Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A mid week peek at the pups.

Tate is always with her babies. Notice that her pups are now using the potty box.

Nellie's pups have graduated to a new potty box and did so beautifully.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Let me tell you, Monday Picture Day is an all day event with twelve puppies to do!!

Tate is doing awesome with her six pack. She nurses often and tends to their every need. In a few more days, I will be changing up their area to add a potty box and see how they do. Right now it is all about eat and sleep, eat and sleep and not much of anything else! I will say none of them were too happy to do the picture shoot today, I must have had to do at least five make-overs!!!

Hope you enjoy them.

Green Boy - 1 3/4 lbs.

Yellow Boy - 1 3/4 lbs.

Orange Boy - 2 1/4 lbs.

Rose Girl  - 2  lbs.

Brown Boy - 2 1/8 lbs.

Black Girl - 1 1/2 lbs.


The third week of life for puppies is both exciting and very scary!  They see and hear pretty well now so loud noises can scare them. I even scare them because they can see me and I look VERY big to them. This is why the third week is a 'critical period'. It will take them a bit to begin to feel comfortable with people, places and things. By the time they are four weeks, they are more comfortable but still on the 'learning curve' of people acceptance. Do not be surprised at all if they seem quite uncomfortable with you when you come to visit - it is very normal.

This past week, I introduced the potty tray and they are using it quite well! I change the potty pads often but am so happy they are using them. Nellie is happy too.  :+)

Their mouths are being used more and more to taste each other; and to chomp on the hanging baby toy playthings. With regard to their weights, those close to 3 lbs are targeting to be 28 to 30 lbs. at maturity. Whereas, those in the mid 2 lbs range will be around the mid 20's and those closer to 2 lbs lightweights at 20 - 23 lbs.

Here are some close up pics of these babies.

Blue Boy weighs 2  1/2 lbs. 

Pink Girl is 2 5/8 lbs.

Teal Girl is a chunker at 3 5/8 lbs. 

Red Girl - 3 1/4 lbs.

Purple Girl - 2 7/8 lbs.

Phantom Girl exactly 3 lbs. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just a few miscellaneous pics of Nellie's litter.

At three weeks of age, pups begin to interact with each other and are stimulated by some 'wiggly' toys hanging on the fencing of their pen. They can see and hear the world around them now and even produce playful barks! It is one of the cutest phases.  :+)

Red, Purple and Pink Collar girls checking out their digs with Sable Girl in the right corner.

Red, Purple and Pink again.

Sable and Teal girls.

Purple and Teal girls 'mouth' wrestling.

Red and Pink Girls playing with the hanging toys.

Blue Boy and Pink Girl lazing about. Blue Boy is still the smallest pup.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tate & Nellie

For the most part, these two moms are doing well living together in the same room with their puppies. It does make working with both litters easier for me - especially for daily weighing and doing Early Neurological Stimulation on 12 puppies!

Today, Tate's pups had a car ride and they were as quiet as church mice. :+)

Tate sits next to her litter on the left and Nellie is on the right.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Yes, it has been busy here but the worse of it is keeping up with the constantly revolving door for three different groups of doodles. The moms need to go out separately and the house doodles need to do the same. I am a doorman, kitchen chef, pooper scooper and office manager. I wear many hats.

It won't be as bad when the moms return to their guardian homes as the 'high vigilance' will be replaced with keeping up with 12 puppies!!

Now I have a major confession, there really isn't any excuse but I have made a gender error on one of the pups - Lilac Girl is not a girl at all but a male!!! You can imagine my shock today as I was doing Early Neurological Stimulation on him and realized my mistake. So, I need to make some adjustments. The black female known as Yellow Girl is now going to be Black Girl and Lilac Boy will be labeled Yellow Boy. Sooo sorry for the confusion.

Rose Girl - 1.5 lbs.

Yellow Boy - 1 lb.

Black Girl - 14 ozs.

