Thursday, October 31, 2013



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Milo, Lilly, Quechee, Black Boy and Flynn (hiding underneath the group) are
celebrating your incredible achievement!

By the way, we had the best trip to the CERF vet this morning.  I had fed the litter a slightly smaller portion of food early.  Then a good friend of mine, Heather of Blueberry Cottage Labradoodles, gave me this great idea of putting a filling into a PVC 'elbow' joint.  I bought several of them yesterday and after washing them, put just a swipe of peanut butter in both ends of the five elbows and placed them into the back after I loaded the puppies in.  SUCH happiness...and content puppies!

After having their 'snack', each of the pups kept putting their paws and faces on the windows of my wagon to look out.  I have never seen so many smiling faces on passerbys!  People honked, waved and laughed all the way down Highway 95 as I drove to Portsmouth, NH for their exam.

I just know that a lot of people went into work today in a wonderful frame of mind after witnessing these five cuties peering out the windows as they traveled down the road.  What a way to start the day!  :+)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Early Spay and Neuter Day!

I dropped off the group bright and early this morning for their exam, microchip, stool check (again) and surgeries and just received the call that all are doing well.  Resting from the anesthesia but I should be able to pick them up around 3 pm.  So glad all went well.  Whew!

Am in the middle of steaming the puppy room for their coming home party.  :+)  They will be penned for a bit and then have restricted access to the outdoors until pick up time.

At around 5 PM, I will give them all a bit of soft food.  If that stays down, I will feed them more around 7 PM.  Both Milo and Quechee had wet muzzles when I got home which tells me they are still feeling a bit queasy from the stress of surgery, anesthesia and a bumpy ride home. With the 7 PM feeding, I will give them a pain killer to keep them conmfortable. Tomorrow, they will be jumping beans, but their outdoor area will be very much restricted so they don't overdo themselves. At the time of this typing, all is quiet.  :+)

Update:  I fed them again at 7 PM and let them out to potty.  They enjoyed the fresh air for about 15 minutes than I huddled them all back into the crates for the night.  I expect howling tonight but that is normal for a first night of crate training.  They do have a friend while here so I hope all of you got a Snuggle Puppy for them to buddy up with at your home.  :+)

Update - Wednesday am - The pups are full of themselves this morning - just look at the picture!  Ate their

breakfast with abandon and the four with surgeries also had their last pain med.  I have closed off the puppy playarea (artificial turf) and they have the 'paved' areas for exercise and pottying.  It gives them space but confines their ability to run too much.  They are wrestling and playing happily with each other.  All is well.  :+)

Here is the group in the converted 'crates'.

The boys are settling down in their bed.

The girls are doing the same.

And Black Boy is wondering why the heck does HE need to be confined???
Black Boy was not neutered today but all are learning 'crate time'.

Monday, October 28, 2013

We are ready for Trick or Treating!

Captian MILO forgot his eye patch!  9 wks. 9 lbs.
Captain FLYNN spots a pirate ship on the horizon!  9 wks. 10 1/2 lbs.
'Land ahoy'! says Captain Black Boy.  9 wks. 9 lbs.
LILLY, the Good Little Witch!  9 wks. 8 3/4 lbs.
And, QUECHEE, the Friendly Witch!  9 wks. 9 lbs.

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This coming week is full of vet appointments and traveling.  Today started it off with their nine week picture segment based on the spirit of Hallow's Eve.  Surgeries are tomorrow and eye CERF's are on Thursday.  Pick ups begin on Friday and run through Monday.  

Baths are on the schedule for today as water on surgical sites is not recommended.  Crate training will also begin tomorrow and more inside time than outside time will be on the agenda.  I hope all of you are ready!  :+)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Many people wonder if the dam of a litter miss their pups.....

I think we can be pretty much assured that life goes on and the comforts of being home outweigh any 'twinges' of guilt as Muddie Pearl enjoys the first fire of the season at her home.  Gotta love her expression in this photo - pure contentment.  The 'leg hug' is just the frosting on the cake.  :+)

Friday, October 25, 2013

A novel method of training: Flexible - Affordable - Personal

What do you mean 'I can train my puppy while driving to work'?  Huh??

'Finding a training center that has classes that work with my schedule is difficult as most of them are in the evening, when I am not at my best.'

'I can't train my puppy when the kids are constantly interrupting.'

