Monday, November 30, 2015

Teal Boy is SOLD! Waiting for his name.

A change of heart occurred and Teal Boy is now available  (SOLD). This has surely been quite an active blog today!

This is one chunky monkey - the word 'rugged' doesn't do him justice.

Teal Boy scored a 7.5 in his assessment - Puppies who score in the 7 to 12.5 range are categorized as 'Moderate Persistence' pups. These pups require training and are willing to learn and please.

During his assessment session with my trainer, she described him as such:
loves interaction
  • being held
  • licks a lot
  • playful - a bit shy at first with toys but then is very eager
  • confident outdoors and loves to explore
  • respectful of reaching into his food bowl (no aggression)
  • active family pup

Inquisitive pup.

Likes to play. Maybe a 'fetch' kind of guy?

Showing off his tan markings.

Seamus states: 'Maybe if I close my eyes, she will STOP taking my pictures!'

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Check this post for assignment confirmations!

Sue, my trainer, enjoyed this litter very much. She is in all the pics with your pups. These were taken during the 'outdoor' segment of her testing assessments.

I encourage all new owners to be thinking of a name and getting it to me asap so I can get all the paperwork done.

Each pup will be added to this post as confirmations come in. Really excited to get the NAMES!

Black Boy is named 'CLARENCE'! I love it when a new owner has a name already picked out. Does he not 'own' the front yard? Very confident, energetic pup that will thrive on exercise and lots of interaction.
Pink Girl is 'HANNAH McCALL and will be a breeding hopeful for ADNE. She is smart but has caution.
She prefers people to toys and will do well in a quiet home with gentle friends.
It took a little while for Caramel Boy - now called 'BUSTER' to begin to overcome his caution, but once done, he had a wonderful time chasing Sue. Buster is a thinker and likes to be with people rather than toys. His cuddly, relaxed nature is perfect for the quiet family that is adopting him.

Teal Boy (waiting for his name)  has just a smidgen of shyness, but is overall a confident, playful, exploratory pup who loves interaction and cuddles. He gives kisses and is respectful of food.  My trainer called him 'the class clown'!
This mini mite needs a home with experience/another dog/or a stay at home parent willing to take her everywhere and socialize her really well. Lacey ADORES people and well behaved children.
Loves to be held..but she needs a leader to bring out the best in her. 

Green Boy is now 'BREWSTER'.
What a wholesome male! Sweet, calm, loving, trusting with just enough energy to make any family a fabulous companion.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Tomorrow is temperament testing of Charlotte x Rocky's litter!

Happily, I have a guardian home for Hannah McCall and I am sure the clients that have sent deposits are anxiously waiting to see which one will be their new companion. I will be so happy to know what pup will be available for sale and I can get to the business of preparing the puppy packets for December 12th pick ups. So, stick around for my phone call!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are now looking forward to the Christmas holiday season and sharing all the wonders with our grandchildren. :+)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SEVEN WEEKS! Charlotte x Rocky litter are 'little doggies' now.

This has been the week of outdoor experiences! The pups are enjoying the outdoor playtime and some have learned to use their weight to open the dogie door. A few are still a bit hesitant but gaining courage.

They love romping all over the place and sometimes Daisy goes out with them and stirs everything up by leaping and racing in circles around the caterpillar tunnel. The pups try to follow but it is like watching a slow motion movie as Charlotte is behind and passing before they get several steps in. :+)

Eating like champs now and look forward to feeding times. They are doing lots of potties outdoors when I send them out but indoor potties are still 'hit or miss'.

Coats are coming in thick and fluffy and eye trims are always necessary.

All the pups are wearing a 'Giving Thanks' scarf to celebrate the holiday! Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone and I hope you 'gobble till you wobble' with friends and family.  :+)

The Teal Boy  weighs 7 1/2 lbs at 7 weeks.

Black Boy is 5 lbs at 7 weeks.

Caramel Boy tips the scale at 4 3/4 lbs. :+)

Purple Girl is 5 lbs at 7 weeks.

