Gretel and Gunner’s pups are getting bigger!

September 16, 2019 – Gretel’s puppies are eating kibble now and becoming a little more independent of mama Gretel.  They are coming out of their pen a couple of times a day now for play time and to explore a bit. It builds their confidence. They are now litter box trained. Super smart for sure, they figured out the litter box within a couple hours after being introduced to it. Ahhhh, this makes life easier for us humans and they stay really clean.

They are quite used to all kinds of sounds at this point and they don’t startle easily at all anymore. This is all part of creating non-reactive pups that grow up to be dogs without anxiety and pretty chilled out about everything! They do cry when they want mama, but a bowl of mushy kibble quiets them right down. They do love to eat! Ha, ha. And we love that because we don’t want skinny pups!  Here they are at five weeks old, posing nicely for all of you for their picture.  The next individual pictures will be posted again at seven weeks old, along with official weights from the vet. Wow, time if flying by!  We’ll post a little update next week along with a group photo. And we’ll get some more videos posted on Instagram as well.  We are really enjoying these pups! Adorable in every way.

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September 9, 2019 – Gretel and Gunner’s pups are four weeks old today. They’re doing really well! They are becoming more active and we are bringing them out of the pen for play time now and they are starting to engage with each other (and us) more. They now have noticed all the toys we put in their pen and are starting to play. Still sleeping a great deal – but that will change over the next week or so.  They are getting used to baths, lots of loud, weird sounds and are being socialized with our team of family and friends that help us raise these pups daily. Here they are at four weeks old!

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September 2, 2019 – Happy September!  Gretel’s puppies are three weeks old today and we noticed they started hearing! They respond to sounds and their desensitization to all kinds of sounds has begun! They’re listening to blow dryers, car horns, thunderstorms, fireworks, kids screaming (on recording, of course!), trains, sirens and more.

They are now finished with the Bio-sensor program, but still are being held and massaged at least twice a day for continual socialization and conditioning. They’ve had lots of baths at this point and enjoy being held. Still, they are super attached to mama (and her to them!) but humans are often nearby to continue to condition them to holding and being really comfortable with people. It won’t be long before their attention shifts from mama to their human caregivers. They still sleep a LOT and this is because they are so well fed and cared for by their mama, Gretel. They hardly need to move! She stays right near their pen at all times and watches all of us closely as we handle her pups. She’s wonderful to them and exactly what we always hope for. (Experts say thirty percent of temperament comes from the mama, so this is important.) She is always calm and gentle around them.

The pups have continued to gain weight and are all weighing in between two and three pounds at this point. All pretty close in weight, really. Their coloring is almost identical too, as you can see.  Gabriel is the only one that has slightly different coloring. He’s just a little lighter at this point, and he has prominent white markings on his chest, chin and head that tell him apart. They are all healthy and doing very well. Soon they’ll become more active, but for now they continue to sleep.

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August 26, 2019 – I love when the puppies turn two weeks old. It just seems less scary, less monitoring them continuously, and more peace of mind. Especially when they are nice and plump like these puppies are! And today, as a little gift to all of us, the pups decided to open their eye! Just in time for their photo shoot. Eyes opened, and hearing will come next.  We’re finishing with the Bio-sensor program, the pups are snuggled and massaged daily, and we’ve started regular baths for them. They love when we hold their bodies under the warm running water. We will try to get video of this. Early conditioning with running water equals no fear of water. Not a lot of activity with them yet, still sleeping nearly all day long. But we pulled them away from mama for some pictures. Here they are!

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August 20, 2019 – Gretel’s puppies are one week old! They are all thriving after being closely monitored and weighed regularly for the entire week.  The first week is always critical to make sure they stay warm, they are eating well and mama is doing her job. All has gone perfectly. We started the Bio-sensor program with them at four days old and we’ll do that through next week. Mama Gretel is super attentive and loving to her pups. This is normal, good mama behavior.  We always expect that, yet we’ve told by other breeders their are mamas that just aren’t cut out to be mamas! Yeich. Never experienced that yet, thankfully.  Even weighing them, we had to do it right next to her so she could see and monitor us. She’s gaining trust in all of us and we were able to pull them away for individual photos so you can see what they really look like!  Eyes still closed, that usually happens at around two weeks.  Here they are!  The G Litter!

 

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August 13, 2019 – Gretel surprised us and brought us six healthy, beautiful red pups two days early! They arrived with great birth weights, so apparently, they were done in there. They are nursing well at one day old, and Gretel did a good job with no problems. She’s taking great care of her pack. As a new mama, she jumped right in with cautiously watching over them and making sure they are all okay at every moment. It’s tough getting her to leave them even to do her business outside!  All of the puppies seem to be thriving. We’ll weigh them regularly, as we always do that first week, and are watching closely. We see all of them are doing well! Gretel’s ultrasound seemed to indicate a couple more pups, but sometimes the vet is off in his count due to shadows or something.  The litter is fully reserved now and thankfully, we didn’t have to turn anyone away that had been waiting.   Gretel and Gunner gave us  three red girls and three red boys. Some have a few limited white markings. We think this is going to be a beautiful litter – well, look at the parents! Here they are…….

Here’s Gretel in labor. (This seems wrong!) Ha, ha. She’s did great. No problems.

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Gretel and pups, only a few hours old here. Moved into a regular pen with a guardrail to keep mama from accidentally laying back on a pup.