Monday, January 12, 2004
Celebrating collective puppyhood
By Joe Adler
YORK, Maine - Five yellow Labradors got along better than family during a special party Sunday at Itís a Dogís World, a canine daycare center that hosts pet events.
What the dogs didnít know is that they are family.
One year after Danielle and Ryan Kaichen facilitated the birth of the litter by their yellow Labrador Kelly, the couple came together with the new owners and their puppies - now full-grown teenagers - for a reunion, complete with an all-natural doggy birthday cake.
Maribeth Girard, the marketing director for the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Newspapers, planned the event. The reunion was fitting, Girard said, since she, Danielle and other recipients work together in the same office.
"Itís a rare for a litter to be scattered so close in the same area," said Girard, who owns Quincy. "We thought it would be nice for them to be all together after one year."
Also part of the fun were Mandy, owned by Teresa Sansoucie; Bosley, owned by the Kaichens; Blue, owned by Ron and Diana Wyman; and Emma, owned by Sue Hazzard.
"They all look exactly the same," said Diana, thumbing through an album of the whole litter from the past year in which itís not hard to see a family resemblance.
The Kaichens were described as heroes by the attendants of the party for their own labors in helping Kelly give birth to the litter. The couple spent 24 hours over two days last January tending to the mother, who had difficulty with the delivery.
"They brought the mother back to life," said Diana.
Blue is Ronís first dog.
"I always resisted having a dog in my life," he said. "I thought, ĎWhat would we do if we want go out?í Now, I donít even go to the movies. My whole social life is the dog."
The dogs spent most of the party chasing each other through an obstacle course of doggie toys set up in day careís party room, when their owners were not struggling to get them all to pose for the group picture.
The party did not include the dogsí mother. Danielle said that Kelly only knows Bosley to be hers because heís the dog the Kaichens kept.
"If she came, she would be hostile to the other dogs because sheís overprotective of Bosley," Danielle said.
She added that finding homes for the puppies was easy.
"I just kind of found the dog lovers in the office," she said. "I didnít have to post an announcement or anything. Once I told the first person there were puppies to take, it spread like a wildfire."