May 29, 2021 – Gretel’s puppies are all home now with their forever families and their pen is empty. They were totally ready to move on and have a great life with their forever humans! We’re thankful for each family that chose us and a pup from this litter. Because of this litter, we were able to give $1,500.00 to Amazima Ministries to allow some kids in Africa to continue to eat, learn and live. Five of the pups were adopted to great, loving families and one pup (Gianni), has gone to a forever guardian family and will, hopefully, pass all her extensive health testing to become a mama for us after Gretel retires next year. Here are the loving people that have taken a new family member home this weekend:
May 24, 2021 – The vet said all of Gretel’s pups are in excellent health. Nobody is getting car sick, all are doing well in crates. Sometimes it still takes them five or ten minutes to stop crying, but we don’t even look at them, totally ignore the whining and they settle down. They’re not fully consistent yet doing naps in a crate. We’ll continue working on this each day. All are doing great on a leash and they understand sitting for attention. Their official weights from the vet are posted with their pictures below. You can see that some are a little smaller than others, and we can start to guess their adult weights at this point. Gamora may reach about 25 lbs, versus Gianni who will probably be 35 lbs. Two of the pups have very small hernias, it’s like an outie belly button, (Gamora and Georgi), caused by mama being too aggressive licking the umbilical cords when they were first born. This is fairly common with certain mamas. Usually the vet lets it be, but once in a while a vet will just add a couple extra stitches and tuck it in at the time of spay. One pup has a very slight overbite at this point (Georgi) and we find as teeth are still developing, teeth straighten as their adult teeth come in. It’s very slight and it’s noted as a cosmetic issue but we can’t tell!
All of the puppies score almost identical with temperament testing, super common with each litter. We test to make sure we haven’t missed anything and each is ready to go home. Personalities are very similar with this litter, but we know that personalities are just beginning to form. At home, their new pack leaders, and their environment will now form more of their personalities. We can tell you that each pup seems equally smart, confident, social, and submissive. They all LOVE to be held and are attached and bonded to humans. They track us and want human touch all the time. They play hard as healthy pups should, but when picked up every one of them melts in our arms.
May 22, 2021 – Gretel’s puppies are seven weeks old and we’re finalizing our conditioning and last week with them. It’s always bittersweet. They are doing great and are exactly where we want them to be with temperaments, socialization and confidence! And the crate gets a little easier every day and we’ll continue crate conditioning this final week. On Monday afternoon they’ll have their final vet exams, microchips, nails trimmed and vaccinations. We’ll post their official weights from the vet once we’re back and settled in. Temperaments and energy levels and confidence levels all seem identical but we will test and analyze each one on Monday to make sure nobody missed a step! 🙂 Here are the pictures we took of them today.
May 15, 2021 – Gretel’s puppies are doing great! All is well here as we continue conditioning, leash training and socializing them. Here they are at six weeks old. We are thrilled with their progress and temperaments.
May 8, 2021 – Gretel and Gunner’s pups are almost five weeks old now and this week we worked on a lot more conditioning including blowdryers, vacuums, crate training and even some early leash training. They are more active and confident. We are working on “manding” which means they don’t get picked up or any attention until they sit. They’re smart and they are getting it! Their pigmentation in their noses continues to darken and fill in, something that seems to take a little longer with Gretel’s pups. Here are the pictures we took of them today!
May 2, 2021 – Gretel’s pups are four weeks old and doing great! An eventful week, they have started on mushy kibble to start weaning from mama, they’ve been learning how to use a litter box, and becoming so non-reactive to scary sounds after a week of sound conditioning. They are right where we want them to be. We’re starting them on playtime outside of their pen and soon they’ll be active and chasing around. Here are the pictures of them taken this weekend.
April 25, 2021 – Gretel’s litter is doing very well and they’re all done with the bio-sensor conditioning now, and they had a little outside time this week with the warm weather. They opened their eyes earlier this week, the pigmentation on their nose and paw pads is starting to darken, and at this point, some of them are starting to hear. All will be hearing within a couple of days and then we can start on sound conditioning to introduce them to new, “scary” noises like storms, vacuums, fireworks and more. This will be our focus over the upcoming weeks. They are held daily and starting to become a little more active, but still sleep almost all day, except when it’s time to nurse. Here they are at three weeks old!
April 19, 2021 – Gretel and Gunner’s puppies are doing well and getting bigger. They are well into their bio-sensor conditioning and the next time we post pictures it will be with eyes opened! They are now two weeks old and mama and babies are doing great. They can’t hear yet, and it’ll be another week before they are hearing and moving around a bit more. Here they are!
April 12, 2021 – Gretel’s pups arrived on April 4, and they are gaining weight and doing great! Gretel is a good mama. The litter is with our friends, Gretel’s guardian family for now, and Gretel got to deliver in the comfort of her own home. They are working on the bio-sensor steps now with the pups as they are starting into their daily conditioning at this point. They are one week old! The pups will come to us in a couple of weeks for all the next steps of conditioning and care that happens at our house here. Here they are: five girls and one boy, our “G” litter. All of the pups have white markings, except for one solid red girl (Giselle).