July 11, 2019 – All of the puppies went home yesterday. Always bittersweet. We knew they were ready, we prepared them for this for weeks, and they needed more than we could give at this point. They needed a forever family. So now they’re all home, and we are a tiny bit sad. But they went to great people that were hand picked and we know they will be loved and cared for. And as usual, their parting and the funding they provide helps to pay for kids in Uganda to stay alive. Kinda important! We’re thankful to the families that support us and our pups and also help support Amazima Ministries in Uganda. Because of the families, and Clara Jane and Gunner, and our family team, some children in Uganda can eat, learn and LIVE. Thank you Janie puppy families and please keep in touch! xo from all of us here.
It all started like this.
And they lived happily ever after.
July 7, 2019 – Tomorrow is puppy selection day and we’re approaching the exciting time of puppies going home to their forever families. We feel in every way that each pup is ready for their new, forever home. We see only slight differences in their personalities at this age. It seems that Commander is just slightly less confident, but we see him changing daily. The differences in each are so minimal, really though. The temperament scoring showed them all to be scoring almost all 3’s in every category (we’ll explain), except Commander scored slightly less confident in the areas of following, social attraction and retrieving. (Remember, that within every litter they are all developing at different stages and this is yet another example. Sometimes some pups are more confident right out of the gate and others are a week or two behind.)
On restraint and submission, Commander scored slightly more submissive then the others. So it could be that he’s just always going to be a more tender-hearted, submissive pup. Time will tell. No timidity showing in any of them. They are all super socialized, friendly and outgoing! They are ready for life!
As mostly scoring in 3’s or a few 4’s in all the various categories… This is what that means:
They all show to be very smart, easy to train and we suspect you will find them to be superstars in their obedience classes (you will be proud of your pup!). They can adapt easily to almost any environment with the proper amount of exercise, human interaction and training and get along well with children and elderly alike. They are friendly, outgoing pups that shine.
From a daily observation, Patriot at this point shows to be the more observant and most attentive one. He is docile, very quiet and easy going, always watching and aiming to please and learn from us. Trooper is also very laid back, and very confident and would seem to prefer being held then to play. Colonel was smartest in the beginning and perhaps has an edge on that. He is known to rationalize and navigate things – he can figure a way out of the pen if he wants to get out. But interesting that he seems to know we want him to stay in the pen at night and so stays there, even though we’re sure he can get out. He stays in the pen all night and only comes out in the morning (he moves a toy or object to the edge, or just leaps) when we’re getting breakfast. And as he’s waiting for us, he doesn’t get into trouble, he’ll find where we put the litter box and use it if need be. A character! He and Commander are the most playful. They will miss each other. They wrestle and chase and have a lot of fun while Patriot and Trooper love to watch their shenanigans (like we do!). We love them each and we’re proud at how they trot around on their leash with confidence like, “Look what we can do!”. (Leash training takes time. Every pup, every litter starts out by refusing to move when they realize there’s something on their neck!)
Janie’s pups are all delightful. We don’t know how you can choose! Here are their most accurate weights taken on the vet’s scale.
Patriot 6 lb. 7 oz (will probably grow to 23-25 lbs like mama)
Commander 7 lbs.(probably 25-30 lbs full grown)
Trooper 7 lbs. 9 oz. (Trooper will probably be around 30 lbs)
Colonel 6 lbs. 9 oz. (Will probably be around 25 lbs.)
July 3, 2019 – Janie’s puppies are seven weeks old and we did Volhard temperament testing today and they all did great. We’re working on crate training daily, leash training as time permits and lots and lots of socialization and conditioning. Mama Janie went home this afternoon and now they will focus even more on us instead of mama. A good thing as we are preparing them for their forever families! We took some pictures today and we’ll post info on the temperament testing later this week. They all are very close in weight, but once they are weighed at the vet on Friday, we’ll post their most current weights as well. Here are some of the pictures we took today at seven weeks old!