Pink Girl, named Hannah, is 6 lbs at 7 weeks. Hannah is looking for a local guardian home!

Green Boy at 7 weeks weighs 5 3/4 lbs.

A couple of videos of the pups for you to enjoy over Thanksgiving break!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Watch video playing TUG on my Facebook page!

Still working on trying to get a video on here but not there yet!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Here are the six week pics for Charlotte's litter!

Sorry for the delay but had two dogs get into rat poison and it has been a very busy 36 hours at the vets! Both will be fine, thank goodness but BIG lesson learned for hubby.

The pups are becoming busy bodies - some more than others but enjoying some brief time outdoors. They are monopolizing the puppy room and enjoying a few visitors. Teeth and nails are sharp, eye trims are needed weekly and clean ups are all up to me as Charlotte is back home 100%. I hope it won't be too rainy tomorrow so they can enjoy some fresh air. Hubby did finish putting up a roof to keep the snow off of them but there are a few tiny nail holes that might leak raindrops!

6th week - Purple Girl 4 1/2 lbs. Coming into her own. A 'smarty pants'. Only pup that can use the dogie door at this time.

6th week. - Teal Boy 6 3/4 lbs. Loves to be on a lap getting all the attention. Likes to play tug.

6th week - Black Collar Boy 4 1/4 lbs - full of energy and charm!

6th week - Caramel Collar Boy 4 1/4 lbs. A somewhat quiet and gentle personality.

6th week - Green Collar Boy 5 1/4 lbs. - another soft tempered boy much like Caramel.

6th week. - Pink Collar Girl 5 1/4 lbs. My keeper for an ADNE Guardian Home. 'Sweet and Sour' like a good sauce!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Charlotte's litter has had a busy day!

It was a rather nice day this morning with minimal wind and lots of sun,  so I left the door to the outdoor pen open to see if the pups would venture outdoors. They took to the outdoors like fish to water.  :+) None of them were scared at all and loved doing some exploring. Once I was done, I put them back into their indoor pen (much to their LOUD complaints) and created a small outdoor area for them to run around in. Here are some pics of them outdoors:

Pink Girl,  Black Boy and Green Boy (whose eyes are so gorgeous!)

Caramel, Black, Pink, Green and Teal watching me. Purple girl was too far away to be in this pic.

They liked checking the items in the pen out.

Pink Girl was more interested in what I was doing.

Seems I am more interesting than anything else.  :+)

Then we had some visitors who will be bringing one of these cuties home in early December. The pups had a grand ol' time untying dad's shoelaces and climbing on his daughter's lap to snuggle.

Caramel Boy is very sweet and gentle (and sleepy, I think!).

I did manage to capture some individual shots when the pups were outdoors and will share them as well.

Pink Girl

Green Boy

Purple Girl

Teal Boy

Black Boy

Caramel Boy

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Charlotte went back to her guardians today but....

Daisy slipped right in as smoothly as butter to nanny the pups. Her tolerance to tiny, biting teeth and tail pulling testifies to her sweet nature. (Not to mention them trying to find 'milk'!)

The pups eat three meals a day now and love exploring the puppy room. I would not be surprised if they manage to go outside this week. They will have to learn to push through the puppy door. It will be interesting to see if they are up to that challenge.

Visitors came today and they enjoyed all the handling and attention. Another family will come tomorrow. This is a great time for socialization.  :+)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Trying to learn how to video. :+( Charlotte playing with her pups.

I have much to figure out. I know there must be an easier way but I am pretty proud I actually got this up! 

By the way, until I can get videos on AnnaBlog that are not grainy or use Adobe Flash Player (which is not always compatible with all phones), I will post videos on my Facebook Timeline each week.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Early Spay & Neuter, Vasectomies, Ovary Sparing Spay....the many choices - what to do???

