The photographs in this post are per kind favour of
by Caryl Moll
Make way, make way, it's puppy play!
A paw, a bark, a growl and a huff,
Hindquarters turned, it's about to get rough.
Tail up high, twinkle in the eye,
darting, shaking and difficulty braking.
Legs stretched, jaw low,
dark eyes, feverish glow.
A ball, a claw, a little leaf
Long ears, wet nose and prickle-sharp teeth.
Make way, make way, it's PUPPY PLAY!
In two weeks time, we will be welcoming another puppy into our lives. She will become a companion to our young Toby and our 12-year-old lady, Tammy. It's been a long wait and the excitement is mounting.
The puppies are growing in leaps and bounds.
The pups will be seven weeks' old on Saturday. Unfortunately, I am based in Johannesburg and they are in Cape Town - a distance that has voided my chances of any personal interaction with them during their first few weeks of their young lives. I have to be patient, holding back my excitement for that special moment when she arrives at our local airport in her small airline crate. I simply can't wait to welcome her into my arms
But...I have watched their development on Facebook - thanks to the generosity of the many beautiful photographs from Marycke at QUILLQUEST GOLDEN RETRIEVERS. The entire litter is absolutely stunning! There are two boys and five girls and I am getting one of the little girls.
My own personal screening process is complete and on Monday the puppies will be assessed by a behaviourist and then matched with their owners. Will it be "Aurora"? Or will it be "Belle"?
(These are their current 'litter' names. The pup's ultimate 'call name' will be revealed once she arrives. And YES, I have chosen a name!)
Take a look at some of the beautiful photos:
When I think of this my little fluffball, my heart fills with joy. There is nothing like 'puppy-breath' and the opportunity to shape an energetic puppy into a well behaved, lovable and happy companion. But it requires an investment of time, energy and commitment: puppy classes, sleepless nights, time, walks, play sessions, grooming, vet visits, socialisation, etc, etc. It will all be worth it! Experience has taught me: "What you put in, you get out."
So, little puppy:
Come home, little one!
We are more than ready for you!
"Make way, make way, for your PUPPY PLAY!"