knee deep in puppies

by Sharon Santoni


This post is just a little shot of cuteness to take your mind off your christmas shopping and everyday chores.

A girlfriend has six new chocolate lab pups, almost ready to fly the nest and it was just too good a chance to miss.

Not the easiest photos I’ve ever taken.  Six week old puppies have to be the liveliest squirmiest things on earth, impossible to get them facing the same way or any way for that matter.

So we used clever schemes and tricks to snap their pose.  Food is the only thing that works at this age, and a bowl of dog biscuits rattled seemed to get their attention immediately.

…. oh,

the things I do for this blog! ….



Leslie in Little Rock December 9, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Awe! Thank you!

Cathy Echols December 10, 2013 - 1:05 am

Sooo precious!!! Great pictures!! Thanks

Val December 11, 2013 - 6:26 am

How beautiful are they!! Like getting a warm hug via the web. Brightened my day. Thank you.

Lynda Bergman December 9, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Oh my goodness, toooo cute!! Their fur looks like velvet. Lynda

david terry December 10, 2013 - 7:58 am

Oh,Lynda….you’re right. I looked at those pictures and immediately thought “Those puppies would make WONDERFUL pillows”.

It’s distinctly un-nerving, as a man who loves all of his own dogs, to suddenly realize that my inner Cruella DeVille was surfacing……

—-david terry

Cwirth December 9, 2013 - 10:42 pm

What is the breed of those puppies? MY GOODNESS I want one. Please, I will take whatever puppy that hasn’t been spoken for! A very good home here Wisconsin!

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:18 am

These are chocolate labradors , I think they are all spoken for now and Wisconsin would be a pretty long trip for a puppy in normandy!

Nora December 9, 2013 - 10:43 pm

What beautiful little puppies! Thanks for the much needed distraction.
If one was left under the tree I’d call him/her Chips….or Hershey or….oh dear…
Have a Happy Christmas!

Leslie in Portland, Oregon December 9, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Blue eyes and brown velvet coats—they are beautiful!! I know how difficult it is to take a photograph of a puppy that captures their essence, but you have done it…bravo!! Do they all have new families awaiting them? If not, I would be tempted…if they did not live about 5000 miles away, Thank you for a few moments of bliss, Leslie

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:20 am

the eyes are surprising aren’t they, I guess they’ll gradually turn brown

Vicky Dickens December 9, 2013 - 10:44 pm

OMG! Is there anything cuter than a lab puppy? No! And is there anything sweeter than puppy breath? No! Love, love, love the pictures!

Lee December 9, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Do I see a puppy in your future?

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:21 am

Nope! Gibson and Ghetto are more than I need at the moment thank you Lee x

Catherine Dallas, TX December 9, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Beautiful puppies and beautiful photos.

c December 9, 2013 - 10:54 pm

OMG, I’m looking for one of these……beyond precious! Better than chocolate pudding at this age! Thank you, Sharon

Gayle de Bruyckere December 9, 2013 - 10:57 pm

They are gorgeous and so much fun…I used to bread Labradors and Golden Retrievers. When my life slows down, I will again!

Pell December 9, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Ooooooo my goodness, how completely adorable. There is almost nothing better than puppies. I’ll bet you wanted to get on the ground and roll around with them…puppies all over you. Thank you for a much-needed dose of sweetness!

Jackie December 9, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Absolutely adorable and gorgeous little people. Such a shame that they will grow up so quickly. Great photography .

Peggy Braswell December 9, 2013 - 11:14 pm

nothing better than puppy breath..this is the best!

Delaine December 9, 2013 - 11:40 pm

These pictures remind me of my son’s chocolate lab Sam! So adorable…Sam looked just like this back in April…he’s a big boy now and is enrolled in “charm school” right now trying to learn a few much needed manners! Thanks for sharing!

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:23 am

Well I have never seen anything less disciplined than this bunch, it was like training a bunch of ants, they were all over the place!

Linda December 10, 2013 - 12:33 am

Adorable! Labs are such beautiful dogs but the puppies really grab my heart. Wonderful photography!

Jeannie December 10, 2013 - 12:55 am

Thank you so much for your perseverance. The pictures are totally adorable. My son has always loved labs.

Lynnette Punjak-Williams December 10, 2013 - 12:57 am

How beautiful is that!!! There is hardly anything more enjoyable or heart warming to see than happy little puppies. We have two little schnauzer puppies arriving to us on the 21 Dec.
And after seeing your pic I can hardly wait.

Diana December 10, 2013 - 1:01 am

What great shots and what darling puppies! I have a chocolate and a black lab and they’re almost as cute grown up as puppies. They are certainly almost as busy too, lol.

Trudye December 10, 2013 - 1:08 am

These pups are beyond adorable! Thank you taking the time to make us smile! New career as animal photog in the future? T

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:23 am

Oh I don’t think so Trudye, flowers are easier, they stay still!

