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Whew! Site Updated!!

We all live busy lives, I know! On my “do list” was updating the doggy web site. Only, the technology changed… Just keeping up with technology “updates” can be exhausting by itself! Hopefully (and without too many typo’s), I successfully got some new photos uploaded of all of our doggies?

As we near the end of 2020, personally, I will be glad to see this year end. LOTS of lifestyle changes with Covid 19, politics/presidential election upcoming, and the horrible fires that have plagued the northwest mountains of my beautiful state… 2020 just needs to be over with!

Still, exciting plans for 2021… Looking forward to a better year! Stay tuned…

Busy Weekend!

A quick day trip to the mountains to winterize cabin.

Yesterday, we took all of the dogs up to our cabin in the mountains. Soon, the snow will fly especially in the mountains so time to make sure the cabin is winterized. Unfortunately, our cabin and the surrounding area is on mandatory evacuation notice due to the Cameron Peak Fire.

Current map as of 10/5/20 of the Cameron Peak Fire

Wildfires are horrible; it seems the entire western half of the country is currently “on fire”! We are incredibly grateful to all the men and women firefighters currently working to put out our particular fire!

Deja wanting to know WHAT are we doing (and why is she behind the fence? LOL!)

The dogs LOVED being in the mountains though. Our property has just been recently completely fenced so the dogs are safe to run around and now can only think about chasing the many deer “up there”.

Olly wants to join us too! We did go out and play with them but first… Needed to get some home maintainence done.

Cabin “winterized”; heat set to 50 to keep pipes from freezing; and the snow plow as been attached to the UTV just in case our next trip up entails plowing snow! I know I have a few emails/puppy inquiries to answer… I promise I will get to them soon!

This has been a horrible summer with very poor air quality for so many folks! NEVER have I wished so hard for snow/rain to put out these fires and improve the air quality for all!

Happy 35th Anniversary, Denise & Doug!

Puppy “Torrey” finds the best home EVER with Denise & Doug!

Denise & Doug recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with their Golden Retriever, Torrey, climbing Mt Columbia (Colorado’s 35th highest 14teener at 14,077 feet!) Just WOW! Happy Anniversary you two!

Torrey giving a “high 5” at the summit of Mt. Columbia at 14,077 feet!

Torrey is one lucky Golden having been placed with Denise and Doug after her first home decided that a Golden Retriever puppy was just “too much” for them. Serendipity works in funny ways… Torrey has THE BEST HOME IN THE WORLD NOW! Torrey, now two years old, is a litter sister to my girl, Vee (CH Journey x CH Deja litter).

Ahh… the many wildflowers blooming in the Colorado mountains.

Besides climbing 14teeners with her peeps, Torrey is well trained and does many tricks including carrying shopping bags for Denise. She spends as much time “in town” meeting people and being an excellent ambassador for her breed as she does spending time in the mountains at Denise and Doug’s second home.

It is a very rare occurrance that I have a puppy or dog returned to me by their carefully selected new owners but it IS something I tell all new puppy owners… I will take back your puppy/dog for any reason if you can not keep your puppy! I never want any of “my” dogs to end up in the humane society or local animal shelter! Torrey’s first owners did everything “right” too… Torrey (new name) was vetted, had attended Puppy Kindergarten, was house-broken… her previous owners did not give any real reason for her return except they just didn’t want her any longer? How fortunate for Torrey to then find her way into Denise and Doug’s heart and home. I couldn’t be happier for the life Torrey now lives. A true “happily ever after” story if there ever was one!

Covid-19 and… Breeding Puppies!

Even under the most perfect situations, we probably only breed a litter once a year (and sometimes less than that!) Our goal with breeding puppies has always been to “improve” upon the breed according the Golden Retriever breed standard. This really means that in each litter, my goal is to keep a puppy for the next up-and-coming show dog that will hopefully not only do well in the show ring but also embody the breed characteristics we all cherish in this breed… a good family dog from healthy parents (and grandparents); longevity; and of course, the typical great temperament known for in Golden Retrievers.

