Piper and Gunner’s puppies are home

August 24, 2020 – Piper’s puppies left last week and are adjusting well and settling in with their new families. We’re thankful to each of the families that chose their new family member from us. We know every pup will be loved and cared for.

Because of this litter and the support of these families, we were able to donate $1,500.00 to Amazima Ministries and World Relief to help children in Uganda survive and refugees at our southern border get the aid and support they need in that dangerous region. We love that our puppies are bringing joy to families and also bringing life and food to those in some of the worst situations.  Five of these pups were adopted and two of the pups (Poppy and Paisley) will begin testing to see if they may qualify to become breeding mamas to produce pups of their own. All exciting!  Here’s to “Happily Ever After” wishes for all the pups and their families!  More pictures to be posted soon.

Parker at home. “He is the best sleeper in his crate the entire night without a peep, and already knows to sit by the slider door when he needs to potty.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 16, 2020 – The pups went through temperament testing today and we spent time observing them more closely this weekend to make some notes to help you know the pups a little better.

Please know that puppies personalities are just beginning to form at this age, and their personalities will continue to develop more in their new environments as they pick up from the energy level and personalities of their new pack leaders.

Patrick is the happiest, most confident in the bunch. His tail wags with great confidence in every new situation.  Paisley is spunky and fun and always ready to go, loving any new adventure. Palmer is more reserved and likes to observe for a bit before diving in to something unknown. He needs a moment to assess the situation and make sure he’s up to the task. Poppy is confident, but not quite as adventurous and confident yet as Paisley and Paige.  Paige is confident and playful. Parker is a little more reserved and unsure, like his brother Palmer. Just slightly more shy and wanting to sit back and observe things for a moment first. Parker and Palmer are less likely to lead and more likely to follow. Once they know the situation is okay, then their right in the mix with the others. Porter is confident and steady. Not diving in to play right away in a new situation, but seems pretty sure of himself and unafraid of anything new.

All that to say, those are the little differences we see in them so far.

The things they scored identical on are: intelligence, affection, submissiveness, and touch and sound sensitivity. All of the pups are smart and are “manding,” which means they know they need to sit to get attention or to be picked up by us. If they’re jumping with excitement, we just stand their quietly and it takes literally seconds for them to remember that they need to sit first.

They’re all doing well in a crate for about an hour a day so the crate won’t be foreign and scary to them at home. (They still may need adjustment time though, leaving us can be hard.)  They’re all using the litter box as we expect.  All of the pups seem to have the same energy level and are calm, not anxious, and love to be held and stay close. They all “track” us, watching their humans closely and want human attention more than toys or food. This is how we raised them and a common standard of this breed.

August 15, 2020 – Piper and Gunner’s puppies are turning seven weeks old and we’re in the homestretch in getting them ready for their families!

This week, we’ve continued to work on conditioning of blow dryers, leash training, and crate time. Loud noises are no big deal for them now. If they get startled, there’s a quick recovery, exactly as we like to see. They’re continuing to build in confidence every day and their temperaments are solid, each one of them. They’re still not crazy about the crate, but they usually settle down and stop crying within just a couple of minutes. 

We had some excitement today and did a rush trip to the vet to make sure all was okay…. Porter somehow got his jaw or tooth caught on a crate (how????) and panicked and tore his tooth out. This is a first. We were right there, cuddled him immediately and scooped him up for a trip to the vet to take a close look and make sure no stitches were needed. The vet cleaned the wound, said it’s a baby tooth, and his adult tooth will grow in just fine in 6-7 months. The blood was scarier than the incident and he was bouncing around by the time we got back home. The vet said Porter snuggled and licked her as if to say “thanks.” Porter, and us humans, has recovered fully from the scare.

Monday is their final vet appointment, Tuesday is puppy selection day (we start phone calls at 10 am.), and then home to their families on Friday. Here are the pictures we took of them today (after we got back from the extra trip to the vet!)

The Girls

Paige. 6.4 lbs.

Paige

Paige

Paige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley is the smallest girl. She’ll probably grow to about 20 lbs..

Paisley, 4.8 lbs.

Paisley

Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy

Poppy, 6.4 lbs.

Poppy

Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

Palmer

Palmer, 7.4 lbs.

Palmer

Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker

Parker, 7.0 lbs.

Parker

Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick is the smallest boy and very close to Paisley’s size. All of the other boys will be a few pounds bigger.

Patrick, 4.8 lbs.

Patrick

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porter

Porter, 6.6 lbs.

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a few shots of them hanging in their pen today after play and crate time…..

 

Falling asleep but I don’t want to give in and miss something.