Do any of the above scenarios sound familiar?  What if I could provide you with a training approach that can work within your optimal time frame - even if you are driving, eating, vacationing, bicycling, or going for a walk?  In other words - during a time that fits your lifestyle.

I had a wonderful conversation today with an inventive trainer that offers a unique puppy program for breeder clients as well as pet owners. Most people cannot resist the cuteness of a puppy; but raising one to not bite your ankles, or pull on the leash or jump up on everyone takes commitment, time, patience and energy. Each puppy and family is unique with special circumstances so puppy training should never be approached as a 'one size fits all'.  With that said, I hope you will take a few minutes of your time to read what this training style has to offer.  I found it to be a fascinating method that offers so many opportunities to train your puppy effortlessly.


Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Welcoming a puppy into your home is such an exciting time and whether you are taking your first steps into the dog ownership world or you are a seasoned pro, I know you will have many questions about training and getting ready for the big day.  
This is a great opportunity to ensure a smooth transition for you and your new puppy from the first day they arrive home. We will cover even the smallest of details so you'll be able to move into this new phase of your life with the confidence and knowledge that will enable you to enjoy all the wonderful experiences a new puppy brings to a home.

We will discuss preparing your home and yard, healthcare that will be required in the first year, doggie first aid, nutrition, adjusting your schedule(s) to meet the puppy's or dog's needs, crate training, housebreaking, how to get the puppy to sleep through the night, their developmental stages and supplies you will need. You’ll have many questions, I'm sure, and I am more than happy to answer them all for you so you can start your new life together fully prepared and with as little anxiety as possible!

The Right Start Program is a series of 6 classes are essentially based on a 'train the trainer' methodology. You will learn the skills required to teach your puppy proper social skills and basic obedience commands.  
  • We'll start by discussing the most immediate topics just before you are scheduled to bring your puppy home, including any specific requirements you have in your household. This will ensure you are well prepared for the first few days of puppy parenting.
  • It is best to have the second appointment 1-2 days after the puppy arrives, so any immediate concerns or challenges can be handled swiftly and any new questions you have can be answered right away.
  • The third class is usually timed a few days later to ensure everything is going smoothly and you have a strong training foundation in place. This is the biggest portion of the adjustment time and learning curve that you will experience so it is vital to have all the support that you’ll need. We will do some review of previous training and then begin to move on to leash training, teaching the puppy to ‘sit’, and the ‘off’ command should be reinforced at this time to make sure the puppy will not jump up on people when they are older.
  • The next 3 classes are about a week apart and we will cover new topics or skills each time, as well as do some review for the previous appointments. The amount of material we will be covering in this first month may look like an endless list homework but don’t start to panic! You will be surprised at how much of it is second nature to you. All of this will be broken down for you in easy to follow steps and it won't be nearly as challenging as it seems at the moment.  I have done this coaching many, many times and everyone mastered it quickly and easily.

The cost of the 6 - 1 hour Right Start Classes is $350 including all taxes. This is a $100 discount off the regular price of $450 with your Breeder’s coupon code.  I have provided a detailed outline of the complete Right Start Program for your reference.

Right Start Program detailed outline:
Class 1 of 6: 1 wk to 3 days before arrival
supplies, housebreaking, crate training, night time, schedules
Class 2 of 6: 1-2 days after arrival
housebreaking review, night time review, crate training review, nipping and biting, hierarchy
Class 3 of 6: 3-4 days after arrival
housebreaking follow-up, night time follow-up, crate training follow-up, nipping & biting review, developmental stages, leash training 1, sit command, off command
Class 4 of 6: 10-14 days after arrival
nipping & biting follow-up, sit review, off review, nutrition, first year health care, social skills, come command
Class 5 of 6: 3 weeks after arrival
come review, sit follow-up, off follow-up, leave it command, mine command, down command, leash training 1 review
Class 6 of 6: 4 weeks after arrival
leash training 1 follow-up, out command, first aid, final review, next steps

Many of the skills are practiced and reinforced while you are enjoying play time with your puppy, not in formal training sessions.  Let's face it, all work and no play just isn't fun!  Plus, your puppy is pretty much ADD at this age so that would be setting you both up for failure!  Think about it more like guiding or mentoring, instead of instructing. My techniques instill gentle, loving, consistent leadership that will provide great bonding opportunities and ensure you will have a happy, content and well-behaved best friend.

