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Happy 10th birthday to the puppy blog!
And, of course, that means it's also happy 10th birthday to the Monta puppies who were the inspiration for starting the blog in the first place. There were 9 of them - still the biggest litter of Finnish Lapphunds born in the UK to date - and we had several weeks of very hard, noisy work ahead of us.
|All of Monta puppies - the Devon Nine!|
Their mum, my beloved Neka, popped them out unbelievably quickly... except for the last two, who arrived after I had gone for a much-needed shower after being up all night with the mama and babies. With so many of them - almost twice as many as my first litter the year before - we had to dash out and buy two of everything. There was another indoor pen, another outdoor pen, several more vet beds for the whelping box, and more food. Lots more food.
Then there were the towels. Many of our good, human-grade towels went to the Monta puppies because as I recall, it rained every single day of the 7 or 8 weeks they were with us. No sooner would we put them into the outdoor pen to quickly clean the indoor pen when the sky would open up again and drench all nine of them. To say that we were quickly exhausted doesn't even begin to cover it.
|Viivi & Inko - soaking wet AGAIN|
We had our ups and we had our downs with the Devon Nine, and, boy, did I learn a lot.
So, happy birthday to my blog that has given me so much pleasure for 10 years and an irreplaceable record of 11 of the 12 litters born here. And wishing the very happiest of birthdays to the Monta puppies who grew into 9 of the noisiest, most beautiful and sweetest natured Finnish Lapphund dogs you could ever hope to meet. Special then and special now.
Here are some of my favorite photos of each one of them at various ages. In some cases, they are some of my only photos. If anyone has some great updated pics to share with me, please feel free and I'll happily update this page.
Infindigo Monta Jaana - Sybi
|Sybi with a "few" toys - age 9|
Infindigo Monta Tarmo - Tarmo
|Tarmo 6 weeks|
|Tarmo 5 years|
Infindigo Monta Maija - Maija
|Baby Maija with Lenny|
|Maija 10 Years|
Infindigo Monta Viivi - Viivi
|Viivi 12 weeks with big bro Jaska|
|Viivi age 9|
Infindigo Monta Tarkka - Tarkka
|Tarkka 8 weeks - photo Joanne Bradshaw|
|Tarkka 9 years - photo Joanne Bradshaw|
Infindigo Monta Aurinko - Inko
|Sand baby 9 weeks|
|Inko 9 years|
We have lost some of the Monta puppies - taken far too early. So we are remembering them today at the rainbow bridge. Gone from us but never forgotten.
Infindigo Monta Jaska - Jaska
|Jaska 7 weeks|
|Jaska 1 year|
Infindigo Monta Sulo - Kaija
|Kaija 7 weeks|
Infindigo Monta Rauhan - Rauhan
|Rauhan 7 weeks - photo Joanne Bradshaw|
|Rauhan handsome showdog|