Ella and Basil’s puppies are home

March 19, 2018 – All of the puppies have officially gone home to their forever families and their play pen is empty. Always a little sad every time we walk past the pen. We know it will be filled again soon, but each pup really does hold a special place in our hearts and they really matter to us individually.

We are so thankful to the families that supported us by adopting these cute pups! Because of their adoption from us, we were able to donate $1,200.00 from this litter to Amazima Ministries to help house, feed, and educate children in Uganda that are just trying to survive.  Four of Ella’s pups were adopted, one pup (Pluto) we retained for our breeding program, and one pup (Daisy) went to become part of another breeder’s program in Southern Oregon. And we have great confidence that they will all live happily ever after!  We hope the families keep in touch once in a while. So far, the reports are all good and everyone is adjusting.

Here are our families that are now falling in love with their new family member! We’re glad you found us!

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Mickey and his new family

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Pluto and his new family

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Goofy and his new family

Donald with his new mama; his family waited anxiously at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pluto and his new family

Daisy will some day be showing up on the Starlight Ridge Labradoodles website. They tell us they are in love with Daisy and are so impressed with her temperament. Good job, Daisy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2018 – The pup’s vet appointment went well and they are all healthy and have a clean bill of health! The pups were microchipped, had their first set of vaccinations and had their nails trimmed.

Waiting for their turn with the Vet. Minnie, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey.

The puppies are becoming more playful and rambunctious in their wrestling and chasing. This is a sign that they are getting ready to move beyond their puppy pen and play room and experience much more in life! We can tell when they’re ready for so much more. They are each ready to join a forever family! They are all confident, socialized and have excellent temperaments. They will become great new family members to people that are anxiously waiting to love them.

Here’s a look at where we started:

Donald, one week old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are the official weights of our Disney litter as of today:

Daisy – 8.9 lbs.

Minnie – 6.9 lbs.

Pluto – 10.8 lbs.

Mickey – 9.5 lbs.

Donald – 11.9 lbs.

Goofy – 11.8 lbs.

 

 

March 8 , 2018 – We can’t believe they are seven weeks old today! The weeks really do go by quickly when raising pups. Here’s what’s going on at our house:

We started “clicker training” with them a few days ago. We want to give them some experience with the clicker to help the forever families in case they want to try this at home. They are getting it! We say, “sit,” and have a click and a piece of cheese ready for each time they get it. (You can buy a clicker online for pretty cheap.) Minnie seems to be sharp at it – or she just really likes the cheese! At this point, we have deemed her the smartest. I think she’s had to be smart to navigate her size around her big siblings. We do short bouts of crate training regularly- they need to sit quietly by themselves (without whining) for a while daily. Mostly, they still don’t like the crate door closed, but they quiet themselves and wait to be let out. Amazing that if their humans keep up with this, they will come to LOVE the crate and want to be in there as their den. Studies show that crate trained pups are more secure as adults and overall, just easier to train as puppies. It’s essential for potty training!

We keep thinking “what a quiet litter this is,” because we rarely hear them whining or barking in their pen.They mostly play quietly: wrestling and chasing balls. They are still quiet in the mornings even when they are so hungry and waiting for their food. We love it!

The pups have now been fully wormed and they’ve had lots of socialization. They are comfortable being picked up or pet by anyone that stops by to see them. They’re confident and follow us and come over as called without hesitation. They make great eye contact; tracking us humans for our queues and commands.

This week, they’ve become very curious and wanting to learn more. They can get bored so we continually bring in new toys and get them out of their pen for playtime as often as we can. Theyare really comfortable with all of us and human touch and interaction is priority for them – above toys, food or siblings. This is good!

We continue to work on basic good manners. They don’t get attention from us unless they are sitting. They have learned this quickly. They know if they want to be pet or be picked up when we come to the pen, the ones that are sitting get all the goodies!

Here are the pictures we took today:

The Girls

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Daisy, 7 lb. 11 oz.

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Daisy is playful yet quiet. She puts up with her bigger brothers who love to lay on her, wrestle with her and tug at her – but she is confident and we see her tell them to backoff when she’s had enough. They are so much bigger than her! She is a sweet pup.

