Saturday, May 18, 2019

SIX WHOLE WEEKS! (Elsie and Duckie Litter)

We even have sunshine today!  :+)

This week, I decided to take a picture of each pup in a different setting rather than the same pose for everyone.  Sometimes, I just like to mix things up.

Elsie has gone home and the pups don't seem to miss her at all.  They are happy to eat their food, drink water and go exploring inside and outside in their pen.  Sometimes, I open the door and let them explore the ramp and alley.  I have also begun letting them use the dogie door by just using the swinging flap without the magnetic frame which makes it easier to use.  Yesterday, they all went outdoors through the open door then I closed the door on them to see who would try to use the flap to get through.  I went to empty the dishwasher and then checked to see if any got in - they ALL did!  I swear they had grins on their faces as if to say.....aha!

Onyx Collar is in the Fourth of July bucket. 3 lbs.
Yellow Girl sitting on the Sit and Spin.  She would be happier sitting on someone's lap.  2 1/2 lbs.

Copper Girl got to climb on a toy rocker.  3 1/2 lbs.

Denim Boy enjoyed sitting on our large garden frog.  He looks like he is ready to give a princess a kiss.   3 lbs. 

No, Lime Boy is not at school but I bet he would love to play with the kids if he was!  4 lbs.

Teal Girl is in a wagon but not going anywhere. Doesn't her look say..... 'Where is the driver?' 3 lbs.

Friday, May 17, 2019

A breathe of fresh air!

As usual, we had visitors this week and were also able to get a few hours of being outdoors in the small outside pen.

I like to use this pen for young pups because it is a safe and gentle way for their first experience to being outside.   I had spent the early morning cleaning up the equipment to use in this area as well as raking all the leaves that had accumulated.  We have had so few days of anything resembling sunshine that I knew if I did not get it done - I had no idea when we might see the sun!  They also had the opportunity to watch the other dogs run around and hear all the truck noises and traffic from the street. It won't be long before they are able to utilize the entire pup playground to their delight, but for now, we are keeping things simple.

They are very interested in what the other doodles are doing.

Looks like I missed one of the pups in this photo!

More interested in what is outside the pen than inside the pen!

Here is Teal Girl sitting and watching this visitors iPhone.  :+)

Nothing like a bunch of pups to bring smiles to faces.

Elsie went back to her guardians today but not before Lime Boy got a snuggle.

Hey, it is beginning to sprinkle - can we go in?

Sunday, May 12, 2019


I am blessed by so many wonderful 'moms' from both two legged and four legged friends - THANK YOU!

Saturday, May 11, 2019


We have had our pen expanded, numerous visitors coming to say 'Hello' and have been introduced to a new palette other than mom's milk.  Yes, they are still nursing but I am now also feeding them three times a day with some pup mousse and goat's milk in powdered form that I mix up with warm water.

They are doing pretty well using the litter box but as food is added, things will get messier.  My goal is for Elsie to wean this coming week so she can go back to her guardians - that is always a balancing act.  She needs to be ready and the pups need to be eating a more substantial meal than just a milk gruel.

Every day bring new objects for them to get familiar with such as a metal can lid (very noisy!), a baby slide in their pen for them to climb and a thick plastic bag that makes nice 'crunchy' sounds.

They get to run around the pup room and play twice a day and really enjoy the 'freedom'.  The coming week does not look promising for them to be outdoors yet.  Nor has it been conducive for me to use the pressure washer to clean up the stone pavers or the turf.  I like the temps to be at least 60 degrees for their first outdoor excursion, so we wait.  :+(

Miss Yellow (She reminds me of a Marigold flower) weighs 2 & 1/2 lbs.

Miss Copper is showing off her lovely colors in this photo!  3 & 1/4 lbs.

'The Grouch'!  Not really, he is a hoot though.  Denim Boy weighs 2 & 3/4 lbs.

Oh, those head tilts!  Captured Teal Girl doing one.  3 lbs.

Onyx Girl tips the scales at 2 & 1/2 lbs.

Lime Boy is hefty like his sis, Copper.  Weighs 3 & 1/4 lbs.

Here is the pen configuration now.  They love the little slide that Miss Yellow is on.
The two pups in the right corner are having a ball with a thick plastic bag.  The other three
are on the right with Onyx laying down near the brown rug.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

We are FOUR WEEKS OLD and ready for some sunshine! (Elsie x Duckie)

Thank goodness it was not raining today and the weather was on the mild side!  So happy I could take their four week old pics outdoors this morning.  Nothing like Mother Nature's natural light. :+)

The pups are getting pretty sturdy on their feet and braver every day as they explore the puppy room when out of their pen.

I have not introduced food yet but I intend to begin this week.  Although they are doing great on Elsie's milk, I need to think about Elsie going back to her guardian family in a couple of weeks and begin gruel meals so both pups and Elsie have a smooth transition.

Coats are growing and personalities emerging - nothing concrete of course but it is fun to see some pups trying to initiate play while others concentrate on a new toy put in the pen.  They all develop on their own timetable and that is as it should be.  :+)

Copper Girl - 2 1/2 lbs.

Denim Boy - 2 1/2 lbs.

Yellow Girl - 2 1/4 lbs.

Teal Girl - 2 3/4 lbs.

Lime Boy - 3 lbs.

Onyx Girl - 2 1/4 lbs.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Guardian visit today!

