|Drinks are on me!|
“The Block Party”
It was a beautiful fall day and there was electricity in the air. The preparatory work in the kitchen was now complete and the persistent thud of a bass drum resonated through the speakers. There was a buzz among the some of the guests as they milled around in anticipation of the big event that was moments away. The two chaperones were already in the garden waiting to welcome everyone. The stage was set and we were ready. All the puppies from both Sierra and Whitney’s litters were led into the yard to have their first playdate together. The scene resembled a dance floor on prom night. Some of the participants were initially a little shy as they scoped out the new group. Ever the playboy, Mr. Raven from Whitney’s litter wasted no time in getting to know Miss Cosmopolitan and there was little question that Mr. Sapphire fancied Miss Kahlua.
Playtime took on a whole new dynamic and everyone was having lots of fun, ourselves included. This enhanced socialization was a big benefit to the puppies in helping to establish the foundation for their current and future relationships with both animals and humans. Before long and despite the age difference, all the puppies became fast friends as they frolicked in the yard. Everyone settled into a variety of activities. Some chose to try their hand at rock climbing while others settled in with a nice little twig, either alone or with a friend. There were a few groups who favoured wrestling, jousting or playing rugby without a ball. Even the moms didn’t discern between who was who. During one break in the action when the drinks were flowing, Miss Kahlua, Miss Cosmopolitan and Miss Limoncello enjoyed a serving of the beverage that their “Aunt Whitney” had on tap. It was quite a Utopian environment without conflict or prejudice – just good, clean fun.
The puppies are learning to communicate as they wag their tails to us and to each other. With the increased control over their facial muscles, they are making expressions, beginning to reveal their personalities and voice their opinions. They bark, growl, squeak, yelp, chirp and howl – whatever it takes to get someone’s attention, including each other’s. And while their play is becoming a bit more coordinated and adult-like, they’re still just kids at heart. Mind you, the puppies were so spent from their big playdate, that in the ensuing naptime some of them sounded like grandpa snoring on the sofa after a huge Thanksgiving dinner.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another enthralling installment of “Puppy Tales”.