July 4, 2021 – This very cute litter has left. Always bittersweet. We’re hearing good reports and some families reported pups sleeping quietly in their crates from the first night. We always hope for that, but we know some pups do have a harder time leaving the litter. We’re thankful to all the great families that chose us and this litter! Because of this litter, we were able to give $2,100.00 to help some kids in east Africa get their special medical needs met this month. A group of kids in Africa will get life saving care because of these cute pups! It’s a win-win. We pray for happy ever after! “Thank you” to all these families.
June 29, 2021 – We rounded up the pups today to try and get a cute group photo. They weren’t too interested in posing quietly for pictures today. But we’re posting our best attempt! And then we took some random pictures of them right after, settled in the pen as they hung out before lunch. They are so cute and doing very well at leash training, and they also are doing well at “sit” and “come.” We’re on the home stretch!
June 21, 2021 – We had a tester work with the pups this morning to make sure their temperaments are solid and test each pup individually to make sure we haven’t missed anything. They all did great! Surprisingly, three of the puppies are already retrieving. Eddie, Ella and Elsa are all pretty quick to run after the object and bring it directly back to the tester (a human they never met before.) This shows intelligence, focus and confidence at the same time. They definitely have the lab retrieving part down, and the others will follow suit soon. This line loves to fetch!
All of the pups seem to have the same energy level, there isn’t one more energetic than the rest. They all scored very close in sensitivity to touch. All showed good submissiveness and socialization. They are all smart, and intelligence is expected to be the same. A couple of the pups showed slightly more shy and we’ll keep working with them on new experiences and challenges. Ethan is the most reserved and least adventurous at this point. We expect he will be equally as confident by the time he leaves us. Within each litter, we see pups develop at different stages: eyes open at different times, some get teeth ahead of others, some are more agile first, and we see some that take a bit longer to build confidence. He may always be a follower instead of a leader though. Emmit was second in shyness. He still will get a little shy (not around people) around some new scary object. With a little coaxing, he’ll come and explore. But Emmit and Ethan will not be the first to jump into something new, not yet. They want to stand back and observe a bit first. Elsa and Eddie are the most confident. No challenge or experience intimidates them. Sights, sounds, new place, are “whatever” to these two. The others: just kind of go with the flow and neither stand out as leaders of the pack, or reserved at all either.
Knowing this line and this breed very well, every pup will love exploring, hiking, water and mostly… PEOPLE! Don’t leave them in a yard all day, they don’t need hours and hours to run, they need human interaction. Give each pup a good balance of human affection and attention, mixed throughout the day with naps and quiet time in the crate with door closed, and crate time at night for their daily schedule to create a great dog for LIFE.
The testing shows that each and every pup will be great, lifelong companions. The scoring shows these pups to be friendly, affectionate and outgoing, easily controlled and easy to train. All described this way: A flexible temperament that adapts well and whose submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for leadership. They will all be very loyal, loving, and adapt well to kids, seniors and other pets.
The vet reported each pup to be in excellent health. We’ll post their weights soon, from the vet. We expect though, that each pup will grow to be within about five pounds of each other. All to be around 35-40 lbs.
June 20, 2021 – At six weeks old, these pups are right where we want them to be. They did great in their crates today (only 10 minutes of crying today – whew!) and they are becoming so social with every new human they are with. They love being held and are gaining confidence in every new situation. Really, we can hardly believe they are already six weeks old. Here are the pictures we took of them today. Their coats are filling in and their legs are getting long and lanky (growing fast!). At this stage we can see that a couple of them are going to have brown noses. Cuteness overload!
June 13, 2021 – We fell a little behind in getting their pictures posted! They are five weeks old and time is flying by here. They are doing very well, and they are a quiet, smart and very cute! We love the smooth coats (less matting as adults) and the coloring. Beautiful babies! They are fully litter box trained, no accidents, making our job easy and keeping them very clean all day. They are on kibble three times a day now, so we’ll start to see their coats fill in more and more as we’ll see some growth spurts. They are loving playtime outside of the pen and we’ll post a video of them on Instagram toward the end of the week. They are very conditioned now to blowdryers, vacuums and “scary” sounds. Here they are!
June 5, 2021 – At four weeks old, you can see that Emma’s pups are maturing, they’re gaining weight and their coats are starting to fill in a bit more. This is a beautiful litter! They are each doing very well and we started them on litter box training today. This week we’ll focus on more baths and blow dryers, lots of sound desensitization, and by the end of the week, maybe they’ll be ready to come out of the pen for some big pup play time. 🙂 Here are the pictures we took of them today!
May 29, 2021 – Emma’s puppies are three weeks old now and doing well! They will begin to hear any day now. They are done with their daily bio-sensor steps and soon will start sound conditioning. They still mostly eat and sleep, but will start to become more active in a week or so. They are all beautiful, very similar in most ways and hard to tell apart in a bunch! Good thing we have collars on each of them. Here are the pictures of our “E” litter that were taken today: our four boys and three girls.
May 21, 2021 – Emma’s puppies are almost two weeks old now and they’re eyes are starting to open! All of the pups are doing very well, gaining weight and healthy. As expected, Emma and Barkley brought a litter of red pups and they are going to be beautiful dogs. As you can see, they’re still so young, not strong enough to walk or stand yet, but they’ll get there. The pups were born on May 8 and we’re excited to have seven healthy pups, three girls and four boys. Here’s what they look like right now. We haven’t named them to tell who’s who yet, but that will come in a week or so. We’ll start posting weekly updates and pictures here and as they get active in a few weeks, we’ll post video of them on Instagram.
The pups are with our friend’s home, nearby, to do the early conditioning until they come here to us. They are an important part of our program to do the earliest care until we are ready to receive them here on our end. The pups are going through the bio-sensor steps each day, and getting lots of holding and massaging. Touch is one of the only ways we can reach them to start early stimulation and conditioning (so important) because they can’t see or hear yet. The pups will come here in a week or so to complete the final weeks of conditioning and socialization with us here in our home. We’re excited about Emma’s first litter! Here they are: