There’s never a dull moment in a household with two litters on the go. The puppies are growing daily - hourly even. Along with their plump little bodies, their vocal abilities are growing steadily. The call can come at any time, day or night, when they start chanting in unison, demanding a delivery of milk. Maddie is generally willing to oblige, but needs a little coaxing for the 3:00 a.m. feedings.
Maddie herself is doing very well and has even discovered a couple of new tricks. There have been the usual one or two bread snatchings, but when the pack is receiving treats in the kitchen, Maddie will shuffle around to the back of the line to attempt to trick us into giving her seconds. On more than one occasion when the rest of the pack retires into their beds for the night, we’ll notice that we have an extra dog on our hands. It seems that in the commotion, Maddie has planted herself in one of the beds just to get a treat. A wolf in Golden Retriever’s clothing…… clever girl.
At this stage, the puppies’ eyesight is fully developed and it’s very apparent as they’re curious about their surroundings and about each other. Whether boy or girl, they engage in numerous sessions of Ultimate Puppy Wrestling as they scamper around their little home, spending more time awake each day. Mr. Purple was the first to even entertain a daring escape attempt.
A highlight for the puppies is their introduction to gruel or mush: a healthy concoction of oatmeal, goat’s milk and vitamins. Miss Lilac entertained us by diving into the community bowl, head first. This served to inspire many of the others as they began a free for all to dig in to this new source of nourishment. At the end of the episode, they probably had as much on them as in them. As a result of her face plant, poor Miss Lilac’s eyes were caked shut, but her siblings quickly came to her rescue by licking the sticky mess off her face. Before long, the puppies had completed the task of grooming one another.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another tantalizing installment in the continuing saga of “Puppy Tales”.