Green Boy - 1.1 lbs.

Brown Boy - 1.4 lbs.

Orange Boy - 1.7 lbs.

Tate O'Reilly with her one week old litter of six.


Like most of the litters here, these pups are like living butter balls! Nellie is feeding them well because Nellie LOVES to eat just about anything with gusto. :+) You would never know it to see her but she can gobble food up in record time.

This week their eyes opened! They still can't see much but soon they will be seeing clearly and the world will become a scary place. So no big changes in their environment at this time. This is an 'adjustment' period.  Of course, soft toys and a cuddly mom keep them quite happy.

Pink Girl - 2 lbs.

Teal Girl - 2  5/8 lbs.

Blue Boy - 1  1/8 lbs.

Purple Girl - 1  7/8 lbs.

Phantom Girl - 2   5/8 lbs.

Red Girl - 2   3/8 lbs.

Nellie Bly with her two week old litter of six.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Car rides.

Part of my puppy protocol is to take very young pups (newborn to 10 days of age) on three car rides. A seminar I attended stated that this helps 'imprint' car motion which should deter dogs from getting car sick.  It does not work 100% of the time, but many of my customers claim it has certainly been beneficial.

Nellie's litter had their third car ride today and did extremely well. The first car ride was with their mom for newborn check ups. The second time, I had a couple pups make some squeaking but settled quickly. This time, they were happy to sleep the entire five mile trip.  :+)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Individual newborn pics of the TATE X EMMETT litter.

This morning, I took Tate and her newborn family to my vets to have the pup's dew claws removed and to be checked out. Tate was also seen to be sure she was in good shape after her whelp and that her milk glands were producing properly. All is good.

Here are these little guys at two days of age!

Brown Boy is chocolate and is identified by a brown collar. 10  3/4 ozs.

Orange Boy is an apricot shade but it is too soon to know if he is genetically an apricot or a caramel. 10  3/4 ozs.

Tiny Yellow Girl is the only black pup and weighs 7  5/8 ozs. She is not a runt, just a mini!

Rose Girl is also chocolate and the largest pup at this time. 11  5/8 ozs.

Lilac Girl was the firstborn and will be an apricot or a caramel. 9 ozs.

Green Boy has a little white thumbprint on his head but more than likely will fade away. 9  7/8 ozs.

Monday, September 12, 2016


Amazingly, Nellie's litter is a full week of age. They have been growing but not moving much. For the first three weeks, pups are boring to photograph!  Ha, ha.

I typically use some sort of prop to take pics and this session included a stuffed blue smiling elephant. The pups are still so small but they are pretty chunky which the photos show.

Purple Girl - 1  1/8 lbs.

Teal Girl - 1  1/2 lbs.

Red Girl - 1  5/8 lbs.

Pink Girl - 1  1/4 lbs.

Blue Boy - 1 1/8 lbs.

Phantom Girl - 1 1/2 lbs.


Although I am still blurry eyed, Tate did great and produced a rainbow litter as I had hoped. There are six total of which two are females and four are males.

Here is how they presented themselves:
  • 2:20 am - Male, Yellow Collar. He was 8 1/8 ounces and is either apricot or caramel.
  • 3:13 am - Male, Green Collar. Weighed 8 1/4 ounces and is a caramel.
  • 3:38 am - Male, Orange Collar and he was a chunky one at 9 5/8 ounces and is a caramel.
  • 3:47 am - Female, Rose Collar. She is chocolate but could turn to cafe' at maturity. She weighed 9 1/4 ounces.
  • 4:19 am - Female, Black Collar. A tiny thing at 6 5/8 ounces and black as night.
  • 4:48 am - Male, Brown Collar (has a blue collar in the pics). Another chocolate that could dilute to cafe'. Weighed 8 7/8 oz.
Remember that in many doodles, chocolates may dilute to lighter shades. All are doing well and Tate is attentive. Happily, she ate this morning and seems very content.