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Minnie is still the runt, the lightest, smallest pup that is so sweet and we’ve deemed her the smartest at this point. She goes with the flow, holds her own among her towering brothers and she’s a favorite among friends that visit.

Minnie, 5 lb. 15 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

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Donald, 10 lb. 5 oz.

Donald and Goofy are pack leaders, Their size adds to their confidence and abilities among their pack. Donald is quiet and loves to be held.

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Goofy, 10 lb. 5 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goofy has a cool stride about him, a confident nature that seems to know what he wants. He seems to lead and the others follow. He is so soft and loves snuggling in our arms.

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Mickey, 8 lb. 3 oz.

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Mickey has consistently been the most low energy, and quietest in the litter. He mostly sits and watches and observes a while before jumping in. He can be active and playful, but he enjoys sitting back a lot. He is smart and seems to understand easily.

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Pluto, 9 lb. 6 oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pluto is a snuggler and goes with the flow. “Whatever” works for him, but he loves to play too! He wants to be picked up! A lot. And we don’t mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2018 – The puppies are six weeks old today and we’ve bonded with each of them! They are all doing well as we work with them daily on socializing, desensitizing, building their confidence and just hanging out with them. After all the “work” with them is done, we try to spend quiet time just holding each pup. They’re very calm and relaxed and we’re feeling really good about where they are at! Individual crate training is happening daily, giving each pup small amounts of time alone in a crate. Each day, it’s getting easier (on them and on us!). Here are the pictures we took of them this afternoon.

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Goofy

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Donald

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Daisy

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Minnie. Yep, I’m the “runt.” But I’m catching up in every way! They knew I would.

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Minnie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2018 – The puppies turned five weeks old this week and they are changing fast. We’ve had a busy week and we’re so pleased with how the pups are doing. They’ve got the litter box thing down and next we’ll expand their play areas. We’ve introduced them now to a larger crate outside of their puppy pen and they take turns daily to have gaps of time in a big dog crate, one like they will eventually settle in with in their forever homes. They’re becoming quieter in a crate and getting a little taste of being away from mama and their siblings. This will all help the transition of leaving us. A day that is coming quickly, it seems! The puppies are enjoying lots of kibble now (three times a day) and nursing with mama Ella just twice a day. The pups have sharp teeth now and Ella is not fond of nursing anymore, so we’re working on weaning the puppies fully. Ella still stays near them, checking on them regularly and will run to them from another part of the house if she hears them whining. It’s pretty sweet to see. We bring the puppies out of their pen and into our main living areas for lots of playtime and holding time every day. They’ve also been introduced to lots of baths, blowdrying and loud noises to condition them.

They’re doing great and are right where we want them to be in their ability to relax in every environment and settle in our arms for indefinite amounts of time. They’re totally comfortable with strangers of all kinds. A great thing! They also lay nicely on their backs with us; all some of the many signs we see that they are being socialized and conditioned well. We’ll post their weights soon too. The girls continue to be smaller than the boys, for sure. Donald, Pluto and Goofy are the largest. They are developing just a bit ahead of the girls, very common in every litter. Pups within every litter will develop a bit differently, some getting teeth and thicker coats ahead of the others. We have not doubt the girls will catch up in every way, but will probably be closer to 40 or 45 lbs, vs. Ella’s size at around 55 lbs. They all get cuter every week and we love them all.  Here are pictures we took yesterday!

The Boys 

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Donald

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Goofy

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Mickey

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Pluto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another bit of info, regarding Minnie:  She is the one that looks most like Ella and Ella’s daugher, “Bella” comparing how they looked at the same age. Here’s a picture of Bella at five weeks old and now as an adult dog. (And Daisy looks most like daddy Basil and how he looked at her age.)

