Laos Journal - Our Puppies in Vang Vieng

I have already raved about the Eco Lodge in Vang Vieng in two of my previous posts (see here & here) but one of the reasons we were so happy staying there were because of the four puppies that were living under our bungalow. Queenie grew especially attached to them and spent a long time playing with them and loving them everyday. The puppies were only a few days old when we arrived (so we were told) and were small, crinkly and cute. We are both animal lovers and while we have two gorgeous cats, we have no dogs so we felt truly blessed and lucky to be a part of these young animals' lives for a few short days. We still miss those puppies but I am sure we wouldn't recognize them now because they grow so quickly.

Puppies Under Our Bungalow

The Video

You can see how cute and adorable these puppies and their parents were in the video below.

How we found them!

Who could not fall in love with these four darlings? They were so beautiful! When we arrived at the Eco Lodge we noticed two dogs hanging around in the dining room (it was an open dining room with no walls). They were very patient and always waiting for food. We noticed the female looked like she had just given birth to a litter. We asked and sure enough we were told she had just had four puppies. Little did we know that they were under our bungalow. That night Queenie hard scratching and squeaking through the entire night and in the morning was curious to see what had been making the noise. She went to investigate and found the four beautiful little dogs just below the floor where the head of the bed was. Well that was it, she spent a lot of time playing with them and loving them.

Queenie with one of the Puppies

I also enjoyed spending time with the puppies.

Paul and Four Puppies

The puppies were born and were living under the bungalow we were staying in. They didn't seem to mind sleeping in the dirt too much and when they cuddled together at night they were warm and dry. Their mother was also a great mother and she really took care of all four of them (to her own detriment it seemed as she was very thin). But the puppies didn't venture too far from their little home under the bungalow as it was a safe place and they wanted to be able to scamper back under if they were scared.

Coming Out

Two Puppies Next to the Bungalow Floor

Queenie and the Puppies

Queenie got really attached to them

As you can see from the video and pictures we (and especially Queenie) got really attached to the little pups. They were (as all animals tend to be) amazing. The mother and father were incredibly friendly dogs. I do remember the first time I tried to pick one of the puppies up, he just squealed and screamed out of fear. I think I might have been the first human to touch him. But after the initial shock they really warmed up to us too knowing that we meant then no harm.

Queenie with the mother

Queenie was very diligent in making sure they came out to play every morning. She would spend a long time playing with them everyday. When we had downtime she would bring them out and put them on the balcony of our bungalow so she could enjoy quality time with them. Of course it was a wonderful experience for us both.

Queenie Playing with the Puppies

Mostly Queenie just loved holding the little dears in her arms and giving them lots of affection

Queenie with the Puppies

Me with the family

Puppy Cuteness

The puppies were just so cute and had so much puppy fat on them. They really just stole our hearts. I am always a big sucker for animals and it was so nice to meet such wonderful little dogs.

Cute Puppy

Why are Puppy Bellies so Cute?

Cute Puppies

Puppies at Play

The best was watching the puppies just running around on the grass, enjoying the sunshine and playing with each other. It was also great to see how their mom and dad interacted with them and to see how well taken care of by both their parents and the hotel staff. In the beginning though only three came out from under the bungalow to play so we were very concerned that the fourth one might have some problem walking but after a while the fourth puppy emerged and was just as normal as the other three. All four of them were awesome.

Puppies at Play

The Parents

The mother and father of these puppies were amazing dogs themselves. They were so warm and friendly and absolutely irresistible. The moment we met them we thought they were awesome dogs. Not aggressive, well fed, reasonably well groomed and generally very well behaved and well disciplined and both of them really tried to do their part taking care of their babies.

Mum with her Puppies

Dad taking a breather.

The Future for the Puppies

Once again we do need to give credit to the amazing folks at the Eco Lodge who made sure that both the mother and father were properly fed and that the puppies were healthy. The dogs did live outside and I think had a wonderfully happy life being able to run in such a large area and play at will, but they were very well taken care of. We were assured that after three months the hotel staff will help to find the four puppies good new homes. We believed them as the quality of life they gave to the mother and father was commendable. And, to be fair, we didn't see many badly treated dogs in Laos.

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