Puppies, Crochet and LoveBy Veronica Smith – 14 Comments
Puppies, crochet and love seem to be directly connected, according to my almost 14 year old daughter. Want to know why?
We are getting puppies, possibly lots of puppies, to foster that is. I use to – many moons ago – foster puppies for the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). I am not sure if you have ever had the “pleasure” of tiny puppies but they are messy – really messy. The true horror of very young, almost immobile puppies that have no mommy to run around after them to clean up cannot actually be described. But they are cute, even thought at some point they will develop razors where there teeth should be.
Obviously they are abandoned ones or they would be with their mommy. They turn up for care from as young as 3 weeks of age. You keep them until they are 12 weeks so they can then be adopted. They need bottle feeding every 2 minutes 24 hours a day when they are tiny. The important part of this is that no matter how old they are they manufacture about 50 times their body weight in poo every day. They are tiny and don’t move when they are very young so the poo is on them and anything they are laying on. A lot of bathing and washing happens.
This brings me to crocheting. Off we went, the overexcited child and myself, to the second hand store to get dog blankets – they sell all the old tatty ones for 50c for that purpose. There were 2 very holy, very old crochet ones in the box along with the other ones. My “helper” daughter wanted those, no matter what. Despite her very public protests we didn’t purchase them. Can you imagine little feet, claws and teeth, not to mention the end product of all the food, all mixed up in a crochet blanket? And washing it every day? Not happening.
We, helper daughter and this year’s candidate for worlds worst mother, then arrived home and she decided that I needed to crochet little tiny dog coats by the millions, you know, 10 or so of each size and she wanted many various sizes catering for growth and various breeds. This also is not happening. They are going to be kept inside (it is coming on winter here) at night in a large play-pen thing and taken out only if it is warm. They also have a specially designed puppy warming blanket to be on. We also have a fireplace. The little dears are not going to freeze, overheat maybe, but not freeze.
I am in the proverbial dog house about all of this. Apparently I don’t love them enough to make them something. It seems my love is directly proportional to the amount of crocheting I do for someone. It appears I have passed the test with her because every toy, no matter what odd shape it is that she owns has clothes and possibly a blanket as well. She has an inordinately large number of afghans in her room and countless scarves and beanies and sweaters even though we live where it is only cold enough for them 2 months of the year, if that. I am not sure if she is going to report my intended lack of love to the RSPCA prior to us getting them, I will have to wait and see.
By the way, if you are curious as to why we are doing the fostering again I am not sure. They are more work than babies. Also I thought we had love to give but maybe I just don’t have enough!
Is anybody else on trial when it comes to hand made items or am I the only one held accountable for my ability to produce crochet to “prove” my love?