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“A Family Affair”
Everybody loves a puppy and there’s no exception in this household. There are times when security may be lax and a breach into the puppy zone can occur. Hannah the four month old who is herself still a puppy, adores them. On her way outside to the washroom, she will frequently pull a hard right turn into the whelping box to mingle with the pups. She loves to lie down in the middle of the box where she studies them with a very inquisitive expression on her face. Not to be outdone, our big boy Haydain has also found his way in there. He offers the puppies a very cursory greeting and absconds with one of their chew toys which we later have to coax out of his mouth. There’s Bailey, Sierra’s next door neighbour who will wander into the whelping box to nurse Sierra’s little ones just so she can make off with yet another plush toy. And finally, there’s benevolent Whitney who has since become a semi-permanent resident of the living room. Her maternal instincts are so acute that she frequently checks up on all of the puppies just to make sure they’re okay and lays on the sofa overlooking the whelping boxes to keep an eye on them. Now there’s a heart of Golden.
Our property is located high up on the Niagara Escarpment and as such, we tend to get a generous helping of snow that lasts longer than at a lower elevation. But that doesn’t hold a puppy back. We managed to get Sierra’s litter outside to enjoy a good romp or two in the white stuff. Admittedly, they were a little tentative at first, but despite the cold, they soon warmed up to the notion of being outside and it was business as usual. They made snow angels, they ran, they slid and they wrestled with their siblings. It never fails that a few of them find sticks which they immediately begin to whittle with their pointy little teeth without the benefit of a YouTube how-to video. The best part is that the little ones are beginning to form strong bonds with humans as well and they follow us around like the Pied Piper. When it’s time to come back inside, each and every one is rewarded with a kiss and a cuddle before they retire, spent from the afternoon’s activities drifting off in their little heaven filled with soft, furry playmates.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another stimulating installment of “Puppy Tales”.