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Post by WhiteElkStag » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:39 pm

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you all (except for Julie, Lynn and Pete who have already met them) Kira and my two new girls: Rhea and Sophie! :D

They arrived last night right around midnight and instantly they drew attention from all over the airport. We were a bit nervous about the three and a half hour drive back but as soon as we put them in the car they fell right asleep and didn't make a fuss until we got them up to the house. They have spent all day playing, sleeping and eating and seem to be settling in wonderfully.

The one with the blue collar is Sophie and the red is Rhea.
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Post by WhiteElkStag » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:41 pm

A few more pictures.
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Post by Rambler » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:06 pm

Adorable times 2!! :D

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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:18 pm

Wonderful pictures! They are both gorgeous! :D
Talk about Double Trouble... but also double the cuteness and fun!
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Post by Rahne » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:34 pm

What a great looking pair! :D

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Post by Valravn » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:42 pm

They are adorable!!!! :D

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Post by Nino » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:42 pm

Cuteness overload - reboot system!
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:13 pm

Double the cuteness! :)
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Post by JulieSmith » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:36 pm

Glad they got there safe. There are wonderful looking puppies.

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Post by muensterland » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:42 pm

Wonderful pictures :)
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Post by Tamaddict » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:37 pm

Aww so cute!
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Post by claireyclaire » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:48 pm

Congratulations, they look beautiful!
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Post by wicca1 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:02 am

congrats, cute and cute :lol: .

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Post by Tarheel » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:29 am

Pretty Girls and so big. Enjoy
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Post by wen » Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:44 am

2 at a time, wow.
Are they from the same litter ?
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Post by Amy » Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:11 am

What a great looking pair! :D

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Post by jyotin » Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:58 pm

Gorgeous! I wish I could see the rest of the litter so far they are all stunners. And by the way, you two are brave! two at a time woah lol.
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Post by WhiteElkStag » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:35 am

wen wrote:2 at a time, wow.
Are they from the same litter ?
Yup! They're both from Pete Saxon's Odin x Frigga litter.
jyotin wrote:Gorgeous! I wish I could see the rest of the litter so far they are all stunners. And by the way, you two are brave! two at a time woah lol.
Thank you! If you check out Thor's (RIP) thread on the photos forum you can see pics of most of them. Pete told me that these two were the "terrible twins" and we were definitely a bit nervous waiting for them to get here. But, they're both settling in really well. Full of energy and really eager to explore and learn. Rhea is a bit more outgoing than Sophie but Sophie is incredibly intelligent and very observant. Sophie seems to have already figured out that she isn't supposed to soil the house and she hasn't had an accident all day today. The only problem that we've had with them so far is they really like to talk to us when we're trying to go to bed, tonight will tell if we're making any progress.

We took them to the pet store today to get their tags made. Sophie drooled a bit in the car, but once we got there they wanted to run all over the store and explore everything and meet everyone. We could definitely see their strong prey drive when a min-pin walked by. Both girls stopped what they were doing and totally focused on it, no growling or lunges though. All told it was really fun.

We'll post more pictures tomorrow of them playing in the snow, they really seem to love it... and we have about 4' on the ground.
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Post by Wave2Tuffy » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:40 am

How Exciting to have 2 new Tams! Congrats on your new additions :D I am very jealous!

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Post by Misaya » Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:13 am

Gorgeous girls. Glad they arrived safely :)
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Post by Gaby » Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:30 am

Congratulations! :D What a beautiful girls, they certainly don't look like terrible twins! Looks like they have a lot of fun together. And two pups at the same time, I heard that can be difficult, but it never happened with dogs I knew, so I really don't know for sure. Did you heard that too and do you know if that's true? Hope you can keep us updated with a lot of pictures. ;)

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Post by Blustag » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:37 pm

Great pics Ben and at the airport too ;) They look great and Im sure will give you much pleasure. It was great chatting to you the other day and Im glad everything is good. :D

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Post by blufawn » Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:30 pm

I have met them too, I picked them out for you......lol and if the microchips ever migrate you can blame me for that as well, they were only the 3rd and 4th dogs I ever microchipped lol :)
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Post by Saxon » Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Hi Ben
you say they never stop talking, well, if they take after their mother they never will,when i picked Frigga up from Lynn as a pup, lynn said to me this one is very vocal, she started on the drive home and hasnt shut up since, i swear she is really trying to talk to us, but it does kinda grow on you and we have now learnt to speak tamaskan and talk back to her.

