Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring is here...

"Spring is here. Spring is here.
Life is skittles and life is beer..." - Tom Lehrer, from Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (honestly, it's a funny song)

Round here, though I like skittles, the dogs are fonder of beer than I am (I know - terribly un-Canadian). The puppies went home on Friday. Peace reigns here at least temporarily. Friday the weather was beautiful. So beautiful in fact that we could finally put up the puppy playground. (See photos below) The puppy playground makes an appearance here as soon as the weather gets warm enough and stays until it is too cold. Good for puppies under 4 months. The centrepiece is my magnificent garage sale $10 purchase. I consider it a masterpiece. Easy to disinfect and the puppies love it. Supposedly (I read this somewhere but don't have enough data to hold it up as a fact), exposing the puppies to the different surface combined with the small tunnels, the slides, different levels, etc (and they do make use of all of it by the end) helps make them more comfortable in different situations as adults, especially if you intend to introduce them to agility. I took a bunch of pictures of them in the playground before they left.

Now, only Hamelin and Maelle remain. Hamelin is the solid liver boy who is going to St Bart's and Maelle will likely be fostered out.

Poor Maelle has the distinction of hearing the first words out of my mouth upon seeing her as "Oh my doG, you are the ugliest puppy I have ever seen." I have since managed to get more used to her unusual head markings and I substitute unusual for ugly. Actually, they do grow on you over time. More importantly, from the neck back Ms. Maelle is most definitely a gold medallist. Lovely shoulder layback, she gaits around the lawn and leaves you breathless. Her brother Kronk (formerly known as Patrick) is much the same and I'm hoping his family lets me show him as well.

I'm a little behind on my blog comments but will try to catch up soon. Anyone know why when I leave comments it sometimes causes an unending series of windows opening until I shut down the computer?? It would be really nice to prevent this as it adds to the time it takes to leave comments and tends to make me wary of leaving many.


  1. Oh the poor little thing. I think she is very pretty.

    That puppy playground looks great. Lots of things for them to exercise on.


  2. Oh my you guys are adorable!

    We believe she is just precious!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  3. but maelle is super adorable!! too bad mama and daddy won't let me have another sister. :(
    the booker man

  4. Adorable puppies!

    And I sometimes also have the windows that open without ceasing. I call it "going crazy". The only thing that stops it is shutting down the computer and starting all over again.

    What a pain!

  5. Luvs the puppy playground! It looks like ever so much fun! And $10 is practically FREE! I thinks Maelle is precious and adorables. Go ahead and sends her to Collie-rado. Um, need to ask my mom. She said yes. Take my words for it.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  6. Oh dear - I obviously know nothing about showdogs because I think Maelle looks lovely! All your puppies do, really! :-)

    I've read similar things about exposing puppies to different surfaces - I think it's all part of the socialisation thing and you just cannot expose your puppies to enough! :-) I wish all breeders would be like you and put so much effort into socialisaing their puppies. (Sigh)

    And your Wordless Wednesday picture - oh my God - SQUEEEEE is right!!!!