“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
|Mr. Icicle waiting for Santa!|
The days leading up to Christmas seemed a magical time. There was a certain electricity in the air and the puppies were feeling it too. Their energy level was soaring as was demonstrated by Miss Mistletoe, using one of her siblings as a springboard, catapulted herself out of the whelping box. The five inch step in the foyer, once so foreboding is now a launching pad which the puppies use to leap down to the lower level as part of their circuit training. When we’re sitting on the floor with the puppies, they spring up like dolphins as they try to plant kisses on our faces. Despite everything, each of the puppies has been more nice than naughty, so Christmas should prove to be very enjoyable.
After Santa dropped off toys and goodies for the puppies, near pandemonium ensued. There were so many toys that the puppies kept losing track of which one they were playing with, or with whom. A favorite was their mini rope toy - really just meant for one or two, but often three or four of them attempted to play with it at the same time. The puppies were also using the crates in the room for entertainment purposes. They would chase one another through one end of a crate and out the other; an activity that resulted in numerous collisions from two way traffic. Once their energy ebbed, the little ones curled up with a friend or rolled over on their backs to have a well-deserved snooze.
The puppies have now weaned off Bella almost entirely, albeit they still try. After numerous laps of the gym while chasing their mom, the pursuers gradually drop off one by one….panting. There are occasions, however when Bella gives in just a little! This bunch consists of an abundance of power eaters, which is evidenced by the fact that their food bowls are always cleaned out and virtually polished to a shine after every meal.
Christmas is also a time for making friends and the puppies made several. They studied their older “brother” Haydain the Gentle Giant very intently as he towered over them. Haydain is very enamoured with the puppies and he stood by very patiently as they bounced up to plant a lick on his nose. Their sister Whitney wasted no time in getting down to their level and allowing them to climb all over her. Even Bella joined in on the festivities. Good fun was had by all.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for the spellbinding conclusion of “Puppy Tales”.