Dew on the grass + freshly dug mole hill + one author who has a good idea for a scene = two very happy puppies, one filthy kitchen floor and an acquaintance with a towel.
It is amazing how cute and innocent puppies can look when totally covered in dirt.
They are growing fast. And already I can see a big difference. But a solid foundation is what is about and they do appear to be learning. With writing, my cp is threatening her whip. I do suspect somehow though I will get the puppies in. Border collies as a breed were not recognised until the late 19th century -- before that they were simply sheep dogs, but they did come from the English/Scottish border region so it is feasible for a pair of tri colour pups to be there.