Friday, June 24, 2016


As I expected, I just received news that Miss Nellie Bly is also in heat, so there will be two litters being raised at ADNE this fall. It is going to be busy around here for sure!!  At least both litters will be settled in with their owners before Thanksgiving - yea!!

The first litter from Nellie x Emmett was adorable and I expect the same this time around. :+)

Gunny entertaining Figgy's pups.

Figgy is visiting with her guardians today as part of the weaning process but Gunny is so happy to fill in!

As I was cleaning the pup pen this morning, the pups are placed outside in their special area to enjoy some early sun and stretch their legs a bit. Gunny is always hanging around the outside of the pen looking at them so I let her in today. I don't know who had more fun, the pups or Gunny.  :+)

Gunny is very gentle and curious about the pups.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

FINALLY, Tate has come into season!

I will be making plans to travel with Tate to her intended within the next two weeks. If Mother Nature is kind, pups should be arriving in September.

Customers that are on her original list have been notified and I am waiting for confirmations. I also have begun a Wait List and you will be moved up depending on number of pups; or if any of the original clients have a change of circumstances. I want to note that MANY, many times original customers have found pups sooner or have had to make a change, so those on the Wait List just need to be patient! At least you know you will be notified first of availability once pups are whelped.

There is the possibility that I may need to switch studs from Theo to Emmett but I am not sure yet. Both boys are handsome and well tested. With Emmett, Tate will produce chocolates, blacks, apricots and caramels. The size of the pups will be the same.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Figgy x Keefer's pups venture outdoors at 4.3 weeks of age.

Such a gorgeous day with lots of sun and soft breezes! A perfect first day outside for the pups. They were even served their lunch outside.  :+)

At first, they were not quite sure what to do.

They looked to mom for encouragement.

Curiosity got the best of them.

Sniffing became the rule of the day. Sniffing plants...

Sniffing stones and toys.

Even sniffing Daisy!

All pups love this toy.
Red is quite the curious boy.

Teal Girl is both brave and curious!

'Which way should we go'???

The water bowl station.

Gunny and Daisy keep a watch on the pups.

Yahoo - LUNCH! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A typical day.

After preparing all the food and feeding all the adult doodles in the morning, I go in to take care of the pups.  Their pan is put down as I call out 'pup..pup.. pup' to get them use to this cue that I am there with food which they will associate as a positive interaction. Once they are done, mom gets to lick their pan and be with them if she chooses. Once fed, the pups usually begin to play a bit, go potty then naps are eminent.

At this time, I bring out my clothe x-pen, place a hospital pee pad in it and switch the pups from their pen to the x-pen. After sniffing a bit, they settle down to nap.

I have set up their pen for two-way access - a gate at the front (for easy interaction and food delivery and one on the back side for easy access to the potty area. If you remember, I put the Activity Box on top of the turf which acts as a brace so the pups cannot pull out the turf and make a mess. This makes clean up quick and easy. I switch the Activity Box to their 'bed' area as I remove the turf strips for cleaning and dispose of the urine soaked puppy pee pad beneath them. I clean and disinfect the pan, add a new puppy pee pad, new turf strips and replace the Activity Box. The pups are then put back into their cleaned area to continue their nap and I go outdoors to hose and disinfect the turf.

It takes many tries to find a system that is economical, has ease of functionality and uses a minimum of time.  I find with each litter, I may have to make some changes especially if it is a large litter. For an average litter of 6 or under, this method works really well for me. As the pups grow and need more space, I will adjust but at this time of year, the outdoors becomes a wonderful playground where most potty needs are met. No matter where they 'go', my janitorial services are always needed!

Hmmm.... I think I am the one that should be napping!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WEEK FOUR - Figgy x Keefer Litter

This past week has seen a lot of changes. The pups actually walk without being wobbly; they can see and hear perfectly and enjoy the gruel I make for them. This coming week will bring a more 'meat based' diet and some time outdoors. They will become more animated and playful as well as highly curious.

Pups that track age and weight with the same numbers (4 weeks/4 lbs.) generally will be around 30 to 32 lbs. at maturity. Above equates with a 35 to 40 mature weight or below is around 25 to 29 lbs.

Green Boy - 4 lbs.

Teal Girl - 4 1/2 lbs.  (I don't know how she got her head wet! Splashed in the water bowl??)

Royal Boy - 5 lbs.

Red Boy - 5 1/4 lbs.

A cartful of puppies! Royal, Teal, Green and Red.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Activity Box.

The pups will be four weeks tomorrow but I will be at a walk to support Rochester Homemakers who bring food, entertainment and company to those in need - especially the elderly. I tell you this because I may not get the individual pics of the cute four week olds up until later in the afternoon tomorrow.

Till then, I added their Activity Box to the area for them to peruse and they checked it out. Yes, I did place it in their potty area to entice them to use it 'while visiting the many different dangly things'.

The pups now get fed a gruel three times a day and drink water. Figgy is in the beginning of her 'weaning stage' where I cut back a bit each day on her food rations as the pups eat more and more of the food prepared for them. I expect Figgy will be back with her guardians very soon.

I love watching Royal Boy check out the ball.

Green Boy is 'tasting' the rope as Teal Girl sniffs the poles.

Red Boy just chillin' as he watches his siblings nose around.

'What do you see Teal Girl'? inquires Red boy.

Teal Girl takes a water break....and 

Red Boy takes his turn.

The Activity Box is beneficial for several reasons: Each item is either a texture, makes a sound or has a musical tone. Some of them actually touch the pups as they walk through which increases their 'touch' tolerance. It provides them something to mouth or chew along with the entertainment factor. Pups need to be stimulated with different sounds, textures and tactile impact to peak curiosity.

I also put a second Activity Box outside in their pen that I just finished preparing today. In a few days, they will have their first experience of being outdoors for a bit. Keep tuning in!