My morning routine is always full–taking care of boarding guests–both dogs and cats, receiving dogs for grooming appointments and getting them started, cleaning, feeding, walks, you name it!
The Memorial Day Holiday is just getting started and we are getting many, many guests. Our Dogwood tree is in bloom and the premises looks so like a beautiful spring!
Add the periodic, yet irregular and unpredictable, arrival of puppies and you would think chaos would erupt.
But truly, we are well prepared. I have two helpers today:
- Maria, a college student who worked at Easdale last summer and is great with helping run the business and
- Heather, a grooming intern who is preparing to start her own grooming salon in the area of Minerva Ohio.
Easdale: the pet best care is in good hands and running like a top. I’m checking in and out of the operations as I shuttle between Fancy in her quiet corner by my bedroom and the front office and grooming area.
Fancy’s reaction to the first new puppy is comical. She is fascinated and at the same time quizzical as to how that got here! At first, she sits back looking at Blue Boy and watches his blind search for her. Puppies are born blind and deaf, but they are tactile heat-seeking guided missiles.
She’s not so sure about him touching her and jumps up once or twice when he finds her. With lots of soft voiced praise from me on what a fine job she’s doing, in just a short while, she curls up around him. All the wonderful mothering instincts kick in. Fancy, in short order, becomes an attentive gentle mother.
7:40 am Female 9.5 oz (normal wt) No white markings strong/normal PINK
Yep, still being original for 30+ years to use PINK ribbon on the first born female. After that, there is no special meaning to any other color.
12:30 pm Female 14.5 oz No white markings SCARLET
I *think* this is the last puppy….pretty sure…..It’s about what the vet predicted on the ultrasound….