May 23, 2019 – Well, the puppies all went home last week and their pen is empty. We’re busy with wee little sleeping pups here, but the fun of romping pups from Bella’s litter is over. We do miss each litter that leaves! Pups are all transitioning and adjusting with their new families now and we are very thankful for all of the great people that have taken our puppies home. At least two of the puppies are planned to become therapy dogs and we have no doubt that they will do well. Because of the families that adopted from this litter, we are able to contribute $2,400.00 to Amazima Ministries to help feed, shelter and teach children in Uganda. The support of these families is helping us help children in Africa simply LIVE. One pup is being retained for our breeding program and we are confident she’ll pass all of her extensive testing to have pups of her own one day. We wish all of our families and pups a happy ever after with blessings for a good and healthy life! xo from all of us here!
May 13, 2019 – Puppy selection time is tomorrow afternoon! The pups had their final vet exams and all is well. Their nails were trimmed, they were micro-chipped, and they received their final wormings along with their first set of vaccinations. They have grown in leaps! All are very healthy. We’ve posted their weights below so you can see the sizing and how some are showing their growth pattern to be more of dad (30 lbs. full grown) or mom (40 lbs. full grown.) Every once in a while, a grandparent’s DNA comes into play and that could be the case with Brady, showing to be larger than the rest of the pack.
We’re always thrilled to get good reports that all of the pups are in excellent health: teeth, heart, eyes, ears, etc., have been thoroughly examined by our very experienced vet. Along with that, we put the pups through the Volhard testing steps today to ensure all temperaments are what we expect. We’ve made some notes below. Keep in mind that personalities are just starting to come out at seven weeks and will continue to develop with their forever families as they pick up on the energy level and are influenced by their new pack leader’s training style and the environment of their new homes.
All of them check out with excellent temperaments, love humans and are mostly calm and quiet the majority of the day with us here. We’ve not seen one pup that exhibits timidity, aggression, or high energy. (Just normal pup energy that we expect in any healthy, active pup.) All show to be loving, loyal pups that want to please and interact with their humans. They will all bond easily with their new families and thrive on positive reinforcement and attention from their humans. All show good intelligence and a tracking and following of their caregivers. Every pup is very comfortable being picked up by strangers. They are all well socialized! They’ve also shown no shyness with the animals they’ve been introduced to. All of them love to play, but settle down quickly when held. Overall, a calm and quiet litter. We only hear them being vocal during various stages of crate training (totally normal) or when they’re playful and wrestling with each other. They’ve all done well at early leash training.
Brady, 8 lbs., 4 oz. We would describe him as chilled out and confident. Loves to explore and a definite leader. Size often has something to do with this, especially in the confidence of his litter. Has done well in a crate, and in new environments away from his pack.
Brooke, 6 lbs., Fun and playful. Very confident when she’s with her humans, but extra sensitive to the crate still, or being alone. Will gain confidence in those areas quickly as humans continue to work on that with her.
Brandon, 6 lbs, 4 oz. A little more hesitant and cautious but can easily be encouraged to explore and try new things. Growing in confidence. Pretty relaxed pup.
Brie, 6 lbs. Confident, brave, playful and smart.
Bobby, 6 lbs., 7 oz. Content, calm, curious.
Billy, 7 lbs., 4 oz. A little more hesitant at new things, but with encouragement, becomes comfortable pretty quickly. Not as adventurous yet. Growing in confidence and is playful once he feels secure.
Becca, 5 lbs, 1 oz. Very social, yet a little more hesitant with new experiences. Loves people, but a bit more sensitive to things she doesn’t know. She’s always been the smallest in the litter, so the “runt” is a bit behind, but always catches up.
Bernadette, 6 lbs., 4 oz, Confident, loves to explore, playful and likes fetch. Totally chilled in every experience.
Bonnie, 7 lbs., 6 oz. Social and loves people, hesitant and a little cautious in new experiences. Growing in confidence.
May 6, 2019 – Wow, time is moving so fast. The pups are six weeks old and doing well. We enjoyed meeting everyone at the open house, sorry for those out of state that couldn’t be here! Your pups will be coming home to you soon and we’re working hard with them to get them ready and to not miss a step! This week, focus will be on crate training, some leash training, and we’ll introduce more new experiences. And pups seem to never lack socialization at our house. The visitors keep coming: friends, family and neighbors stopping by to snuggle the pups. Experts say a pup should be introduced to one hundred unique people by the time they are four months old. We think we hit that before they even leave our house. Young children, seniors, people with hats, beards, deep voices, high voices, strange dogs (our big, black Molly) and more. It’s all important. Doing our best, the rest is up to their forever families to keep up socialization and consistency with positive reinforcement and training. They are sitting nicely for attention and we are so happy with their progress. You will notice their pigmentation on their noses is still filling in. Seems to be common with Bella’s pups. Last litter, a couple of them took a couple of months to completely fill in. Here they are…. six weeks old. Cute, or what??
