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“Sound the Alarm!”
Mornings around here are pretty routine, but they are extremely busy looking after the pack, the moms and litters of puppies. This one was a bit over the top. We heard all sorts of commotion as we approached the living room where the puppies and their moms reside only to find the living room and kitchen filled with puppies. It seems that Paige had stepped down on the row of slats that block the entrance to her whelping box allowing everyone inside to escape. Not only were her pups bunking there but also Chanel’s brood. Everyone seemed delighted at their newfound freedom and quite content just wandering around. Fortunately, all were very well behaved.
Of course, the same was not the case inside the whelping box. Since the pups are well on their way to being fully weaned, they always have a fresh bowl of water at their disposal. To this end, we use a spill-proof bowl. Every now and again, a litter of puppies decides to test that theory with some experimentation. This was no exception. While there’s an insert that helps prevent most of the water from spilling out, we were too trusting and had opted to leave it out for the moment. Strike one and lesson learned.
The pups have now had many opportunities to enjoy the yard. Their priority is to see if mom is willing to oblige them with a snack. Once that been determined and fulfilled, they immediately rush off to explore. The name of the game this week was play, play, play and again playtime was co-op with both Paige and Chanel’s litters. A popular activity is the game of tag in which each puppy exhibits a burst of energy in succession. Another popular sport involves racing around hither and thither with no apparent motive or destination in mind. The little ones spontaneously dart across the lawn at top speed but lacking the necessary balance and coordination to go the distance, the sprint also culminates in a tumble. It’s a good thing puppies at this age are seemingly made of rubber. The rock-climbing initiative proves to be very popular and it’s also a good thing that these enormous boulders are only a few inches high.
That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another engaging installment of “Puppy Tales”.