northern Virginia to meet Oakley and her puppies. Our visit was all we
could have asked for and more! The puppies were as cute as can be, every one
of them with their own little personality to add to the group. Red, black,
and hunter were the most active/playful, romping around and play fighting.
Bright green was a tank who was always looking for a chance to feed – the first
one to latch on and the first to push others out of the way to get the best
teat. Purple loved to curl up and sleep in my husband’s lap – her
go-to spot every time we came by. She was a total sweetheart, completely
laid back and relaxed in anyone’s arms. She would give you kisses every
time you stuck your face close to hers. RJ also loved a good cuddle. All the
others were adorable as well and got pooped out after only a few minutes of play,
settling in to a pile of sleeping swissy pups. We too had a good time
matching the puppies with the appropriate names, it took us a bit, but we
eventually figured them all out!
We also got to witness their first time going outside, a new experience I
think they all handled well. We brought an enclosed playpen outside and set all
the puppies inside to let them get used to the grass. All the puppies whined
initially because of the new, confusing environment, but they settled in within a
couple of minutes. We then took them out of the playpen and let them
explore more freely, each of them walking around, stumbling through the grass,
and eventually passing out as always. Red and Hunter seemed to love
the outside the most as they played and explored more than the others. They
responded well to the new noises too, some waking each time an airplane would
pass only to settle back into sleep seconds later.
Oakley certainly was what everyone says she is – beautiful,a sweetheart,
robust, and a great mama. She gave a warning bark to any person that approached
her puppies and was extremely protective when other dogs came near (those being
walked in the neighborhood) while we had the puppies outside. She would
bark and bark with a watchful eye until they passed onto the next street.
Grainger was an adorable, dorky , sweetheart as well with not one mean bone in
his body. He was always pleased when some attention was directed his way
away from the puppies.
We were sad to leave, but were thankful that we had as much time with them as
we did. We are counting down the days until we get to bring ours home and
know they are in good hands until then. Laura is doing a great job!
It’s a lot of work raising these puppies and Laura is certainly tending to them
all day and night. I think I can speak for all the future puppy owners when
I say thank you for all that you have done and will do in the upbringing of this