June 19, 2019 – Today the puppies are home with their forever families. Always a tug at our hearts as we think about how we ushered them into the world, poured all our love and care into them and now we send them off. But they all are going to amazing homes with loving families that have been waiting a very long time! We want to thank every family that chose us and trusted us with their puppy adoption and because of them and their support we are able to give $1,800.00 to Amazima Ministries today to help children in Uganda eat, learn, and LIVE. The pups are bringing life into the world in more ways than just here with their new families. Here are some of the faces that were here today to pick up their new family member. Thank you all!
And they all lived happily every after.
June 18, 2019 – Today is puppy selection day and we want to tell you a bit about how they’re doing! We’ll be calling everyone around 1 pm in order of the reservation list.
Well, a huge thing is that for the past few days, they ALL are very comfortable with being alone in a crate and there’s been no crying at all. They’re put in the crate for alone time to rest for long periods about twice at day and it’s no big deal. They may cry at home because they miss their litter and there’s some adjustment time needed, but we think they will each do fine and adapt very quickly. Yesterday was their vet appointment and they had thorough exams, shots, micro-chipping, and their nails trimmed. All the pups are in excellent health!
Each puppy also had temperament testing done yesterday and all passed with outstanding temperaments. A little more info on that….
The pups scored with mostly 3’s and 4’s scoring which means “this is a pup that is wonderfully easy to train” and with social interaction they all scored as “lots of self-confidence and good with people and other animals,” according to score interpretation. Camper and Abloom are actually retrieving already (we throw a small item and he brings it back.) He also showed a little stronger as a pack leader. Nobody scored as fearful in any category. Abloom was slightly more sensitive to sound. Splash showed slightly higher in self-confidence and he is probably considered more of the pack leader of the group.
Last, we’ve continued practicing on the leash and they’re all doing fine. All in all, they are totally ready to come home! This is a bitter sweet thing for all of us that work with them daily.
June 14, 2019 – Today was another busy day and we worked on leash training (pups all start off hating a leash at first and will resist and sit down refusing to move.) We have made progress and slowly they are becoming happy at following along with a leash.
We also continue to work on crate training and being alone. Today we saw good progress and they only cried for a few minutes and then all were quietly resting in their crates. They still may cry in a crate when they get home as they continue to learn to be apart from the litter, but it shouldn’t last more than a couple of days. They are learning that a crate is a good, safe place. We try to make the crate a positive experience (never use it for punishment at home!). We give them a treat to walk in on their own and a toy or bone is in there for them to help learn it’s okay to be away from their litter and their humans. So important!
Seems like their sound desensitizing and conditioning is complete. They are very used to baths, blow dryers, vacuums, fireworks, thunder, power tool noises, sirens, and much more.
Personalities are just starting to form at seven or eight weeks and so far, we’re not seeing any real differences between them. We’ll make a post over the next few days if any distinct personality traits are noteworthy. Their personalities will continue to form as they pick up on the energy level of their new environments, the training style and atmospheres in their homes and the personalities of their new pack leaders. They will thrive at home with positive rewards, consistency and a great balance of crate and alone time mixed with lots of new experiences, human interaction and exercise.
Here are some more pictures of these cutie pies at seven weeks old. Vet exams, microchips and shots will happen on Monday and then puppy selection phone calls start at 1 pm. on Tuesday, June 18. We’re on the home stretch and we’re totally pleased with their progress and temperaments and what we see in these confident, socialized, beautiful pups.
June 12, 2019 – Lilly’s puppies are seven weeks old and they are doing so well. They have been such an easy litter, relaxed (most of the time) and really content all day. Their coats are filling in beautifully and in every way, they are almost ready to go home. We have been working on crate training, leash training and more socialization with people and experiences. They are all confident, and we don’t see a timid one in the bunch. None of them is higher energy than the other. All pretty much go with the flow. They love to play (hopefully you’ve seen them on Instagram) and though they will miss their siblings and the fun they have here, there’s no doubt that they will bond to their humans very quickly. We took pictures today and we’ll post some more in a day or two. But here they are at seven weeks old.
May 29, 2019 – Lilly’s puppies are five weeks old today. They are absolutely adorable and we are in love. What they’re up to: they are now eating mushy kibble, they romp and play with each other (not as wobbly as they were last week), love to be picked up, still love mama but are starting to show more bonding to humans, are tracking and watching us closely, and learning to use their litter box like champs! They’ve been through lots of sound desensitization and have had lots and lots of baths. They’re pretty used to blow dryers and vacuums and they are gaining daily in confidence.
