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Litter November 10, 2001

Week 8

This week we enjoyed the last week with all the pups together and we've also looked ahead to the coming goodbye. First of all the pups passed the ultimate socialisation test with flying colours, i.e. the New Year celebration, which was as always in our street a very noisy event. None of our dogs is afraid of fireworks and with lots of singing and dancing, food at exactly midnight and strewing about of kibble and biscuits we celebrated a party of our own. The pups didn't pay any attention to the flashes and loud banging, which is exactly like it should be.
Wednesday morning around 10 am the new mum and dad of Gwynn came to take away the first of our 'kids'. After signing and checking the necessary paperwork I took her with pain in my heart to the car. We've cuddled her extensively and waved her goodbye, knowing that she will have a wonderful life and that we will hear a lot about her in the future. This ritual repeated itself twice on Saturday when the new families of Mistral and Spot came to pick up their pups. This also went without problems.
This was followed by the most difficult moment for us. Two of the pups (Panik and Bingo) will live in Danmark and therefore we will see them less often than the pups that stayed in the Netherlands. My Danish friend and new mum of Panik arrived here on Friday, her husband would arrive on Schiphol airport on Saturday morning. They would take the next flight back to Danmark, this time accompanied by Bingo and Panik. Of course I drove them to the airport, made the last photos of them checking in, hugged them for the last time and then I shed some tears when I saw them leave through customs. Fortunately the phone rang a couple of hours later and they told me that everything went fine and had a safe landing. It really was a big relief for us. We now have one pup left, Caleigh, which will be picked up in two weeks.

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