April 9, 2022 – Stella’s pups are home now with their forever families. We’re thankful for the families that trusted us in raising their new family member and we know each puppy went to a loving home where they will have the best life! Because of these families (and Stella and Watson of course!) we are able to donate $1,200 to Amazima Ministries. This litter will bring so much joy into the world, AND a bunch of kids in Uganda will be able to eat, learn and live! Thank you everyone, including all our helpers that helped raise a great litter. Feeling grateful!
April 4, 2022 – The pups all did great with their vet appointment! All are in good health and getting ready to come home. We’ve posted their weights from the vet below and here is some more details regarding temperament and personalities that we see. Personalities are just beginning to show at 7-8 weeks of age, and their personalities will continue to be formed by their environment and leadership style of their new pack leaders at home. Here is what we are noticing, having given this a lot of thought and observation. And just to note: all are showing equal in intelligence (labradoodles are intelligent dogs!) and overall solid temperaments. All will totally connect and bond, and stay close to their family members. All are equally social and adaptable. They ALL track us, follow their humans and want to please and love being held. No temperament issues seen whatsoever, as expected.
Sully and Sawyer are the biggest and will be more like Watson’s sizing (closer to 30 bs.) and the smaller pups like Shirley and Stuart and Sam will most likely be closer to Stella’s size (22-25 lbs.).
Stuart: Appears the most calm of the litter. Sometimes this can be a sign of being a little less confident, but we don’t think so. His temperament shows super solid, and our guess is Stuart is just more chill than his siblings. Very sweet, and always the first to quiet down and sit for attention. Very playful and can keep up with his siblings at playtime though! Just first to settle down. Doing great overall on leash though and even does the stairs just fine.
Sawyer: All of us see Sawyer as the most affectionate. Absolutely loves sitting in laps (even when he could be chasing) and loves to give kisses. Confident on leash and does well with “come.” No problem with stairs. At least a couple people here noted Sawyer to be EXTRA affectionate.
Sully: Sully is most playful and loves to explore and GO! He is showing signs of being perhaps just a little more confident than the others. He’s the leader for sure. No timidity about anything. He likely will have no problem trying new things like swimming, boating, hiking. He likes to dive right in. He’s great on leash and doing very well with “sit” and “come” on command. Sully though also comes from our therapy line, so no doubt he will stay nearby and live for his family’s affection.
Shirley: Shirley is the more unsure pup that likes to follow more than lead. She wears out a little faster than the boys and loves to settle down with a toy when she’s had enough of the chasing. She is playful and does well on leash, and does well on stairs. She’s affectionate just like they all are and is very sweet.
Sam: Sam is most like Shirley. More of a follower than a leader. He loves playtime and running, a little more hesitant on leash, a little more unsure of himself. Not the leader of the pack and will want to think about it first before diving in. He’s very sweet just like the others.
April 2, 2022 – Stella and Watson’s puppies are getting ready for home. Daily, they take naps in crates by themselves (still a little crying, but doesn’t last long) and they’re doing well at daily leash training around the house. They know they need to sit for attention or to be picked up. Unless they’re all together and competing for attention, they do very well with that. We are starting to work on “come” and that too is going well.
Mama Stella left this afternoon to go home to her guardian family and the pups are now fully eating on their own. We send mama home at around seven weeks of age so that she stops producing milk, and they learn to be independent of her to prepare for their new life ahead. Mama was getting a little bored, a sign that we know she’s emotionally ready to separate. Monday is their vet exam and they’ll get their first vaccinations, microchips and nails trimmed. Don’t forget puppy selection calls begin at 10:30 am. on Tuesday. We’ll post weights and a little more info on personalities after we do temperament testing on Monday. Homeward bound! Here are the pictures we took of them today.
March 26, 2022 – Stella’s pups are on the next phase of preparing for home. We’re working on helping them get used to the feel of a crate – they spend time a couple of times a day now in the crate with the door closed. It’s done in small doses, and they get to come out when they’re quiet and have stopped crying (you never want to reward the crying.) We started leash training this week too. They’re eating mushy kibble three times a day now to help them wean from Stella. They’re teeth are coming in, so they’ll be done nursing soon. Here are the pictures we took of them at six weeks old!
March 19, 2022 – Stella’s puppies are five weeks old now and they’re doing very well. They are litter box trained and we rarely see accidents in their pen now. When they come out to the larger play area, it’s a newer experienced and they’re challenged to remember to find the litter box in the bigger area. They’ll get there! They’re learning there’s a specific place to do their business. It’s a great launching pad to outside potty training once they arrive to their forever homes. They are very chilled out, and non-reactive to loud scary sounds. They’re more used to vacuums and blow dryers too now. They are socialized and have bonded to humans. They are unafraid! They’re right where we want them to be at five weeks old. At this point, it seems that Sully is the leader of the pack. He’s very confident and loves to explore and lead. Sawyer has a bit of a straighter/smoother coat than the rest. This will make his coat a little easier to maintain, with a little less matting. (Remember the downside to non-shedding, is they will mat if not brushed weekly.) None of the pups have a tight curl, making each of their coats the most desirable texture: wavy fleece. Here are the pictures we took of them. You can see their coats are filling in. They’re so cute.
March 14, 2022 – Just realized we never posted the pictures we took of the pups this weekend! So sorry. The pups are moved into a bigger pen, are learning litter box training and their sound conditioning is going very well. They are non-reactive to scary sounds at this point and we’ll keep up the exposure to more challenging things on a daily basis. Here they are at four weeks old!
March 5, 2022 – Stella’s puppies are starting to change fast! They’re eyes are open, they’re beginning to walk (more like wobble) a bit, and they are starting to hear. They notice us, are very comfortable with humans and are doing very well. They are well fed by mama and are nice and plump. They’re pretty lazy because they barely have to move to get fed. Mama is very attentive! We are introducing them to “scary” sounds this week, like thunderstorms, vacuum cleaners and fireworks sounds. So important to do before the first fear stage sets in at around five weeks old. This will help create an anxiety-free puppy for life.
They’re pretty relaxed, just what we want. Tonight they’ll get another bath and we’ll introduce them to blow drying. Here are the pictures we took of them today!
February 26, 2022 – Stella’s puppies are doing well and have almost doubled their weight. Not much has changed here, they still mostly sleep and eat. We do massaging, daily baths and the bio-sensor program daily, as touch is our main connection to them to do conditioning. They are becoming very comfortable with human hands now! They still can’t see or hear, but their eyes will open this week. Hearing comes at around three weeks old. Here they are at two weeks old! We named this our S Litter: Shirley (our only girl), Sawyer, Sully, Sam and Stuart. 🙂
February 19, 2022 – The puppies are one week old now. They arrived on Saturday, February 12 and mama was actually a few days early. The pups are thriving and gaining weight daily. They arrived healthy with good weights, and mama is doing a great job. We have four boys and one girl, and this is Stella’s second litter. The pups are being held and massaged regularly and they’ve started their bio-sensor steps daily for one of the most important steps of their conditioning for life! We all love Stella and we’re excited about this litter.
Here’s a few pictures of the pups – all red like mama and dad.