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Post by WhiteElkStag » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:38 pm

Gaby wrote:Congratulations! :D What a beautiful girls, they certainly don't look like terrible twins! Looks like they have a lot of fun together. And two pups at the same time, I heard that can be difficult, but it never happened with dogs I knew, so I really don't know for sure. Did you heard that too and do you know if that's true? Hope you can keep us updated with a lot of pictures. ;)
So far having two isn't being difficult at all. Rhea seems to be a bit of a faster study than Sophie, but they're both incredibly well behaved. Last night we took them out to a dog friendly restaurant with us and a couple of friends. The girls spent 10 minutes greeting everyone in the shop and then curled up at my feet and fell asleep, except for Sophie talking a little bit, for the rest of the meal. It was amazing.
blufawn wrote:I have met them too, I picked them out for you......lol and if the microchips ever migrate you can blame me for that as well, they were only the 3rd and 4th dogs I ever microchipped lol
Oops! My bad, didn't realize that you'd gone to pick them out as well. Thought that Lynn had picked them out for us on her own. Thanks for choosing two such wonderful girls for us!

We'll let our vet know to blame you if there's a problem with the microchips. :P I'm sure everything will be fine.
Saxon wrote:You say they never stop talking, well, if they take after their mother they never will,when i picked Frigga up from Lynn as a pup, lynn said to me this one is very vocal, she started on the drive home and hasnt shut up since, i swear she is really trying to talk to us, but it does kinda grow on you and we have now learnt to speak tamaskan and talk back to her.
Oh, I love it when she talks to me! And I've been working on my Tamaskan as well. Sometimes we just sit there on the floor and talk to each other for a minute before they jump on me and we start wrestling again. We've already noticed that they make one kind of noise when they want to go out, another when they're lonely, and another when they're talking with each other or us.

Attached a few more pictures and a couple of videos of them being adorable. Oh, and in the last 18 hours both of their ears have become fully erect! We could almost watch it happening.



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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:20 pm

They are just soo cute <3 great videos and cute photos :D
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Post by Sylvaen » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:17 am

Wonderful pics and the videos were really great too!
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Post by Wave2Tuffy » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:21 am

Just love your videos! :lol: :lol: :lol: How freaking cute! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Tamaddict » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:52 am

Awwww, two times the cute!
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Post by Rahne » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:32 am

Nice pics and videos :)

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Post by Amy » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:34 am

Wonderful pics and the videos were really great too! :P

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Post by wen » Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:49 am

thanks for the update, I like the collective "awww" when the pups came on you at the airport lol
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Post by Blustag » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:37 pm

Great pics :D

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Post by Gaby » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:11 pm

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Gaby wrote:Congratulations! :D What a beautiful girls, they certainly don't look like terrible twins! Looks like they have a lot of fun together. And two pups at the same time, I heard that can be difficult, but it never happened with dogs I knew, so I really don't know for sure. Did you heard that too and do you know if that's true? Hope you can keep us updated with a lot of pictures. ;)
So far having two isn't being difficult at all. Rhea seems to be a bit of a faster study than Sophie, but they're both incredibly well behaved. Last night we took them out to a dog friendly restaurant with us and a couple of friends. The girls spent 10 minutes greeting everyone in the shop and then curled up at my feet and fell asleep, except for Sophie talking a little bit, for the rest of the meal. It was amazing.
That's great! Nice restaurant too. :) The problems I heard of were more on the long term. That the dogs do not bond as well with their owner because they have each other and therefore are more difficult to train. But like I said, I don't know from my own experience, I only red/heard about it. I do not ask it to offend you or anything, I'm just curious. Because I hope that it's not the case, it would be so much nicer for puppies to grow up with a brother or sister and always have a playmate! ;)

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Post by Misaya » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:36 pm

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Post by WhiteElkStag » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:02 am

Gaby wrote:That's great! Nice restaurant too. :) The problems I heard of were more on the long term. That the dogs do not bond as well with their owner because they have each other and therefore are more difficult to train. But like I said, I don't know from my own experience, I only red/heard about it. I do not ask it to offend you or anything, I'm just curious. Because I hope that it's not the case, it would be so much nicer for puppies to grow up with a brother or sister and always have a playmate! ;)
No offense taken and I can only speak from 6 days of experience but so far having the two together has not made bonding or training any more difficult than we expected. But, we do separate them fairly often when we need to work with them. We also make them sleep separately and take them individually on short walks. So far, what seems to be happening is that if we can't interact with them, they interact with each other. But, they're fairly willing to stop whatever they're doing and switch to interacting with us if we want them to. They also seem to be very aware of us even when we're not directly interacting with them. For instance (at the risk of embarrassing myself), earlier this evening I was walking in to another part of the apartment and knocked my head on the door frame so hard I had to stop and sit down. Both Rhea and Sophie stopped wrestling with each other and came over to be with me until I had gotten up again.

