Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 7 - 2/18/2018
Week 7 is here. This is the last normal week we'll have with the puppies before the flurry of the puppies going home. They all had their vet checkup on Valentine's Day and all are very healthy pups! They are playing longer and longer and are getting more adventurous, yet I don't think they are quite as adventurous as our previous litters. They seem to get into less trouble too! Maybe it's because there aren't as many to go out and explore. They haven't made it down the side yards outside, they don't really try to push past the x-pen we have set up inside (even though it just sits against the wall without being barricaded), heck they still have their whelping box in their indoor pen! That usually goes away by week 4, these pups love playing in it and as the night goes on it becomes their bathroom box and they are super good and sleep outside of the box- less mess!!! Such great pups I swear!
So we officially have a Roo'er!!! And our kitty Spyro is the one who brought it out of Joy, during week 7 just like he did with her mother Zazu when she was a pup. Spyro had ran to the laundry room to get away from pesky puppies and Joy followed him from a safe distance and started to growl/roo at him. Adorable! I was happy to be in the kitchen with the camera nearby so I could catch it on video for you all to see (and hear). She was sort of making those sounds from time to time in a brief moment when playing, but now it came out in full force. I'm guessing Joy can be a good Roo'er like her mama, if her people and future cat friends keep encouraging it out of her. :)
Silver is our people friendly pup. He will stop whatever he's doing to run over and say hi to you! Tail is wagging, ears slightly back, face looks like it's smiling- it's pretty darn cute! Winter loves to bark when he's playing and enjoys squeaky toys. Every night when the pups come inside to play, both Joy and Winter will make a beeline for their clean whelping box to play with all the toys in there! It's like their private club house.
Joy enjoys the rubber toys to gnaw on while Winter likes the soft plushy toys. After a bit of playing on their own they start to wrestle with each other. Frosty is our silly puppy. He continues to do his funny nightly ritual. It seems like he and Silver are buddies. Our puppies usually pair up with their special sibling more often than the others.
We are enjoying our time with the puppies as we head into our final week. Families have been notified which puppy they are getting and plans to come pick them up are being made. It makes me a little sad thinking about what next weekend will bring, until the little buggers start nibbling on my fingers... :D
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.