Last weekend, all of Gracie’s pups left us. We’ve heard lots of great reports and we fell behind in posting an update. We are thankful to each and every family that adopted from us to receive a pup from this litter. Letting go is so much easier because we know that every pup went to a great, loving forever home. “Raider” was held back to become part of a local breeder’s program. They had waited a long time for the perfect stud and they said he was quiet in his crate, sleeping through the night right away and didn’t have an accident. We hope everyone is continuing to adjust and have a smooth transition. Pups from this litter ended up in Oregon, Washington and Colorado bringing families comfort and joy during this really difficult time. So happy! Because of all of our families in this litter, we were able to donate $2,400.00 to Amazima Ministries so that a bunch of kids in Uganda can eat, learn and simply live! We love what we do and yes, we miss this litter, but we will keep going for all the good these pups put out into the world. Stay safe and healthy Gracie litter families! And thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I’m the face of all this, but we have a team that has worked hard to raise this litter the right way.. Couldn’t do it without them!
April 27, 2020 – Hello, the vet appointments went fine today. The pups did great on the car ride and nobody has been getting car sick. All were quiet in their crates through the whole process. They all had shots, microchipping and nails done.
Here are the official weights from the vet. We fully expect that the smaller pups will grow to be around 40 lbs (like dad Basil) and the largest pups will be Gracie’s size (around 55 lbs or more (Raven)). And some of the pups will be somewhere in between. As you’ll see, we watched Raven and Colt go through a tremendous growth spurt over the past couple of weeks. We wouldn’t be surprised if they grow to be 60 lbs for sure. Charger is wider but not as tall and they have surpassed him in size! On a side note: Chargers testicles haven’t dropped yet, (fairly common) and will probably happen before his neuter surgery is due, but if not, the vet will have to do an extra step to remove them at time of his neuter. We’ll be including a credit in his contract in case that should happen. Sorry if too much info, we just want you aware as you are considering your choices before our phone call tomorrow.
Bengal 8.6 lbs., Colt, 11.8 lbs., Chief 9.6 lbs., Bronco 9.7 lbs., Raider, 9.0 lbs., Raven 12.6 lbs, Packer 10.3 lbs., Steeler 10.1 lbs., Charger 10.8 lbs.
April 26, 2020 – Today they all had baths and had more conditioning with blow dryers. Every one of them did great. Here they are, posing for their seven week pictures. You can probably tell by their pictures that some of them went through a growth spurt this week. Some look more lanky and less chubby as we’ve seen them grown suddenly in height and lose some of that belly fat. We’re on the home stretch in preparing them for their families! We hope you saw the temperament and personality notes below.
April 25, 2020- Gracie’s pups completed their temperament testing and we find all of the pups are unfazed by loud, scary sounds, all are smart and all are social. We noted below a few things on each individual pup, though please remember that personalities are just starting to form. You at home, and your energy level, personality and training style will have a great impact on their personalities as well over the upcoming months. Continue to build their confidence with LOTS of positive rewards and consistency!
The pups overall, scored lots of 3’s and 4’s in their results and that is described as: “The kind of dog that makes the perfect pet Rarely will buck for a promotion in the family. Easy to train, and rather quiet. Good with elderly people, children, although may need protection from the children (we believe all pups do!) Take this pup to obedience classes, and you’ll be the star, without having to do too much work!”
Chief is very smart and agile, he is the only one that learned at 6 weeks old how to hoist himself out of the pen. When he gets out during the night, he doesn’t get into any trouble. He kindly uses the play area litter box if he needs to. He’s pretty laid back and a little curious but not as adventurous yet.
Raider was described as “very even keel.” We see him as fairly laid back, curious and likes to observe more than dive in.
Steeler is a complete snuggler. He also shows some added sensitivity to touch. He’s already retrieving! That shows a sense of adventure and intelligence at this early age. (Some of our adult dogs retrieve and some just aren’t interested.) With practice, Steeler will probably love it!
Bengal was described by the tester as “very brave and not afraid to investigate.” She will forge ahead with confidence and curiosity. We saw that when she was three weeks old. She is also playful.
Packer has shown to be the shy one in the litter. He is very snuggly and loves to be held. We will continue to work on his confidence. He is submissive. He will probably be a super loyal pup that is easy to submit.
Charger is super confident. He was the largest pup and perhaps alpha because of it in the early weeks. He loves to wrestle and play but also melts in your arms (like the rest) when he is picked up.
Raven is a well balanced pup that just kind of blends with the pack. He doesn’t stand out as a leader, but just goes with the flow. He loves humans and being held. He seems smart and loving (like all of them do, really!)
Bronco was described by the tester as “playful, confident and brave!”
Colt seems very calm and laid back. But it could be that he’s showing some shyness like Packer. He is submissive and loving.
April 20, 2020 – The puppies are six weeks old and we are busy preparing them for their forever families. This is the home stretch. We’re working on leash training, crate training, and building confidence – but still making sure they love to snuggle! They have that part down! Here they are….we let them up on the sofa today. 🙂 Trying to get nine puppies to all look at the camera and pose is quite the challenge! We had fun with pictures this afternoon.
