Puppy Time at Rutland Manor
We've had some lovely Autumn weather here in Australia lately, with warm sunny days stirred by gentle breezes. I'm hoping it holds for a little while longer, when it's time soon to get the puppies outside for awhile each day. But for now they're snuggled up inside and are growing more beautiful with every passing day.
Our second youngest of the Kids Team is five years old and already a keen animal lover. For the sake of privacy we'll call her 'Gem' but that's not her real name. It's precious to see Gem ever so gently cuddling the puppies. One by one, she holds them up to her face and they snuffle and nibble with their tiny gums on her chin. The wrapt expression on her face is so heart stirring. Gem has named each of the puppies and she is eagerly waiting for them to be old enough to play with her.
The case of the missing ladies
Today was quite a funny one. We'd just come back from taking the dogs for their run through the woods, when I looked around and couldn't see Kaya (Shakea) or Special anywhere. Thinking that they must have darted off amongst the trees by themselves, I hopped onto the gator and went driving around looking for them, but no sign anywhere!
I was starting to get a bit worried. Had they fallen off the top of the cliff? Had they jumped into the river and been carried away? I put the gator away and hurried inside to get my 'phone, thinking I'd get some help to go looking for them.
The phone was in beside my bed. As I turned the corner, there they were. The two rascals had decided to take a nap on my bed. You should have seen their faces when they were sprung (no dogs on my bed during the day time are the rules and they know that).
Shakea hopped off obediently when I called her (I'm not sure that she's carrying puppies, but time will tell) but Special was clearly saying to me "I like it here, can I have my puppies on your bed?"
I don't think so! They were both looking so cute, cheeky and hopeful when I appeared that I grabbed my camera before I called them away outside. See what you think about the expressions on their faces!
Have you ever had to try hard to stop laughing when you're trying to look serious? If you have, then you'll know exactly how I felt!
Ican hardly believe how quickly this year is flying! It seems as if it was Christmas only a week or so ago and soon we'll be at the half way mark of 2012.
As it gets closer to Special's whelping day I'm getting more excited by the minute. She's looking a treat and has a soft dreamy look in her eyes. I think she's going to be a lovely mama and I'm especially excited because it is her first litter and also the first time gorgeous Zenith will be a daddy!
On 1st April we had some friends over for lunch, and two of the KidTeam kids had a ball racing around with Zenith and their own little dog on leashes. Zenith was as always the perfect gentleman, and everyone present admired his gentle patience with the kids. He might as well have been on a leash of silk; he never once pulled them or tugged at them. I do love that boy! I hope you enjoy some pictures of them having fun. I had a big smile on my face as I watched them play together.
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