Sunday, August 17, 2014

Moved pups early.

I decided to move the pups from my office setting to the puppy room.  Initially, I planned to do this Wednesday but wanted them to be totally settled and comfortable a few days before Figgy comes to stay with us for her delivery.

When Tillie x Dublin had their litter, I moved them at 1 1/2 weeks old and they did much better than when I moved litters at 2 1/2 weeks old.  I realized that the later time took a bit longer for them to acclimate because both their eyes and ears were opening and this coupled with the 'smell' of a different location confused them.  Earlier is better because when their eyes and ears open, they will already be familiar with their environment.

So, the whelping area under my desk has been disinfected and is awaiting the arrival of Miss Figgy on Friday of this coming week.  :+)

I must say that Tate was so happy her guardian visited again yesterday and took her for a walk. I am always so pleased when my guardians come over to spend some 'one on one' time with their new momma. I have never had a problem with the girls settling back down to the routine after a visit. It is far better that they know their owners will see them often, rather then they stay away for the entire 6 weeks. I always welcome these visits and enjoy answering questions or concerns. The more we both understand each others needs or concerns, the more enriched our relationship becomes.  :+)

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have to share this picture.....

This is Merry Pippin, the girl I kept back from my last litter between Dancing Matilda aka Tillie and Tango Wool Dublin.  She is just about 18 weeks now and her guardian adores her.  I am told Pippin is also doing very well in her training classes - nearly doing a heal when walking on a leash - I am so impressed!!

Dublin was also used with Figgy Puddin', who is due in about 10 days or so. I do expect curly puppies from this mating similar to Pippin but I never know for sure because Mother Nature loves to play tricks! I am positive they will be just as adorable as Pippin!!

This is Pippin's way of asking for a belly rub...don't you just love it?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sleepy heads...

This was the fifth car ride since their birth. Black Boy was placed in the basket upside down as he was in that position in the whelping box when I picked him up. He stayed that way until I placed the basket in the car. :+)

Pups are 9 days old.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It has been a full week since Tate presented her pups to the world!

Tate has been a wonderful 'guest' here at Annabelle Doodles. She gets along quite well with my four doodles only giving them 'the eye' if they come too close to the pups.  Pretty soon, Tate is going to wish someone else would take over feeding this crew because they are gaining beautifully!

I have taken the pups on several car rides without Tate and Tate is not anxious at all. I think she likes the break!

In about another week or so, the pups eyes will open and so will their ears. Around that time, I will also transfer them to the puppy room where they will begin another new phase of development.  If you will notice, the coats on these beauties is simply fabulous!

All the noses on the pups are beginning to darken and will eventually be black as well as their paw pads, lips and eye rims. I expect the coats to be wavy not curly and easy to maintain with routine weekly brushing and combing. As I mentioned initially, I will be placing Purple Girl and one of the boys in Guardian Homes. Anyone interested should contact me personally.

All five snuggled together.

Black Boy will be an apricot and weighs 1.8 lbs.

Blue Boy will be Reddish/Apricot and weighs 1.4 lbs.

Green Boy is Apricot and has lots of white tipping. He weighs 1.6 lbs.

Yellow Boy is Red and weighs 1.8 lbs. Hard to tell if he will remain Red.

Purple Girl is an Apricot and weighs 1.2 lbs.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Camden x Emmett to be bred!

It is my hope that we will have a successful mating between Camden Rose and Emmett Piccolo!  As far as the vets can tell, Camden is 'prime' and Emmett is more than 'willing and able'!  :+)

Oh boy, things are going to be very busy around here given that Figgy is about to have her litter by the end of the month. Thankfully, both Tate and Figgy will be back with their guardians before Camden arrives - thank you Mother Nature!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Three days old.

This morning, I began Early Neurological Stimulation on the newborns. None of them were too happy about it either but that is a very typical and normal response. It is done to stimulate brain development and 'learn' to handle stress better as they mature.  It is done once a day to each pup for sixteen days. I am always happy when it ends because by that time, I have to use two hands to do the exercises because they have grown so much!

I am also amazed at how long Tate can hold her urine! I keep trying to coax her out of the whelping box to go outside to potty and she refuses. After several hours, I finally put a leash on her to 'take care of business'. Several times a week, I will take the opportunity to brush and comb her pretty coat as the pups climbing and sleeping on her long fur can really make a mess of it. Combing Tate three times a week is necessary to keep her coat nice. Tate is a groomers dream - so tolerant.  :+)

Happy momma and most of her babies.

This group pic shows Purple Girl is a littermate!  She was hidden in the first one.

They are gaining weight so well. Some of them are showing bits of white on their heads or toes but as adults you won't see it much.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vet visit went great!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Tate and her puppies were seen by my vet and all of them had a wonderful check up.  Their dew claws were removed with no fuss at all and they snuggled in my carrier all the way home without a whimper.

Tate's exam went well and we dodged most of the raindrops going to and from the vets. Whew!

This was also the pups first car ride to help imprint car traveling. They will be going on car rides every other day until 10 days old and then once a week. I like good, easy travelers and doing this generally helps produce stable furry passengers.  :+)