Many of you know this but some may not have heard….
On Thursday we lost our beautiful mother Ivy to an accident. The mailman pulled in our drive to turn around and for some reason Ivy felt the need to run him off. This wasn’t typical behavior but the fact that she had pups here made her a little more concerned about intrusions into her territory. The mailman didn’t see her and she was hit and killed. Her pups, at 6 weeks of age, are old enough to get along. They are eating well and really hadn’t been nursing that much. Thankfully Alice is here to step into the other mothering duties. The two seemed to have an arrangement to raise their pups somewhat communally so Ivy’s babies will not be without the influence of a mother. It’s been an incredibly difficult week but we’re doing OK. As I sit surrounded by all her puppies who scamble into my lap, chew on my jacket or tug on my shoelaces, it’s hard to dwell on death and loss. They are so full of life and hope and I know that Ivy will live on in each one of them. That’s one of the reasons I chose to breed; to pass on the legacy of these dogs so that others can experience the richness they bring to our lives.