Saturday, August 30, 2014

Figgy's pups are gaining each day and mommy Figgy is doing a great job. :+)

Seeing how young and fragile Figgy's pups are at less than a week old and being able to see the huge difference when comparing them to Tate's three week old pups is just mind boggling!  Two weeks growth between them and it is simply amazing to watch the development.  :+)

I need a break!

Figgy's pups are fat and content.

In two week's time, Tate's pups are walking, drinking and using the litter box!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Been a VERY busy day but I finally am able to now post Tate's three week olds!!!

Black Boy is the heaviest at the moment. He is 3 1/2+ lbs. at 3 weeks.

Green Boy is 3 1/4 lbs. at 3 weeks.

Blue Boy looks very similar to his brother Keefer. He weighs 3 lbs. at 3 weeks.

GH Keefer (Yellow Boy) weighs 3 1/2 lbs. at 3 weeks.

GH Haddie McGee (Purple Girl) is 2 1/2 lbs. at 3 wks.
Tate's pups have grown by leaps and bounds! The two to three week growth spurt is a huge one as they go from crawling semi newborns to little doggies in a matter of days.  They see and hear well now, feel temperature and environmental changes and are getting more curious.

In this short span of time, they have explored (and used) the litter box, adapted to the shade 'porch' of the kitchen playpen, listened to the annoying city sounds tape and are learning about their home. It is a big world out there and their journey through it has just begun.

I have posted pics of what their weekly development has been like reaching their third week of life. of them interacting with each other and learning how to move their bodies and mouths, as well as their single pics of celebrating their third milestone.  :+)  It appears that both Keefer and Haddie McGee have guardian homes.

Tate has been a perfect first time mom.

This is the 'porch' in the kitchen. It is directly under the fan and on
hot afternoons, when the pup room gets too hot, I move them here.

Blue and Yellow sleeping together in the 'porch'.

Now these three are having some sort of conversation on the 'porch'.

They are interacting with each other now - notice someone did potty in the litter box!

Hattie (purple girl) holds her own against Keefer (yellow boy).

Sometimes litter boxes become extensions of their play area. It works.  :+)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Figgy's litter!

Now that we all know they have arrived and the stats are listed below, I can breathe a sigh of relief that all went well. Interesting, but well.
  • Black Male arrived at 7:05 pm and weighed 8 5/8 ounces (Teal Boy)
  • Apricot Female arrived at 7:25 pm and weighed 13 7/8 ounces (Lilac Girl)
  • Black Male with white chest and chin arrived at 7:38 pm and weighs 11 1/4 ounces (Red Boy)
  • Apricot Female with white markings arrived at 9:05 pm and weighs 12 1/2 ounces (Peach Girl)
  • Apricot Female with some white markings was born outside on the turf at 9:47 pm and weighs 10 7/8 ounces (Lime Girl).  Figgy really needed to walk around to get in the right position to birth her.
A rather interesting fact is that Teal Boy, the firstborn, is a little guy and Fig was pacing my office when she started having strong contractions. She began to leak and I hurriedly tried to get her into the whelping box. We just made it when Teal Boy literally slipped out onto the whelping area. Somehow, Figgy managed to walk, lick, deliver and clean the fellow all at once.  I was shocked to see him looking 'spic and span' on the towels.

Figgy then settled in to whelp the next three without a hitch. As we were waiting for the last one to be born, once again Figgy felt the need to move about. I decided she may need to potty so we went outdoors. I had a towel with me 'just in case' and sure enough - while outdoors Figgy humped up and delivered the last pup right on the turf! I waited until she was done licking and cleaning, then reached for the pup but it was gone! What??!!?? I quickly went to look in Figgy's mouth and there it was! She very smartly pranced right into the house and deposited it in the whelping box with her littermates.  Gotta love a smart mom.  :+)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Some random pics of Tate's pups at 2 1/2 wks. old.

You will notice that I changed up the pen a bit by adding a potty box. No, I do not expect the pups to use it yet, but having it there means that when they are ready, they will seek it out. It won't be long. :+)

All of the pups have had their eyes and ears open so now they listen to a tape of city sounds complete with air compressors, kids screaming, horses clopping, sirens, thunderstorms and many other noises. They listen to this tape once a day - every day to help with sound desensitization.

I continue to handle each of them separately and talk to those little faces about the world and I think they are listening.

They are wearing their new collars and fortunately I also made the next size up.