This is a topic I have struggled with morally. Since I began breeding Labradoodles over 12 years ago, I believed in and have done ES & N (Early Spay & Neuter).  It has been sanctioned as a successful, safe and noninvasive method to prevent unplanned puppies. It is the responsible route breeders take so shelters are not burdened and puppies do not suffer at the hands of puppy mills. I supported this surgery 100%....until now.

As with all things, it takes time for research to make discoveries and PROVE them. Many products are sold in the market only to be recalled after years of documentation show probable health ramifications. With regard to sterilization, I have read numerous articles over the years but the provability was not solid and too many questions left unanswered. I simply was not convinced, I am now.

With this new information, ADNE will only do vasectomies on all males and ovary sparing spay on the females at 9 weeks of age. These new and innovative procedures allow the hormones to continue to nourish the bones, tissue, brain and cellular layers for your pup to fully achieve structural and mental integrity. This is not without some caveats however. Both genders will 'think' they can breed. Males will still show mating behaviors with females and females may have a vulva enlargement but no discharge during normal 'heat cycles'. However, neither will be able to produce puppies.

Why have I made these changes? The scientific articles and research cannot be ignored any longer. The results are solid - puppies with ES & N have had some issues regarding growth plates and muscular development; along with some cruciate fragility. There is no doubt, reducing the hormonal flow by ES & N has had a negative impact. The studies show that there is a slightly higher incidence of joint issues, some small increases in cancer types and longer leg bones.  Each breed reacts differently to the percentage increases: Golden Retrievers, Rotties, Labs, Bernese Mountain Dogs are all prone to cancer and bone issues, so keep that in mind. On most of the studies, the above breeds were heavily used.

It is my desire to make the best decisions I can with regard to the health of the puppies produced here at ADNE. After numerous talks with my incredible repro vet, Dr. Jen Estle of Broadview Animal Hospital, she has agreed to due vasectomies and OSS on my pups which I am grateful for. There are very few vets willing to do these types of surgeries because they are not 'traditional'. Thank goodness for those vets willing to see the benefits of cutting edge surgical procedures and have the skill to implement them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if our country's mindset was more in line with the Europeans and Scandinavians where vets will not do sterilization at all on dogs or cats - yet the pet population lives in harmony with very responsible pet ownership?

Here are some links to peruse regarding my change in sterilization methods:

There are many, many more articles, just use Google and type in your question regarding vasectomies or ovary sparing surgery.

I know that some breeders use contracts as a choice but ADNE will not do this because accidents happen. Children leave a door open, a phone rings, a wayward male jumps your fence - life is a bowl of accidents waiting to happen! It is my responsibility to prevent unwanted pregnancies in my pups and the best method I know right now for both health and sterility is with the above procedures.

Although many articles suggest that traditional sterilization is common at 6 months, I strongly suggest that if you wish to do this second surgery that you wait until your pup is past a year for the best health benefits. My purpose for changing to vasectomies and OSS is for long term health of your intended companion. To not wait the year or more defeats this strategy in it entirety.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

FIVE WEEK solo shots of the Charlotte x Rocky litter!

After having both a meal prepared by me and then topping it off with 'dessert' from mom, I set up my photo shoot space for the pups.

In the meantime, they had a nap and play time was upon us. I do love the fall for the wide availability of prop material but I still like simplicity. After all, puppy buyers are interested in seeing the PUPS not the frills!  :+)

The pups may get their first outing today if the sun warms up this afternoon and I will be sure to post some casual pics if that happens.

Green Boy at 5 weeks weighs 4 1/2 lbs.  Has a quiet side to him this week.

Black Boy is 3 3/4 lbs at five weeks. Showing lots of curiosity at this time!

Caramel Boy is still the smallest at five weeks. A mini for sure at 3 1/2 lbs. This little man loves to pose!

Pink Girl (Mollie Moo) is 4 1/2 lbs. at five weeks. A perfect addition for a possible breeding girl in my program.

Purple Girl weighs 4 1/4 lbs. She loves the Little Tykes Slide and climbing the frog bed.

'The Bruiser' - Teal Boy. At five weeks he weighs 6 plump pounds. He loves to play and is an armful!