I know all of the wonderfully rich experiences you are about to enjoy and am so excited for you! I look forward to talking to you soon and your first homework assignment is to get your camera ready. Take lots of pictures and videos and remember to embrace every moment along this journey. They just grow up so darn fast!



To register for the Right Start Program call Tammy at

Why use Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts or phone conferencing?

One of the most important advantages of these methods is you are able to begin training, and receive valuable support during a critical period, without exposing your puppy to locations frequented by other dogs. Until puppies are 16 weeks old they are not fully protected from common illnesses, even if their vaccination schedule is followed diligently. Simply allowing the puppy a washroom break in an area frequented by many dogs exposes them to significant risk.
Isolating them from other dogs does not mean limiting their exposure to experiences. Puppies have the ability to learn so much, even at 2 months of age, and your skills as a handler have such an impact on their successes. They have so much ability and potential! Just imagine leaving the vet’s office after their final vaccine and expertly walking your well behaved puppy out to explore their great new world.

Phone and video conferencing from your computer or any mobile device also removes the geographical barriers that make physical classes so challenging to attend.  You are able to schedule calls during your daily commute, between classes at school or your work appointments, when the kids are napping, or even on your lunch break! There is no set time on a specified day (ie. 4pm every Tuesday) as you are in full control of your own scheduling.  This is ideal for people with fluctuating work hours and if something does come up unexpectedly, you can reschedule quickly and easily from a computer or any mobile device.

There is no travel time, which can be significant, and when each family member is on a different schedule, it does make it easier to find a free hour for everyone to be able to participate. You can even have your nanny or sitter join in from their home which helps provide consistency in the training techniques for your puppy.  Eliminating the commuting factor can be a huge advantage and take a lot of pressure off when trying to coordinate a time that works well. You could be in the comfort of your home for one class and the next week, join your family in a group conference from your hotel room in Singapore!

I have been providing training sessions in person and by phone with families (for their puppies) since 2004 with great success. Our conversations allow me to gather precise information that is key to the success of the training. It also enables me to explain why I am choosing one technique over another for your specific situation.  What works for one household often won't work for another and that is what sets personalized, private dog and puppy training so far above all of the other training methods. Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts add an extra visual dimension to the phone call, and all these methods work brilliantly!

If you have a Skype, FaceTime or Gmail account you are all ready. I’ll contact you for each appointment and you simply have your application open, or be ready with your phone. This technology is available to us free of charge and it’s easy to use. Why not take advantage of it?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CHARLOTTE 2-STEP is another breeding hopeful for ADNE! - RETIRED IN MAY OF 2018.

How fortunate I was to find a local guardian home for this sassy, smart, friendly and gorgeous girl! Thank you so much Sullivan family for welcoming Charlotte into your home and hearts.

1.7 years old

I do believe that Charlotte favors her daddy, Tango Wool Rodeo.  I could not believe the quality of Rodeo's coat when I met him.  Then I was bowled over by his incredible demeanor - so sweet and
friendly.  Let's not forget, her mommy is our loveable cuddle bear, Figgy Puddin', who knows no strangers. Figgy's lavender coat color  is so unique that people just look at her with their jaws open. Obviously, this was a great match up!

Being able to meet, touch and take pics of my upcoming breeders is always a treat.  It is why having them in a local placement makes my job easier.  

10 weeks old.

Here are some words from her guardians:     

Our Funny Valentine! The perfect description for our sweet Labradoodle, Charlotte.  When we brought Charlotte home a year and a half ago, we brought home equal parts humor and love. Charlotte is the first one to offer kisses in the morning; and will sit in your lap for extra pats and hugs the minute you sit down with your coffee.  She is a big cuddler and so lovable!
16 weeks old
Miss Char-Char has been a great addition to our family.  She keeps us on our toes stealing our slippers and running circles around the house with us in hot pursuit!  She can be very persistent when she is ready to play and will put her toy right in your lap and sit patiently, sometimes for many minutes, until you throw it!  She might even urge you on with a couple high-pitched barks.  She is a spunky ball of furry fun.  Sometimes too spunky, but we are working on that.  She is taking us to obedience training and we are learning!  Ha, ha!

In all seriousness, she is brilliant and loves the challenge of agility training. You can see the wheels turning when she is trying to figure something out.  She loves to play hide-n-seek with our daughter, Kate, and is able to outsmart Master Dan when they play their “thinking” games!  We love her and wouldn’t change a thing about her sweet disposition and lovable nature.

