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Browsing Archive: August, 2013

The 6 Week Check up

Posted by Delores Smith on Saturday, August 31, 2013,
Wednesday was an eventful day as the litter had their 6 week check up at the Winkler vet.  My SUV holds 2 large dog crates which fit 11 puppies quite nicely....that is my criteria when I shop for a vehicle - must fit 2 crates.  It was  a noisy ride in - it was a big adventure for the puppies.  Being put in a crate...away from their comfort zone and driving in a moving vehicle.  About 4 of them made constant whines and barks...can't imagine the noise if all 11 were vocal!  The appointment took...
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Prince(ss) Litter - 6 Weeks Old

Posted by Delores Smith on Sunday, August 25, 2013,


6 weeks old and a lot of fun. I liken them to a "herd"  They are very tuned in to noises - when they hear the gate that leads into the dog area I can hear 44 feet scampering to their door waiting for me.  Sitting with 11 puppies is also very interesting - they all want a piece of you - some immediately start nibbling on my shoes, pulling at my t-shirt or shorts...some climb on to your lap, some jump up, and some sit and just look at you.  Thankful there aren't any real biters (yet)  

6 week p...
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Fun stage

Posted by Delores Smith on Wednesday, August 21, 2013,


We are definitely in the fun stage with the puppies.  Lots of play fighting going on - all good natured...once in a while I hear more intense growls but for the most part it's all in good puppy fun.  They all participate in the fighting - sparring partners change all the time.  They tend to play right after a meal....feeding schedule has been 7 am, noon, 5 pm and 10 pm..food is only soaked for 10 minutes down and will be reducing that until they are on dry puppy food..I am now controlling Dio...
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Princess Litter - 4 weeks old

Posted by Delores Smith on Tuesday, August 13, 2013,


Hard to believe 4 weeks have passed by! The puppies go thru the most changes during that month.  I'm very pleased with their development - this is a great litter of pups.  Although there is some size difference, there are many similarities...they all have the same type of coat - full and long.  They're all curious, brave, and adventuresome.  Sunday was the first day I had them all outside on a blanket...there have been previous litters that are scared and won't step off the blanket...this lit...
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First Feeding Frenzy - A Success!

Posted by Delores Smith on Friday, August 9, 2013,


Today was the first day I fed a gruel of puppy food.  They didn't need any coaxing or smearing on their lips - they knew exactly what it was and what to do with it...well, sort of.  Heads were down, lapping up the gruel...they also stood in it....lay in it....sat in it....they were a delightful mess of full, satisfied puppies.  Their area has been expanded so they can stretch their legs - parts of it has straw, which you'll seen in pictures.  We find the straw keeps things clean - is easy to ...
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My Happy Place

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, August 5, 2013,

I have found my happy place...it's sitting in the whelping box surrounded by the puppies.  They are so aware of everything around them...first to bark was Mr. Orange.  Ms. Orange, the smallest puppy, continues to escape from their pen.  Their teeth are now erupting from their gums so they will start using those teeth while playing.  Tuesday will be the first day I feed them pureed puppy food.  This next week I will also start taking them for outdoor sessions in our back yard.  At three...
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17 days Old Prince(ss) Litter

Posted by Delores Smith on Thursday, August 1, 2013,


Nothing beats puppy kisses!  Puppies are 17 days old today.  Totally aware and responsive to every sound in their room.  Dion is able to come and go from the puppy area and they certainly know when she's lying around just out of their sight and reach.  Lots of wobbling around - they have just started to play fight.  This is when I really take note of who is bullying; who is crying or whining...waiting for the first puppy to bark at me.  Mr. Orange is most likely going to be my escape artist -...
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