Sunday

Curious Annie...

Since Annie's first pups were born last year, she has been curious about the newborn pups and very attentive to our new moms that were born last week and she’s now known as “Curious Annie”, but I won’t let her eat bananas like Curious George.

It started last week when Meggie was having her pups and we were all in the family room with the soon to be mother and the whelping box.  As Elaine was sitting on the floor with Meg, Annie was right behind her stretching her head and neck over Elaine’s shoulder and kept trying to inch closer and closer just to get a look, and she did, her eyes as big as saucers.  She would often go around Elaine to attempt to sniff or just get a closer look or maybe even a welcome lick to the newborn pups but she was always called off by Meg with a small but very subtle snarl with her upper lip.  No other action was needed from Meg, and Annie got the picture and went back behind Elaine but continued to look over her shoulder taking in all she could.
Even at a young age, Annie was curious, going after her first ball...
Curious Annie continued to watch the pups. She always wants to be in the thick of things and she always is.  We keep her inside because of her condition and we always want to know where she is, just for our piece of mind. 
At the beginning of this week, we were getting ready for bed and it was “potty” time for the new moms and Annie, I was sitting in the recliner and saw the whole thing.  Meg, Gabby and Annie trotted to the back door when Elaine called them and they all eagerly went out for “business”  and after Annie left with the others, she returned to the nesting box and ever so gently, picked up a puppy with her mouth and off she went toward the back door, headed for outside.  Before they made it, Elaine also ever so gently suggested to Curious Annie that the pup doesn’t need to go potty and back to the nesting box the little fellow went, but Curious Annie was happy and got to touch her little buddy that she often watched.
Always being Curious...
Just yesterday, we had visitors looking at their new pup and while Meggie was resting on the couch, I was sitting on the floor with the pups, Curious Annie saw an opportunity to get a close look again.  Curious Annie stepped in the whelping box and Annie and I looked at Meg on the couch, no reaction, she continued to step in and started to sniff and started licking the pups, no reaction from Meg.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it and Curious Annie was in Heaven as were the pups with all the attention.  What happened next surprised all of us in the room.  Curious Annie laid on her side and presented herself to the always hungry little ones and in a flash, a few scampered to the meal and Curious Annie was now an official surrogate mom.  Meg didn’t seem to mind, but I called Annie out of the whelping area much to her dismay, but she had once more experienced the joys of being a mother.
One thing that I have learned from my experiences with dogs and pups, you just can't comprehend or even imagine the miracles that are performed every day…
Annie with her first litter last year...
Annie is being groomed by her sisters because she is getting ready for her journey into motherhood, for you see, her delivery day is just a few days ahead and we're waiting for her to have her own bundle of joys....  Ken
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