  • Date of Birth:  June 14, 2013. A mating of Annabelle's Figgy Puddin' and  Tango Wool Copeland's Rodeo. Both parents are non-shedding.
  • Size/Color/Coat: Approximately 18 inches tall and 30 lbs. Color DNA is: Bbee, at/at, DD, Kb/Ky, S/Sp. Charlotte is Cream with Apricot ears. Her coat is a non-shedding soft fleece.  
  • Cleared by Parents through DNA test results: Normal/Clear for Exercised Induced Collapse, von Willebrand's Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Progressive Rod Atrophy and many others through Orivet test labs.
  • Thyroid/Blood Work/Chemistry's and TgAA - Done 2/3/15 with Hemopet - Normal.  TgAA is below 1. Thyroid levels Normal on 4/13/16 HML87475.
  • Hip Structure: PennHIP 90+% (.35/.34) and OFA Prelim is 'Good'.  Done at 19 months.
  • Patellar Luxation (knees) - OFA certified Normal.
  • Elbows - OFA Prelim of  'Normal' at 19 months.
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes - OFA certified Normal.
  • OFA Eye Exams (annual test) - OFA certified Normal OFA#: HY-EYE367/46F-VPI on 5/5/17, 4/19/16, 4/12/15, 10/30/2014
  • Heart - OFA Auscultation was Normal on 4/23/15.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The pups' mom came to visit today. Pearl definitely knew her brood!

Look at the positions of the pups....
All of them are showing respect and submission - heads and tails down.
Pearl has inspected each and every one in the belly up position.
She also played with them but always made them submit.  She is teaching them respect.
Pearl is showing them 'Mom is the boss lady'!  Pearl is erect, legs somewhat stiff and head up.
Pearl is still a kid at heart and could not resist the tunnel.  :+)
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I always groom and bathed my guardian home girls before they go home to their families again but my guardians asked me to wait as they had an event to go to.  So she came today.  There was no mistaking that Pearl knew her babies!  She even sat to let them suckle although milk has been gone for quite some time.  It was great to see her again and watch her interact and train her babies.  Dogs really do have their own language and parenting skills!

Monday, October 21, 2013

The pups had their first shots today at 8 weeks old!

Teal Boy is now 'MILO' and is a perfect balance of weight and age - 8 lbs. at 8 weeks.
He kept taking a snooze on my vet's foot during the exams.
Black Boy is at 7.6 lbs. and remains the smallest boy.  He is the 'life of the party'.
Green Boy is the heavy weight at 9.1 lbs.  Methinks a 'gentle giant'.
His name is now 'FLYNN'!  He certainly has an Irish flair!
The smallest pup in the litter is 'LILLY' (Purple Girl)  and weighs 7.5 lbs.
Lilly will be a perfect companion for her 'big brother'.
Rainbow Girl's eyes are soooo human. Weighing in at 7.7 lbs. this week.
Her name is 'QUECHEE', after a town and gorge in Vermont.
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I hope you enjoy these pics of the pups sporting their cute Halloween scarf.  They did exceptionally well at this afternoon's photo shoot.

We had a great trip to the vets this morning.  All the pups were so cooperative.  There were numerous admirers who were just so smitten by these faces!  Not a peep in the car and no messes in the vet office - WOW!  Everyone got a great check up and received their Health Certificates.  There were no worms, Coccidia or Giardia in the stool sample - so a CLEAN slate!  Yea!!! 

Please take the time to find your groomer, vet, trainer and decide on what food you will be feeding your pup.  I always recommend The Honest Kitchen dried meat and vegetable blend because it is a well researched raw food source made easy - just mix with water.  Of course, there are lots of foods listed on my AnnaBlog under Points to Ponder to look through as well.  As a matter of fact, ALL of you should be spending some time on that link to make decisions and to read through the supplies list and all the other topics. 

A leash and collar will be provided as well as a homemade blanket with their siblings scent on it.  Toys will be included and your personal notebook of paperwork and testing copies.  I do highly recommend you check into purchasing a Snuggle Puppy.  Here is one link but there are many more:   These cuties have a battery operated 'beating heart' which is a great source of comfort for you new furry baby.

Be sure to puppy proof your home and yards!  Time is flying by!

I NEED NAMES!  Please think long and hard on the name for your pup as I need to put them on several locations as I do paperwork.  As you decide, I will update this post.  :+)  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Puppies have all been assigned.


