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Wordless Wednesday: Link to Puppy Cam Livestream

Goodnight, fwends

Remember back when …

If you were hanging with us in the autumn of 2012, you may recall that one magic evening when the tiny Miss Euka offered up a goodnight wave to her new fan base.

This was as we were intently watching the Eukanuba Puppy Cam that was livestreaming the ferocious acts of derring do of Euka and her E littermates. The E’s were merely wee pups learning about life with their breeder caretaker.

Euka and her E littermates at dinnertime.
That’s our girl on the bed savoring a kibble of her own.

So y’all, wanna do this again? Our fresh new followers, are you ready for some puppy awesomeness?

Well, I’m in anyway. Oh, but of course I am.

For the next eight weeks, Eukanuba is hosting a livestream of Canine Companions for Independence‘s Hero Litter. Tiny pups with a big destiny, these furries have just shown up to rock our world.

Here they are, people. Introducing the Hero Litter, courtesy of mama Taya and dad Zorba. And half-siblings to our Miss Euka, too, so there’s that for a bonus.

Taya and her Hero Litter, born March 18, 2014
 (Photo courtesy of Eukanuba)

Check out the livestream of these kids on the Eukanuba Puppy Cam at from noon to midnight EST. Seven days a week for the next eight weeks.

Plus two other ways to keep up with the Heros.

Eukanuba’s Facebook Page at

Canine Companions for Independence’s Facebook Page at

And don’t blink twice, y’all. They’ll be grown up before you know it.

Just like Euka [sniffle]

Character development

Everett hunkered down in the bed awaiting his prey . Ima panther 
in a tree, says Everett. And I’m gonna pounce you.
(screen shot from the Eukanuba Puppy Channel)

Join me in wishing the Canine Companions for Independence E litter a very happy five week birthday, won’t you?  It seems these critters have grown in a flash, from little hamster-like buns into for-real puppies with personalities.  So five weeks old means just another three until the pups go out to their puppies raisers.

Eukanuba Puppy Channel voyeurs like myself no longer need to look at the collar color to identify the pups. Which one is throwing his head back in a yowl? Well, that would be the rather vocal Elmo. Hey! I got something important to tell you, says Elmo. Listen up, guys.

The pup army crawling for a sneak attack complete with an adorable puppy pounce onto a littermate? Yep, that’s Everett. 

How ’bout the born leader of them all? Proving the birth order theory of first born having strong leadership skills, we have Emma.

The E’s were introduced into a new sensory environment this week and we can all watch as they discover their new digs, thanks to Eukanuba’s livestream. Here we all can watch as the furries have the room to spread out and show their true character. Oh, see the red slide in the photo? They’ll chug their stubby little legs up that thing and go down head first to the other side. Or butt first. Either way, it makes me say d’awww out loud. And under the slide is a blanket that all eight critters love to sleep on. At the same time. It looks like a tribble factory when they stuff themselves under there.

In the next screen shot, we see the E’s at dinner time. These pups get weighed by the breeder caretaker to ensure each little chubster is getting their fill and growing appropriately. The weights were shared this week by Eukanuba:

Emma (Red) – 7lbs 9 oz
Everett (Blue) – 7 lbs 10 oz
Ella (Purple) – 7 lbs 3 oz
Elmo (Neon Green) – 7 lbs
Euka II (Neon Pink) – 7 lbs
Ethan (Light Pink) – 7 lbs 6 oz
Emily (Brown) – 6 lbs
Eliza (Turquoise) – 7 lbs

So yeah, some healthy growing pups, right?  So I shouldn’t have any concern about Euka II and her seemingly delicate appetite. While her sibs are tucking into their kibble, she’s grazing. Grabbing a kibble here and there. Pick up a mouthful, then off to play with a coveted toy. Another visit to the kibble bar and she’s on the bed to enjoy the complex flavors.

Euka II takes over the bed during dinner hour. She’s noshing
upon a mouthful of kibble here.
(screen shot from the Eukanuba Puppy Channel)

What does this mean? I dunno, we can all speculate and guess and whatever, but really the chick is only five weeks old. But I’d like to say she has problem solving skills. Euka knows while everyone else is distracted, she now has the entire wealth of the playground to herself. Or maybe it’s simply that her littermates smell funny to her and that messes with her appetite.

