Sorry, I guess this is new Mommy brag............But I can't help myself. Maggie is doing wonderfully. She is very smart, and I can talk to her like I do Molly. Of course now she only understands on baby level......but I can tell as long as I keep it simple, she understands me. She's almost like having Molly all over again as a puppy. She's a bit more for "let me chase you" play than Molly was at this stage.......but she adores her tennis ball and bops it around, chases it, and catches it. (molly wasn't even doing that at 6 wks) I'm blessed that she actually LIKES her crate. It's where she sleeps, regardless of if it's a nap or for night. She's had only one accident and will yell the house down to get out and potty once she can't hold it anymore. If it's late at night, she'll potty and go right back in it to sleep again. No fuss. Last night she made it for 8 hours, no accident. But she was having a cow by the time I got up. I'm also blessed in that she starts whining if she has to potty. She knows she's supposed to go outside. If I have Maggie playing in the livingroom with the door closed, she'll go to the door and whine. Otherwise she'll just start wandering around whining.......she hasn't found the front door yet......until I pick her up and take her out. Molly did this too, and would've been broke by 8 weeks IF I didn't have a 11 yr old at the time distracting her. Nichole as a doting little girl made the house training take a bit longer than it usually does for me. Without really thinking about it much, I'm teaching her quite a few commands all at once. I can't really help it, it's what I do because I "talk" to them, I don't really treat them like dogs. She's pretty much got her name down and comes to it most of the time.......unless she's getting tired and trying to find a spot to nap or gets distracted by something. She's learning potty. She's learning night night (means "go into the crate"). She's learning house, as she follows me into the house after a potty session. There may be others.........because I didn't realize I was teaching her the "house" one until this morning. LOL I think she's figured out Molly is not up to playing with her, but Molly will.......if she approaches her calmly.......give her some affection. Bruce, who had a bout of jealousy with her and when she sniffed at his tail turned around hissed and swiped her claws out, in which mom whacked him one because he hurt her, she refuses to pay any attention to. But she will play with both Midnight and Minnie who are treating her like a kitten. They won't allow any strays into the yard when she's out pottying. lol She's doing better with the puppy food dry than wet and eating more. So I didn't have to do the can. Which is good because she's still loose and I didn't want to make that worse. I'm going to call the vet here in a bit and stop by and pick up the wormer early, I think she needs it before wednesday. Because Brandon was sick..........I watched the boys at easy child's house last night. This meant Travis had his first session puppy sitting. He did a great job. His only complaint was that while she would play with him........she kept looking for Mommy. I told him he'll have to come downstairs more to play with her on days I'm not working. She does like him though, quite a bit. This weekend I'm going to start her introduction to Rowdy, which is best done when she's this small. Oh, she's also learned the boundaries of the front yard. I know this may change as she gets older and more curious. But I alternate taking her out with and without the leash so she learns to follow me and she gets corrected when she even puts one paw outside the yard. I alternate with the leash because I want her used to it, although she doesn't fight it at all. Little miss Mellow girl. And thankfully.........weather doesn't bother her as far as pottying. She can potty in a raging thunderstorm as long as Mommy is there. So nice to see that I evaluated her personality and intelligence accurately from what I've seen so far. I've been enjoying her so much. Been taking special time for Molly. But at Molly's age and health status, she doesn't require much. Maggie is that extra push to get out of bed, to clean (so she doesn't get into troubles), to go outside..... bringing me out of the social withdrawal I've been in since husband's passing. Sadie started it and Maggie is keeping it going. I think Sadie came into my life so that I would find Maggie. Sadie has gone on into foster care and is waiting for her forever home. (yes, I still keep tabs on her) A side note: Remember the neighbor's puppy who kept getting off her lead, which is who I thought Sadie was when I first picked her up?? Well, seems whenever Travis runs an errand for me they stop him and ask him if I've seen their pup. He told them tiwce she is at the pound. (technically she's at the pound, she's also in foster care) They kept telling him Oh, no, we called the pound and she's not there...... I told him to stop telling them where she is. That pup deserves a family that won't stick her on a lead and forget about her and not even notice when she's gotten loose. She's better off where she is. And as for Sadie.......the pound was accurate. In less than 10 days time they had like 5 dogs from the same house show up out there from people picking them up so they wouldn't get hit by a car. (busy road) Travis saw 2 more hanging out at the same house. I called the dog warden this time. I dunno how many dogs that guy had at the same time........or what the heck he'd have so many for......but I'm glad most of them are now either at rescues or in foster care waiting to be adopted. And turns out Maggie's original owner is one of my good friend's neighbors. (it's her fb feed I saw the post of the puppies) She's working hard to get the woman to get Maggie's Mom Mary spayed so there will be no more large litters to find homes for. I hate irresponsible people.