October 30, 2022 – We’re hearing great reports and we’re so thankful for the families that chose us. Because of this litter and these families, we were able to give $1,000 to Amazima Ministries to help children in Uganda eat, learn and LIVE! We also donated $200.00 to our local animal shelter to help less fortunate animals receive warmth and care as they await adoption. We have one pup that was retained for our program (“Stacy”), and one pup (“Sally”) that is still available due to a personal dilemma, and is here with us, awaiting a forever family. Here are the loving people that are now the forever families of our pups. We’re thankful for each one of them!
October 24, 2022 – Stella and Watson’s puppies are getting ready for coming home to their forever families! All are doing very well at leash training, crate training, and are all socialized and confident. Ready for life! We took pictures of them today after a bath and blow dry and we made some notes on their personalities. First, here are the pictures of them at seven weeks old! (PLEASE SEE THE NOTES WE MADE BELOW THE PICTURES.) And remember that personalities are just starting to form at seven weeks of age. Their personalities and temperaments will continue to be influenced by their forever over the upcoming months at home.)
Personalities and notes on temperament as much as we can tell at this point are below. Every pup scored wonderfully on their temperament testing, as we expected. All pups are showing to score in the range that makes them intelligent, adaptable, easy to train, affectionate, socialized, and loyal to their humans. They all follow and listen, and track their humans. This means they will love to stay close by! This is what makes them great therapy dogs! A few of the pups are fetching already – showing their intelligence and their willingness to please their pack leader.
Stacy has been selected to be held back for our breeding program. Mostly (or perhaps entirely) chosen because of her smaller size to carry on Stella’s legacy after she retires next year.
Sailor loves the outside to explore when he gets the chance on our back patio. Very sweet, loves being held and getting better on the leash each day. Very social, loves playing with the pups and also loves any attention he can get from us humans. Sailor is one of the three pups that is already retrieving! Gets object and brings it right back to his human. Vet note: Excellent health, perfect teeth.
Sally is doing well in the crate. Quiets easily, though shows to be one of the most playful. She calms immediately when picked up. Some of us have noted that she’s “clever.” She figures things out quickly. She figured out the water dish makes a great pool party and taught the others. (This was resolved easily by switching to an elevated water dish.) Vet note: Excellent health, has slight underbite that more than likely will resolve as teeth fully develop.
Sirus is a bit more on the mellow side (but also sometimes that can be a sign of a little more shyness. So hard to tell at this young age!) He still hates the crate and will cry a bit longer than the others. (We don’t ever give in until they totally settle down or we are rewarding the bad behavior and the whining and setting ourselves back.) He loves the leash and walks around the house and patio. He seems a bit on the quieter side but also loves to play and chase (of course) as any young pup does. Vet note: Excellent health, perfect teeth.
Shannon is more on the playful side. Will love to keep going as the others are starting to wear out and settle down. Affectionate (as they all are) and loves to be held. Shannon is one of the pups that is already retrieving! She gets the object and immediately brings it back to her human with her tail wagging. 🙂 Vet Note: Excellent healthy, perfect teeth.
Shelby is more on the active and playful side like Shannon. She wants to stay with her humans and play and would prefer not being in the puppy pen anymore. She’s loving and sweet and she is fetching already, just like Shannon and Sailor. Confident and fun! Vet note: Excellent health, perfect teeth.
October 18, 2022 – We got a little behind in posting our newest pictures of these cutie pies! They’re doing great. We’re working on crate training, and leash training this week and they’re learning to be separate from mama. On their home stretch to coming home to their forever families!
Here are the pictures we took of them this week.
October 9, 2022 – Stella and Watson’s puppies are growing up fast! They are wonderful puppies. This is a really quiet litter, still so relaxed and still sleep a lot. We get them out to play every day and they are held and have baths daily too. Mama still stays close by. They’re just an easy bunch. We know that will change very soon as they begin to chase and play and become active, normal puppies. They are eating kibble now to give mama a break and to start weaning them from mama. They are doing excellent at litter box training and we’ve started introducing them to the crate so they can get ready for crate training. Here are the pictures we took of them today. You can see their coats are filling in a little more. A very sweet bunch!
October 2, 2022 – Stella and Watson’s litter is four weeks old now and doing great. They started on mushy kibble today and loved it. They are so used to baths, scary sounds and now are getting regular time out of the pen to learn to play and explore. (We’ll post video this week on Instagram.) They’re beginning to be very focused on us humans, and less focused on mama. They’re progressing just as we want and they are tracking us and bonding with us. Here are the pictures that we took of them today!
September 25, 2022 – Stella’s litter is doing very well. They are hearing now and so we are desensitizing them to “scary” sounds. We play loud fireworks, thunderstorms, and more while they are snuggled and nursing with mama. It’s important that we do a lot of conditioning to people, sounds and sights before the first fear phase sets in at around 5-6 weeks old. They are done with their bio-sensor steps now, and they are gaining weight and healthy. They are bathed and massaged daily, and still, mostly just sleep, nurse, and snuggle with mama. Here are the pictures we took of them today after their baths!
September 17, 2022 – Stella and Watson’s puppies are doing very well! The pups are starting to open their eyes now, and they are seeing us! They’ll continue to become more alert, and in about a week, they’ll be able to hear. They are well on their way with the bio-sensor program for neurological stimulation and conditioning and they are eating well and thriving. As expected, Stella is a wonderful mama and stays right near them at all times at this stage. We took a few pictures today so you can see them. Not a lot of change, but a lot of weight gain. They mostly just nurse and sleep all day long. Here they are at two weeks old!
September 8, 2022 – We’re excited to announce that Stella had a quick, uneventful, easy delivery and the pups arrived on September 2. We have six healthy pups: two boys and four girls.
All of the puppies are thriving and gaining weight and are about to start on the bio-sensor steps to start their temperament conditioning. Since they can’t see or hear for a little while yet, touch is our way to condition and connect with them. The bio-sensor program is one of the BEST things any good breeder can do for the pups! Here are a couple of pictures, only a few days old. Mama is doing great and she is a very loving and attentive mama, as we expected. We welcome to our world: Sirus, Sailor, Shannon, Stacy, Sally and Shelby!