June 26, 2021 – The puppies are all home now and the pen is empty. They were getting anxious to get out of their pen and our puppy room the final days and we can always tell when they’re ready to join the world and a new, forever family. Every pup was ready and we’ve heard great reports already. We’re thankful to all of our helpers here, we’re thankful to Lilly and this last litter she brought into the world, and we’re thankful to all of the families that chose us! Because of all the efforts involved here, we were able to give $1,500.00 out of funds from this litter to help some kids in Uganda eat, learn and LIVE! We support Amazima Ministries and all the special work they are doing there on the other side of the world. Here are the special families that are busy at home now with these cutie pies!
June 17, 2021 – The pups had their vet appointments today and all is well! They were micro-chipped, had nails trimmed and had thorough exams. They did wonderful during their car rides and long waits in a crate. They are doing very well. Two small vet notes: Smooch has a small umbilical hernia, from mama pulling a little too aggressively on the umbilical cord. Nothing to be concerned about, no impact on his health, just a small bump on his tummy under the fur (like an outtie belly button). And the vet noted that Cuddles has a very slight underbite, so slight that we can’t tell at all. The vet has no concerns whatsoever about any of the pups, all are in excellent health!
Their official weights from the vet are posted by their pictures below. Both parents are close in weight and size, so no surprises there, the pups should all grow to between 22-30 lbs. Smooch is the biggest in the bunch and our guess is he will be the one to reach 30 lbs..
Personality notes that stand out at this early age: The most confident pups are Hugger, Snuggler and Smacker. Cuddles and Smooch tend to be a little less confident, not as adventurous at this point and we will continue to work on building confidence in both of them during the upcoming week. They are both a little more reserved and need to observe more before jumping in. ALL of the pups are scoring identical in submissiveness, intelligence, socialization, and being calm and non-reactive to scary sounds, and sensitive touch. All of the pups are exactly where we want them to be in their conditioning for human connection. They track their humans, watching every move and wanting to be held. They live for human connection and affection. They will each be very loyal and stay close by. They all love to be held and snuggled above anything else. As we wrap up our final days with them, we recognize that they will each be missed!
June 12, 2021 – Lilly’s puppies are six weeks old now! They started crate training over the past week, and we’re now working on leash training as well. They did great on a leash today for their first time! They are eating kibble for all of their meals now and only occasionally want mama to nurse now. The natural progression of separating from Lilly has happened and they are much more focused on humans now. Here are the pictures we took of them today.
June 5, 2021 – Lilly and Gunner’s pups are doing very well. They are exactly where we want them to be at this stage. They have been conditioned to all kinds of scary noises and they sleep soundly to loud thunderstorms, vacuums and fireworks. 🙂 They are very gentle and submissive yet building in confidence daily. They are starting to play more now, but still love mostly to be held. Here they are at five weeks old!
May 28, 2021 – Lilly’s pups are growing up! You can see by there pictures this week that they are becoming much more alert. When they’re more active (soon) we’ll post some video of them on Instagram. They still sleep a LOT, but they are done with their bio-sensor steps, and we are moving on to the next steps of conditioning. The pigmentation in some of their noses is still darkening, but soon should have all black noses. Here they are at four weeks old!
May 21, 2021 – Lilly and Gunner’s puppies are three weeks old today and time to start posting weekly pictures and updates! This litter of five pups, with one girl, is doing very well and Lilly is being an excellent mama, as we expected. This is Lilly’s final litter and she’s been a wonderful mama for us with each litter she brought us. Now at five years old, it’s time for her to be spayed and enjoy retirement with her forever family that loves her very much.
As we are preparing to send off our puppies here from Hazel and Gretel, we will then have Lilly’s pups join us to start all our work of conditioning here. Currently, Lilly is with our friends, who help us with many of our litters, and they have been working with the pups on the bio-sensor steps daily, lots of holding and baths. When the pups arrive here next weekend, we will start them on lots of socialization and sound and sight conditioning: their next steps in the conditioning process. We’ve themed this litter our “Therapy Litter” because Lilly and Gunner have brought us so many therapy dogs that are out working the field and doing what they do to bring love and comfort to others. Not very active yet and still sleeping a LOT, but here they are at three weeks old!