Tongue Tuesday–Big Changes Are Afoot

It was a busy weekend for the pups.  They woke up for the first time in their lives on Sunday and they were not all together.  Two pups left on Saturday to begin their new lives, so Parvati and Chewy are now the only little ones here.  They aren’t so little anymore!  Sporting new ear crops and now too big to be in their whelping box,  I removed it and left their weaning pen, reducing the amount of pine shavings a bit since we will begin working on going outside to potty.   Frankly I’m shocked that they stayed in that box as long as they did.  They were all really good babies.  I enjoyed them immensely.


Now the fun stuff begins!  They get to go out into the big world and learn how to behave in it.  It’s one of my most favorite parts of raising dogs; taking them out and socializing them, watching them learn about the world around them.  The few times they’ve been in the van I’ve not noticed any car sickness, so that’s a plus.   This past weekend they also ate from separate dishes for the first time.   They will soon be moved into their own crates and learn to sleep on their own and to be ok with being by themselves.  It is a stressful time for them but it is also a very exciting time.  They are learning how to be dogs and how the rules of the house apply to them.  They will be expected to potty outside, not to cry and whine excessively while crated, not to jump up on people, not to get into the trash, which toys are for them and that furniture, shoes and kid toys are not for them.  They will be learning a lot of things that they are not allowed to do, so we must counteract those things with what they are allowed to do.  We want their lives to be as balanced as possible.  It’s a lot of work, but it is so very rewarding.

It was sad to see the other pups go, but their new families are enjoying them and they are also busy learning about their new environments and how to behave in them.  Having foster dogs come and go through the years prepared the kids for the pups’ eventual departure, but it’s still a little sad that the little creatures you raised from birth are absent.  The kids were more involved in this litter than they ever had been before, and I was so proud that they wanted to help with their care.  The 5 year old even volunteered to pick up poo and clean the pups up after messy mealtimes.  They were instrumental in puppy handling, which is very important.  Young pups need to be handled a lot, and kid proofing is so valuable.

Before I forget, here are our Tongue Tuesday photos.  First up is Chewy, second Parvati:

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    1. Rama's Mama May 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren!

  1. paws2smile May 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my cuteness! I’m in love! 🙂

  2. Charlie May 19, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Why do you crop their ears?? Is it really necessary. It’s illegal to do it in Australia and they seem to manage, without any problems, with their ears intact. I think they look much more handsome with proper ears. I could understand if they were fighting dogs as their ears and tails could get hurt but I thought dog fighting was banned just about everywhere now. I’m not being critical. Just curious. The puppies are still beautiful and the way you bring them up is a credit to you. I have met and been, up close and personal, with 2 Cane Corso’s (both with cropped ears). They are the most beautiful dogs. Real gentle giants. I, personally, think they look much better with proper ears and, unless there is a good reason, feel they should be left intact.

    1. Rama's Mama May 21, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Hello Charlie! Thanks so much for your comment. It is a hot button issue, that is for sure. We are in the US and we show our dogs. This would call for them to be cropped. We certainly do not advocate dog fighting. Ears are cropped for aesthetic as well as functional reasons. A working dog and dogs with high drive will often grab ears, sometimes ripping and tearing them. With several of these dogs here, it is a consideration. The large ears of Corsos that have not been cropped will often turn into what we call “flying ears” or “rose ears” and can affect the overall appearance of the dog. Care must be taken that the cartilage is not allowed to form incorrectly if the ears are left uncropped. They can also close off the ear canal, making painful ear infections a persistent problem. As we live in a very moist, wet state and are often hiking and swimming with our dogs, ear infections are something that are unfortunately fairly common and can lead to much more severe issues.

      We love Corsos either way, with cropped ears or not. It just so happens that for what our animals do, cropping is the norm. It is a procedure done under anesthetic, not causing any more pain to the animal than any other minor procedure, and certainly less than spaying and neutering.

      Thank you SO much for asking so nicely and for your compliments. 🙂 We do get some folks who are not very nice and some that are downright rude. We understand it comes from a place of love and deep caring for animals, but we wish those folks were as nice as you!

      Thanks for visiting us!!!

      1. Charlie May 21, 2015 at 2:05 am

        Crikey I think Mum replied to this in the wrong spot. Just scroll down a bit and you’ll see what she said.

      2. DZ Dogs May 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        Great answer Rama’s Mama, I too was wondering why it is done and considered the standard norm. Personally I think they are cute either way, but I am a bit partial to big floppy ears. 🙂 <3

  3. Genevieve Petrillo May 20, 2015 at 1:43 am

    So cute. And such good babies.

    Love and licks,

    1. Charlie May 21, 2015 at 2:02 am

      Crikey ….. thankyou so much for all that info. Just shows how ignorant we can be sometimes, aye?? I knew there would have to be a good reason for you doing it but just had no idea what it was. I will look at those cropped ears in a different light now. It never stopped me liking the dogs. I love Cane Corsos. They are wonderful, gentle dogs. I’m sorry some people are rude to you. It is very easy to see that you are a very caring owner and breeder. As I said before the way you are rearing those puppies is admirable. They are going to be very social, loving pets for sure. I hope you do well in the show ring too. You deserve to … Oh! These comments came from me, Lynn, Charlie’s Mum, not Charlie himself. He couldn’t care less about cropped ears or docked tails or anything else for that matter. He just likes to RUN!!!!!!!!!

      1. wallaceandsamuel May 21, 2015 at 6:24 am

        We’ve never met a Cane Corsos in the furs, actually we’re not sure you can get them here in SA – we’ll ask mom to find out.
        That was indeed a very good and information explanation!
        Wally & Sammy

  4. wallaceandsamuel May 20, 2015 at 5:33 am

    We also want to know please. Cropping of ears and docking of tails is illegal in South Africa too.
    Wally & Sammy

    1. Charlie May 21, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Crikey Wallace and Samuel Ramas Mama explained it to me beautifully. Check it out. Very interesting!!

      1. wallaceandsamuel May 21, 2015 at 6:23 am

        Absolutely right Charlie – very interesting and well explained!
        Wally & Sammy

  5. Rebecca May 20, 2015 at 11:24 am

    How cute!!! Sounds like you are raising very well rounded puppies. It’ll be fun to watch them grow and change.

  6. travelanimaldr May 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Aww, how adorable. Best of luck to the sweeties with their journey to their new forever homes.