The Joys of Puppy Care

A word to all those who think that looking after cute and cuddly, squeaky, wriggly, adorable little puppies is a breeze. Forget it!  Their mum’s appetite will shoot through the roof, and she will need 1 extra meal for every 2 puppies in the litter.  Mind you, she won’t eat it from the dish.  Oh no – she will need the dish holding and feeding by hand – (mind you, this is the only occasion I will hand-feed unless a dog is ill).  Cheese and milk in the morning, then a huge dish of Burns, soaked, with a large handful of mince added for lunch.  She can then look forward to lamb for tea and eggy bread for supper.  Where she puts it all I’ll never know.  Then drinking – well she’ll get a fair bit of liquid with her feed, but likes to wash it down with a good drink of water.  Mind you, the dish will have to be held again and she may like your hand to be cupped inside the dish.  Not that she’s spoiled mind!!!

Then there’s the puppy washing – not the puppies, the blankets.  The vet-bed needs to be changed 4 times a day – we can’t have the little darlings getting smelly can we!  That’s 2 loads of washing per day, then there’s the drying – in British weather?!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I adore them all dearly and love this time of their lives, but just for those of you who thought that it was easy.  Wake up and smell the puppies!!!

…  Anne