Aw, but no matter. Just look at the weights again. Euka is right in line with her sibs. Well yeah, expect for Mt. Everett*, the chunky monkey of the litter.  Gotcha covered, Euka, says Everett. I’ll make sure you’re share of the kibble is eaten. Taking one for the team here.

But it’s important to be sure on these things, right? These are important puppies with that whole assistance dog destiny thing looming ahead. So we sent in an expert after dinnertime to get a second opinion.

She’s full, cap’n, says Ethan.

Photo courtesy of Chris Kittredge Photography

*I cannot take credit for this nickname, even though I really want to. Ella’s puppy raiser came up with this moniker for the chubster.

Wordless Wednesday: E Litter Puppy Names

The names of Canine Companions for Independence’s E Litter puppies were announced this week on Eukanuba’s Facebook page.

Euka II at three weeks.
Photo courtesy Chris Kittredge Photography

The extraordinary E litter was born on Friday, September 14 2012.  Mom Taya introduced us to five girls and three boys, all yellow coats.

In birth order (with collar color) we have:

Emma (red)
Everett (blue)

Ella (purple)

Elmo (neon green)

Euka II (neon pink)
Emily (brown)

Ethan (light pink)
Eliza (turquoise)

The Livestream puppy cam* will be available for about another five weeks until these fuzzies are two months old and then next go out to their CCI volunteer puppy raisers.

*The Livestream is now closed.

Introducing Euka II: She’s not a tuber

Kiss me, you fool.   
Photo courtesy of Chris Kittredge Photography

(Social media disclaimer. As I talk about Eukanuba, it is as an employee of P&G Pet Care. However, anything I say in praise of Eukanuba supports my personal belief that we make some great pet food now. ‘Tis totally true.)
LOOK AT THIS FACE!, I’m saying way too loudly for cube farm environment. We have rules about such behavior, but we don’t call them that. It’s “open office etiquette” we say, like Emily Post works here at P&G or something. One doesn’t disturb one’s cubemates with loud exclamations while waving an 8 X 10 photo over one’s head.

Never being the kind of girl with an understanding of etiquette skills, let alone reasonable table manners, I’m compelled to bring everyone’s attention to a photo of Euka II that was just forwarded to me by email.

And just look at that face, why don’t ya? Here’s our next CCI pup in training at two weeks old. She’s looking directly into the camera with her newly opened eyes and just daring you not to kiss her square on the mouth.

This is Euka II, I explain to Everyone. She’s our next CCI office puppy.

What a cute baby, agrees Maria, my Spanish speaking cubemate. You know what we call a yuca, don’t you?

A yooka? I ask. With a long u sound? Isn’t that a southwestern flower or something. I thought that was yucca.

Photo courtesy of Chris Kittredge Photography

No, that’s different. A yuca is like, um, she patiently tries to explain to me. It’s a food important to South America. Kind of like a sweet potato. It grows underground, you know?

Ooh, a sweet potato, I think. Holy cow, that’s perfect! I look at the photo in my hands. Right, the stinkin’ adorable Euka is our little Sweet Tater. I’m seeing her roly poly puppy body with brown-sugar-cinnamon-on-top sweetness. Yummy enough to melt butter.

Actually, says another cubemate. It’s usually called a cassava. It’s really a tuber.

What’s that you say? A tuber? Oh, ugh. The thought balloon over my head audibly pops. Well, doesn’t that just suck the romance right out of it?   This puppy is not a tuber, I think.  Naw, I’m sticking with the Sweet Tater image.

So this precious little package of puppy goodness is Euka II, the fifth born of the Eukanuba sponsored E litter for Canine Companions for Independence. She is, of course, taking her noble moniker from the Eukanuba brand. But there’s more to it than just that.

Euka II is also the namesake of Euka, our recently retired VP of Canine Communications at P&G Pet Care.  More about Euka can be found at this link. But she was kind of a big deal around P&G. From the news release announcing her retirement after nine years of loyal service to the company . . .

About Euka

Since joining the team in the summer of 2003, she’s been the official greeter of office visitors, represented IAMS and Eukanuba at corporate events and industry activities, supervised numerous shelter makeovers and visited school children to help educate them about the importance of animals and how best to take care of them. In 2004, her celebrity really took off when she became a national “cover dog” by appearing on Fortune Magazine with P&G CEO at the time, A.G. Lafley.

To learn more about and follow the happenings of Griffin, P&G Pet Care’s new V.P. of Canine Communications, visit or

It’s an honor, it would seem, to be carrying on the name of Euka here at P&G. And I’m a little crazy jazzed that this little celeb-to-be will be my charge soon.

