Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 6 - 2/11/2018
Week 6 - PUPPY PARTY!!! Week 6 is always a lot of fun because we get to have our puppy party- which is a party we get to invite all our friends to come over and play with the puppies, socialize them to different people and desensitize them to every day objects. Since it is much nicer weather and we had a ton of people interested in coming, we decided to have the puppy party over both weekend days for a couple of hours each. Jon invited his work friends on Saturday and I invited mine on Sunday. Each day we had a dozen or so people so it was nice to be able to spend time chatting with everyone while they played with puppies.
Saturday we had the puppies outside before the party so unfortunately they weren't very playful, but that didn't deter our guests! Some people made sure to have a sleeping, snuggling puppy in their lap the entire time on rotation! The older kids that came were able to rub their bellies while the puppies grumbled in their sleep. There was plenty of love going around for sure. We brought their food out near the end of the party and that woke them up, so the guests got to have some puppy playtime before the day was over. Sunday we made sure to leave the puppies in the kennel before guests came and that worked out much better. They were very playful for most of the entire party. John and Emily were able to come (they get to take home Joy) and it was funny how many times John told Emily that it was time to leave, yet there was always another puppy in her lap to snuggle with each time. I think it took 30 minutes for them to leave. I don't blame them, the puppies are pretty darn cute. :)
We want to say thank you to everyone who came to the party to socialize our puppies! It was a lot of fun and the weather was fantastic. The puppies slept real hard that weekend. Even I did too, I was falling asleep on the couch at 9pm on Saturday from all the excitement and fun too! Zzzzz......
Frosty has created this weird yet hysterical nightly ritual the last few weeks (check out video 3 to see it). He will pick up a toy, usually the purple rhino, and will stand or sit by the back door and whine. We've tried playing with him or letting him out but it made no difference, he just sits there and whines. Then he walks around the kitchen and continues to whine but is wagging his tail the entire time. Eventually he will lay down and chew on it or get distracted by another puppy and stop. Every night this happens. Every night it makes us chuckle! Curious to see if he keeps this peculiar habit up once he goes to his new home!
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.