oh, he's ADORABLE, really, so very very sweet. A friend of mine has one, around 12 weeks old I think, blue all over, but otherwise very similar. Similar sleep deprivation as well! I can see how you all adore him already. Welcome to the Happy House little Ziggy. CJ xx

Anonymous said...

What happens when he (inevitably) nips one of the children while playing? Will you send him back, too?
Sorry, but if your children coulfn't learn to deal with your last dog at their age, I don't believe you should have got a puppy. Dogs aren't just always cute. They have teeth and when necessary, use them. Especially puppies.

Susan Smith said...

Lovely Gillian & he certainly looks intelligent, so hopefully a good sign for quick training & good behaviour. Enjoy the puppy stage & the many years to come. Take care & huggles to all, including Ziggy from Oz.

Beverley said...

Lovely puppy Gillian, hope he grows to be a gorgeous adult dog too. I am sure you will be lovely doggie parents. Ignore ANYTHING that has anonymous on it, not worth reading . x

VeggieMummy said...

Ziggy is adorable and, being a David Bowie fan, I thoroughly approve of the name! I look forward to seeing many more photos of the lovely new addition to your family. xx

Anonymous said...

This I agree with. Sorry, as gorgeous as Ziggy is I can't help thinking of Molly.

Mac n' Janet said...

He is so cute, but oh the energy of a puppy! I'm sure all your training will pay off.

ceahorse56 said...

Congrats on your new family member> he's adorable!

ceahorse56 said...

A Nip from a puppy can not be compare to a unprovoked adult dog bite. Sure this puppy was purchase from a reputable breeder who owns both parents & know their personality & temperaments. I have own and worked with many rescue dogs, Molly was a former race dog? That's a sad start in life and I bet she was traumatized in some way which made her unpredictable. A dog who bites a child in the face "unprovoked" shall be rehomed PERIOD! Of course children must learn to respect dogs, most dogs will try and escape children before biting if they feel threaten. As a grandmother I have taught my grandson the signs of what to watch for. If my dogs are done playing he lets them rest, of course teaching very young children not hug to tight etc is just common sense. This is a fresh start for this young family to begin a long loving relationship with their new puppy, without any guilt!

One-oh-four said...

He is soooo gorgeous! We are excitedly awaiting an arrival date for a new puppy too (Guide Dog "in training") but I think it might be nearer Xmas. Enjoy him - the sleepless nights won't last forever - don't forget to nap during the day when he does too :)

HooksandNeedles said...

Arh Ziggy is so cute looking. Thank you for sharing your new puppy photos. Wishing your family all the best with him. Cx

Rosie said...

Ziggy is gorgeous & will be a precious addition to your family. Ignore anonymous comments from people who just want to be unkind & clearly don't understand that an unpredictable adult dog in a family with children is a no-no. I've had dogs all my life, but wouldn't hesitate to re-home one who couldn't be trusted. My youngest child was bitten in the face by a friend's dog & still bears the scars. You'd never have forgiven yourself. Enjoy Ziggy, he's adorable! X

Anonymous said...

Oh, he is lovely, Gillian! I completely agree with Rosie's comment above. I'm quite shocked by the 'anonymous comment' – don't let it get to you. There are some very odd people out there. Enjoy your puppy. x

Sarah said...

What a darling dog. I love his blue eyes. I had cuddles with an eight-week old Golden Retriever puppy on Saturday. One day ... Oh and we had a really lovely walk around Thorney Island yesterday. Beautiful views and the white sandy beach near the bird hide at the point was amazing. The same sand and dunes you find at East Head, but without all the people. Have a lovely week with Ziggy (great name!) and enjoy his puppy days.

Sara said...

We have an 18 week old puppy who we adopted at the same age Ziggy is now, so we have just been through (and are still going through) all of this! So much fun, but so much work. This is our first puppy and we're just sort of muddling through, but I read something online about getting through the night in the early days that totally helped and I wanted to share just in case you wanted to give it a try:

We elevated our puppy's crate to our bed level (we put it on a couple of sturdy plastic bins) and put him right next to our bed, still in the crate with a blanket over the sides, and with the door shut. I put my hand through the front bars so he could touch me. This made him go from crying all night to sleeping 6 hours the first night we tried it. We only had to do it for a week or so, and then we were able to move his crate to another location and he was totally fine. Not sure if this is an "approved" puppy training method, but it did the trick for us. Good luck!

Christina said...

Ziggy is pure gorgeous! His big eyes are very soulful and I am sure he'll be a good friend and companion for many years to come. I hope Ziggy will soon sleep better! xx

Emily Medland said...

That's such a good idea and it works so well.

Emily Medland said...

I agree.
My father had his nose bitten by a dog, when he was a child. He still has the scars on his face. But he has owned several and loved many dogs.

Emily Medland said...

Try a ticking clock in ziggys bed, and possibly a warm hot water bottle, to make the puppy feel that he's not alone.

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Ziggy looks like a great addition to your family. I hope his training goes well, your nights improve and he brings lots of joy and fun.

Bridget said...

Awww, so cute!! I'm assuming you gave him is (excellent) name because of his facial markings. With a name like that, he's bound to be a star :-)

Amy at love made my home said...

Have lots of wonderful Ziggy times ahead! I know you will!!

Sol said...

Welcome Ziggy! How cute is he! I am so pleased we crate trained our puppy in the beginning. It makes it so easy to go away anywhere. The crate can go in the boot of the car and she is happy to sit in there. Not so much the back seat, that makes her sick. When my parents had them over night when we went to a wedding, they both got in the crate and no problems. We dont shut the door now, she just likes it in there but only if the blanket is over the top to make it a den. So pleased you found a furry friend!

Jayne Hill said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! There is absolutely no limit to the number of gratuitous puppy pictures that you should post here!❤️

I know he's not called Dobby, but have you considered 'clothes'? I never, ever subscribed to the "dogs in clothes" thing until we took a rescue part-whippet into our family (hello Daisy) and discovered that they leach body heat like a mug of tea in a freezer, and they really, really do not like being cold and wet.

From about now until early May, Daisy will often refuse to go outside without whatever level of coat is deemed suitable for the conditions (did I mention just one coat will not do - there's the fleece if it's only a bit nippy, the waterproof one, the thick cozy one .... have a play at Mr Google - suggest a whippet specific cut so it comes up over Ziggy's neck). 🐾

galant said...

SIMPLY ADORABLE!!!
Margaret P

Kate-Em said...

He is very cute indeed and looks like lots of fun. It is worth all the effort of training. Good luck with it all.

mrsrobinson said...

Such happy, sweet photographs... hopefully lots more to come!

Lisa said...

Completely adorable and I am sure he is loved to bits.
Wishing you all many happy doggy walk together.
Lisa x

Ksunshine52 said...

Such a sweet looking puppy!