Two videos tonight of Treacle's pups. The first one is of the pups having their evening run out around our property and the one below is at the start of Albey and Barney with our daughter, Molly and then the two of them in the kitchen with Blottie playing gently with them. Adopting a more submissive play with the puppies than she does with her sister. Interesting article on ScienceDaily to read about research in to How Wolf Pups Play Together. 'Jennifer Essler notes: "The study presents the first evidence that wolf puppies do not show egalitarian play styles, and adult wolves do not appear to exhibit self-handicapping behaviors to engage the puppies in play. Thus, it does not appear that the retained levels of conspecific cooperation within wolves, compared to dogs, has selected for more egalitarian play styles."'
It happens to be our daughter, Florrie's 13th Birthday on Saturday, when Treacle's pups are eight weeks old and Albey leaves us on Sunday. So I have booked the pups in for their first vaccinations and doing their microchips for Friday. As the children are home and the litter is only four pups, rather than have a home visit from the vet ( as I normally do with bigger litters), I will take them in to the vets. So tomorrow we will get them all out for their first trip in a car, rather than the first trip in the car being to the vets to be injected. Don't want to associate their first voyages in a car with what might be a negative experience.
Bank Holiday Monday here today. With David and me not working and the hot weather forecast for the day, we were up just after 5 am this morning with children and two of the Poundlane pack, Millie and her daughter, Smudge loaded in the car just after 6 am for a trip out to Instow and then a stop for breakfast on the way home at Fremington Quay Cafe for breakfast. After 2 hours walking on the beach the children were only to happy to sit down for breakfast al fresco at Fremington and although Smudge and Millie had few scraps this morning from the children's plates. They did turn the charm on to the lady serving us and got a dog biscuit each.
Treacle's pups are now 50 days old and this time next weekend Albey will be in Wales with his family, who are picking him up at eight weeks old. Barney the only other pup leaving us from this litter will be with us until ten weeks old, as Viv and Jan who are having him take a holiday they had already got booked to coincidentally where Cristiano Ronaldo was born, who I jokingly remarked about in the blog Barney aka Barnaldo.
As Viv and Jan are only in Plymouth not to far from us, they popped over this morning to see Barney and have a cuddle before going on holiday. Lovely to see them both again.
Finally got this footage of Treacle's pups to load up after first trying to load it as a whole and then having to go back to the cutting room and split it. I'm now here way past my computer curfew time.
And a few photos of Treacle and her soft puppies today sleeping.
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― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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