Sharing a Peak Moment

At last I have a moment to write about the beautiful experience of being witness to the birth of 7 puppies.  In my last blog I explained that I had decided to make space for wonderful things to happen – the goal less goal – where if you have the space opportunities will arise naturally!

How amazing a few hours can be!  On the morning of 28th December at 8.30am our Lakeland terrier Twig went into labour, turning her bedding over into a nest, panting and pushing with such a natural rhythm.  Within an hour a sac appeared and soon after the first pup was out!.  Then the next 3 followed in fairly quick succession.

Number five was much slower, over an hour and half and then it was obvious there was a problem.  On the way to the vets he was still-born sadly.

xmas-2012-and-puppie-047_opt-300x225We returned home and twig mothered and suckled her 4 pups and then unexpectedly 2 more pups were born in fast succession!  Now Twig had 6 tiny, velvety puppies and she was immediately a super Mum, licking and caring for them.  After a while they all settled down for a well deserved sleep!

Although we were witness to birth and death, it was a moving experience to see the start of new life and how fragile this moment can be.  My heart is sad about losing the largest pup but relieved that Twig is fine and can be here to mother her 6 other puppies!

This was a peak moment for me!  Never to be forgotten.  I am so enjoying this event and am grateful for this natural and nurturing experience.

 

I find it great to look at the peak moments that stand out in my life and see what values were being fulfilled at the time.  Clarifying your values helps to motivate and direct your choices in life.  Sometimes we get stuck in a rut, doing the same routine, being super busy and we lose touch with our soul!  Take a little time to find out what really rings true for you too.

Fond farewell to Flo!

Well, today the last puppy to leave is off to the Midlands with her new owners!  A long journey for a little 11 week old pup! Remember I talked about the Disney technique in my first blog about the puppies?  Well it’s serving me well again today as I must admit feeling very sad to lose Flo today.

The Disney Technique:

The Dreamer is saying, “oh they are so cute and lovely and we have had so much fun together it’s a shame she can’t stay”

The Critic is saying, “Remember the mess to clear up, the chewing of the furniture, the scrapping and running off, beware!”

The Realist is saying “OK, you have had a lovely time with her from 0-11 weeks, she is now ready to leave and live independently with people that will love her and have plenty of time to go for long walks and give her individual attention”.

Ah thank you Disney that is helping a lot!

We will miss her ….  but we are keeping Holly. This will be fun for Twig their mother who has reverted to puppy behaviour herself for the last couple of weeks!

What an experience it has all been.  Not all easy going by any means: the loss of Scrap was hard after spending 3 and half weeks hand feeding her.  The change of the pups from little dependent creatures to full on feisty terriers who live up the their name was challenging at times.  A quick re-calculation on their departure time to 8 weeks for the two most boisterous ones helped immensely.

But the fun and frolics have been brilliant for all our family and friends.  Having puppies draws people to your home that you would never have sat on the floor with before!  I’m closer to all my neighbours and their children who have cuddled and raced around the garden with glee with us all.  These puppies have had a serious amount of socialisation so will be great to take home!

In terms of making space for this it’s been wonderful!  Now on to the next idea I have made space for – two Chernobyl children to stay over Easter.  Here’s the link if you are interested. http://www.ccll.org.uk/ho/index.php?ccllID=825ca303cb19d6485e9b20cbcb65f895&page=MENU_12714_N