Winnie and Crockett’s Litter

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Their empty bed. Good bye Luna, Sunny, Star, Pluto, Orbit, Cosmo, Comet, and Sputnik!

July 23, 2017 – It’s been a busy weekend of saying good-bye to pups as we turned them over to their forever families. I can say for sure that there is a great family, a great home for each puppy and there isn’t one pup that we don’t feel confident about for their future. But the pen and their sleeping cot is empty and there are always some tears on our end. We loved each one individually as we said we would, but always a sting. Hoping the families keep in touch with a picture once in a while, and trusting that the pups will have a bit of adjustment, but they will have a great life and bring lots of joy to others! And the added bonus is that the families and pups of Winnie and Crockett’s litter are helping to educate and feed many children in Uganda. A total of $2,400 was donated to Amazima Ministries today out of our puppy adoption funds. Puppy lives are giving the gift of life to kids that need a chance to survive! So, win win. Thank you to everyone!

July 20, 2017 –  The puppies are leaving, starting tomorrow. I hope we will keep in touch through social media and updates shared!  These pups have been such a joy to our household and we won’t forget you.

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July 19, 2017 – We’re in our final days with these pups and it’s bitter sweet. It’s fun to finally meet all the families that we haven’t met yet and it’s good to be handing off a pup to their forever home. We’ve continued working on crate training and it’s mostly quiet now when they’re in the crate with a bone and a treat. Not too much complaining going on. We continue to work on sitting, and now moved into teaching the pups not to use their teeth to say hello to us!  Pups gnaw on each other often when playing and that’s another training issue of being a pup. For the past week, we give the puppies free play time in the puppy room and they love it. Here’s a couple of pictures of what’s happening at our house this week. We’ll post final individual pictures of them soon! We’re proud of these pups and thankful for the families that will love them.

Pluto in the crate

 

Cosmo has not died. He just loves his naps. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 12, 2017 – Yesterday was a busy day with their vet evaluations and today was a day for another worming, and photos. They’re doing great, eating three times a day and continuing to have small amounts of crate time each day. They’re getting great at sitting for their cheese treats and we practice it daily. This is their final week at our house, and it seems time has gone by so fast with them. Here they are at seven weeks old! We love each and every one of them.

 

 

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July 10, 2017 – The pups had lots of visitors this weekend and I think they really enjoyed all the activity and new people to meet! All so good for their continued socialization. Perhaps they’ve been introduced to about 50 unique people at our house at this point. That’s great! So, we continue working on crate training this week, and it’s going well. We give them cheese treats as we put them in there and then leave a few for them to find in there as we close the door. (Always use the crate for good, never as a place for punishment!) They’re learning to be content in there by themselves. At least for short periods. This is good and they’re on their way with little fussing. Here’s what’s happening at our house today. Look at these big puppies behaving all alone in the crate!

Star, what a big girl!

Pluto, just waiting quietly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 5, 2017 – We are having lots of fun with this litter and time continues to be flying by. Six weeks old? For real. They are doing so well. Eating a LOT and growing. Coats filling in. Sitting (usually) to get their cheese treat. Today there was absolute quiet when we put them in pairs of two in the crate for short periods, away from the pen and the rest of the litter. Ahhhhh. A couple of them didn’t even want to come out when we opened the door. 🙂  If you’ve ever crate trained a puppy, you understand what a feat this is to see them adjusting and calming down in the crate more and more each day, for longer and longer periods of time. Today was photo shoot day. One or my favorite things to do. We love to take pictures and show everyone how cute they are!

 

 

 

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June 28, 2017 – Time is flying by at our house! Maybe not so much for the families waiting for their puppy to come home, but I’m pretty amazed at how quickly the days go by as we watch these puppies develop. We love this age because their coats are starting to fill in and we’re starting to see a little more personality in each. Within a litter, pups develop at different stages, even though they’re all the same age. So we’ll see some more shy still, some have thicker coats, some get teeth way ahead of others (which impacts their weight and development overall.) We are working daily with each pup to develop confidence. Each pup is taken away from the litter and comes to hang out in the kitchen or in a lap. They LOVE coming out of the pen and being with us. All part of getting them ready to leave their siblings. They’re already so affectionate. When we are in the pen cleaning it or bringing water, etc., they are gently licking us on the hand and trying to be close. We use “come” when it’s feeding time. We give little cheddar cheese treats to those that are sitting nicely. We’re readying them for these behaviors when they get home. Pups don’t get attention when they are jumping or yelping. Adult dogs should wait for us, sit for attention or a treat, and should be quiet in the morning until we’re ready to take care of them. We believe this behavioral training starts now, with their breeder, in even the earliest weeks.

