Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 2 - 1/14/2018
Week 2 is the start of the puppy fun! It's the stage of when they look and act like dogs. All eyes and ears are open so it's a whole new world for the puppies, and a lot more fun for us! We moved them to the dining room so they are in the middle of the active household to get them used to new sights, noises, surfaces, etc. They are getting more and more mobile as they walk around on their wobbly little legs. If we see them awake, we usually stop whatever we're doing to go play with them since they're play sessions are usually around 10 minutes long. Sometimes though we can sit down and just stare at them and they'll seem to wake up and show interest in playing with us. That is my favorite thing to do- sit in front of their whelping box (or pen when they're older) and come say hello and they all get excited to see me and come over with tails wagging and making cute puppy sounds! :)
The puppies personalities are starting to show now too. Since they're young and everything is new to them, they have a lot of cute awww moments that make me fall in love with them over and over. Every couple of days I have a new 'favorite' pup as they do all these adorable things. Right now whenever Winter wakes up, he growls! He growls not only when I poke him to wake him up, but also when he wakes up on his own. It's pretty hysterical to hear a 3 pound puppy that can barely walk growl at you! :D And it's even more fun when I growl back at him and he looks at me like "what in the world is that!?"
Even with Winter's cute growls, it seems Silver makes the most sounds. He does the loud "Mew" bark and growls and squeals. We actually heard him making little sounds that would be the puppy equivalent of snoring. Wish we had the camera close by for that one. Frosty is our most interactive pup at this time, always coming over to check out what is going on and to be in the middle of the action.
Joy is quiet and inquisitive and loves to stare at you to melt you into giving her attention. Zazu continues to be an attentive mom and will even sometimes just hang out with the pups in the whelping box. She probably won't like the pups in the coming week as the teeth grow in but after that uncomfortable time she'll be able to play more with them outdoors! Next week the pups will get their first taste of goat's milk and more playtime outside of the box while we introduce them to new sounds and surfaces. Keep checking on the puppy cam from time to time to catch some puppy playtime!
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.