Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Birth - 12/26/2017
This was probably one of the busiest holiday seasons we at Desert Sol Chinooks were going to have, and to top it off our puppies were due the day after Christmas! When we originally were planning to breed Zazu, we had all kinds of fun litter themes in mind. Once she finally went into heat, and our vet said her due date was going to be 12/26, we thought that it only made sense to make it a Christmas theme litter. With a little play on our last name, we present to you the Holly Jolly Christmas Litter!
Zazu started showing signs of nesting behavior and restlessness the evening of Christmas day. Jon stayed with her all night to keep an eye on her for when she was ready to have her puppies (poor guy didn't get much sleep in a whelping box with a restless dog!). The morning of the 26th, Jon woke Kristy up to help out as labor has started for Zazu. And... she... took... her... time! Over 2 hours later the first puppy was on his way, and took 10 minutes to come out! Almost exactly four hours later came puppy #2. It was the longest four hours ever! Three hours for puppy #3 and an hour and a half for puppy #4. In Kyra's (Zazu's mom) litters the earlier puppies popped out pretty quickly with the later ones taking a long time but Zazu did everything backwards. Her puppies did too... all four came out feet first! Yikes, sorry Zazu. This was also our first ever whelping during the day. Most breeders prefer that, especially if there's an emergency they can go to their regular repro vet for help. We were actually hoping this litter would come at night while all was quiet and peaceful. With a recently turned 4 year old and 5 year old children in the house the day after Christmas with a room full of toys and Jon's mom as a guest from out of town, the house was quite loud and busy! We survived though and Zazu did great with four beautiful puppies to show for it. With Howard being a black & tan and Zazu carrying the b&t gene, our puppies each had a 50% shot of being b&t. We were lucky to have three of our four pups be b&t! (Sooo close to having an entire litter b&t!) This litter brought a couple of more "firsts" for us at Desert Sol Chinooks: first litter born during the day, first litter to have more than two b&t's, first litter to have more males than females, and the first (almost) Christmas litter!
We're Jolly's and it's Christmas time, so naturally we're having a Christmas themed litter! There's so many sources to choose from: Christmas movies, songs, food, plants, gifts, seasonal words, etc. If there were 8 or 9 puppies, yes I was going to do the reindeer names (I know probably cliche but it would have been fun). Since we had four we checked out other ideas. We always say that the Christmas song "Holly Jolly Christmas" is "our" song. :) So we chose that as the theme name and decided to name the puppies after other Christmas songs! We donned the puppies in Christmas colors: red and green, silver and gold- and chose a song that we could also have a cute name for the puppies. So sing your favorite Christmas song and we introduce you to Frosty, Joy, Winter and Silver!!! Merry Christmas everyone!!! (Ha! Now you are all going to see Christmas stuff for two more months... :)
Shout out to Wikipedia for all the song origins/descriptions below.
So now, the moment you've all been waiting for, we would like to introduce the puppies of the Holly Jolly Christmas litter, in order of appearance:
Song:Frosty the Snowman
Song Origin:Frosty the Snowman is a popular Christmas song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph", "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special by Rankin/Bass Productions, Frosty the Snowman.
Song:Joy to the World
Song Origin:Joy to the World is a popular Christmas carol written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98, 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18, in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection; The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship. A version by the Trinity Choir was very popular in 1911 and the carol has since been recorded by many artists including Andy Williams, The Supremes, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Pat Boone, Perry Como, Vic Damone and Mariah Carey.
Song Origin:Winter Wonderland is a winter song, popularly regarded as a Christmas song, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Richard Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Through the decades it has been recorded by over 200 different artists. Due to its seasonal theme, "Winter Wonderland" is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, although the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics. There is a mention of "sleigh-bells" several times, implying that this song refers to the Christmas period.
Song Origin:Silver Bells is a popular Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. "Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards on September 8, 1950 with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and the Lee Gordon Singers which was released by Decca Records in October 1950. "Silver Bells" started out as the questionable "Tinkle Bells." Said Ray Evans, "We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his wife said, 'Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'" The word is slang for urination. This song's inspiration has conflicting reports. Several periodicals and interviews cite the writer Jay Livingston stating that the song's inspiration came from the bells used by sidewalk Santa Clauses and Salvation Army solicitors on New York City street corners. However, in an interview with NPR co-writer Ray Evans said that the song was inspired by a bell that sat on an office desk shared by Livingston and himself.