Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 1 - 1/6/2018
Oops we're a little behind on rolling out week 1! It's been a busy week with work so it's been taking me away from the little cuties. Although they do spend most of their time sleeping or eating so I'm not missing much. I love the little sounds that first week old puppies do. There's the loud "mew" sound that they do when they're startled from being woken up and there's the "grumph, grumph, grumph" grunt they do when you pick them up and they're not in the safety of their den. Even though they're not running around and playing, they are still pretty amusing. :)
Boy are these little guys sooo cute! They're in the little teddy bear looking stage so I can't help but smile every time I look at them. After coming home from a busy and stressful day of work, I immediately run into the puppy room to pick one up, listen to them grunt, and snuggle with them! Stress melts away just like that. Oh then I say hi to the kids. ;o) It's good to start every day cuddling a puppy, when we come home and right before bed. These 8 weeks are the best with puppies around. Zazu's being a good mom so we can give her more free reign in the house than Kyra in previous litters. Zazu will actually go back into the whelping box frequently and on her own to feed. It could be that since there's only 4 puppies vs. at least 7 from our smallest litter before this one, or it could be Zazu & Howard's genetics, but these little guys are growing fast and strong. They all reached the two pound mark by week 1!
It's hard not to sing their Christmas songs when I pick them up to play with them or take them out to get their pictures done. It will be weird singing Christmas carols in late February! But I love Christmas so that's ok with me. We're starting to see them attempt walking, and Winter spent some time chewing on Frosty's ear so I think they're starting to learn how to play.
Currently Winter has been our chill pup, Joy always is quiet and snuggly when we hold her, Frosty is our most vocal at the moment, and Silver is the middle of the road pup. In a week or two that can all change though as these guys grow so fast. Next week we'll have more to write about as their eyes will open and they'll be more mobile! (Note: The weights are at their 1 week mark but their puppy photos are more a week and half old since I was working too much. Hopefully going forward they'll be more timely.)
The Holly Jolly Christmas litter (as always 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.