April 13, 2020 – Gracie and Basil’s pups are now five weeks old. They are getting big! You can see in the pictures we took today that they’re getting a little more leggy as we saw a growth spurt in their height this week. We’e working on crate training daily. Sometimes they cry, a LOT, but we ignore them and give them no attention until they’re quiet. They need to learn to settle themselves down in a crate by themselves for short periods. It’s part of preparing them to be away from their pack as we start preparing them for going home to their families. We wait until they’re worn out from play and make sure they don’t need anything when we try to get them to walk into the crate on their own with a treat and toy. Today they all had a bath, with more conditioning to a blow dryer. They did great! Here are the pictures we took of them today.
April 7, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies are over four weeks old now. And we’re excited to post these pictures. They are seriously cute!! Their coats are filling in so thick already at this young age. Some of them our getting their wavy curls now. They are eating a LOT, and mama Gracie has backed off quite a bit because they have nails and teeth. She is always walking over to the pen to check on them to make sure all is well, but she really doesn’t like going into the pen to lay with them anymore. I think she feels trampled now when she gets too close to her litter.
We all have different favorites here. Some of us are in love with the black ones. Some of us love the reds. But we ALL love the big round heads and their amazing temperaments! I don’t think the pictures do them justice or show what we see. . . .perfect looking labradoodles. Each and every one of them. We’re having fun over here, but we realize many of you are just anxiously waiting, and quarantined at home (like we are.) We posted a video yesterday on Instagram and we’ll try to keep the videos and pictures coming, as it has become clear that we won’t be able to host the open house here. We need to keep everybody safe, including our staff and family. But hang in there, May 1 and 2 is coming quickly. Here they are. Enjoy!
April 1, 2020 – It’s amazing how quickly the pups change at this stage. Wow! They started on kibble, they are using a litter box (and doing awesome at it) and becoming plump little cutie pies. We are in love over here! Look at the pictures we took of them today. (We are more than slightly excited about this litter!)
March 30, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies are doing very well and can hear now. They have finished the Bio-sensor program and now the focus is on sound desensitizing along with continual human interaction to continue their socialization. Daily, they are now listening to fireworks and other loud noises to help them to be desensitized to scary sounds before their fear stage sets in. They are still with our guardian family (two more days) for added socialization with their large family. We thought keeping them there a little longer was good to keep all the additional human interaction going, before they come here to meet our whole group of family and helpers. Now that we can’t have outside visitors (we are keeping everyone safe here) and we can’t hold our open houses, we are making sure they are still getting all the interaction they need from various people.
Our family and our helpers are still coming and interacting with the pups seven days a week. Pups will still be incredibly socialized when they leave, just not at the level we had been able to do before. Saving lives matters more! Our other litter that is leaving in a few days, has been part of the social distancing and they too, never experienced the open house we like to have for each litter. But they are so social and confident with humans and we’ve seen no set-back in their progress. Thankfully, because of our set-up and our family and staff, we are still able to maintain good socialization even before leaving us.
On Wednesday, Gracie and her pups will arrive here and we’ll post some video and more pictures later this week. (They are just starting to become more active, and we’ll take video as soon as we get them into the play area and they’re ready to move about more.)
Today they are starting on some mushy kibble and that will help them gain weight and fill in some more. They’re wonderful pups, each one of them, and we’re excited to see how they develop! Here they are at three weeks old. A few of them were just still too sleepy to pose for pictures. They still sleep a LOT!
March 23, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies can see and are starting to walk around! Not super active yet, but they are strong, as this usually doesn’t happen for a couple more days. They are alert and doing very well. Mostly, they just eat and sleep as mama attentively watches over them. By next week they should start playing with toys and wrestling with each other. Things get fun! They are well into their bio-sensor steps and the difference can already be seen. This is going to be a beautiful litter! (Personally, the standards are most beautiful to me.) We love when we get to post pictures that show how they are changing. Here they are at two weeks old!
March 15, 2020 – Gracie and Basil’s puppies are one week old now and doing very well. They are all eating well, gaining weight and developing as we expect. We’ve started the bio-sensor program steps with them and they are getting lots of holding time already. Mama is comfortable letting her humans help her with her pups. Mama is doing great and she’s so gentle and careful to not lay or step on one of her babies. Gracie loves motherhood and she’s a sweet dog, so we had not doubt she’d be attentive to her litter.
The pictures don’t show much change. But they have gained a lot of weight The pups don’t see or hear yet and mostly just eat and sleep. We’ll start taking individual pictures at three weeks old so you can see who’s who. The dark chocolate pup is a boy and the only girl in the bunch is one of the red-apricot pups. We’ve themed this litter our NFL litter and we’re excited to welcome Bengal (girl), Chief, Packer, Colt, Charger, Steeler, Raider, Bronco, and Raven. Here they are at one week old!
March 9, 2020 – Gracie’s puppies started arriving yesterday morning! By last night, she finished with nine healthy puppies. The pups look great and have excellent weights. Gracie had no stress or problems and she is doing well. We have eight boys and one girl (she’s one of the ones with the red/apricot coat.) The puppies were whelped at our friends home nearby, and will come to us in a couple of weeks when our other current litter is gone. Our friends have been helping us with whelping and early puppy care for years. They will start on the bio-sensor conditioning in a few days and are well trained on all the steps needed to care for each litter before coming to us. We’re so thankful for them! Mamas don’t always go into heat on our schedule, so when there’s overlap (happens often), litters start there and move to our house later. Here they are!