February 6, 2021 – Cora and Bear’s puppies are home now with their forever families. We are thankful for each of the families that trusted us for their next family member! Because of them and the blessing of Cora and Bear’s litter, we were able to give $900.00 out of this litter to Amazima Ministries to help some kids in Uganda continue to eat and LIVE. Three of the pups were adopted and one puppy is being held back to be tested out with the hope of her becoming a breeding mama for us in the future. We miss these little pups but we know we selected wonderful families for this litter. It makes good-bye so much easier! We hope for Happy-Ever-After to all of you. Keep in touch!
February 2, 2021 – The pups had their final vet exams and all did well, as expected. They all had a great report from the vet. 🙂 We’ve posted their official weights from the vet below, by each pup’s picture.
Only note from the vet: A couple of the pups have “base line narrow” teeth, as we see their teeth are still developing and will continue to come in and straighten out. (This is not an overbite or underbite.) This is common and we’ve never had it become an issue with any pup after leaving us. The pups reveal weights to be fairly close, but just a note that Cooper will probably grow about five pounds bigger than Cassie (the smallest.)
The pups have all been doing well with leash training, crate training during the day for naps, and with manding. We hope you’ll find them learning to sit for attention to come quickly after they get home for families that continue expecting good basic manners. 🙂 For personalities, we find they all have done very well with temperament scoring and are all very well socialized, confident and smart. Cooper might be the most chilled out and go-with-the-flow. With each new process, he has seemed to be the one who “gets it” first. All pups within a litter develop at slightly different stages, and being the biggest, he’s been a bit of just one step ahead of his sisters. He was largest pup from the beginning, and perhaps the leader in the pack. Sometimes being the biggest means they don’t have to wait for food, they get their teeth first, conquer new challenges first due to size, and overall are first at many developmental things. This builds confidence in pups. His sisters caught up over time, and now we are seeing them all equal in every respect. They all score the same in submissiveness and intelligence. None seem to have extra sensitivity. No pup seems to have a higher energy level than the others. This is a well balanced litter and their main differences are in their looks. Some may have a slightly wavier coat and need a bit more brushing. Cassie has a bit of advantage in her coat – as having the straightest coat at this age, we’ve found they tend to mat less and need less brushing. Cooper is right behind her as having the ideal coats. All will have beautiful wavy coats, like their parents, none have tight curl (not ideal for sure.)
Just wanted to note a few things for our families as decisions are being made tomorrow. We love each pup, and truly, have no preference in one over the other – we are very confident each and every one of them is ready to go home and each will make a great companion. Each are very loving, gentle and smart. By their conditioning, we know each of them will track and follow and stay very close to their new family members.
January 28, 2021 – The pups are doing great and next week is their final week with us. The upcoming week will be busy with vet appointments, leash training, temperament testing and continued crate training. Then puppy selection day is noon on Feb. 3, and we begin all the final preparation of sending them off! This time has sped by for us.
Each day now, they are having two to three sessions of crate training during the day, we do this after they are worn out from playtime, and they are doing well. They cried a bit, but not for very long, and we make sure to ignore it. We don’t want to give ANY attention to crying as that will only delay the process of training. Crate training is so important for their overall temperament and security, along with other things. We let them out of their crates when they’ve been totally quiet for a while to send the message that we are rewarding good, quiet behavior.
In their newer pictures, you can see how their coats are filling in and getting thick and wavy. After their vet appointments and temperament testing on Tuesday, we’ll post a little more info on weights and temperaments by Wednesday morning. At this point, their weights are all very close (Cooper slightly bigger) and their temperaments are all seeming to be equal. OFTEN our pups score the same on temperaments due to all of the same conditioning steps we do with each starting at day four. The pups all love their humans, show no timidity with people (they’ve been well socialized!) and they all seem equally as smart. They’re all playful and fun, yet ALL love to be held and snuggle in a lap. They settle down very quickly in our arms as soon as we pick them up.
Here are some new pictures …. puppy selection time is coming up fast!
January 23, 2021 – Mama Cora is beginning to separate from her pups as they are fully eating kibble now. She stays close by, but rarely nurses them now as we are watching them become independent of her more each day. The pups are now used to all the “scary” sounds we have introduced them to, and they don’t even react anymore to thunderstorms, fireworks, vacuums, blenders, and more, and they are more comfortable with baths and blow drying at this point. They are fully bonding to humans now, and each time we come to their pen they are so excited to snuggle and be picked up. They track and watch us, all signs that their development is exactly where we want them to be. We see all the progress we’ve made with them in all of our conditioning steps.
Now, we are working on “manding,” and that means we ignore the ones that are jumping and whining to be picked up in their pen, and they are learning that they need to sit for attention. They are adorable! We’ve introduced them to a regular crate and they all snuggle in it together at this point. Next week we’ll start small amounts of time alone in a crate, away from the litter. That will be a hard adjustment that we know is so important for them in their overall development and security. And this crate phase at our house will ease some of the adjustment of going home and leaving us and their siblings. They are fully litter box trained now and that will help them adapt smoothly to the next phase of outside potty training when they go home to their forever families. They have learned there is a special place to do their “business” and they respect their sleep and play areas. They are turning six weeks old this weekend. Yes, we’ve fallen in love!
January 17, 2021 – Nearing five weeks old now, and we’re really enjoying this stage. They love humans, seek to be held and they’re very engaged with us and each other. It’s so fun to see them change and bond with humans! Here’s a glimpse of what they look like this week.
January 11, 2021 – Cora’s puppies are four weeks old and doing great! They started eating mushy kibble this past weekend and are now using a litter box. They are so smart, and learned very quickly about their new place to do their potty business! They now can hear and we are working on sound conditioning. Today, they’ve been listening to loud thunderstorms for much of the day. They sleep right through it. They have no fear yet, and so we work on desensitizing prior to the fear stage to help them be calm and non-reactive to “scary” things.
Here are the pictures we took of them today!
January 4, 2021 – Cora and Bear’s litter is doing so well! They are plump, well-fed and healthy. They have opened their eyes over the past week and are moving about on four legs. They are wobbly and not steady yet, and we think they walk like drunken sailors. They are beginning to play a little with each other and they are so fun to watch. Mostly, though, they still just eat and sleep for most of the day. We love when we catch them awake and get in some quality time of holding and bonding. They have completed their bio-sensor program to stimulate them neurologically and condition them emotionally. So important!
Now, any day, they will begin to hear and we will start them on sound desensitizing. They’ve had plenty of baths and that too, helps condition them. Last night when I walked up to their pen, Cooper started growling and barking at me in the cutest tiny sound. Ha, ha! They are finding their voices. Here are some pictures we took of them today to show them off at three weeks old! We will post new pictures weekly from now on until puppy selection time at seven weeks of age.
December 19, 2021 – Our family break is coming to a close soon and we are excited that our first litter for 2021 has arrived! Cora’s guardian family helped bring this special litter into the world on December 13 and they are giving round-the-clock care to mama and pups until the pups and mama come to our home after the holidays.
Cora brought us a litter of red/caramel and black pups, three girls and one boy, all healthy and strong! Everyone is doing well. These pups are all fully reserved, and our puppy families that have been patiently waiting at the top of our mini reservation have been notified that their new family member has arrived! The pups are expected to grow to 22-30 lbs..