What makes Puppy Hell bearable

Happily, despite the trials of being in Puppy Hell (which I described Friday), there are so many sweet pleasures to savor.

I never tire of watching these dogs encounter things for the very first time. In a few weeks, the experiences will be humdrum and uninteresting. But the very first time, it usually enchants a puppy to lick an ice cube…

061816 ice cube
It’s wet! But cold!  And hard! Fascinating.

…or taste dried hibiscus flowers…

061816 hibiscus

…or play with an empty water bottle.

061816 water bottle

For the very, very small puppy, even better than a water bottle is a milk bottle. They make  a racket as they skittle over a brick patio. They rocket out of the small pup’s grasp and shoot away to be chased. In just a few weeks, they will be a menace, as the puppy learns to crumple and chew them. They cut their gums on the jagged edges. I put milk bottles on the forbidden list when I start to see blood on that white plastic. But for Beverly, right now, they’re one of the very best toys.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/171297844″>Milk bottle fun</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user25079241″>Jeannette De Wyze</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

 

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