Mingus Touchdown.

17/01/2010 at 16:59 7 comments


So yesterday we journeyed far (well, to Southampton) to collect our new little lad. We packed the car for every eventuality, fully expecting howling, vomiting and other bodily expulsions en route home. In the event though Mingus took it all completely in his stride and slept silently for most of the journey, with occasional moments of rousing to check out the passing scenery – a stark contrast to Phoenix who howled and screamed like she was having root canal work for the entire of her 7 hour trip home!

With Adam.

As soon as he touched down in the kitchen Mingus burst to life, brimming with excitement and joy at all the new things to explore. After wolfing down his first home meal, wagging furiously throughout, he raced around like an energizer bunny on overload…so wonderfully confident despite his all-new environment and leaving his siblings behind, a really great testament to how well raised and socialised he has been. Eventually he crashed and burned and snuggled straight into his new cage for a good long snooze – perfect!

Favourite new toy....


Phoenix was beside herself with excitement, but was just too boisterous to play with her new brother just yet. Mingus seems perfectly happy to sleep on his own and settles down without fuss, so the first night went pretty well, punctuated with various trips out to the toilet, but with no screaming, howling or signs of any distress…all quite remarkable!


So now, after about 24 hours at Wolf Valley, Mingus definitely knows his name, and comes scampering every time you call him. He’s also mastered “sit” pretty quickly, thanks to trusty clicker and reward system. He starts his formal Puppy Gurus obedience training in just over 2 weeks, so we’ve practised a few “down” commands to get the ball rolling. Luckily Mingus seems to have an insatiable appetite, which certainly makes training much easier. He was also weaned straight onto on raw food by Mum Jacqui, which fits perfectly with Phoenix’ all raw diet too.

Sofa snuggle.

Phoenix has become less hyper around Mingus as the day has gone on, which has allowed them to interact properly, albeit under strict supervision, and even enjoy a 3-way-snoozy-snuggle together with Tim on the “dog” sofa this afternoon…


"You displease me Human..."


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sam  |  17/01/2010 at 17:58

    Glad to see hes arrived…..looks a real sweetie…..Tennant is gutted that the love of his life has “moved a bloke in”

  • 2. Sue & Darren  |  17/01/2010 at 19:05

    Solo calling Mingus…. come in Mingus

    Solo is Mingus sister, collected on the 15th & just had a short journey home to Chandlers Ford.

    She loved the ride home, eagar to look out of all windows on the way. Eating well, full on at play time & boy does she love her sleep.

    Let us know if you want to keep in touch?

    • 3. Phoenix  |  17/01/2010 at 19:14

      Hi Sue, Darren & Solo,
      Great to hear from you all and also to hear that Solo’s journey home went well too – what confident little boys and girls these are! Solo must be the little girl who had the black collar, if we’re right? We’d definitely love to keep in touch and share progress, compare notes etc.

  • 4. Sue & Darren  |  17/01/2010 at 19:13

    Solo calling Mingus ….come in Mingus

    Solo is Mingus Sister & we collected her on the 15th. She loved the car ride home & wanted to look out of all the windows. Eating well, loves to play & boy does she love to sleep!

    Let us know if you would like future updates?

  • 5. Anna  |  17/01/2010 at 23:52

    Sounds like he is fitting in just fine. Isn’t it fun to see the differences in pups? I’m sure he’s going to continue to surprise you. Can’t wait to see how he matures. Enjoy! I shall live vicariously through you..

  • 6. SueBK  |  03/04/2010 at 12:03

    Hey guys, I’m watching this beauty with lots of interest! I can’t wait to see Mingus at his 1st show.
    What a lovely pair you have.
    My very best to you all in the future.
    Sue and Scrotie.

    • 7. Phoenix  |  19/04/2010 at 15:04

      Hey Sue!
      Many thanks for your kind words – we have now booked Mingus in for his first show, so the clock is now ticking! – can’t wait to get him out in the ring!! Hugs to you and Scotie 🙂


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