We put a crate in the pen over a week ago and we leave the gate open allowing them to come in and out and sleep in there. Totally non-threatening and they love it. They next step is alone times in the crate with the door closed. We will work on that with each pup over the next few weeks. We can’t guarantee they won’t have whining and transition time when they get home, but the testimonials are really good that often (not always) pups are comfortable with a crate and maybe even sleeping through the night when they get to their forever home. We have them 95% potty trained to the litter box. Rarely an accident in their play area. Dogs are naturally clean animals, they don’t like to soil where they sleep and play and litter box training reinforces this habit and it’s a huge step into the potty training families will do when they come home. Here they are at five weeks old. We love each of them.

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June 20, 2017 – Four weeks ago at this time, our Winnie was starting her labor process. The past four weeks has gone by so fast on our end! We finished the bio-sensor program, are working on emotional conditioning (you can learn more about that by clicking the Puppy Culture link on the home page sidebar), litter box training and socialization. They love being held (and we love holding them!) because they’ve been held since they were only a few days old. They are weighing in around 4 lbs, some a little bigger and some a little smaller. They started eating mushy kibble and a quality supplement in between nursing and today we introduced them to some new noises. They remain totally unfazed at the blender on high and the vacuum hose right near them.They’re pretty calm in all circumstances. Even baths. 🙂  Here they are, total cuteness!

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June 14, 2017 – The pups are changing fast at this point! Their ears and eyes are wide open and they’re communicating a lot. They’re walking all over their pen, so today we introduced them to a litter box and they’re starting to use it. Litter box training helps keep their areas clean and gives them a place to go, away from where they sleep, and it also teaches them that there is a special place to do their “business.” Pups raised in clean environments learn to respect sleep and play areas and aids in the potty training process when they get home. Here they are at three weeks old today!

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June 11, 2017 – Day 18 and eyes are opening wider each day. They’re starting to hear and they’re seeing each other and beginning to interact. Licking each other and us, and being vocal. They look at us intently, like they’re straining to see. Here’s Comet. He’s tired and then starts to yelp. Hungry. Remember that book, “Are you my Mother?”. Time to take him back to mama!

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June 6, 2017 – The pups are almost two weeks old and they’re starting to open their eyes and are trying to walk.The pups are born with their ears and eyes sealed shut, and they communicate with mama through sound for their needs to be met. But soon, they’ll be seeing the world around them, hearing, and interacting with each other and with us. We love the stage that is coming next! We are giving them baths regularly, doing the bio-sensor program daily with them and they are growing and eating well.  Here they are at two weeks old!

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May 31, 2017 – The pups are one week old today! Mama was not happy (at all) that we decided it’s time to pull each puppy away quickly  into some better light for a picture. She cried and yelped waiting for the return of her pup each time we took one. Ouch. My stress level rose as we moved quickly knowing our mama was upset. Anyway, here’s the result and I’m pretty sure Winnie has forgiven us.

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Winnie always stays close by.

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May 28, 2017 – Well, we made it through our first four critical nights and all the puppies are thriving, growing, and gaining weight! We can relax a bit, but mama and litter will still be monitored 24/7 to make sure Winnie doesn’t lay on the pups and hurt them (a very real problem with standards.) We started the Bio-sensor program with each puppy yesterday, at day three. We go through five simple steps with each pup, and studies have proven the effectiveness of this early neurological stimulation: better, stronger heartbeats, more agile, and an overall healthier dog as it stimulates the immune system. Perhaps more impacting, is the way it begins the process toward an amazing temperament. You can read more about this by clicking the Puppy Culture link on the website home page, or researching online. We’ll continue this process each day until day 16. At this point, we do it right in the whelping pen, not to make mama anxious and nervous by taking her pups out of sight. At one week old, we’ll be able to take each pup away from mama so we can take individual pictures for posting. Mama’s not ready for that yet! She is super anxious when we take them for weighing, and we do it so quick, right in front of her. We’re feeding Winnie five times a day to keep the calories and nutrition coming for her and the pups. We’re happy to report that all is well here!

 

May 24, 2017Winnie began panting and acting restless last night around 11 p.m.,so we knew the pups were coming soon! Camped out in the living room with her last night and kept her company while we waited. The first pup arrived at 6 am! Every 45 minutes or so, another puppy arrived without incident or stress, and by 2:30 this afternoon, we were helping mama care for her new litter of eight!  Winnie and her pups are doing fine. We have five boys and three girls. Here’s a few pictures. The two lightest pups are girls. There are a mixture of caramel, apricot, red and cream, as they appear now. (Colors will continue to lighten and darken.) Most importantly, all pups are feeding well and look healthy.Australian Labradoodle puppies standard Beaverton Portland Salem OregonOregon Labradoodle breederOregon Labradoodle breeders

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