Atlas with puppy buddy Tuska
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: RE: Atlas & new puppy relations
Things are going great.
Atlas and Tuska (the Indian word in Hindi for BULL ELEPHANT) play all
the time and somewhat respond to "OFF!" when we feel it's getting to be
too much for all involved. He was pretty much potty trained from day
one, with the only real pee accidents being somewhat our fault. No poo
accidents so far. Tuska has slept through the night every night. Tuska
follows Atlas around, and walks so proud, actually he prances, when we
go out for walks, as though he's telling anyone who's looking, "look at
us!" Tuska sleeps at Atlas's feet when we let him, and Atlas will sit by
the door awaiting Tuska's return if we take the puppy for a walk without
him. They share water bowls and the outside faucet all the time even
though they have separate water bowls. This is probably the best
indicator that Atlas loves Tuska because the only time Atlas ever shows
aggression to other dogs is whenanother dog tries to drink his water.
(Interestingly, Atlas will always share his food with any dog; it is
just the water he won't share with other dogs except Tuska. In fact he
usually will let Tuska in to drink even if hewas there first.) Atlas
will let other dogs take his toys (usually) if he can take theirs, but
with the puppy, he lets Tuska take his toys all the time without
aggression. If Tuska has a toy around Atlas will usually take it but
not always. Atlas and the puppy are inseparable, and constantly
playing. Atlas is very gentle with the puppy, even when the puppy isn't
being gentle with him. If I call Atlas to come, he will usually
respond, and then stop to see if the puppy is coming too, and will wait
for the puppy. If I take the puppy out for a walk (usually together
with Atlas but not always) Atlas will wait for the puppy to catch up.
If I take the puppy out without Atlas, he will wait by the door for the
puppy to return. Atlas usually will sleep next to our very near the
puppy and vice-versa. If the puppy wakes up
while Atlas is sleeping, then the puppy will climb on Atlas and
instigate play. On Monday the puppy got a clean bill of health from the
vet and weighed in at 31 lbs. Atlas weighed 17 lbs on the same scale at
the same age.
Thanks again Fredericka for another wonderful addition to our family.
As Roger Carras once said, "Dogs are not my whole life, but my life
would not be whole without them."
Michael & Manjit
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 6:30 PM
Subject: FW: atlas and puppy attached
Attached is a new photo of Atlas and Tuska after a play session. I'm
sending this not to show you how well there getting along but to show
how much he has grown in two weeks. He is not huge, he is gi-normous as
niece would say. At eight weeks and three days, Atlas was 17 lbs, and
was 31 lbs at the exact same time period on the same vet scale. Atlas
12" at the withers at nine weeks, and Tuska was 17" at nine weeks. He
already completely out grown his first crate(a cat carrier) and second
crate(20" x 20" x 24"). Do you have a spare horse stable you could
we'll need it in about 2 weeks.
Thanks again for another awesome dog.