“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
|Bella and Mr. Gingerbread "Timber"|
What is it with dogs and sticks? As we let the gang outside for their now-daily romps, we are left with the impression that sticks must have some kind of magnets built into them. Whether they’re buried in the snow or attached to low-hanging trees, the puppies know exactly where to find them. The group was not at all fazed by the cold or the new-fallen snow; rather they embraced the snow as a fun element that they incorporated into their playing. Bella leads each expedition into the far reaches of the yard with the puppies following in single file. Once they’ve returned to the main area, Bella finds herself a spot to keep a watchful eye on her little pack as they frolic in the snow, running and tumbling at top speeds, stopping only occasionally to investigate moss growing on a rock, chew on a twig or work on pruning a tree.
The gang had their first car ride this week. A word of advice: when your puppies are tucked away in the back of your vehicle, one thing you should never do when they’re within earshot is use any form of the word “veterinarian”. They surely must have clued in to where they were going as there was a lot of howling and chatter all the way there and all the way back. They did however, brave their shots and pass their check-ups with flying colours. We could almost hear the sighs of relief as they returned to their cozy little roost.
This was also the week in which the puppies were temperament tested and in true Golden fashion, all were found to have very even, well-balanced temperaments. Not to appear contradictory, there were initially numerous complaints at bath time, but they all realized quickly enough that it wasn’t such a bad thing after all.
In other news, Bella has officially retired from her job as a nursing mom. The puppies are receiving three meals a day of moistened and dry kibble with supplements - pretty much what they’ll be eating once they leave us. In the meantime, Bella is spending more time playing with her puppies or just watching over them when they’re otherwise occupied in playing or sleeping. We have noticed Bella stealing some of the puppy toys and tip-toeing away to play with them herself.
As the puppies mature, they are all becoming even sweeter and more affectionate. We have been treasuring our remaining days together with each and every one of them. So long, little ones. We wish you all the best in your journey, but most of all, we wish you love.
That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”. See you next litter!