Credit: Courtesy of Jeff McEvoy

Nothing soothes an aching heart like the sight of a herd of puppies doing things that puppies like to do. That’s what my recent work-from-home research into “puppy videos” and “cat videos” has taught me, at least.

So today, as we endure another day in this new pandemic reality, I’m eager to share a video I hope will brighten your day. It made the rounds on my social media channels recently, and it certainly brought a smile to my face.

The video (along with several others I hope to share with you in the coming days) features a litter of seven English cocker spaniel pups that will likely look familiar to regular visitors to Grand Lake Stream. They belong to Jeff McEvoy, a registered Maine guide who owns Weatherby’s outdoor resort.

Longtime readers of BDN outdoors offerings might also remember that I’m the proud owner of one of McEvoy’s bird dog pups, Teddy. My wife and I added him to the family back in 2015, and it’s been one of the best decisions we ever made.

McEvoy shot this video on March 24, and offered it up on the Weatherby’s Facebook page with the following description: “Another day and they break into the kitchen.”

In a follow-up email, McEvoy explained that during the off-season, when Weatherby’s isn’t open, he lives in the western Maine town of Greenwood. The puppies — 4 and a half weeks old at the time of the video — are beginning to get bolder, but still face some physical limitations.

“They have not quite made it to the kitchen in this video, but as you can see they really want it,” McEvoy said.

McEvoy said the English cockers are fantastic bird dogs, and this is the second litter of Curly Fry — the mother — and Gus, the dad. Curly Fry and my dog, Teddy, share the same mother, Molly, and were born one year apart.

And if you’re keeping track at home (which I bet you will), here are the puppies you’ve been watching on the video: River is a white and tan female, while Weatherby is a white and tan male. Moxie is black and white, Finnegan is a chocolate male, Tippet is a chocolate female, Guiness is a black male and Happy is a tan male.

Ahh. Puppies. I feel better already.

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...