Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pick up week is going very well.

So far, four pups have gone to their new homes. I will post pics of everyone's departure on Saturday once Novak is picked up.  :+)

Monday, February 23, 2015

A box is not just a box..sometimes it is a scary monster... or a puppy boogie man.....

When pups get to this age, I like to toss in a decent size box in their area to see what happens. It was interesting to see how the dynamics of this litter played out. Initially, ALL of the pups scurried to all parts of the room when the box hit the floor. I think they thought 'the sky is falling'! :+)

Recovery was pretty good for some brave souls.

They approached with caution as there 'could be' something in there!

'Nope, it is empty' state Abner and Novak.

Now their interest is peaked!

They loved trying to rip off the tape and 'tasting' the flaps. I removed the tape promptly!

'Nope! I am not going near that thing, states Sailor in the comfort of her 'bedroom'.

Finally, Sailor gets brave enough to venture near it. She is in the front.

Friday, February 20, 2015

We are home and all is well!

Happily, the day was uneventful and I am thrilled to know that appointments are finished and I don't have to worry any longer about snowstorms.  ALLELUIA!!!

Actually, it was a lovely day - cold but bright and sunny. The day progressed something like this:

  • I was at the vet office promptly at 8 am. The pups went through their prelim health exams with flying colors. Please note that on this particular litter, the girls had BOTH their ovaries and uterus removed (OVH). My normal vet, Dr. Estle, was away on vacation so the OVE (which leaves the uterus) was not performed.
  • After the prelim exam, I request that blood work be taken from each pup to be sure that their kidneys, liver and enzymes are at the proper levels; otherwise, surgery would not be done. It is being a bit cautious but I feel a necessary procedure. I am not concerned when creatinine is low because they have been fasted.
  • Each surgery is approximately 1/2 hour total which includes the recovery segment.
  • Laser Therapy is done on each puppy after the surgery for faster healing and a shot of Rimadyl provides 24 hours of pain relief.
  • Each client is provided with a copy of the neuter/spay surgery for registration in your town.
  • The pups get lots of cuddles and lap time with all the vet techs during recovery.  :+)
  • Upon arriving at home, I give each pup a small portion of food.  Around 6 PM, I will feed them all their normal amount.
While the pups are at the vets, I bleach the area and get the 'infirmary' set up.

Clementine with Blue, who is lying down.

Sailor with Mac Gregor.

Bella is hugging Novak. Abner is on the right who spent the day missing his siblings very much!

As I type, all the pups are napping, quiet and comfortable.  :+)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It has been a busy day! After our visitors left today, baths began in earnest!

I use to always give baths AFTER they had their surgeries but when I began sending pups home at 10 weeks rather than 12 weeks, I had to change that practice. My vets suggest no bathing for 10 days after a surgery so now I give baths BEFORE they go in. I have to say, it does make the preparations for pup pick up easier.  :+)

After their bath, I trimmed ears and nails. Blow drying and using a brush to fluff up their coats was enjoyed by all of them which surprised me as many pups are afraid of the dryer. By far though, their favorite part of bath day was the towel rubbing! Here are some pics of 'what they endured' to be beautiful.

Sailor was first and a real trooper!

Bella is just adorable in this shot.

Can you believe this boy? Yep, Novak. Thought he was at the spa and just laid there enjoying his 'towel massage'.

Here is Clementine during her rinse, very tolerant.

Mac Gregor all soaped up!

An ear trimmed up.

Blue is ever grateful his bath is finished.

Lil Abner enjoying the dryer.

I bleached the floor and put down one of their favorite big stuffed animals. All their toys are being washed.

Some cute and fluffy pups!!!
Tomorrow, I will continue to bleach again and set up their crates to house 2 or 3 pups each. They will be somewhat separated for a couple of days while they heal. My biggest problem will be stopping them from wrestling!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I hope this is okay.....9 week old pics a day early??

When I got back home from my appointment this morning, I thought that today would be a good day to get the pups' pics done. Tomorrow, depending on weather conditions, I have two families visiting which can make picture taking time a bit dicey.

I have had my eye on a 'snow' segment for some time but either it was way too cold, actually snowing or the wind was too brutal. Today was perfect so I took advantage.

Those of you visiting may not have noticed the HUGE snow pile that has accumulated on the other side of the puppy alley fence due to the many snowstorms  With the snow falling off the roof and the 'normal' snow amounts, I have shoveled a lot of snow! I finally found something worthwhile to do with it.  :+)

With those big paw pads, I am sure Bella will snowshoe really well!  6 lbs.

Sailor was leaping like a gazelle! I think she rather likes snow.  6 1/2 lbs.

Clementine stuck her face in it. 7 lbs.

Mac Gregor was going for the Old English Sheepdog look! 6 1/4 lbs.

Little Boy Blue was stoic but I really think he prefers lying by a warm fire. 7 1/4 lbs.

Not only did Novak own the pile of snow, he then stuck his tongue out at me! 6 lbs.

Lil Abner let me know his toes were cold by raising one. 5 1/4 lbs.
As you all know, the pups go in for their surgeries and microchips on Friday. Let's hope I am able to travel on decent roads and this new storm doesn't dump a heck of a lot of the white stuff.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A busy few days for Hazel's pups!

We are getting down to the line here and still much to finish before pick ups beginning on Feb 24th! The pups have had a few appointments, visitors still coming for play time and, of course, lots of paperwork to get prepared and organized for the puppy packs. A special 'THANK YOU' for providing me with names - all done!  Yea!!!!

Here are some pics I have taken over the last few days as time permitted.  :+)

Every morning, after breakfast, Annabelle rattles the gate to go in to see the pups.
She loves to go in their pen area and 'taste' any of their stuffed toys. They are very respectful of her.

Dr. Clode, Canine Ophthalmologist (eye exam). Don't you just love a vet who actually enjoys playing with your doodles!

Both Drs. Clode and Cassotis enjoy the pups as their 'assistant' looks on.

It didn't take long for him to participate!

Today, two families came to interact with their puppy (and siblings)! These two young men
were so polite and wonderful with the group. Thank you!

Many have asked about chewing. All of you should know that pups like to chew - almost anything will do. One item that I have just recently tried and like very much was a suggestion from one of my puppy buyers. Thank you, Jill!  They are called Himalayan Chews and can be found on the Internet or speciality pet stores. They are made out of Yak Milk and baked until very, very hard. I highly suggest them for your pups! They come in sizes but I would not get them too small as you want your pup to enjoy them for a long time! Worth their price. I found some for my dogs for just under $10.00 each, so do your research.  :+)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The imminent snow has scared two families off from visiting today but it really is not bad here at all.

I had to do some errands and the flakes are small and falling but not sticking.... yet.  Tonight and tomorrow are the days you don't want to be traveling.

Hopefully, we will be able to reschedule during the week.  :+)