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 9, 2020 – Piper’s puppies are doing great! They are super active now, engaging, and connected to their humans. They watch us closely and they love to be held. At this point, they’ve had many baths, and getting used to blow dryers and crates.  Later this week, we’re post some more video of them on Instagram and/or Facebook.  Here are the pictures we took of them today!

Paisley tuckered out after play.

Hanging out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girls

Paige

Paige

Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy

Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

Palmer

Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker

Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porter

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2, 2020 – Piper and Gunner’s puppies are now five weeks old. They are playing outside the pen and much more active now. They are doing very well at using the litter box and have started eating kibble a couple of times a day to begin weaning from mama. They love being held and we massage them and make sure everybody get snuggle time two to three times a day. (We have helpers here from morning until night to make sure nothing gets missed.)  You can see that their coats are starting to thicken and they’re starting to get some wavy hair now. Here they are!

The Girls

Paige

Paisley

Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

Palmer

Parker

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 26, 2020 – Piper’s puppies are four weeks old now. Still sleeping a lot. They are plump and happy and mama just takes care of them all day long, so it seems they don’t need to get up and move about. They will start playing and wrestling this week and we’ll get them out of the pen soon for some adventure. We started litter box training them and they are taking to it quickly. Smart pups! They’ve had lots of baths, and we’ve even been blow drying them for further conditioning to help expose them to something new. They can hear now, so we are playing loud sounds and exposing them to lots of scary noises before the first fear phase sets in at around 5-6 weeks old. Here they are at four weeks old! So cute.

The Girls

 

Paige

Paige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley

Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

Palmer

Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker

Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porter

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2020 – Three weeks old now and getting so cute! Eyes are fully open (though they still sleep ALL day long).  No sign of hearing yet, but any day! Soon, we start on the next phase of conditioning. Right now, it’s mostly just them wanting to be with mama.  Won’t be long now, though, things will start changing fast. Here are the pictures we took of them today. Sleepy as usual, and we had to wake them for a picture. 🙂

The Girls

Paige posed nicely. 🙂

Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

Palmer. Most of the boys were just too sleepy to sit up.

Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2020 – The pups are two weeks old now and doing great! Their eyes are just starting to open, but mostly they still eat and sleep. They are getting bigger; gaining weight nicely. They are getting baths and massages daily, and bio-sensor program steps, of course.  They are going to be really cute pups! At three weeks, we’ll post individual pictures of them with eyes open and sitting up.  Soon they will start changing fast!

 

The Boys

Palmer

Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker

Patrick and Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girls

 

Paige

Poppy and Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy and Paisley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 9, 2020 – Nothing has changed here. The pups only sleep and nurse all day long. It will be this way for almost another two weeks.  Eyes aren’t opened yet. They can’t hear yet.  Here’s a picture of the pen so you can get perspective of how small they are. They always sleep in a group, never straying from one another at this age. Not walking yet, they can only squirm their way over to mama when they’re hungry. The guardrail around the pen is there to keep them safe from mama accidentally rolling on top of them.

Ten days old.

Messy Piper needing a bath and brushing, taking a break from nursing. She’s the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2020 – Piper is doing very well after her C-section and she has shown no sign of discomfort as she nursed and cared for her babies all week. Everyone is doing well and the pups have continued to gain weight every day. All of the pups are healthy and strong. Exactly what we love to see! We started on the bio-sensor program on day four and we do those steps with the pups daily, along with regular massaging. Touch is our main connection to them since they can’t see or hear yet. Today they had their first warm water rinse under the faucet. Pups love the feel of warm water pouring on them. They get quiet and relaxed instantly every time. Other than weight gain, and darker noses, not much has changed here. It will be another week or two before pups can see and are moving around more. Here are the pictures we took of them today at one week old!

The Girls

At three weeks, we’ll post individual pictures with names for each. Their eyes will be wide open by then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2020 – Piper and Gunner’s puppies have arrived! Piper actually started acting “funny” on Sunday morning, and she seemed very uncomfortable and we knew something was up. When labor wasn’t happening, and with her discomfort (she was big!), we decided with our vet to do a C-section for the safety and health of mama and pups. The babies were totally ready to come out, with little room left in there! Piper’s seven beautiful pups were delivered Sunday evening, and we’re happy to say they are all healthy and mama is recovering nicely.

One day old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been no complications, and pups arrived with good weights and latched on to nurse immediately. Mama has barely left them, and we even have to coax her to go outside to do her business. We have four boys, and three girls. All are red or caramel and a few have white markings. All is well and every pup has continually gained weight since they arrived on June 28.