Sweethearts Litter: Fall 2018
Week 3 - 12/23/2018
Sweethearts on the move! In Week 3, the puppies were mobile…in more ways than one! From gaining more stability on their legs and starting to romp and jump during playtime, they also made the move 180 miles north from Oakland to Truckee/Lake Tahoe, to spend the winter holidays (near) the snow.
The pups did great on the long, heavily trafficked drive. After a few minutes of excited yipping with the transfer to the car, they calmed down quickly into a “puppy pile” and snoozed in their crate alongside Mama Kiki. Halfway up to Tahoe, they made an efficient nursing stop in Sacramento (at a Starbucks parking lot, of course — beverages for everyone!).
Since settling into their new digs, they now have more room to explore…a weaning pen was added to their whelping box, and there’s even more space outside of the boxes to wander around (under close supervision, as some of the humans are OCD about toileting, ha!). They spend more of their time playing with new toys, pulling on blankets and wrestling with one another.
Mama Kiki is happy to be back in the mountains, where she’s resumed short, off-leash walks on the forested trails outside her home. She can sniff the pine trees and chase imaginary chipmunks, as I think those creatures have bedded down for the winter. But, let’s give her props for creativity!
The Sweethearts litter (as always in order of appearance):
Name Origin:"kiss" Québécois
About Bec:Every once in a while, Bec’s shy, quiet and gentle disposition is interrupted by a bark or yip as he discovers a new toy in his surroundings. His momentary surprise quickly gives way to a mellow acceptance or exploratory nudge. As always, Bec seeks out the best position for his head to be cushioned while sleeping, with his newest favorite spot being the sides of his Mama’s bolstered dog bed.
Name Origin:"kiss" in Italian
About Baci:Baci continues to be the outgoing, extroverted explorer — very playful in his interactions with new toys and usually the one to instigate wrestling matches with his siblings. He’s already quite prolific in dispensing kisses and gently licking the arms of his human handlers, too.
Name Origin:"sweet" Italian
About Dolce:Dolce, named “Sweet” in Italian, has started to show her mischievous, outgoing side. She confidently and easily climbs up and over the doorways of the whelping and weaning pens, and has started to pull and tug on the surrounding blankets. She might be the champion in tug-of-war with her siblings; we’ll have to see…
Name Origin:"kiss" French
About Bisou:Bisou continues her spunky ways, and now seems to be sporting a smile much of the time. She whines less while nursing (she used to constantly “talk to” the Milk Bar when nursing), but still lets her feelings known when momentarily exasperated with a situation. She recovers quickly, though, easily and happily distracted by hugs, petting and new toys.