Saturday, January 26, 2013

Puppy pics

What you are really waiting for. . . enjoy!

Yoko and pups, a few days before Yoko returned to KY
Penny on top of Yoko
Maggie, Lucy and Ellie in the snow
Ellie, Maggie and Lucy under the birch tree
Lucy is one of the most adventurous and creative of the pups
Snow face Maggie
Pup on the cover to my septic tank
Looks like Lucy with her white diamond chest marking
Ellie entertaining herself with a stick
Maggie exploring

Catching up

As often when big litters get older, I have been too busy to blog.  The pups are thriving and have started to leave.  Yoko's program took Yoko and 4 pups (Ringo, Rita, Penny and Abbey) last weekend with intent to keep the pups together for at least another week.  That was a huge help to me, since feeding, cleaning up after, and entertaining 90+ lbs of puppy was getting to be a challenge, especially in January.  Plus the pups will benefit from more individual attention and Yoko can get back to her normal routine.  Just today, Michelle flew out courtesy of Puppies in Flight, being lovingly escorted by a US Airways volunteer to join Service Dogs of Virgina.  The others should be leaving next week - two are still waiting for Puppies in Flight arrangments. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Yoko and pups

Yoko is drying up nicely, so I dressed her up in the "do not nurse me" clothes and let her out with the pups
Such a patient mama
Yoko getting a little overwhelmed, but she won't really tell the pups "no"
Pretty Yoko
Poor girl looks resigned to be climbed on
Puppy kisses
Lucy telling Yoko a secret

Sunday, January 13, 2013

6 week old puppy pics

One of the pups being silly, getting tummy rubs
Pups out in my backyard, getting quite adventurous
Pups around the birch tree, love the two pups sitting
The birch tree was a popular place to hang out
Assistance dog-in-training ICAN Lark, still not sure what to do with all these pups
Rita again
Pups looking up at me, unfortunately the camera flash went off

Thursday, January 10, 2013

6 weeks old

The pups are developing into engaging, adorable pups.  This litter has been exceptionally mellow, quiet and civil, which is making raising them so much easier.  Winter litters are always more challenging since the pups can't be outside as much.   The pups gained another 1 1/2 lbs last week.  Rita and Penny are the little pups at 7 lbs 9 oz.  Maggie continues to be the big girl at 8 lbs 9 oz.  Most of the pups weigh approximately 8 lbs.  I am in the process of weaning the pups.  Yoko is down to 6 c of food, no more lunch.  The pups are currently eating 1 cup of kibble each per day, divided into 4 meals.  We just started "crate training", i.e., feeding the pups in small plastic crates.  After just the first crate training session, but pups had the new routine figured out and were hanging around the crates at the next meal time.  The pups crave human attention and it is pleasure to sit in the pen and get mobbed by these sweet pups.  We are getting them out of the pen as much as possible.  They have had multiple adventures outside, playing in the snow and running around the yard.  I am very pleased how confident the pups are with new experiences. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cuddling with visitors and Yuma

Yuma is normally a grump with the pups, EXCEPT when we have visitors.  For visitors, Yuma hams it up, looking for some extra attention. 
Yuma cuddling up to the visitor, the pups cuddling up to Yuma
Poor Michelle is caught under Yuma's hind foot. 

Lucy, who just got her collar upgraded to a bigger hot fluorescent pink collar
Penny again
Rita, who is not so little anymore

Thursday, January 3, 2013

5 week old puppy pics

Penny drinking from the big dog bowl

Walking on the baby gate to get used to walking on strange surfaces

A plastic snow saucer makes a great "wobble board"
Lucy showing off how confident she is
Abbey has my German Shepherd Tacara's tail - living on the edge
Auntie Tacara playing with the puppies
Auntie Tacara playing scary dog, she actually is very good with the puppies

5 weeks old

Sleeping on the big dogs' raised cot bed
5 weeks old, and time to show these pups the world.  The pups are no longer content to be pen puppies, but instead are anxious to get out and run around the house.  Still too cold to go outside, but hopefully will be able to by middle of next week.  The pups have many different toys and obstacles to challenge them, and we are making lots of noise (clapping, TV, radio, banging cabinet doors, etc).  We are also implimenting simple rules such as sit for attention, to get fed, get picked up, etc.  Temperaments are starting to separate, with some pups being more outgoing, whereas others are more mellow.  All appear to be nicely confident and social.  And so far, the litter is quite quiet, which is always a good thing.  Pups gained another 1 1/2 lbs last week.  Penny is still the little girl at 6 lbs 1 oz, and Maggie the big girl at 7 lbs 1 oz.  Most of the pups weigh approximately 6 1/2 lbs.  Yoko is still nursing, but I am starting to reduce her food and limit how much the puppies nurse.  The pups are eagerly eating their kibble. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Wishing you a peaceful and restful New Year.





Maggie & Lucy




Michelle cuddling

Ringo, Michelle and ??

This little pop-up house has been quite popular