As for training. Just for example. Right now we're working on having them sit when we get to the front door, either from the inside or the outside, and then to sit again once we get them inside to take off their leashes. Rhea has the routine down 70% of the time, and Sophie maybe 30%. In general how quickly they learn seems to depend more on their personality than whether we have them together or separate. Rhea is inherently much less independent than Sophie, but they're both definitely coming to depend on us.

The only real problem that we seem to be having from there being two of them is they don't seem to be learning their names as quickly as we expected. They respond to their names only a little more than 50% of the time. If anyone has any advice on working with name training we would really appreciate it.
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Post by Blustag » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:28 pm

It sounds like you are doing everything right. I cant remember the last time in my life I only had two dogs :lol: but it is important to take each out individually and spend some quality time whilst the other waits patiently at home. You are killing two birds with one stone then...one goes... out the other learns to stay home alone ;)

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Post by TeresaC » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:39 am

My heart is melting...hope to see them someday at a US Tam gathering :D
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Post by Lyss » Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:24 am

These girls are gorgeous!! :mrgreen:

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Post by Gaby » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:11 pm

Onarian wrote:
Gaby wrote:That's great! Nice restaurant too. :) The problems I heard of were more on the long term. That the dogs do not bond as well with their owner because they have each other and therefore are more difficult to train. But like I said, I don't know from my own experience, I only red/heard about it. I do not ask it to offend you or anything, I'm just curious. Because I hope that it's not the case, it would be so much nicer for puppies to grow up with a brother or sister and always have a playmate! ;)
No offense taken and I can only speak from 6 days of experience but so far having the two together has not made bonding or training any more difficult than we expected. But, we do separate them fairly often when we need to work with them. We also make them sleep separately and take them individually on short walks. So far, what seems to be happening is that if we can't interact with them, they interact with each other. But, they're fairly willing to stop whatever they're doing and switch to interacting with us if we want them to. They also seem to be very aware of us even when we're not directly interacting with them. For instance (at the risk of embarrassing myself), earlier this evening I was walking in to another part of the apartment and knocked my head on the door frame so hard I had to stop and sit down. Both Rhea and Sophie stopped wrestling with each other and came over to be with me until I had gotten up again.

As for training. Just for example. Right now we're working on having them sit when we get to the front door, either from the inside or the outside, and then to sit again once we get them inside to take off their leashes. Rhea has the routine down 70% of the time, and Sophie maybe 30%. In general how quickly they learn seems to depend more on their personality than whether we have them together or separate. Rhea is inherently much less independent than Sophie, but they're both definitely coming to depend on us.

The only real problem that we seem to be having from there being two of them is they don't seem to be learning their names as quickly as we expected. They respond to their names only a little more than 50% of the time. If anyone has any advice on working with name training we would really appreciate it.
The way you are doing it sounds really good. ;) Maybe you could do some kind of game with them. Like calling Rhea by the name and only give her a treat. And then Sophie and give her a treat. So they learn that their name means something nice, but only for the one whose name is called. I don't know if it will work, maybe you can also train them separate from each other.

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Post by WhiteElkStag » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:11 pm

Hi Everyone,
Sorry for the long wait, but the semester has been busy. Now, finals are next week and I'm looking for ways to procrastinate so I finally get to share! I usually man the camera, Kira is much more photogenic. These pictures are all about a week old, and the girls have each put on about 3lbs since then and another inch at the withers. We're having so much fun with them!
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Post by Sylvaen » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:35 pm

beautiful photos... those 2 pups are just gorgeous!
they already look great but they're going to be really stunning when they are full grown. I'm in love! :D
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Post by claireyclaire » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:03 pm

great pics :D
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:39 pm

Your girls are lovely, they'll be stunning when they get older :D
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Post by JulieSmith » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:46 am

They are wonderful looking dogs, growing more lovely every day. Their sister Saga sends her love.

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Post by Lyss » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:09 pm

beautiful girls! :D

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Post by Katlin » Sun May 01, 2011 4:51 am

Amazing pictures. I'm burning with jealousy :roll: The saxon pups look quite alike don't they...I mean Saga and your girls :)
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Post by Jen » Wed May 04, 2011 4:05 pm

How lovely and they really do look alot like Saga. Gorgeous!! :D

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Post by Blustag » Thu May 05, 2011 4:21 pm

Great pics and the pups are coming along lovely. ;)

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