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a/one sick puppy

Someone who thinks, speaks, or acts in an aberrant, perverse, sadistic, or gruesome manner. You'd have to be a sick puppy to enjoy a movie as graphic and brutal as that. Whoever did this to these poor animals is one sick puppy, all right.
See also: one, puppy, sick

Puppy Bowl

A TV program that airs on Animal Planet on the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday. Puppies play on a mock football field, and kittens take the field for the "Kitten Halftime Show." The animals shown are usually available for adoption. Who cares about the Super Bowl—when is Puppy Bowl on?
See also: bowl, puppy

puppy fat

Deposits of fat that are present in babies and young children but that usually disappear as they grow older. He still had puppy fat in his cheeks as he entered adolescence, which made him appear much younger than he really was. It gives her aunties and uncles no end of delight to pinch the bits of puppy fat around her cheeks and arms.
See also: fat, puppy

puppy love

A state of short-lived infatuation or romantic attraction among children or adolescents. Puppy love is starting to bloom among many of my fifth-graders.
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

Fig. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. (Used especially of adolescent relationships.) Is it really love or just puppy love? Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

Also, calf love. Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last, as in Beth is besotted with him, but we think it's just puppy love, or He's got a bad case of calf love. [First half of 1800s]
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

Puppy love is love between children or young people that is not considered to be very serious. They wanted to prove that theirs was more than puppy love.
See also: love, puppy

puppy

1. n. a wimp; a softie. That silly puppy is still waiting outside your door.
2. n. a thing; a piece or part of something. Put this little puppy right here.

puppy love

n. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

A youthful infatuation, with the implication that it will not last. It is nearly always spoken of disparagingly, as by W. A. Carruthers (A Kentuckian in New York, 1834): “Oh! it is nothing more than puppy love!”
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

A juvenile crush, an infatuation. The phrase refers to an adolescent male's total devotion to the object of his affection by displaying the uncritical ardor of a young dog to its owner. “Mooning over” and “calf eyes” are apt phrases for such an affliction. The 1960s teen singing idol Neil Sedaka had a hit record of a song by that name.
See also: love, puppy
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Ms Rens added: "The government has committed to a ban on the thirdparty sales of puppies and kittens which, alongside tougher licensing conditions, will also help to tackle puppy farms and dodgy dealers."
Almost all of the puppies had constant diarrhoea after being sold, consistent with chronic infection.
People think puppies will grow out of it, but they very often do not.
"As a result of these investigations, we seized four puppies in Paisley.
Campaign supporter, South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper, said: "Puppy farming is an illegal multi- million pound industry with no respect for the welfare of puppies and their parents.
The Volhards recommend that puppies be taken to a novel location for the testing.
The one-day-old French Bulldog puppies were taken by two raiders who forced their way into the family's home in Stretford, Greater Manchester, armed with a knife.
You can visit with all of the puppies at Breeders Club of America, a licensed kennel located at 1839 Highway 35 North, Middletown, New Jersey.
Government has announced it will ban the sale of puppies by pet shops, online dealers and other third-party sellers, in what's being hailed as a victory for campaigners against 'puppy farming'.
We urgently need to add to our puppy raiser team on Teesside as we have puppies currently waiting to be placed in the area.
Socialization isn't just for service-dog puppies. The following six tips, based on Guide Dogs of America's (GDA) puppy raising program, can help pet owners maximize opportunities for socialization throughout their dog's puppyhood and adolescence:
"There are thousands of dogs across Scotland in rescue centres needing a home - yet the illegal trade in puppies continues to be a lucrative source of income for many.
They follow complaints from the public relating to the sale of puppies which were allegedly inaccurately described.