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Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 8 weeks

This week was all about having fun and getting dirty in the process. Fortunately, the morning dew that covered the lawn was nature’s little miracle footbath that cleansed the puppies’ feet on their way back to the playpen. This week was also about meeting new people, making new relationships and evolving roles. As their mother and caregiver, Bella still provided the occasional snack to her little entourage, but after mealtime, she became their playmate, one on one or in groups. Not unexpectedly, their “Aunt” Sierra who has always adored the puppies, was their favourite and most capable chum. She would inspire a group to chase her and then roll onto her back to allow the little ones to climb on her. With such keen maternal instincts, Sierra is bound to be an exceptional mum herself one day.

The group was eager to get further acquainted with their dad, Hudson and their “Uncle” Jazz, but did have some difficulty in keeping up with them so they settled on Haas, our senior Golden. Since Haa…

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 7 weeks

The Angel Litter ....


Miss Lavender warned him by barking several times, yet the intruder would not budge. She began to bark incessantly, but he was still unyielding. Finally she could take no more. She lunged forward and sank her teeth into him jerking her head from side to side as she pulled back. He finally toppled over and lay there, helpless…..defeated. Score one for the puppies. The broom that graces our deck had learned its lesson. And thus, the tone for the week was set.

With their sense of adventure and confidence growing daily, the puppies have now explored the better part of an acre of their private wonderland. They still enjoy their gardening and rock climbing, but have added a form of steeplechase that involves chasing each other under and through various pieces of deck furniture. Their foot races across the back half of the property came to an abrupt halt one day for Mr. Crimson as he disappeared into a large hole that had been dug by some of our older Goldens. He emerged…

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 6 weeks

It’s been a busy week for the puppies. Now that they are becoming more comfortable with outdoor living, they have been pursuing various hobbies and interests. Mr. Black, the lumberjack, has been gleefully pruning a lilac bush. Not to be outdone, Miss Yellow and Mr. Brown have taken up landscaping as they rearrange twigs and bark chips. Messrs. Crimson and Blue are amateur rock-climbers scaling the flower beds, while the others practice their track & field, gymnastics or even origami with the paper in their whelping box.

Bella feeds the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with diminishing enthusiasm. It’s comical to watch them chase her around the yard in the hopes of getting a snack. All in all, Bella is doing a great job as a mum. She has even scared away a wild turkey lurking outside the fence to our yard. When the puppies are in their playpen, Bella lies dutifully beside it to watch over them, but sometimes shares this task with our Si…

Bella and Hudson's Puppies - 5 weeks

What an adventurous week this has been since the puppies were introduced to the great outdoors. They are spending a good portion of their day outside now, sometimes slumbering in their pen and other times on supervised expeditions in the yard. Their circle of comfort continues to widen and they are enjoying every minute frolicking about! With their vision and hearing now fully matured, they are very curious, learning about the things many of us take for granted: a blade of grass, a bark chip or a butterfly. One day during afternoon recess, Mr. Black, spotting an apparent gap under our gate, decided he would like to explore the previously uncharted expanses of our property. He recruited Mr. Crimson and Mr. Purple to join him in his quest, but all three were apprehended without incident.

Being the good mother that she is, Bella is still very protective of her puppies and the only dogs she never minds having around them is their dad Hudson and our senior Golden, Haas. Bella does make exc…