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Bella as a very young pup (Ella’s daugher from a previous litter)

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Bella, pup from Ella and Basil, now full grown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2018 – Yesterday we moved the pups into a larger pen and introduced them to the litter box. So now they have more play space and they also are starting to understand that there’s a special place to do potty! This is always a good thing, as the pen now stays pretty clean without our continuous intervention. They’re getting it! We put them in the litter box, they do their business, and then the “pack” follows! So nice. We took more pictures of them today to show how cute they’re getting. They loved to be picked up, lick us and show affection and they now make good eye contact. When one of us goes in the pen, we’re surrounded by pups that want us to pick them up or pet them. These pups are being socialized and know that people are good, not scary.  Each one of them is so sweet and loves to be held. Can’t pick a favorite! Here they are with their new elephant we found at IKEA.  🙂

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February 15, 2018 – Ella and Basil’s puppies continue to grow and change! They are very responsive to voices and sounds now, looking and listening in the direction of the sound. Starting to show some interest in toys (especially the little stuffed bear shown in the photos below with Minnie and Daisy). We are starting to hear little barks from several of the pups now – a bit more vocal in general in getting what they need and want from mama Ella. Ella continues to do a great job and all of the puppies continue to grow healthy and happy. Each puppy holds a special place in our hearts and it’s wonderful starting to get to know each of their distinct personalities as they grow. We’re continuing to introduce more experiences to the puppies so they’re ready for their forever homes, including more socialization, touching, and holding. Here are pictures of the puppies at four weeks old today.

 

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February 8, 2018 – Ella and Basil’s puppies have changed so much this week and we’re really starting to enjoy them more and more. They starting to respond to our voices, they make eye contact and watch us a bit, and they’re walking around more. They’re not interested in toys or wrestling yet, but that’s coming soon. Ella is doing a great job with them; she’s super attentive and loving. At night, it’s mostly quiet and that’s a sign that mama is doing a great job feeding and caring for them 24/7.  This week, now that they’re more alert, we have the opportunity to take advantage of this very special window of exposing them to lots of noises and people before fear sets in. The next couple of weeks is a new phase of introducing them to lots of new “scary” experiences! Like vaccuums, blow dryers, loud sounds, sudden movements, and different touches and feels. Emotional conditioning continues! We are bonding with each of them! We love getting to know a new litter. The girls came out smaller and lagged behind a bit in trying to keep up with the boys, but now they are gaining weight and momentum quickly!  Here are at the pups at three weeks old today.

 

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February 1, 2018 – Puppies are two weeks old today! Eyes are opening, pigmentation is turning dark, and they are thriving and eating well. We are continuing on the Bio-sensor program with each puppy daily. They are getting lots of holding time and baths, and mama Ella is doing well. The pups are massaged daily and getting lap time. All of this is important in this first stage of development. (On a side note, Minnie was barking a little bit today. She found her voice early. Perhaps the earliest we’ve heard a dog bark!)

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Daisy was the first to open her eyes a couple of days ago.

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Mickey is the largest and the strongest at this point. You can see that he is strong enough to hold his head up.

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January 25, 2018 – Ella and Basil’s puppies are one week old today! They’re doing great and gaining weight. Overall, they’ve nearly doubled their weight since birth. Ella continues to be a great mama and rarely leaves their side. We started the Bio-sensor program with each puppy earlier this week, and they’re being handled and stimulated neurologically (good for newborn pups!) and they’re getting used to the feel of human touch as we hold them for a bit each day. Ella watches us closely and she doesn’t like us taking them out of her sight or keep them in our laps too long! She allowed us to take each of them to snap some individual pictures today. Here they are at one week old:  The Classic Disney Litter!

Donald sleeping under the heat lamp with his siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 19 – 2018 – Ella’s started labor yesterday afternoon and by 11 pm, six healthy puppies had arrived. They latched on to mama quickly and have been nursing and staying close to Ella. All of the pups seem to be doing very well.  We have six puppies: two girls and four boys. The colors are red and apricot, and one of the girls could be cream.  The colors will lighten or darken over the upcoming days and weeks. Mama is doing well and seems so proud. We can hardly get her to leave them to go potty outside! We’ve themed this litter “Classic Disney” and we’ll post their temporary names when we post their inidvidual pictures next week. The red heat lamp makes it hard to get good pictures at this point, but we’ll keep updates and pictures coming at least weekly as the pups grow and develop.

Day One

Only hours old here.

 

Day One, six pups

Puppies laying on Ella’s leg, Day One.