|We are 4 weeks old today!|
There’s no question that being a mom is a hard job, but Sierra still finds time to take on extra responsibilities. For example, as our household was winding down for bedtime, Sierra began barking incessantly as though Timmy had fallen in the well. We therefore had to make our way down the long hallway to the living room at the opposite end of the house to investigate. What we discovered was that Miss Pepper, one of Bailey’s pups had escaped out of their whelping box into the living room. Since Bailey was putting some finishing touches on a delectable bone, she apparently left the policing duties to Sierra. A couple of nights later, we heard Sierra barking again. This time she was letting us know that Bailey was perpetrating an act of chewing some paper which is frowned upon.
This week saw the introduction of the puppies to gruel or mush: a healthy concoction of oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk, probiotics and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. Mr. Aqua was the first to sample this delicacy followed by Mr. Cloud and the rest of the group. In true British fashion, this rather reserved lot is among the neatest and cleanest diners on record - unlike Bailey’s brood who virtually need to be hosed down after every meal. Of course Sierra still keeps the milk bar open for top ups 24/7.
To work off the effects of some of this fine dining, the puppies now have gym memberships. This comes with an elaborate play station at their disposal as well as numerous plush toys. The little ones are developing their strength, co-ordination and cognitive skills as well as learning how to engage in an activity with a littermate, even if it’s just bumping heads. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, they practice with their siblings or their plush toys. We should hasten to point out that we need to round up all the toys periodically after their “bad aunt” Bailey has absconded with them. Just another day in the life of this puppy kingdom….
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another enthralling installment of “Puppy Tales”.