Here are the promised puppy pictures. Clover had the brilliant idea to bring the puppies out of the barn onto the lawn for the kids to play with. With us taking pictures, of course. We like pictures. And if there is anything cuter than puppies and kids cuddling and playing I don't know what it is.
Have I properly introduced you to these puppies? Penny, Dad's border collie had puppies on Labor Day. We knew she was pregnant, since her belly was very full of puppies, and had a vague idea of when the blue healer next door had bred her. But we haven't had puppies on the farm in over.... well probably 15 years. So we didn't know exactly when to expect them. She decided to have them the day of our pig roast. Due to all of us nosy puppy watchers coming in to check on her every few minutes, labor was pretty slow. Finally, we shut the lights off in the barn and let her be. The next morning, there she was with 10 puppies. Ten. Just like that. And by some miracle (or good mothering), there is no runt--they are all healthy and happy.
And cuddly. And warm. And curious.
Lily and the puppy she carried over. I do realize that the next three pictures are pretty much identical. But I like them.
Aren't they adorable????
This pup looks old and wise
Hiding under the Adirondack chair
Gilbert and Lincoln watching all the puppy activity from on top of the table.
Excitement about cuteness
When these puppies were born, they were solid white. But now they are spotting up. Apparently that is how blue healer's do it.
Love this picture
Gilbert hugging one of the puppies
Elsie checking them out
A frog, swimming in the turtle sand box that has no sand
Lincoln being enchanted
Rilla really enjoyed carrying these two around
Elsie loved watching them through the slats
A puppy each
Even Elliott, the avowed dog dis-liker was cuddling one!
Love this picture
And then Miss Puppy had to come see what the camera was all about
A gaggle of puppies
Ca-UTE. This might be the one we are planning on keeping.
Winding around Gilbert's legs
Delighted with puppies
Some of them have brown mixed in, just a few little dots of it here and there
AHHHH! My heart just melted
Do you SEE this puppy, people?
Aunt Ashley and baby Vaughan
The closest we came to a group shot. They were too busy exploring to sit around posing.