We do know that Euka II won’t be stepping into Euka’s paw prints in the executive suite. Her replacement, the esteemed Pawl Griffin, has taken on the role of VP of Canine Communications. Instead our Euka II will be hanging with me in Pet Care R&D to learn about her career as a service-pup-in-training.

I shall call him Squishy and he will be mine
and he will be my Squishy.  
Photo courtesy of Chris Kittredge Photography

Three weeks down, five to go, until I can schmoosh my face in hers and get a good whiff of that wonderful puppy smell. Or start her training.  Sure, we’ll do that too.

Until that magical time, I’ll be cyber stalking the E litter on the Eukanuba Puppy Channel. Have you looked at this in the last couple of days?  The whelping area has been expanded to include a playground for the pups. They’ve found their legs and are learning to play with each other.

You know, I do declare myself with having earned a Master level at multi-tasking. Well heck, what mom isn’t an expert at performing multiple feats? But a warning to even the best of us. I tried running this Livestream and preparing dinner in the evening a couple of times and it kinda ends badly.  If you consider pizza delivery as Plan B as a bad thing.

So forewarned is four-legged. Or something like that.

There’s our lil tater in the right in the center of the action.  (screen shot from the Eukanuba Puppy Channel.)

Introducing Puppy #4 Euka II

[screen shot from livestream]

(Social media disclaimer. As I talk about Eukanuba, it is as an employee of P&G Pet Care. However, anything I say in praise of Eukanuba supports my personal belief that we make some great pet food now. ‘Tis totally true.)

Not a creature was stirring, not even a . . . ah, hold it right there, missy. There is indeed a tiny critter moving about. See the little polar bear pup up and about on her new legs? Two weeks old and already full of awesome stuff.

That’s our little neon pink pup, Euka II.  CCI puppy #4 for this dog fur besotted household. While her littermates are sleeping off their last binge at the milk buffet, Euka II is exploring her new world. She’s not even here in Ohio yet and I’m already obnoxiously proud of her. I mean, just look at her!  She’s obviously advanced, right?

We still have a few weeks (augh!) until she shows up to shed on my clothes. There’s so much for Euka to do before she’s eight weeks old, from opening her eyes to learning appropriate play with her sibs.

So I’m afraid I’m left with voyeurism, puppy style.

At the Eukanuba Puppy Channel Mom Taya and her extraordinary E litter are livestreamed. I can stalk this precious package online until I get a sugar buzz. Or until I get caught at work, heh.  Oh well, it’s impossible to be stealthy anyway. Because every time I open the livefeed, these puppies are doing something so stinkin’ adorable that I’m pulling co-workers from their chairs to Come Look at This!  And I may or may not have done this very thing to the company VP the other day. Right, it may not have been those exact words.

So if you’re viewing the livestream, keep an eye our for our little tater. Euka II is fifth in the birth order of the eight pups, so she is sporting the neon pink collar. Each pup is assigned a color according to their birth order.  CCI explains identifying pups in more detail on their blog. From CCI’s blog post Color-coded Pups:

Once the pups are cleaned and dry, colored yarn is placed around their neck. When the puppies grow older, the yarn is replaced by a color-coded collar.

The following color scheme is followed, indicating first to last born: red, blue, purple, neon green, neon pink, brown, light pink, turquoise, orange, dark green, black, yellow, gray, burgundy, and nude (yes, the fifteenth born gets no color!).

First born, Emma.

Eukanuba’s Facebook page offered up a naming contest for some of the E puppies. So red puppy, the first born, is democratically named Emma (photo on right).

Eukanuba fans also had the chance to vote on blue puppy (boy), and purple and brown puppies (both girls).  Winning names will be assigned later this week, just keep an eye on Eukanauba’s page for the results.

Now, there was plenty of discussion held on Euka II’s name, but not a fan vote for this tiny beauty. There is a back story to her moniker, besides the obvious. We’ll cover that in an upcoming post.

But I have to go now. It’s time for the puppy cam to be on. If you happen to see me on the Livestream chat, do say hello. My Livestream handle is Donna_puppyraiser.

[screen shot from livestream] Not sure which color-coded pup was the one on her back with
feet twitching in the air. But really, does it matter?
Good grief that’s just sugar cookie sweetness. [sigh]

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