Mama is starting to separate from them a bit because they have teeth! In a little over a week, we suspect mama will be ready to go home to her guardian family as we watch the pups transition more and more to their humans and we watch mama starting to lose interest. We have begun the weaning process so everyone can transition well to move forward in life. We are starting to challenge them more with new sounds and experiences. The first time we startle them, but they recover quickly and act like, “no big deal” with the next encounter. This is what we like to see. Conditioning is working! We’ll post some video footage of them playing soon – watch for our Instagram posts. Here they are at five weeks old.
May 23, 2019 – Lilly’s pups turned four weeks old and they are starting to become fun to watch! They are wrestling a little, playing with toys and recognizing us when we are near. They love to be held and are becoming more and more accustomed to baths, new experiences, and lots of different sounds. They are awake more and we even took them outside today for their first feel of grass and dirt. Some were a bit more cautious, and others were ready to explore, smelling and moving about the garden. Perfect timing, a helicopter was overhead. A bit of timidity, but we assured them and it was a great opportunity to experience another “scary” noise. (Couldn’t have planned that one!) In the natural lighting, we think they look a lot lighter than they actually are.
Here they are at four weeks old, as we wait for teeth so we can start kibble and give mama a break soon!
And a few pictures we took of them in their pen today. Still a lot of sleeping going on much of the day!
May 15, 2019 – Lilly’s puppies are three weeks old and they are doing well. They are more alert, make eye contact and are walking around. Still, mostly they sleep. 🙂 It’s pretty quiet in their pen as we watch them eat and sleep. We know that is about to change!
We do baths regularly and we spend time holding and massaging them. They are so snuggly! A couple of them have shown signs that they are starting to hear, and since they are in the same room with Bella’s pups, they’re already getting lots of sound desensitization as they hear sounds of fireworks, kids playing, thunderstorms and all kinds of other crazy noises we play for the pups. We took some pictures of them today so you can see how cute they are! More individual pictures of them will be posted at the end of next week. And once they’re more active, we’ll post some videos of them on Instagram.
Here are a couple of pictures of them in the pen, with mama always nearby. You can see their sizing in the pen and how big they’re getting.
May 9, 2019 – Lilly’s puppies are two weeks old and their eyes are open! They are looking at us and have become very comfortable with human hands and touch. They are already relaxed in our hands, after lots of holding and massaging over the past two weeks. Lilly continues to be a great mama and is very attentive to her babies. The pups can’t hear yet; that will take another week or so. We’re finishing up with the Bio-sensor program and we can see them become more relaxed each day as we go through the steps. They are gaining weight daily and all they do at this point is sleep and eat. It won’t be long though before they become more active. Right now, it’s very quiet here and Lilly does most of the work. We have given the pups baths regularly though, as they love the feel of the warm water and it’s another good step of conditioning. Mostly though, we just keep food and water coming for mama, and fresh bedding all day for the pups, and we watch them sleep. 🙂 The real work will start soon though, and we’re ready. Here is our summer litter at two weeks old!
May 2, 2019 – Lilly’s pups are doing great! They are plump and healthy and they’ve gained an ounce or two a day. Lilly continues to do well at caring for them. We took a few pictures over the past couple of days so you can get a glimpse of what’s happening at our house. We kept them in the pool the entire first week because it kept them closer to mama, and without bedding for the first 5 days, we didn’t have to worry about them getting caught up in blankets and potentially being restricted from or stepped on by mama.
We are well into the Bio-sensor program steps that are being done with them daily. They are massaged regularly to become really comfortable with human touch. They can’t hear or see at this point, so massaging and holding is our connection to them and we’re already conditioning them to humans. Here are the pictures of the pups at one week old.
April 24, 2019 – Well, our mama Lilly delivered her puppies a few days early. I guess the pups were ready even if we weren’t! Shortly after midnight last night, Lilly’s first puppy arrived and she continued delivering throughout the night. By 7 am., she finished and we had six healthy pups, four boys and two girls, thriving and nursing well. They all seem active and strong, with good weights.
Mama did great, with no stress, and she is the attentive mama that we saw with her first litter last year. Lilly is resting and nursing, and doesn’t leave their side. Soon, we’ll move her and her babies out of the kiddie pool into the regular whelping pen. They are staying warm in our sunny front room with the heat lamp to help maintain the room temperature (critical for young pups because their bodies can’t regulate yet).
This first week, we will continue to weigh them regularly and make sure they are gaining weight. In a few days, we’ll start the Bio-sensor program and regular massaging, getting them used to human touch.
Here are our first pictures of the litter, only hours old. (We’ll post an update about once a week, with individual puppy pictures every couple of weeks, starting at two weeks old.)
Hello to our summer litter, going home to their forever families in mid June, just in time for summer! Welcome to our world: Sunny, Abloom, Popsicle, Camper, Canoe and Splash.