And so the process of letting go of the puppies has begun.
As of Tuesday night, I was going to post "And then there were five":
Tuesday evening, a lovely young couple from the village took home this little guy:
Yes, that's my lap he's on there.
No word on a name yet, but I know he'll be happy because they are both big dog lovers--the girl actually called me to ask if she could come and get their puppy sooner than planned because she was exploding with excitement, having prepared his bed and toys already.
Then last night, I delivered one of my very favorite little ones to Rosa, an extremely caring woman who lives next door to P's house, the one we'll be moving into at some point--which means it's only a matter of time before I see Lila (pronounced LEE-la) every single day when I go out on the balcony:
Lila is extremely shy at first, but quite playful when she gets comfortable; I sent her off with a stuffed gingerbread toy because she loved carrying it around even though it was bigger than her.
I didn't want to give this puppy to a family with kids who would drive her crazy, so when Rosa stopped me and asked me if we still had puppies the other day (as a matter of fact, there was still one remaining who wasn't spoken for), I was over the moon happy to say yes--and I knew immediately which one she should have.
As I sat with Rosa last night as Lila got used to her, she told me how she raised her last dog from a puppy with a bottle--for two years. A little spoiling is never a bad thing, right?
It was funny, actually, because when I got home, P told me essentially all the same stories that Rosa had told me about her love of animals, how she adored her dog, etc. I hadn't realized before just how close to his neighbors P had been at one point. Very cute.
I'm so happy that these two have gone to wonderful homes, and I can't wait to run into them in the village.
So who will be next? This cutie perhaps?
No, letting them go isn't easy for me. Yes, tears have been shed.
And I'm afraid more are on the way with four puppies still left....