Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“My Little Dog—A Heartbeat At My Feet.” -- Haiku's Poetry Club

One of our best-loved quotes:

My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.

                                 --Edith Wharton

At just 12 days old the pups have not opened their eyes...any day now though! Much of a young puppy's life at this point is sleep and lying in wait for Mama to come and feed them


Auntie "Brownie" has contributed this apropos eponymous Rossetti poem. Must be about Puppy Breath!:

Brownie, Brownie, let down your milk 
White as swansdown and smooth as silk, 
Fresh as dew and pure as snow: 
For I know where the cowslips blow, 
And you shall have a cowslip wreath 
No sweeter scented than your breath. 
                            -- Christina Georgina Rossetti

Nothing more precious than a sleeping puppy tummy!

Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, O'er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft by the pillow.
Oh, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, no shark shall overtake thee
Asleep in the storm of slow-swinging seas. 
                                                   "Seal Lullaby"
                                                    --Rudyard Kipling

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Ode to Beauty: Haiku's Poetry Club

Welcome to the world new life and beauty!:   "Limerick", "Sonnet", "Pun", "Alexandrine", "Epic",  "Rondel", "Lyric", & "Doggerel" -- All fat'n'happy with tummyfuls of warm milk
 Haiku has a beautiful big litter of 8 shiny babies: 5 girls and 3 boys! Haiku is immensely proud of her handiwork!  So proud, that she actually takes her guardian family members by the hand when they come in and leads them in to view her new puppies. Then she looks at her pups, and back at her human family, straight in the eyes, as if to ask "Aren't they AMAZING?"

"She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;"  
                                                              --"She Walks in Beauty"
                                                                               By LORD BYRON(George Gordon)

Even though they are blind, their ears are sealed, and they can only drag themselves around the whelping box like fat seal pups, the puppies can locate their Mama in only seconds

Pups can't regulate their own body temperatures and rely on warm ambient environment.. and their furry brothers and sisters and Mama to satay warm. When they are not all huddled up in a pile, we know that the temperature is warm enough. 

I have no name 
I am but two days old.— 
What shall I call thee?
I happy am 
Joy is my name,— 
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy but two days old,
Sweet joy I call thee; 
Thou dost smile. 
I sing the while 
Sweet joy befall thee. 
                                 "Infant Joy"
                                                       --BY WILLIAM BLAKE

                                       Darkly brown thy body is,
Till the sunshine, striking this,
Alchemize its dulness, --
When the sleek curls manifold
Flash all over into gold,
   With a burnished fulness. 
                   --From "To Flush, My Dog"
                                                        BY ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

Little "Pun" says: "My Mama got ARRESTED..."

"...for LITTER-ING!"

Pups first vet check-up--All doing great! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Luna's Bear Cubs Get Some Snuggles...

Luna's puppies are never at a loss for socialization...and snuggling! Not with Luna's family making regular visits, and snapping such lovely photos: