April 1, 2020 – It’s amazing how quickly the pups change at this stage. Wow! They started on kibble, they are using a litter box (and doing awesome at it) and becoming plump little cutie pies. We are in love over here! Look at the pictures we took of them today. (We are more than slightly excited about this litter!)
March 30, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies are doing very well and can hear now. They have finished the Bio-sensor program and now the focus is on sound desensitizing along with continual human interaction to continue their socialization. Daily, they are now listening to fireworks and other loud noises to help them to be desensitized to scary sounds before their fear stage sets in. They are still with our guardian family (two more days) for added socialization with their large family. We thought keeping them there a little longer was good to keep all the additional human interaction going, before they come here to meet our whole group of family and helpers. Now that we can’t have outside visitors (we are keeping everyone safe here) and we can’t hold our open houses, we are making sure they are still getting all the interaction they need from various people.
Our family and our helpers are still coming and interacting with the pups seven days a week. Pups will still be incredibly socialized when they leave, just not at the level we had been able to do before. Saving lives matters more! Our other litter that is leaving in a few days, has been part of the social distancing and they too, never experienced the open house we like to have for each litter. But they are so social and confident with humans and we’ve seen no set-back in their progress. Thankfully, because of our set-up and our family and staff, we are still able to maintain good socialization even before leaving us.
On Wednesday, Gracie and her pups will arrive here and we’ll post some video and more pictures later this week. (They are just starting to become more active, and we’ll take video as soon as we get them into the play area and they’re ready to move about more.)
Today they are starting on some mushy kibble and that will help them gain weight and fill in some more. They’re wonderful pups, each one of them, and we’re excited to see how they develop! Here they are at three weeks old. A few of them were just still too sleepy to pose for pictures. They still sleep a LOT!
March 23, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies can see and are starting to walk around! Not super active yet, but they are strong, as this usually doesn’t happen for a couple more days. They are alert and doing very well. Mostly, they just eat and sleep as mama attentively watches over them. By next week they should start playing with toys and wrestling with each other. Things get fun! They are well into their bio-sensor steps and the difference can already be seen. This is going to be a beautiful litter! (Personally, the standards are most beautiful to me.) We love when we get to post pictures that show how they are changing. Here they are at two weeks old!
March 15, 2020 – Gracie and Basil’s puppies are one week old now and doing very well. They are all eating well, gaining weight and developing as we expect. We’ve started the bio-sensor program steps with them and they are getting lots of holding time already. Mama is comfortable letting her humans help her with her pups. Mama is doing great and she’s so gentle and careful to not lay or step on one of her babies. Gracie loves motherhood and she’s a sweet dog, so we had not doubt she’d be attentive to her litter.
The pictures don’t show much change. But they have gained a lot of weight The pups don’t see or hear yet and mostly just eat and sleep. We’ll start taking individual pictures at three weeks old so you can see who’s who. The dark chocolate pup is a boy and the only girl in the bunch is one of the red-apricot pups. We’ve themed this litter our NFL litter and we’re excited to welcome Bengal (girl), Chief, Packer, Colt, Charger, Steeler, Raider, Bronco, and Raven. Here they are at one week old!
March 9, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies started arriving yesterday morning! By last night, she finished with nine healthy puppies. The pups look great and have excellent weights. Gracie had no stress or problems and she is doing well. We have eight boys and one girl (she’s one of the ones with the red/apricot coat.) The puppies were whelped at our friends home nearby, and will come to us in a couple of weeks when our other current litter is gone. Our friends have been helping us with whelping and early puppy care for years. They will start on the bio-sensor conditioning in a few days and are well trained on all the steps needed to care for each litter before coming to us. We’re so thankful for them! Mamas don’t always go into heat on our schedule, so when there’s overlap (happens often), litters start there and move to our house later. Here they are!