My guardians always have special privileges.  Today Elsie's guardian, Laura, came for a visit with Elsie and her pups.  For the past couple of days, I have been taking the pups out of their pen to explore the puppy room.  This is important for their development and to stimulate their curiosity.  Today, we added Laura to the mix!  Enjoy.  :+)

I can say that I am feeling teeth bumps in their mouths now and soon those very sharp teeth will be coming in - ouch!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


This weekend, the pups can have their first visits.  You will be limited to 30 minutes to see and hold them and ask me questions.  I can have two visits per day.

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH - I can do one at 11 am and one at 2 pm.

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH - I have a health clinic to attend to in the morning, so 1:30 (This slot is taken) and 3:30 pm is being offered.

I can offer visits during the week if you contact me directly so we can plan a time.  Once the pups get bigger and can handle more stimulation, I can be more accommodating by having more than one family at a time.

The pup room is small, so when we have better weather and the pups can be outdoors, visits are SO much easier to plan!

PLEASE contact me directly through my email not on the AnnaBlog to schedule a visit.  :+)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Clary McFadden IS pregnant! Yea!!

Right around noon today, we were at the vet waiting for her ultra sound.  Clary was a wonderful patient and settled into the ultra sound table as Dr. La Pine placed the scope on her belly.  Little black blops popped up and we all could confirm the successful mating.  :+)

An x-ray a few days prior to her whelp will tell us how many - guessing about five or so. 

Thank you Clary for being so cooperative.  :+)

We are looking forward to your babies in early June.  Should be a colorful litter of chocolate, cream or black cuties with adorable white markings. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019


They are really growing into themselves.  Walking is a bit better with just a bit of tipsy turvy.  They are beginning to mouthed each other as well as some of the hanging toys on the pens.  Eyes and ears are open and fully functioning.  They are becoming more and more curious.  If I change anything in their pen, they all want to see it, investigate, taste and smell what it could be.

The coloring on the phantom pups is beginning to show more.  Actually, each of them is slightly different with where their markings are especially on the face.  Believe it or not, the two light colored boys are the most difficult to take pics of.  I think those with curly hair can understand how they can interfere with photos!  Their eyes seem squinty with the curls all around - can't wait until the coats grow more, then they will look like little teddy bears.   :+)

Today, I added a potty tray - it is more or less for 'decoration'.  I need them to smell and learn that this is their toilet.  It will take a few days but generally, by four weeks, they are getting the hang of it.

At some point I will also offer some gruel for them to make a mess of.  The intro to feeding pups gruel is the same as feeding a human baby.  Food gets into eyes, noses, ears and fur; sometimes the mouth!  Lots of baby wipes!

I will also uploaded a video I took this morning (a miracle for me!).  It is on the 'video' tab and displays quite large.  Sorry, don't know how to resize it!

Teal Girl.  2  1/4 lbs.

Onyx Girl.  1  3/4 lbs.

Copper Girl.  2  1/4 lbs.

Lime Boy.  2  3/8 lbs.

Yellow Girl.  2 lbs.

Denim Boy.  2 lbs.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ever heard of BONE BROTH?

I have read numerous reasons for making the above for both people and pets.  So, I decided to make some myself.  I want to give it especially to my older doodles to benefit their joints, ligaments and bones.  However, I also plan to give it to my mommas and their babies because of the enormous nutrition it provides.

Today, I purchased an Insta Pot.  A sort of new gadget that is like a pressure cooker on steroids.  Using a crock pot will take about 24 hours to produce a bone broth and some of the broth will be 'steamed' off during that long process.  The Insta Pot will give you Bone Broth in 2  1/2 hours - I like efficiency.  :+) 

Several of my breeder friends have these Insta Pots and swear by them.  Many have bought two - one for their two legged family and a second for the four-legged ones.  It might be worth your while to investigate this 'cooker' and continue making Bone Broth for nutrition, keeping allergies at bay, losing weight (Bone Broth Diet for humans), prevent gut leakage, increase digestive juices, helpful for inflammation and general overall health.

You can research the benefits of Bone Broth for yourself, at your leisure.  I just thought it was worth posting about.  :+)

Saturday, April 20, 2019


'I'm late, I'm late... for a very important date!'  Do you remember that quote from Alice in Wonderland??  That was me today.  Early this morning, I went to breed Miss Gunny to Okie Boomer which was an easy mating - thank goodness!

Then I rushed home to do shopping for tomorrow's Easter dinner - always last minute stuff to get, right?

Once the food was put away, I began taking the pics for the pups' two week celebration.  Finally, uploading everything for clients to enjoy.  Whew, I sort of feel like the 'Unbirthday Party' of the same movie (chuckle!).

Well, my little 'bunnies' were set up for their photo shoot in a large Easter Basket.  Most of the time, I am able to place them in the basket vertically, but this group is just not big enough, so I had to improvise for their safety.

Onyx Girl is now 1 lb. 5 oz.

Lime Boy weighs 1 lb. 8 oz.

Yellow Girl is the smallest at 1 lb. 2 oz.

Denim Boy is 1 lb. 5 oz.

The 'Big Bopper' of the litter is Teal Girl at 1 lb. 13 oz!

Miss Copper Girl is 1 lb. 8 oz.

The past couple of days, each of the pups have opened their eyes.  The ears have not quite caught up yet.  I actually moved them to the Puppy Room yesterday as I wanted them in there before my company came.  This way, they are not isolated and will acclimate to the different voices, kitchen sounds and numerous 'peeks'.  All the doodles go in and out of that room all day long which is great exposure to dog life.  None of the doodles try to get in their pen - Elsie keeps an eye on things.  :+)

Elsie continues to eat well and produce nutritious milk and the pups are all gaining.  Golly, in a couple of weeks - we will be scheduling visits!!

Last pic is of them in the pup room with lots of room and sunshine for them to enjoy.  :+)