And here are some shots of them during playtime today.
April 29, 2019 – Bella’s pups turned five weeks old today, and they’re getting cuter every day! Their coats are filling in at different stages and they are changing fast. They still sleep a lot, but they are playful when we bring them out to romp around on the patio or in the puppy play area. They are growing in confidence and we see no timidity in them at this point. They seem non-reactive to new “scary” sounds, and they will easily go with any stranger that comes in to see them or pick them up. They are doing very well! Not seeing an energetic one in the bunch yet! They will definitely have their rambunctious periods and become more energetic as they grow, but totally a chilled out bunch. So easy to care for! Here’s a glimpse of the pups at five weeks old. We’ll do individual photos of each pup again at six weeks of age.
April 23, 2019 – Bella’s puppies turned four weeks old! They are eating mushy kibble now as we are still waiting for their teeth to fully come in. They are using their litter box regularly and getting used to the feel of a crate that they often crawl into together. They’ve been exposed to lots of different noises now, and things that could be scary, are no big deal for them. It’s all good! Here they are at four weeks old.
April 19, 2019 – Bella’s puppies are becoming so loving and sweet. When we pick them up, we can see how attached they have become to humans. They are calm and they loved to be held. They’re no longer the fussy, squirmy pups that started out, and they are well on their way to conditioning. Today, litter box training started and soon they’ll know how to use their new place for potty. We also introduced them to a crate this week. They are still nursing, but next week they’ll start on kibble to give mom a break. A couple of them have some teeth coming in. The rest will follow. We took some quick pictures of them in the pen. Hope you are seeing the video posts on Instagram. Soon, we’ll be posting their individual pictures again as we near four weeks of age. Time is going so fast! We’re super pleased with their temperaments. They bring joy to us humans: puppy breath, snuggles, and all. Can’t wait til you meet them.
April 16, 2019 – Bella’s puppies are three weeks old now. Everybody is healthy and doing very well. They are becoming more active, standing and walking, and starting to play a bit. They are hearing now and this week we focus on sound desensitization as we continue to hold and interact with them to keep up the human interactions. Here they are at three weeks old. (Individual pictures will be posted again at the four week age.)
April 8, 2019 – The puppies turned two weeks old and their eyes are open! They are crawling around, actually trying to stand a bit, and trying to sit up straight. As they get stronger, we can see them striving to hold their heads up and move around more. You can see that their noses have darkened some more from the pink and brown that was there at birth. They’re doing great and continue to eat well and gain weight daily. They had their first baths this weekend. They’re becoming very accustomed to be handled and touched. Their colors are similar, all shades of red. It’s hard to capture their true colors during our rainy, Oregon days when the flash takes over. Here are the individual pictures we took of them at two weeks old!
April 5, 2019 – The pups are eleven days old now and doing well. Their eyes aren’t opened yet and that will take a few more days. Wanted to post a current picture of these cutie pies!
April 1, 2019 – Bella and Gunner’s puppies are one week old today and they are doing very well! They’ve continued to gain weight steadily and mama is doing a great job caring for them. She is gentle and careful where she steps. It’s makes our jobs easier when mama is doing a good job. The puppies are being massage daily and we are several days into their Bio-sensor program of early neurological and physical stimulation to help begin to desensitize and condition them and get them comfortable with human touch. Their eyes won’t open for another week or so, and they can’t hear until about three weeks old, so touch is our main connection to them. It’s really important that we begin our work with them when they’re this young. We see the difference in our pups! Here they are, not much as changed except that they’ve gained some weight. They’re continuing to thrive and mama is also doing very well. (The red lighting is from the heat lamp that helps regulate their body temperatures.)
March 25, 2019 – Our mamas often like to start labor late into the night, and Bella was no exception. Her first puppy arrived at 2 a.m, and within five hours, we had 9 beautiful, red babies! Bella is doing great and has already settled in as mama to her pups. All are nursing and thriving. We were thrilled with the good weights of this litter, with all pups weighing in around ten or eleven ounces each. That’s makes for healthy, strong pups! All of the puppies are very close in color and we have five girls and four boys. Nine beautiful puppies, and we’ve themed this litter, “The B Litter.”
Our wonderful guardian family (dear friends of ours) has Bella and the pups in their care. They’ve helped us raise litters for years, and we know our limits that we can’t be whelping puppies all night long AND take care of a litter of fourteen puppies that are here. Our friends will begin the Bio-sensor program and daily massaging of the pups at day three, when mama is ready to let her pups be held.
The pups will be moved out of the kiddie pool they were born in and into a regular puppy pen today, where guard rails will keep mama from accidentally laying on her pups (something that can happen if we’re not careful.)
We’ll keep weekly updates coming on this blog spot, and we’ll post the first individual pictures when the pups are two weeks old. Keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook as too as we watch this litter grow!
Welcome to our world: Brady, Brandon, Billy, Bobby, Becca, Brie, Bernadette, Brooke and Bonnie!