SPRING HOPE

TUG

TUG

I send Easter happiness to all and hope the sun shines bright and strong enough to warm hearts, melt worries and encourage new beginnings.

We have a plenitude of dogs right now and some are overcoming uncertainly and fears while others are exuberant over the first chance they have had in life to share their love and feel the tender touch of affection. The two litters we are living with right now remind us of how life changes daily and just how unique each individual truly is. When tired, sad or in doubt I climb into a whelping box and snuggle three week old pups up close. These wriggling little beings are both calming and motivating.

The two moms we have with us are Poet and Worth. There has not been a dull day since they arrived. Both are wonderful mothers and dote on their pups. Poet seems, however, to believe she is the better mom of the two because she stole one of Worth’s pups when he was just three days old. Worth was outside at the time but watched through a window as I returned the now bleeding pup to the whelping box. He had a tooth puncture in his neck that occurred when Poet clamped down on him rather than surrendering him to my husband.  Only his mom could stop the screaming and heal the wound and she did both with loving care and diligence. I have named the pup Tug because he reminds me of a little tug boat that takes on enormous tasks while simply chugging along.

WORTH'S LITTER

WORTH'S LITTER

As awful as some of these moments are I feel grateful for every one of them because once the panic, fear and guilt subside I realize I have witnessed nature at its best. So many moms don’t want even one offspring and here is Poet wanting more than the seven she gave birth to. And Worth pause or hesitate before reacting to her pup in need. She licked the wound, stopped the bleeding and soothed her little boy until he slept up close against her. Tug would whimper now and again and when he did, Worth would lower her head and nudge him slightly to reassure him of her presence.  

So this Easter, in addition to bunnies, think puppies as they are the beginnings of the remarkable creatures known as the northern dogs.

- Sharron