As the puppies' bladder control has improved, they are slowly being allowed into the other rooms. The upstairs remains off limits but they are allowed supervised access to the living room and my study now.
There was a concerted escape attempt to get into the dining room when we eating but this was firmly foiled. Dogs do not beg from the table. Children do not feed dogs scraps of food they dislike. According to my daughter, sometimes dogs will not eat the food. The only thing that would get rid of courgettes when they were young was to stuff them in their socks! The things you do not want to know when you are a mother.
Yesterday a friend came over and brought her one year old black lab, Daisy, for a playdate. Daisy dutifully played with the puppies, but her big joy was to play with Chile who decided to act like a puppy despite his years. When Hardy attempted to join in and lick Chile's face, Daisy moved around very quickly and stood between the two, preventing Hardy. Dog politics is fascinating stuff. The dogs all had a wonderful time and we were able to enjoy a cup of coffee. Afterwards, the puppies slept!
My characters are behaving themselves a bit which is good as well.