Melanie December 10, 2013 - 1:27 am

I have an autistic non-verbal 11 year old son (Conner) and he saw these pictures and started gibber gabbering about them…..That was very cool

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 6:24 am

Thank you Melanie, that is lovely to know that my pictures touched him

Linda Quast December 10, 2013 - 1:36 am


These photos are most precious! We had a yellow lab that we raised from six weeks old, and he was the best dog we ever owned. He left many memories in our hearts.

What a treat it would be to receive a pup like these for Christmas.


Pat Smith December 10, 2013 - 2:49 am

Thank goodness I’m in the states!

Pat Frank December 10, 2013 - 4:35 am

They are absolutely gorgeous! Love, love, love them! Thanks for sharing those beautiful faces with us!


Colleen Taylor December 10, 2013 - 5:03 am

My heart just melted chocolate all over the place. These are the cuties little guys I’ve ever seen. I’ve had a terrible several weeks & this helped a whole lot. Those faces, oh Sharon, may I have your permission to paint on or 2 of these little guys? Thank for you this today! XO

sharon - my french country home December 10, 2013 - 8:48 am

Of course Colleen, I’m delighted to know they have inspired you:


Colleen Taylor December 10, 2013 - 3:36 pm

OK, that’s great. I’ll give it a go.

Linda Cole December 10, 2013 - 5:32 am

How photogenic these puppies are !

I have a Japanese Chinn/Chihuahua dog called Benji and a Maltese/Bichon named Cappuccino and they are the light of my life.

The photo’s are sensational

Barbara Lilian December 10, 2013 - 7:35 am

One word ” adorable ”
Brings back happy memories of my pups when we arrived in France.

Pam December 10, 2013 - 7:42 am

Hi Sharon!!!!!

But, is this not the greatest way to spend an afternoon!!!!!!

The pictures are terrific!!!! Puppies go a mile a minute!!! They are so adorable!!!!
It’s so funny how dogs react to food. It’s like music to their ears. I love baby animals,
in all shapes and sizes, but, puppies and kittens always steal my heart.

Thank you for taking great pictures and sharing them on your blog!!


Esther George December 10, 2013 - 8:06 am

Hi Sharon thank you for making my afternoon with these gorgeous pups. My daughter has a gold coloured Labrador he is such a gentle creature. She has not managed to get him to eat slowly he just gulps, and he has chewed a few dog beds to death. I am happy to report she has found him a chew proof bed. We love the mutt. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS great photographs.

Roxane December 10, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Just beyond adorable!!

Carol Parden December 10, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Adorable. Thank you for what you do for the blog.

Debra December 10, 2013 - 2:43 pm

………and I so much appreciate what you do for this blog, this was a real treat.

Emm December 10, 2013 - 5:09 pm

The Awwwwwwwww!!! factor is off the charts with those little cuties.

I worry, though, about dogs given as Christmas presents — too often, people don’t realize that they’ll grow up and not always be cute and will require lots of care and sometimes money. As the saying goes, A dog is forever.

It’s a big problem in the US, where “pet” stores sell animals from puppy mills.

Sophie December 11, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Emm, don’t worry for one of them. Soon he will arrive at my sweet home where all my family give a lot of care and love !

Karena December 10, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Sooo adorable Sharon, I love their chocolate brown coats!

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Joanie Anderson December 10, 2013 - 9:53 pm

I LOVE chocolate lab pups! I have a grown one – 6 1/2 years old at home, waiting for me to be done with my workday!

david terry December 10, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Anyone who loves dogs should order a copy of the renowned (among other accomplishments, this very modest woman has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) Mary Oliver’s newest collection: “Dog Songs”. I think it came out about three months ago.

The collection (a small volume with lovely pen& ink illustrations) is surprisingly lovely….poems (all of them short) that are beguilingly “simple” at first glance/reading. Like all of her poems….they unfold later (in case you can’t tell, I’m a great fan of her poetry, as are many other people).

I just ordered (and got) six copies of the book that I intend to give to dog-loving friends as Christmas presents.

Here’s a sample:

“We become religious
then we turn from it
then we are in need and maybe we turn back.
We turn to making money,
then we turn to the moral life,
then we think about money again.
We meet wonderful people, but lose them
in our busyness.
We’re, as the saying goes, all over the place
Steadfastness, it seems,
is more about dogs than us.
One of the reasons we love them so much”

___”How It is With Us, and How It Is With Them”. Mary Oliver, 2011.

David Terry

Pat December 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

OMG, they are the cutest creatures ever. Thanks for that dose of cute .

Carol Preston December 12, 2013 - 4:40 am

This has to be one of my favorites. Love your blog but this just takes the prize!

Susan S. December 14, 2013 - 9:44 pm

You have captured so much love in the eyes of these puppies! We only recently lost our beloved cat. Going forward, despite being a dog lover, my husband insisted … no dogs! Then I showed him your photos. Then I had to break his heart and tell him they were in France…we are in NJ ! I think I perhaps changed his mind about a dog. Thank you.

Gilles December 22, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Here is one of the puppies shooted by you, Sharon:

Named ‘Inox’ the french equivalent for ‘stainless steel’, we got him last wednesday, December 18th.

Sharon Santoni December 22, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Congratulations, how nice to see one of these babies in their new home!


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