Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 4 - 1/28/2018
Week 4 is a fun week with the puppies. They are more mobile, playful, kissable little explorers, but not too active that they drive us nuts! Our unseasonably warm winter has brought us outside earlier and longer than our first litter that was also in the winter time. It's nice to be outside in the fresh air, where they can run around and explore and play without chewing on things they shouldn't like our cabinets or baseboard. We can take better pictures of them, especially the black and tan pups, with the bright light. The weekend is a lot more fun now being able to spend some time with them outdoors. After playtime we put them in the outside kennel with mama Zazu for a few hours so it gives us some quiet time (yay) and less bedding changes for their whelping box (our washing machine thanks us). It's strange though that they haven't learned to climb out of the whelping box yet, allowing us to keep that configuration longer than normal (which I probably just now jinxed myself...).
The puppies personalities continue to grow. Winter is still our little barker and it makes me laugh every time it comes out of him! I still can't get him to roo yet like his mama but we've still got some time. Yet with Winter's barking, it's really Frosty that's the loud one! Maybe they just elected him to be the one to tell us when they want out to play, when they want to eat, and when they want to go outside to the bathroom. Or maybe he just likes being loud! He definitely doesn't like being behind the closed whelping box, doors, or kennels- he loves to explore. Joy seems to be a grandpa's girl, always running to Jon whenever he's around! The little bugger can be found running around with rocks in her mouth so we frequently have to chase her to take them out. Silver is so cute he reminds us of a chubbier and bigger Zazu. He shares his mama's white toes and white chest mark and the black marks over his eyes. All the puppies will follow us indoors on their own now, but Silver is the one we ALWAYS have to go and carry in. I think he just doesn't want the fun to end. :)
Frosty does have his good qualities too. He was the first to whine and paw at the back door asking to go outside. When Jon brought him out he promptly went #2. Sometimes I think his whining is because he doesn't want to poop in his whelping box. One thing he loves to do is use his paw for things.
He prances around the backyard and always puts a paw forward before tackling a puppy or playing with a toy. I got him interested in my finger the other day as I was trying to catch this cute "paw" thing on camera. There is a really cute video clip of him waving his paw at me in this week's videos you have to check out! I think he'll learn the "wave" and "shake" commands pretty quickly. It's pretty darn cute.
Since I haven't been around puppies of other breeds younger than 8 weeks before it's hard to compare, but I swear that Chinook puppies are just the kissiest puppies around! They start their love of licking your face at a very early age. It's one of the biggest reasons I love raising puppies, their excitement and love of kissing me whenever I'm in their zone. Wherever they are in the yard, if Jon or I come outside, they all come running and climb over us and try to get high enough to kiss our faces off! I love watching their happy faces and wagging tails.
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.