May 9, 2020 – The tail-wagging, face-licking (that’s pretty much how they reacted to each new family) cutie pies from Gretel and Barkley’s litter have gone home to their forever families. We loved each pup and are so happy knowing they are with great people that love them and will raise them well! We were overwhelmed with applications for this litter, as people are hurting at home or climbing the walls, and it was so fun to hand off each pup to a family that had been waiting for them. We are hearing great reports and we know each pup will adjust well. They were ready! Two of the puppies (Gabby and Gwen) were held back to become mamas some day with their own litters (as long as they pass all of the extensive testing ahead.) Because of each family and their trusting us with their pup adoption, we were able to donate $1,200.00 to Amazima Ministries so that some kids in Uganda will be fed for another month and have the chance to receive an education. Thank you Gretel puppy families! We appreciate you and we extend any “thank you” we get from Amazima and their kids, on to each of you. Now we take a little rest.
May 4, 2020 – Today we did temperament testing with the puppies and they all scored very well in confidence. All are well-balanced, happy, intelligent puppies that are going to make great family members and loyal companions. They scored very similarly, with only a few slight differences.
Gary stands out as the most confident and adventurous. They are all fairly laid back and all are snuggly, but we see slight differences in that some are more curious or cautious and a couple others are leaders (like Gary) and show adventure, playfulness and extra confidence. Remember that personalities are just starting to show at 7 weeks of age. So you at home will have more of an impact on their personalities over the upcoming weeks and months. They will pick up on the energy level, atmosphere and calmness or intensity of their new pack leaders.
None of the pups are retrieving yet. They might not. These are more lap dogs than retrievers. All scored identical in submissiveness and intelligence. (Good Genetics and Bio sensor program has a lot to do with that.) So this is what we see here so far, with just a glimpse into their personalities at this point:
Gary: a leader, alpha in the pack, adventurous, confident and unafraid. Still, a gentle and loving pup!
Gus: Not as adventurous or curious as brother Gary. He’d rather sit back and let others investigate. A little reserved in new situations.
Gil: Well balanced and even keel. Kind of a “Whatever is fine with me” puppy.
Gretchen: Calm and cautious. Not ready to dive in to anything strange just yet. Not afraid, but just not willing to plunge in.
Gabby: Probably the most playful and fun in the bunch. Loves to chase, find a new toy and engage with everyone and everything. If she were a person, she’d have fear of being left out. 🙂
Gwen: Slightly more cautious than the others. Not as secure and will let others lead. She’d rather watch her sister Gabby run after the strange object or experience and wait to see if it’s safe.
None of the pups are timid with humans, all show to be really social and affectionate, all LOVE to be picked up and held for long periods. All are settling down easily in a crate and all are loving their leash time. None of the pups are distant or aloof – they track their humans (a good sign of a therapy dog.)No longer afraid of the leash and refusing to walk. (Ha, ha, for those of you that haven’t had a pup before, that’s how leash training starts!) EVERY PUP IS READY TO GO HOME TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL LIFE WITH THEIR HUMANS. Please keep up the positive reinforcements, the crate training and lots of human interaction to lead them into becoming an amazing dog for life.
May 3, 2020 – Time has really flown by with this litter. Watching these babies grow up has been a lot of fun. They’re doing well, and this week is puppy selection time after their final vet exam on Tuesday…. then onward to their forever homes. Here they are at seven weeks old!
April 26, 2020 – This week, we have been working on crate training and small periods of alone time away from the pack. We don’t give in to crying in the crate, and each day they’re adjusting more and more. They’re eating well and building confidence. They are learning “manding” which means they must sit for attention in being pet or picked up. They are doing very well. Here they are after baths and blow drying – more important conditioning that they are already used to. We love each of them!
April 21, 2020 – Gretel and Barkley’s puppies are five weeks old, eating kibble and litter box trained (mostly.) They have teeth, so mama is definitely backing off of nursing and hanging out with them. She stays close by, but they’re learning to become more independent. Gary and Gretchen are the biggest and probably going to be dad’s size (almost 40 lbs.). Gus is smaller than any of the others (probably be around 30 lbs.) and the others are in between. We took new pictures yesterday!
April 13, 2020 – Gretel’s puppies are now a little over four weeks old. They are doing very well. They are good eaters and mama is very attentive. They still sleep a lot, but are starting to wrestle and interact a little more. Soon, we’ll get them into the play area to expand their world and their confidence. Today they had baths and then we worked on conditioning them more to blow-drying. They did great! Here are the pictures we took of them today. (Gwen and Gretchen look so much alike! But Gwen has the white boots and Gretchen does not. Good thing we color code each one with a different collar at birth.)
April 10, 2020 – Gretel and her puppies are doing very well and have settled into a new pen with a litter box and a crate to start them on the next phase of what we do here. They are hearing now, so we are playing recordings of loud thunderstorms, screaming kids on playgrounds, fireworks and loud traffic noises as a start. They are learning to lay relaxed on their backs in our arms (reinforces submission) and soon they will be eating kibble and moving around a bit more. Once they start playing and wrestling, we know they’re ready to come out of the safety of their pen to have play time with tubes and toys and room to chase. This is one of those weeks where we often see the most change! Take a look! Here they are . . . .
April 6, 2020 – Gretel and Barkley’s litter is great. Time if flying by. (Probably not for most of you though!) They are done with their bio-sensor program, and becoming more active. They are hearing now so we are working on desensitizing them to “scary” sounds before their first fear stage arrives. We have the next several weeks to really work with them to become more socialized and conditioned. They are held and massaged daily and have had lots of baths. They love their humans and are totally comfortable and calm with human interaction already. They are staying with our guardian friends for a few more days to get added socialization with the family there. Since we probably won’t be able to do our normal open house with visitors, we’re giving the pups added socialization between the two families and our staff and helpers here. We’ll post individual pictures of them later this week. But here are a few group shots taken of them yesterday. They’re adorable!
March 30, 2020 – Gretel’s puppies are two weeks old and still mostly just sleep and eat. But it won’t be long before they are more alert, hearing and moving around. Gretel is a great mama and attentive to their every need and mostly, they don’t need to move much when there’s a litter of six and plenty of food to go around. Their eyes are open now, but still they are pretty sleepy. Once they are more active and playing and wrestling, we’ll start posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Next week we will see them change a lot. Here they are at two weeks old!
March 23, 2020 – Gretel’s puppies are a week old and they are doing well and gaining weight. They are being massaged and snuggled and they are doing their bio-sensor program daily now. Mama Gretel is also doing well and being a great mama again, with her second litter. Here is another glimpse of these pups. They basically just eat and sleep and that’s about all that’s happening for a little while. In a week, we hope to have pictures with their eyes open! Here are the three boys and three girls from Gretel and Barkley! We are happy to welcome: Gretchen, Gabby, Gwen, Gil, Gary, and Gus.
March 15, 2020 – Gretel’s puppies started arriving around midnight last night, and today we have six healthy pups! They have good weights, are latching on, and mama and pups are doing great. We have three boys and three girls and we’re excited to welcome Gretel’s new puppies! Gretel and the pups are at our friends home, nearby. They have helped us with whelping and raising our pups for years. Mama and puppies will stay there for a couple of weeks until they come to us so that we can continue all of their conditioning and care to ready them for life! Here they are. . .