Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 3 - 1/21/2018
Week 3 is the big week of firsts! First goat's milk, first (soft) puppy kibble, first venture outside to play, eat & sleep in the grass, first visitors and first real playing. We think that this litter was much better at grasping the licking the goat's milk out of the puppy dish. Just a few drops of milk on our fingers for them to taste, then gradually drawing them closer to the bowl and voila! Winter was the first to dive in and start licking like a pro. It didn't take long for Joy to catch on. Silver was pretty good for his first try, although not as strong as the other two. Frosty has been the first pup to explore new things yet he was a bit baffled at this new concept. The next night though, all four were lapping up milk like pros!
We are loving spending time with the puppies now that they interact and play so much more. They don't play too much with their toys yet but will softly chew on them for a few minutes before finding that their siblings are more fun to chew on. They are also super sweet and love to interact with us. Many times if they're sleeping when we come home or stop to stare at the cuties while they sleep, it's like they know we're there and they'll actually wake up to play with us! Sticking your head over the whelping box edge while four puppies scramble to cover your face with kisses... it's pure Joy! (Pun intended ;o) We love to get on their level while they eat and then play afterwards in the kitchen, and again you can find yourself in a position where there are puppy kisses coming at ya. Chinooks learn their love of kissing very young! :)
The pups visits outside have been quick, mostly to get them to learn going to the bathroom outside. On Sunday we let them hang out with mama Zazu in the dog kennel where they could sleep and play in the grass in the sun or shade. It was a great way for them to learn to hang out with mama without always wanting to feed from her. It's great bonding time for them too so they can also enjoy playing and hanging around with mom more often.
The pups personalities are showing more and more. Although they have kept some of their qualities from last week. Frosty is our adventurer, the first to try new things and loves to be the noisiest (in terms of puppy squeals for food). He's always nearby you because he loves the interaction. Joy is our sweet quiet girl, who likes to observe things before diving in.
She reminds us a lot of her mama Zazu! Even though she's different color than Zazu, you can still see a young Zazu in her lovely eyes! Silver and Winter are our vocalists (with real dog sounds such as barking, growling, and howling). With Zazu as their mama, it's no surprise two of her four pups are vocal. Silver is always the first awake and last to crash. He's a big boy who loves people cuddles. He is the one that makes the most unique dog sounds, all kinds of squeaks and barks. Winter is our middle of the road guy. He is either in the middle of the action, or just outside of it observing you. His sweet face melts me everyday. He is the funny one, always barking when he wakes up as if someone just startled him from his beauty sleep! He will sometimes just bark at you in the middle of playing and will growl when you scratch the tickle spot. The other day he showcased more of his vocal talents when we were interrupted in the middle of our TV show as he did a long, long howl in his sleep! Just like his uncle Jag does. :) Maybe it runs in the family...
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.