Tate had a nice walk today and I want to thank her guardian, Elizabeth, for doing such a great job training her to walk on a leash so well - she is a pleasure.  :+)

An aeriel shot.

They love to snuggle with the stuffed toys.

Black Boy enjoys the fan air blowing on him.

A 'three story' pup pile up! Wouldn't you know Haddie McGee is on the bottom!

Blue Boy had no part of that pile up. He found a nice comfy spot with lots of room.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Holiday Figgy Puddin' had her x-ray today.

It clearly showed five good sized puppies waiting to be born. Her guardian wanted to keep her for the weekend and that was fine with me.

I have contacted the people on her list regarding the realities of color, gender and size:

  • There should be an assortment of colors ranging from black to cream to apricot - there will be no chocolate, cafe, lavenders or caramels.
  • All the pups will be of medium size as both parents are mediums so no minis or doodles in the 20 +/- weight range.
  • I don't have a crystal ball, so genders will be known when the pups are born.  :+)
  • As far as coats, most should have curl and be soft in texture.
Until they are born, this is the best I can do!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tate and pups are doing great at 2 weeks old.

Everything is so calm and flowing smoothly at this time. I so enjoy these moments.  :+)

Tate and pups are doing what comes naturally and it shows! The pups are gaining weight each and every day and just a couple more segments of Early Neurological Stimulation to go - yea! The pups don't do much yet and Tate takes care of all their needs - I feed Tate and Tate feeds and cleans them. In another week, that system will change dramatically because I begin introducing food and hover over their potty needs. My job at that time is to introduce them to the litter box often. It takes lots of patience and constant supervising to 'catch' the right moment.  :+)

All their noses are beginning to turn black - some faster than others. This is true of the eyes and ears opening as well.  Purple Girl was the first one to open her peepers and Green Boy is waiting until tomorrow, I believe. All in good time on their own schedule.

Till then, I am enjoying watching both mom and pups. Here are their two week pics and weights!

Green Boy at two weeks and 2.5 lbs. I just love his white markings.

Blue Boy at two weeks is 2.3 lbs. He is solid in color.

Black Boy at two weeks is 2.7 lbs. He, too, is solid in color and the lightest shade.

Purple Girl at two weeks weighs 1.13 lbs. She has some white toes on her but not as much white as Green Boy.

Yellow Boy at two weeks is 2.7 lbs. and the darkest, solid color in the group.

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.  :+)

Latest Vaccine Protocol from Dr. Dodds, who I regard highly.

This is the perfect time to post as many of you will be new pet owners. Do your own research and make responsible decisions regarding vaccines, etc., for your new pup. Be an advocate for your new companion just as staunchly as you would your child!

You would be smart to copy the vaccine schedule to have, in hand, when visiting your vet.

2013 and 2014 Vaccination Protocol
 The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one Dr. Dodds recommends and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV) (Your pup will have this vaccine here at Annabelle Doodles).
14-16 Weeks:
Same as above
20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):
1 Year:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)
1 Year:
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See the Rabies Challenge Fundwebsite.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Notice that annual vaccines are not needed or recommended for the life of your pet. I do believe that titers provide sufficient proof of immunity levels.  You can always have your vet draw the blood for this test and sent it to Hemopet for a reading - typically less expensive than using your vet's labs.  Some vets do have 'in-house' titer equipment but not all.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WE HAVE A BOY...and a girl ....and a boy.... PICS!

Tate is now content and so are her pups. She was such a trooper as some of those boys were pretty big! All is well.

Birthed in order:
  • Blue Boy born at 7:35 am - weight is 9 3/8 oz.
  • Purple Girl born at 8:15 am - weight is 7 3/8 oz.
  • Yellow Boy born at 8:35 am - weight is 11 7/8 oz.
  • Green Boy born at 9:25 am - weight 9 7/8 oz.
  • Black Boy born 10:35 am - weight 10 1/4 oz.

Purple Girl - the only female! She will rule the roost.  :+)

Blue Boy, first born.

Green Boy has some white tips.

Yellow Boy has the deepest coloring.

Black Boy was the last born.


I intend to keep Purple Girl and one of the boys for Guardian Programs.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We are still waiting for pups to arrive....

Although Tate's temp is beginning to lower slightly and her appetite is waning dramatically, I don't expect pups soon but perhaps by tonight or tomorrow.  She IS showing nesting behavior with the re-arranging of the towels in the whelping box, so not much longer!