Puppy assignments are both anticipated and stressful.  I always hope that the right pup has been matched to the right family.  So many factors are taken into account.  It is not just about color, size, coat and gender - you need to consider family dynamics, ages of children, allergies, work schedules, outside activities and above all -  temperaments!  It is a puzzle that you constantly work on, take notes, assess 'infrastructure' and throw in a few prayers that guide you in the right direction.  :+)  This is a deliberate decision using common sense, intuition and a good dollop of a trainer's finesse.

For Pearl x Phineas' Litter:

  • Black Boy - is withheld pending a possible stud trade with another breeder
  • Purple Girl 'LILLY' - Bozorgzad family.
  • Rainbow Girl 'QUECHEE' - Paul household.
  • Green Boy 'FLYNN' - Pawlus clan.
  • Teal Boy - "MILO' - Sullivan home.
Honestly, I have no idea how any breeder can simply put a puppy on a plane to a home without ever meeting and interacting with the family.  They have to be much better at assessing a puppy than I am.  I look so forward to the family visits which are so beneficial for the socialization and development of the pups.  I truly don't know who enjoys it more - me, the buyers or the puppies!  A win-win-win for all, I guess!

Please be sure to take this opportunity to visit groomers, training facilities, interview dog walkers and puppy proof your home.  Don't wait until the last minute, you will be way too busy raising a puppy to do this!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kids and puppies!

A new family came to visit my adults and Pearl's puppies today to see if a puppy is in their future. Their son has allergies so they wanted to do a 'trial' visit. I think it went great!  Looks like everyone was having a wonderful time.

It is so satisfying to be able to help people with allergies realize that SOMETIMES their wishes do come true and they can add a family dog to the household. Pics like these always put a smile on MY face.  :+)

Monday, October 14, 2013

We are enjoying the pumpkin season! (7 weeks)

Green Boy continues to be the largest in the litter at 7 3/4 lbs.
Teal Boy is not far behind his bro at 7 lbs.
Rainbow Girl sports a white collar now because she and Green Boy look so much alike.
I needed to have a collar that showed up better.  6 3/4 lbs.
Purple Girl weighs 6 3/4 lbs. this week.
I think we all know who this is - Black Boy!  6 1/2 lbs.
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I will take them for another ride this week to keep them 'car savvy'.  This is also the week for Temperament testing with a trainer.  We shall see how that goes.  Assignments can be as early as the weekend!

Tomorrow they are being visited by a family with two adolescent children, so they will have lots of fun and get some good social exercise.  I have given them the full run of the puppy play area as well as access to the puppy room, so they dash about at will.  I keep the gate to the actual puppy pen closed as I want them to think 'outside' to go potty rather than using the litter box.  I am so thrilled that the weather has been good for lots of outdoor play.

All of you have visited the pups and have a pretty good idea of your preferences.  This would be a good time to send me a private email about the three that appeal to you the most.  This will help break any 'ties' that the trainer and I might have after the temperament sessions.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

We had a 'puppy magnet' visit today!

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Emily is getting one of Pearl's puppies and it is obvious she and the pups enjoy visiting!  The pups were climbing all over her and having a ball.  Silly Emily even laid down on the turf and had the pups literally all over her body.  Emily, you sure are a dog lover!  I don't know yet which one of these fluffy butterballs will be yours but I know he/she is going to have a GREAT home!  :+)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exploring the puppy area at six weeks.

Black Boy checking out the caterpillar.
The girls eyeing their brothers.
No stone should be left unturned.
Purple peeking over the bar, Rainbow and Green kissy-pooing.
Looks like Teal Boy is going to call a meeting.
Yes, some hobb-nobbing going on here.  I guess tunnels work as well as water fountains for gossiping..
They love going up and down this ramp!
Oh my...if Purple grabs hold of.....OUCH!
Still friends even after the bite.  :+)
We fit through!
Black Boy's intense stare.
Time for a nap?  Wait for me!!!
This is the first time I have let my puppies loose in the play area so soon.  Generally, I wait until they are 8 weeks, not six.  However, they are loving it.  They have been outdoors every day but in the enclosed pen.  I will allow them to have 'free time' in the play area weather permitting.  I know they expended a lot of energy because they all crashed on their bed in the puppy room.  A good puppy is a tired puppy.  :+)     

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