|Miss Coral having a nap!|
It all starts innocently enough. One puppy will lick or nibble on another puppy’s ear or any exposed body part, and that one in turn does likewise to an unsuspecting sibling and so on and so on. Before long the entire mini-pack is engaged in a friendly brouhaha. The playing field is pretty level between the boys and girls as Miss Amber was witnessed trying to ingest her brother’s leg. Along with the nibbling, the activities include jousting and wrestling punctuated by miniature growls, squeaks and barks. Mind you, it’s all good fun and after a period of frenzied activity, it culminates in a big snore-fest where the puppies use each other as pillows.
Now that the whelping box has an extension, the puppies have room to run laps. They use the original portion as their lounge where they sleep, play, dine and cuddle with each other. The addition which is lined with unprinted newspaper and shredded paper is used as a gym when it’s clean and afterward for “relief”.
There’s no question that meal-time is a highlight for the puppies. Every time the jumbo bowl in the shape of a ring makes its appearance, most leap to attention and make a bee-line for it. Sometimes various spots get so crowded that we have to air-lift one or two of the little minions to the other side of the bowl just to be sure everyone fits. Once all the bellies are filled and the little ones have licked the excess off their neighbour, this activity is also capped off with a nap.
It seems like the happiest one of all as of late, is Heidi. With each of the puppies’ twenty-eight pointy little teeth coming in, we’re sure that the whelping box containing the three hundred and thirty-six razor sharp teeth was beginning to represent a little torture chamber to her. Now that the gang is enjoying three daily meals of mush, Heidi gets a well-deserved reprieve from her responsibility as the milk-truck operator. But mom is still a good sport by providing her little family with the occasional supplement and is herself occasionally rewarded with any mush the puppies might have left over for her – a hit and miss proposition at the best of times!
In the meantime, the gang is spending their time just being puppies, wishing upon a star that all their little puppy dreams will come true.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another heart-warming installment of “Puppy Tales”.