Summer Puppy Fun

I thought it was about time for a puppy update. It’s been like a conveyor belt of guide dog puppies here in the Jones’ household this summer, and as one has left another bundle of fun has arrived, sometimes within a matter of hours.

Whispa playing with toys at four months

Whispa at 4 months playing with her favourite duck toy

First came four month old Whispa, a Golden Retriever. What a little whirlwind! She came with the remnants of an ear infection, but would she let me put her drops in? Not on your life. It took two of us to coax her to sit long enough and that was only with AJ holding tight to a biscuit so she could nibble it and get her mind off what was happening.

Beauty and Zoe

Beauty and Zoe waiting for dinner

Then came sisters Beauty, a 10 month old Lab/Retriever, and Zoe, a 10 week old black Lab. They were probably the most laid back puppies we’ve ever had. We hardly knew we had Beauty and little Zoe wasn’t fazed by anything. They gave us a lot of laughs though, especially when Zoe tried to steal Beauty’s food.


Whispa 5 months old

Whispa returned for a weekend. She was okay at first but then we noticed she kept going outside every few minutes to try and relieve herself. After she was very sick in the garden we shot off to the vet. They wanted to keep her in overnight for a scan and x-ray. We drove home through probably the worst thunderstorm for years and spent a relatively sleepless night worrying about our little charge. We were able to collect her the next day having been told she had a nasty bout of cystitis. Poor little mite. But in the way of puppies, after a few shots of antibiotics she was racing around as if all was well in her world again. Phew.

Emily with stick aug 14

Emily with stick Aug 14

Then along came Emily. Eleven months old and the sweetest little girl. As you can see, her favourite thing is collecting sticks – the bigger the better! She bonded with AJ almost instantly and followed him around all week. Every time he left the room she would look at me as if I were personally responsible for his absence. Then came the crying, pitiful weeping that might have had the neighbours wondering if we were beating her or something. As soon as her hero returned, she would be all sweetness and light again.

Whispa came back again, this time with conjunctivitis! Remembering the trouble we had with her ear drops, we braced ourselves for eye drop time. She sat there as good as gold and let me do the necessary without any fuss whatsoever. Go figure!

Tia Aug 14

Tina in full ‘lady’ pose

As I type we’re looking after our friend’s golden Labrador. Tia is such a gorgeous girl…I’ve just realised, all our canine lodgers this summer have been girls! Tia is now five years old and quite a lady. We’ve had her several times before and when we’ve had puppies at the same time, she helps with any discipline required. She tells the pups in no uncertain terms when they’re overstepping the mark and really puts them in their place. She really is a golden girl!

We have a break now for a few weeks, that is unless the phone rings and our supervisor dangles another little cutie in our path. AJ is hoping for a boy next time 🙂 Although secretly I think he loves his adoring little girls following him around. Big softie that he is!


15 responses to “Summer Puppy Fun

  1. I was more than ready for a puppy update. I love the pictures. I’m going to puppy sit for friends starting this Sat. Only 8 days I’m looking forward to it. Rue maybe not so much. Jan brought them over yesterday to get them acquainted with the house. They know me of course. Anyway Rue protested all evening.

    I know I’ve said this before but you and AJ are very special people.

    • Aww, shucks, Lavada! That’s a lovely thing to say. Thank you. Such a good idea to have the pups acquaint themselves with your pad before having them for their stay, but I’m sorry poor Rue isn’t too happy with the arrangement. Hopefully, she’ll change her mind.

      Good luck with your new lodgers, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun 🙂

  2. Valerie J. Patterson

    What beautiful animals! Tia is gorgeous and looks so gentle and loving. Poor Whispa! Hope she finds a patch of good health!! These lovelies are fortunate to find a warm loving home with you and AJ even if it is only a short while. 😛

    • Thanks, Valerie! We just heard this morning that little Whispa has to have an op to clear her tear ducts. We’re so sorry for her, but hope this will be an end to it. These ailments don’t seem to worry her unduly, as she’s full of life and seems to get the most out of every minute of it. Fingers crossed for her. We have her back at the end of September. Can’t wait!

      • Valerie J. Patterson

        I’m sorry she has to have surgery. Poor thing. I hope this is not something that will be recurring for her. Let us know how she is when she returns to you at the end of the month. 😛

      • Will do, Valerie! Fingers crossed they can sort her out once and for all. Poor little mite.

  3. Love your puppy stories!! What a great post. We also have “dog sit” this summer. Our only problem is jealous little Missy!!!

    • Thanks, Nancy! These animals certainly keep us on our toes, don’t they? Summer seems to be the optimum season for dog sitting…so many of us are doing it! Poor Missy, I bet she wonders what’s going on with new lodgers invading her domain.

  4. Ack! I’m a day late for puppy update? Yikes. I LOVE the puppies. (and, in deference to our own Dude, the kitties, too.) Tricia, you are a real gem, taking these pups in, then letting them return whenst they came. I admire you so much for what you do. And I appreciate you sharing these future saviors with us. It softens my heart and makes me remember what’s good in the world.

  5. Thanks Laurie. I appreciate your kind words. We get such a lot from having these babies, they bring us a great deal of joy and a whole barrel of laughter! It’s a privilege to have them and we consider ourselves lucky to be able to share in their special journey!

  6. Phew, what a busy, fun time with all the lodgers, but poor Whispa. I do hope she recovers well and comes bounding back to you fit and healthy. She’s certainly had her fill of woes. It’s great what you and AJ do regarding these little bundles of joy. Long may you two continue. Apart from which, we all love reading out such adorable cuties!

    • We’ve got our fingers crossed for Whispa, although it’s looking like she’ll be needing an op to clear her tear ducts. Poor little mite. Fingers crossed she’ll bounce back. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  7. awww. I love these pups and admire that you are so good with them and can let them go when it’s time. I’m such a softie, I’d cry and wail. LOL –
    I hope Whispa is doing better. Jillian

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