December 19th is the date the E Litter of Intention Hill emerged. They came in typical fashion for puppies born here, which means they arrived quickly, with the first four being born in 30 minutes, and the next four in 45 minutes, and then there was a straggler. I love to introduce the puppies as they introduce themselves with little indicators of their personalities, however relevant or predictive they may or may not be.
The E Litter is, so far, the easiest litter I’ve had in terms of early care. Even with nine puppies, I’ve not had to separate puppies to give smaller ones competition free nursing times. Every puppy is gaining weight daily, and they are robust and plump.
The first to make a big impression is a big boy. He wears a navy blue ribbon with white polka dots. He frequently evokes the thought “sniffer dog” for me. When I introduced a new rug to the whelping box, one which mother Radha through out in short order, Blue Boy began sniffing the rug with a very audible “sniff sniff sniff.” Over the days that followed I could hear this when I would handle him if I’d put lotion on my hands, or if I was wearing freshly laundered clothing. Sniffer boy is a big sleepy puppy right now. He settles easily in my hands or lap, settles nicely on the scale for weighing, and makes no complaints with any of the early neurostimulation we do for puppies.
The next puppy to introduce is the late arrival, the boy with the green ribbon. He was preceded by two still-born puppies, and so had some delay in arriving. He arrived as healthy as all the other puppies, and has emerged as a strong, scrappy puppy. He doesn’t settle in my hands, does not like to settle for being weighed or cared for, and so presents as a puppy who will be very determined, pushy, in need of a job and full of energy and stamina. He is currently on the smaller side.
What could be more fitting than a pink to a green, or a yin and a yang or a matching pea in a pod. Green boy’s counterpart is an equally busy, pushy, unwilling to settle girl. That would be the girl with the bright pink ribbon. She is small and strong and always has something else to do when it’s time to be weighed or held. She is a dark puppy, much like her mother was at birth.
Stay tuned for more introductions!