Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 5 - 2/4/2018
Week 5 - It's so interesting to have a small litter this time around. It seems that they are a bit better behaved when there's not so many puppies to cause mayhem at one time or another. They are starting to be more quiet in the pen in the morning (at least until 6:30am). They aren't really chewing on my cabinets or trying to bust out of the pen into the living room. They are exploring the backyard without too much trouble. Sorry Steve- you are always a puppy's favorite plant to torture (he is our green ground covering plant that we named "Steve" from the Over the Hedge movie). He gets crawled on, chewed, dug around, pooped on by ALL of them, but somehow he survives the terrorizing puppies and comes back full and green for the next litter! You can always tell when the puppies play in the Rosemary plants because they smell so great afterwards!
We also can't get over how big these guys are! Their daddy Howard has nice heavy bone and he definitely passed that onto his pups. Also since there's only four it might have been easier for them to eat (especially from mama Zazu) without having to fight for food. They are just huge little tanks and keep growing! It's getting harder and harder to take their pictures as I have to hold them up for them. Not looking forward to week 7 pics!
I love my sweet puppies though. They are so much fun and so loving too. I enjoy my time coming home from work and all four of them run over to me to cover me with kisses. It makes this time so rewarding and I'm glad that I can enjoy this breeding adventure for years to come.
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.