Moxy ‘n’ Epic, sittin’ in a tree…

Not quite eighty days ago Epic the dog experienced what will probably be a defining moment in his life, if not one of it’s biggest highlights: he was bred to Moxy, one of our females. He’s a young dog, very energetic and sort of goofy, so imagine his surprise when Jenn led over a female dog who must’ve smelled great. There was very little small talk; Epic acted like he was at his junior prom and got all grope-y; Moxy, well, she’s a bit older than him and was likely worried that she’d never find love, or at least a decent male, so she threw herself at him like those middle-aged, single ladies with too much make up and too tight jeans that seem to congregate at seedy honky-tonks. “Cougars,” I think they’re called. Two days later, they were at it again.

So now, here we are, just over seventy days later, and we have four, week-and-a-bit-old puppies. Right from the start, Hunter wanted to name a puppy “Easter,” which we said she could; even if we’d had all males, one of them was going to get the moniker. Jenn and I had decided to name the puppies after characters from some of Robert Service’s poems – partly because we like to name the litters after a theme of some sort – but I suppose we could have changed our theme to match Hunter’s already chosen name. We might have gone with “Islands” as a theme: Easter, Crete, Aruba and Island 23 (it’s in a lake near us). But, instead, we stuck with our plan, so now we have a litter of puppies named: Easter, Barbed Wire Bill (Bill), Dangerous Dan McGrew (Dan) and the Lady Known as Lou (Lou).

They are a little more than a week and a half old so there isn’t much to report on them yet. They are a calm bunch; they don’t fuss or cry when they are taken away from Moxy to be handled and socialized. They like to be picked up and they are content to lay in a heap together. Moxy has been a very doting mother so far and is feeding them well so we see quite a bit of growth in them.

I guess the only thing to do now is post some photos.

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Moxy the mom and two glowing white puppies.

 

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Puppies sleeping on a bed sheet on the living room floor.  Left to right: Puppy one, puppy two, puppy three and puppy four.

 

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More puppies in a pile.  It looks like that is Bill on top of Puppy two.  Puppy three is in the background.

 

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This is Dan.  I know him because of his black nose.  He is on top of Lou, who is a darker colour than the rest and pretty hefty.

 

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This one’s Bill.

 

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Lou, Dan, Bill and Easter.  In that order, depending on where you start.

 

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Easter.  Hunter finally put her down long enough for a photo to be taken.