Sheerah and Cooper had 4 puppies on May 23, 2020! With the birth of these puppies, one of my children announced, "Now all our animals have babies!" It's true - almost. Our goats and cats had babies in April. Our chickens did not actually have chicks, but we bought some peeps in May. Lots of new life around here!
We feel very blessed that the labor and delivery went well, and Sheerah and the puppies are all doing fabulous. Below are their pictures in birth order and names. For those who've been around my blog, you know we take delight in picking names for our puppies (and goats and kittens, too!) Our children also like to claim a puppy as "theirs" for the 8 weeks they are here with us. With 5 children and 4 puppies, some sharing had to take place this round.
Note: All the puppies have individual pages as well with more pictures and details. Click on their pictures below to go to their individual pages.
Bella was the firstborn of the litter. Her name means "beautiful" in Spanish. AJ, age 9, chose it because we've been working on learning Spanish as a family. Her name also reflects another tradition we have of choosing one name from the Bible to honor God as the creator and sustainer of life. Now, you may ask where Bella is in the Bible. It's not. But, as we were choosing her name, the verse came to my mind about God making all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). I thought that verse applies well to our current situation of a global pandemic. I looked up the verse and was delighted to find how it ended, "Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." (NLT). Though we cannot see the whole scope of God's work, He has the whole world in His hands - pandemic or not. (Side note - Sheerah's name IS in the Bible - see 1 Chronicles 7:24.)
Hiro (pronounced "hero") entered the world next. He was named by JJ, age 7, and EJ, age 3, in honor of one of their favorite trains from Thomas the Train. As the story goes, Hiro is an old engine from Japan. My two boys chose the name because Hiro is strong!
Luna was named by MJ, age 5 (the only girl among our children). She chose the name because luna means "moon" in Spanish, and Luna's white markings remind her of the moon. Luna's markings, as well as her brother Midnight's, remind me of Elsa from Sheerah and Cooper's 2019 litter. Though all these puppies are black & silver, Luna and Midnight have more defined markings.
Last to join the crew, was Midnight. As CJ, age 8, debated over a name, he had to decide between "Knight" and "Midnight." He chose Midnight because of his white markings on his mouth reminding him of the moon at night. Then CJ added that his eyebrows are the stars!
Thanks for stopping by and meeting our newest litter of puppies! Weekly updates will be published on Saturdays.
Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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