April 30, 2018 – We sent off two happy puppies today to go and live with their forever families. Hansel (now Oakley) and Gretel went to start their lives with people that will love them and teach them all they need to know beyond their little pen and our home. Here they are as they left to go with the people that had been waiting a very long time for them! Thank you Dixons and Kerrs for trusting us in helping to raise your new family members! We pray that these pups bring you so much joy.
April 29, 2018 – Riley’s litter is eight weeks old tomorrow and they’ll be leaving to go home to their forever families. We have thoroughly enjoyed these two and they certainly are at the top of the list of some of the cutest puppies we’ve produced. We’ve worked hard at individual crate training, but still a bit difficult for the two to be seperated. We believe they’ll adjust quickly once they fall in love with their new humans. Here they are ready to come home!
April 19, 2018 – Riley’s litter is active, thriving and super smart. They’ve been entirely placed with Piper’s pups at this point because they seem so much happier with the extra activity and playmates. They’re keeping up with them and probably learning lots from a litter that is over a week older. They’re size is evening out more and they still seem bigger than pups from Riley’s previous litters at this age, but we assume they will slow down in their growth soon. They are beautiful puppies! Wow. They are super snuggly, wanting to be held a lot. We’re working on crate training quite a bit, and clicker training with treats as they learn to sit and come to our voice. They have the litter box thing down and are enjoying kibble at this point. They’ve done well at car rides, baths and socialization. Here there are at six weeks old!
April 10, 2018 – Riley’s litter is chunky and adorable! They are more active now and we bring them to play with Piper’s pups daily to give them more variety and interaction with other pups and they fit right in! (Sometimes it just seems a bit lonely with just the two of them. Ha!) They stay close to each other, and are awfully sweet together. They love being held, and today, we learned a fun thing about Hansel: He tilts his head when we talk to him or he hears something he seems to be trying to understand. Just like his mama, Riley. We love it! Snapped a picture of it today. They are so good at their litter box now and have started eating kibble, too. They are getting some crate time and for them, so far, it’s no big deal. They seem confident, as we’ve done all the emotional conditioning we know and we are happy with their progress. They still love to nurse and will probably nurse for another week. They are starting to level out as far as their tremendous growth patten that was happening in the beginning. Still, we are a bit shocked at their weights. Today, they weighed in close to eight pounds. They both seem calm and pretty chilled out. As a litter of two, they’ve never had to compete for anything and I think it’s created a naturally mellow temperament. Here are the pictures we took today, now five weeks old.
March 26, 2018 – Our little Riley litter is almost three weeks old and so healthy. They are still sleeping almost all the time, but when we have brief times of interaction with them when they’re awake and alert, they are so sweet and we are enjoying them. We finished the Bio-
Sensor program with them and they are held and massaged daily. Today they had a bath and blowdry and….. a photo shoot. Here they are!
March 22, 2018 – We’re experiencing something new with this litter, as we’ve never had a litter this small before. We are pretty amazed how healthy and plump these puppies are at only a couple weeks old. We continue to watch them grow. and grow. and grow! The vet yesterday asked how our little litter of two was doing. Before I could answer, she commented, “They’re HUGE, aren’t they?!??” Yes, I guess we would call them “huge.” She tells us that it is totally normal as these pups had such an advantage and head start in utero with all the extra nourishment. And they continue to grow daily in the pup pen with no competition for mama’s milk. The vet tells us they will eventually even out and be the size of what was originally expected. We love these pups! They are sticking together for warmth and comfort and we put our big stuffed elephant in there to keep them company. They like to snuggle by the elephant when mama is away from the pen. Here they are at two weeks old, alert with eyes open and as big as any pup we’ve ever seen at this age! Two cutie pies.
March 19, 2018 – Riley’s puppies will be two weeks old tomorrow. They’ve just opened their eyes, and we’ll try to get individual pictures posted of them when we can catch them when they’re more alert. We keep commenting on how big they are! We’ve never had a litter this small and certainly they get to eat a lot more. They are now about the same size as Piper’s pups, though Piper’s puppies are a week older. We love plump puppies! The puppies are being massaged and held daily and we’ll be finishing the Bio-sensor program soon. We snapped a couple of pictures while they were sleeping today (it seems that’s all they do right now) and here they are at almost two weeks old.
March 13, 2018 – Riley’s pups were born a week ago and we’re happy to say that they are thriving, gaining weight daily and doing well. They are nursing a lot and crawling around the pen more and more. (They don’t really “crawl” yet, they basically drag their bodies around by the strength of their front legs.) Their eyes are still closed and their noses and pigmentation is still pink. We’ll see some more changes in their appearance and strength during the next week. We are doing the Bio-Sensor program with them daily and each pup gets lots of holding time along with a massage each day. It’s important at this youngest age to make them really comfortable with human touch and also, to get them used to be handled and touched all over. When we first start this, they squirm and whine at human touch and holding, but as days go by they begin to settle right down into our hands. They weigh just a little over a pound at this point, so you can still hold them in one hand. They haven’t really noticed each other yet and they just keep to themselves unless their attentive mama is in there nursing or licking them. We love their white markings and are excited to watch them develop. Here they are at one week old! We’ve nick-named them Hansel and Gretel.
March 6, 2018 – Riley delivered two healthy, thriving puppies today: a boy and a girl! We were hoping for more, but we are thankful for the blessing of the puppies that arrived. We’ve never had a litter this small before but Riley seems quite content with her little batch. She’s a proud mama and so good at caring for her pups. They are more plump than any other litter, and that’s because of all the “extra” nutrients they got in utero, being only the two.