LOTS of Changes!

Puppies have been moved to a bigger area! Their world just got even bigger!

I’m raising this litter “differently” than I’ve ever raised any other litter. In the past, I’ve set up my big whelping box on a linoleum remnant to protect my flooring and have had puppies in various rooms throughout my house. For this litter, Deja had her puppies in my “dog room” (the most amazing “utility room” and highlight, for me, of my house!) We’ve lived in our current house over ten years; I don’t know why I’ve never thought of doing this before?

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A new “puppy” joins pile… Pups welcome the newcomer!

I vowed to NEVER have puppies in the summer after last year’s litter! The linoleum remnant covered my ducts thus blocked the AC flow of cool air. Puppies were HOT! Everyone was HOT! My dog room is on its own separate heat/AC system! It has to get pretty darn hot for me to turn on our house AC but the dog room AC… it gets turned on for the dogs!

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Wondering, “what’s going on?” 
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supervising the changes!
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Let me know when you get my new area set up!
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Pups are growing fast now!

This room has been finished with indoor/outdoor dog runs. I can separate visiting dogs, girls in season, or in this case… Puppies! Yesterday’s brilliant idea was wondering if I could open up two runs to create a bigger area for Deja and the puppies? HUGE thanks to hubby who reminded we DO have an extra 5′ panel gate not being used. He switched out the plain 5′ gate for the 5′ door panel and voila… two runs opened up! One for puppies and one for Deja to be able to get away from puppies! While the door is open, there is a panel that Deja easily can walk over to get to the puppers but they can’t get to her. Every mother knows it is nice to be able to take a break from the kids!

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Move over, newcomer!
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Holding area while we change their area

Puppies now have a bigger area (and toys) to explore indoors as they may still be a bit small to take outside. Eventually, I will open up the doggy door for pups to learn to go through and have protected time outside too (the dog runs are covered specifically for puppies. Nothing can get to them outside. Remember I live “in the country”. We have owls, hawks and eagles that like to “fly over” looking for easy targets/meals!)

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Potty pads on the left to start house-breaking process and more toys! There is now a divider between the runs for Deja to be close but have her own space.
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Interactive puppy “gym”. Toys to play with and bars to go over or under.
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Meet and greet only the other dogs are more interested in being fed
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Deciding what to do?
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Beanie, our French Bulldog, has ALWAYS been fascinated by the puppies. She has decided it’s her job to “co-mother” Deja’s puppies!
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Gently licking/cleaning the puppies!
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Exploring their new area has worn them out
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Making friends with Beanie

We will start weaning puppies onto solid food this week. We will also be getting puppies outside this week also. All puppies have now master walking on concrete (flooring in the dog room) which was no easy task… the concrete is slippery! They will do much better on grass. Puppies are developing their personalities more and more each day… All are curious, outgoing puppies and all LOVE to be petted/touched. They are almost as excited having me in with them as they are having Deja in with them… almost!

They were ready for the move to a bigger space. And Deja is ready for them to be started on solid food. Standing to feed puppies is our sign of that! Plus, Deja gets to “clean up”and eat any puppy food leftovers… I think she will enjoy that part the most!

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2 thoughts on “LOTS of Changes!”

  1. Seeing them next to Beanie really puts there size in perspective. Adorable. Can’t wait to meet everyone on Saturday!

    On Sunday, July 28, 2019, Jema Golden Retrievers wrote:

    > Jemagold posted: “I’m raising this litter “differently” than I’ve ever > raised any other litter. In the past, I’ve set up my big whelping box on a > linoleum remnant to protect my flooring and have had puppies in various > rooms throughout my house. For this litter, Deja had he” >

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