June 26, 2019 – At six weeks old now, Janie’s puppies are very confident and so socialized. They’re smart and they’ll stay in the pen at night, but in the morning, when they hear us getting their kibble, they just might climb on a stuffed animal to come and greet us! They love their humans. And they love anyone that comes through the door and comes over to say hello. They always love to be picked up. They romp and play and wrestle hard with each other at times, but when we pick them up they settle down immediately in our arms and will gladly stay there to snuggle.
The puppies cry a bit in a crate, but not for very long. We give them crate time daily, sometimes with a buddy, and sometimes alone, so that they can begin the separation phase to prepare for leaving their litter. All is going well!
They have their litter box training down 100% in the pen and they’re learning to find the litter box when they’re outside in the play areas. (This is harder for them at this age.) We’re pleased in every way with this adorable litter of Janie’s boys. Here are some pictures we took of them today.
June 20, 2019 – Janie and Gunner’s pups are five weeks old now and we’ve been busy doing lots of desensitizing, socializing and conditioning. Baths, visitors, sounds, experiences, crate time and eating kibble, just to name some of the things we’re doing this week. They’re now playing with toys and each other, and having time out of the pen. They have the litter box training thing almost completely down and they are all growing in confidence at every new thing we introduce them to! Here they are at five weeks old. So cute!
June 12, 2019 – Janie’s puppies are almost four weeks old and they are coming alive and they are playing with toys, wrestling with each other and one surprised us by figuring out how to climb out of the pen (step on the stuffed animal, climb on top of the pillow and….there, I’m out!). We woke to unusual whining coming from the puppy room at 3 am.. All’s well, made their wall higher (now that we know we have some really smart pups on our hands) and nights are peaceful once more.
It’s so nice having a litter of four. Ahhhhh. They each get lots of extra attention and snuggling. From mama, and from us! They got their hearing a few days ago and so we’ve started all the desensitizing sounds to begin introducing them to things that can be startling or scary. They’re doing well. Yesterday we set up the litter box in their pen and they took to it right away. They’re almost ready to start having time outside of the pen to play and explore. Here are just a few pictures we took of them in their pen today so that you can see what they look like.
June 5, 2019 – It’s been a while since we posted on Clara Jane’s litter, and mostly, it’s because there hasn’t been much happening here. Here’s mostly what we see in their pen all day long:
They are definitely more alert now and seeing us. Still no hearing and that should happen any day. We rouse them several times a day for baths, massages and holding time. They don’t wrestle or play yet, and laziness is what is normal in our litters where mama is hyper-vigilant and they hardly have to grunt without mama jumping in to feed them. They have no reason to move. Ha, ha!! We woke them up for individual pictures today. It was a bit of work to get them to sit up (some wouldn’t, even though they totally can.) I think they find us mostly annoying, and disturbing to their rest right now. Still in love. Here they are at three weeks old. More action is about to happen, this we know.
May 25, 2019 – Janie’s pups are ten days old and today, one of them has opened his eyes and the rest will follow soon. They’re doing very well and gaining weight daily. Janie is an incredible mama, so sweet as always, and so attentive. The pups still just eat and sleep, and every once in a while we get to see them moving about a little bit. We are doing the Bio-sensor program with them daily and they are being massaged and held regularly as Janie gets more comfortable with letting us hold her babies. Touch is our main connection with them as we wait for them to see and hear. It won’t be long now! We’ve themed this litter in honor of our military (and their families!). Here are Clara Jane’s boys at ten days old.
May 15, 2019 – We had a long night last night, as our mamas typically like to start labor as soon as we’re going to bed. 🙁 No worries, we worked as a team and took turns watching over mama and helping to make sure everything goes well. Heat lamp, paper towels, bedding, kiddie pool, water, treats for mama, etc. all were ready to go!
We’re happy to say that Clara Jane (“Janie”) brought us four adorable pups in red-caramel coloring, some with white markings. All boys! Pups finished arriving at 3:30 am. and mama and puppies are doing well. All of the pups have good weights and latched on to nurse right away. Mama has not left their side since they arrived! She’s going to be a good mama (we had no doubt).
We already posted a video of the pups on Instagram (be sure to find us and we’ll post pictures and videos there once in a while.) Mostly, though, you’ll find updates on the litter right here. Here are the pups, only a few hours old!