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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Puppies Are Now 5 Weeks

Community Dinner Bowl. Click image for a larger version.Kiss All Around. Christopher and pups. Click image for a larger version.

Monday____________ May 18, 2009

Having spent the last 2 days totaling enjoying and observing these little wonders and I can report that they are not only growing like little weeds but they are thriving and becoming their own unique little beings. They are wonderfully affectionate and they enjoy every bit of attention they get which is much and often and......it is obvious. They love people and you dare not even attempt to sneak a peek at them while they are napping or they are instantly awake and running for your arms.

These puppies are delightful in every respect and I never doubted that they would be social and just as cute as they can be. It seems like only yesterday that they were born and the time is flying by so quickly. They have managed to capture the hearts of everyone who meets them and it isn't anything but easy for them to do. They are just so funny to watch and it is always amazing to me to watch their instinctive traits emerge just as Mother Nature has programmed them.

The smallest puppy is Chardonnay who is liver and owns the personality of a much larger dog. She is engaging and happy and truly adores people. I simply have to smile every time I look at her just because she owns the word "adorable". She might be the smallest puppy in the litter but no one has told her that :-) And I seriously doubt she would care.
But do not mistake the fact that she is one large personality ....no matter the size of the "packaging". She is a doll !!

Lambrusco is just a hoot. He has lovingly been tagged with the nickname "double wide" just because he dives into the food bowl and he doesn't retreat until the food is gone. He waddles away looking like a tick that has lived on a dog for a month. He really is a beautiful boy but right now, it's just all about the food and it is hilarious to watch as he elbows everyone away to keep his place at the food pan. He is absolutely beautiful, one of the darker ticked boys, and a puppy and we're hoping to soon be able to see that svelte body underneath the puppy pudge - ha, ha.

Dolcetto is a lovely solid liver girl and she is just "Ms.Happy". I don't think I have ever seen a puppy more happy in their own skin and she bounces everywhere as she enjoys her siblings, her food and her life in general. She plays until exhausted and for some reason unknown to us, she feels that it is her "job" to be best buddies with Chardonnay.
They play endlessly and enjoy one another to no end. Their bond is un-deniable.

Madura is a small puppy with a beautiful face and dark ticking with a few patches. She seems to be independent and playful but always wonderfully happy when mealtime is over and Grandma Lona sits on the floor for what she calls "story time". Madura is one of the first to situate herself in Lona's lap for the stories that follow about 9 little puppies who are the best puppies in the whooooole world. She watches Lona's face and seems to take in every word. By the time the tale is spun, Madura has fallen asleep and is no doubt dreaming happily.

Rose' is such a pretty girl and she can easily be picked out because she has a white tip on the end of her dark tail. She is very dark in color wit a face that could melt the heart of a grump. She is always busy and ever playful and she is constantly enjoying whatever toys are available for the fun. She is outgoing in nature and yet when she is held up close, she gives you a most distinctive side glance that lets you know she is aware of your admiration. A quick kiss lets you know she appreciates your love and then.....she is off to do the more serious work of the day and that is .......playing.

Soave is the brightest in coloration while still being heavily ticked with body patches.
He is "Mr. Bold" and for the time being he appears to have set himself up as the leader of his pack. But in Shorthair litters.........all things are subject to change and no doubt this will too. But for now he enjoys his rank and is more than happy to play and be involved with all of his brothers and sisters in sharing toys and playtime. For all of his confidence he still loves to be held and smothered with attention and cuddles that are always readily provided by the closest available person in the room.

Frascati is easy-going, mild mannered and always HAPPY. I love his personality as he seems to just love life and the fun it brings his way. He is not quite as large as his brothers right now but I think he has a much larger personality that makes up for his smaller size.
He is within ounces of the other puppies so he isn't small but he is more than ready, willing and able to be in your arms or happily chasing toys across the floor. I have dubbed him "Mr.Personality" just because he is a charming and totally lovable little guy.

Cabernet is handsome and equally engaging in personality as his siblings. He is quite content to entertain himself or play with the group as there seems to be little that phases him overall. He is personable and happy and he moves with confidence and style. A more beautiful and expressive face will be hard to find and his body compliments the package to a "T". This puppy is very attentive to his world around him and very focused on his people and those who would give him attention. He is very stable and balanced in his demeanor and very handsome in structure.

Merlot........the solid liver male is as handsome as he is affectionate. He is a male version of his lovely mother, Cortina, and I have no doubt he will be a very elegant dog when mature. He carries himself with confidence and his "presence" is un-mistakable. I have watched this puppy grow these past 5 weeks and have no doubt that he will always draw attention no matter where he goes in life. He is loving and adores your attention and affection but never demands it. This is a puppy who is very comfortable with who he is and what he is about and those attributes are hard to deny. An exquisite headpiece on a beautiful body and the personality so desired in a German Shorthair. His new owner/owners will be fortunate to have him in their life.

These beautiful puppies just make me smile; a true testament to a great breeding plan and a credit to their breed and their outstanding parents. Greg Hostetter, who owns Duncan, seemed to be very happy with this lovely litter and had words of praise for their care as well as for their physical and temperament traits. His agreement that this was a very good "blend" of ingredients provided by both parents were a welcome endorsement and we have no doubt that he is as happy as we are with the results of this combination.

Everyone should know that all of the puppies are growing and gaining weight rapidly now as they eat real puppy food. Lona, Carol and Dan make absolutely sure that they are happy and well adjusted and that the weeks ahead will assure everyone that all of their needs are met with great care and love. We will continue to keep you informed as best we can and provide some pictures that will show you just how fast they are growing and how beautiful they are.

Stay tuned for more in the weeks ahead.............


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