Another Harvest Moon fan, reading about the birth of Beauty's kittens, sent me a picture of her lovely Dog Shiloh with HER litter of puppies. She has given me permission to post the photograph here:
A recent portrait of one of the puppies:
Motherhood is incredibly magical in its way, whatever the species. Beauty has become rather bewildered by the newfound independence of her Kittens and allows them to do as they please for the most part now. Yet, she suddenly will embrace one and groom him or her ruthlessly, determined to reassert her place of importance in her child's universe!