|We are enjoying all the time we are spending outdoors.|
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”
Despite our need for rain, the weather was sufficiently agreeable to enable us to introduce the gang to the great outdoors. It took mere seconds for them to take it all in and make a quick decision as to which direction to take off in. The puppies were immediately curious about the crunchy yellowy/green substance they were walking on, formerly known as our lawn and discovered that not only did it make a good ground covering, but it also served as a vast salad bar. They also expressed a keen interest in sticks and twigs. Puppies apparently come out of the womb with a profound connection to nature’s debris. There were even some stuffed animals outside to add a little variety to the mix. When there was a break in the action, Heidi brought the milk truck around to provide everyone with a little snack. And there’s always water available to help keep the crew hydrated. When she’s not being the local milk dispenser, Heidi is always nearby to keep a watchful eye on her brood.
Playtime always ends in a good long nap which the group enjoys in the air-conditioned comfort of their whelping box. This is also where their three daily meals of mush are served until such time as they progress to al fresco dining. Everyone has grown very well and all have cracked the seven pound barrier and beyond at this time. It’s a good thing that there are regular exercise periods in the yard!
This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They’re learning to communicate with each other and with us by wagging their tails. With the increased control over their facial muscles, they are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. They’re craving a lot of attention and affection and fortunately that’s something that’s not hard to provide. Did we mention that this bunch is just plain exceptionally cute?
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another entrancing installment of “Puppy Tales”.