Raising a Puppy: Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully Pit—29 weeks old
A day in the life with Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit) puppy. 29 weeks old, 56 pounds, 18 1/4 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).
29 weeks old (about 6 1/2 months)
Mia saw the pool for the first time without a pool cover. Now she gets to see why she was not allowed to walk on top of the cover. There's a lot of water in there!
Mia is showing a better understanding of the "back" command, which means slow down or back up. As we walk if she gets too far ahead I say "Mia back" and she slows down.
She is also doing very well with the "wait" command, which means stay still. For example; If one of them poops they must all wait patiently while I clean it up.
Looking for Guidance
We had stopped to pick up Bruno's poop when a big truck drove by slowly, loudly shifting it's gears. Mia perked up then backed up a few steps has the hair on her back raised. She was not sure what to make of it. Her guard was up. She looked up at me making eye contact. She was looking for some sign to see what the pack should do about it. I did nothing and said nothing as I continued to tie up the poop bag. "Oh we do nothing. All must be fine." Her hair went back down as her brain and the rest of the pack moved on.
Mia meets Dexter the Shiloh Shepherd puppy for the first time. Hector the Pug is there, too and Mia follows them both around.
Sara takes some selfies with Dexter the Shepherd puppy while Mia watches with curiosity.
Mia watching Sara take another Selfie with Dexter.
Mia following Dexter the Shiloh Shepherd puppy.
After following Dexter around for a while, Mia approaches with a lot of confidence and proceeds to smell the puppy's mouth. Dexter remains submissive and allows Mia to smell him. While Mia is holding herself confident she is also not trying to be alpha. Her tail is level with her back and she is not towering over him. She is holding her weight slightly backwards.
When Dexter trots off Mia playfully follows as Bruno watches the two of them.
Hector the Pug runs over and jumps up onto Mia's back to get a better sniff of Bruno. Dexter the Shepherd puppy watches from behind.
Hector the Pug stares up at Bruno as Mia and Dexter watch.
Mia decides it is time to play with Hector the Pug.
Hector is spunky and ready for a play session. He bites on Dexter the Shepherd pup.
Dexter submissively rolles over. Mia and Bruno check out the pup on the ground.
Spencer the Pit Bull comes over to see what the pack is doing.
Oh, there's a pup on the ground. I want to smell him, too!
Mia has been dripping blood for the past 8 days. This part of a dogs cycle is typically 7 to 10 days, therefore she should be finished soon. For the next three days after she will be physically able to mate, which we will not be doing. Last week she had a couple of days of upset stomach, but ever since she has been in good spirits with a good appetite.
When Mia is inside the house she wears pants. We take them off when she goes outside. I have two pairs, which I hand wash morning and night switching back and forth between them. Luckily Mia does not mind wearing her pants because I do not think I could stand the mess she would cause walking around inside without them. I am hoping to get her spay before her next cycle, but want to allow her to grow with a natrual level of hormones. When she is no longer rapidly growing it will not be as important.
Mia you did it again. You took another paper towel off of the coffee table and chewed it up. What do you see in these paper towels? They are clean and therefore do not smell like food. I need to catch you in the act, you paper towel stealer.
The next day... see the paper towel on the floor behind her? She snatched that off of the table right in front of me while I was watching TV and chewed it up without me noticing. I put another paper towel on the table to try and catch her so she understands taking things off of the table is a no-no. But of course she did not take the bait. Mia, I'll be watching!
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