As everyone’s lives changed with the introduction of Covid-19, LOTS of things just changed! One of the biggest changes has been in vet care. Only emergency cases seen and even then, dogs (or a puppy) is handed off to a vet tech to be seen by the veterinarian. This is NOT always the best for mom & puppies but has been the way it is with social distancing and “shelter in place” directives. This is a huge reason why we have altered OUR future breeding plans until things are much more stabilized. Mainly for the good of mom and puppies-to-be.

7 beautiful puppies from a previous litter… I love all of them!

You always hope for that “perfect litter” where puppies are all well and are healthy. Unfortunately, that is what rarely happens. There always seems a need for vet assistance at some point in puppies first eight weeks with us (or even during mom’s pregnancy). I’m very fortunate that my repro vet is a personal as well as professional friend who takes great care of our dogs but… Why put mom or puppies through added stress/worry during unprecedented times of a global pandemic?

So in light of Covid 19 and “life”, our next litter won’t be until Spring 2021. We have plenty of time to make sure mom is fit and well to undergo the rigors of pregnancy. In the meantime, our dogs are being dogs. Ours (and their) “shelter in place” has included our staying up in the mountains hiking daily and chasing deer! All seem to have an incredible fascination with pine cones which can be found in abundance here.

Retrieving… a well loved game! “Throw the ball, mom!”

I know many have written and inquired about their next future companion (and I’ve tried to respond to each inquiry individually). So many great homes that have the time, space and heart for a puppy. I wish I could say I have a puppy for each deserving family right now but sadly, I do not.

While waiting or searching for your next perfect companion, I implore each family to stay safe and well. I know we all are not in the same boat but we are all in the same storm!

Beacon

Adventures of Beacon in the Colorado mountains…

All the puppies have gone to their new homes and are doing wonderful! Concerns regarding house-breaking and adjusting to their new homes is ALWAYS a stressful time… for puppies and the new owners. All of these puppies were such a joy (and a big part of our summer!) And now it is fall; time seems to have just flown by!

Meanwhile, “Beacon” is a bit older puppy from the CH Rooster x Charlie litter whelped this spring. Getting updates on ALL of “my” puppies (or puppies related to my dogs) always warms my heart… Love seeing the adventures puppies are having in their new homes.

Beacon does a lot of hiking with his new owner. And when Beacon can’t walk, his owner carries him! I don’t know what is more beautiful? Seeing this puppy go on his adventures OR the beautiful mountains in Colorado? Both are stunning which is why I thought I would share…

Jennifer

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“Beacon”

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Looks like Beacon has been swimming!

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The owner was AMAZED he went swimming on his own (because this IS snow melt/ice cold water!) She didn’t throw a stick or encourage him to do this, he did it on his own!! 

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Beautiful Beacon 

Happy 7 Weeks Old

Vet visit, vaccinations, car ride and… Oh my!

Whew! What a day!! Puppies taken into the vet for their exams and first vaccinations… A LOT for any puppy! I have to say, every puppy sailed through their exam and although I am watching puppies closely today for any signs of a vaccination reaction, all puppies are eating well and continue to play hard. And… all did very well for their first car ride too!

On to their last week from me… Such a happy time for new owners but a bittersweet time for me. I’ve LOVED the time I’ve spent with ALL of these puppies. I need to double check with both Donna and Corrie on when you both would like to come pick up puppies? Bad me for not writing it down since you’ve probably told me? Could you both let me know when you get the chance, please.

We’ve also done stacked photos of puppies on the table. I think ALL of the puppies are STARS!

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Black Collar Boy: Donna & Doug’s new family member!

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Dark Blue Boy (no collar here): Sydney’s new family member

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Light Blue Boy: Denna & Jim’s new family member

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Red Collar Girl: She is staying with us!

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Pink Collar Girl: Jill & Mike’s new family member

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Purple Collar Girl: Corrie & Brett’s new family member

 

Happy 6-Weeks Old!

Puppies are much more active these days. They LOVE being outside to explore their surroundings!

LOTS of new experiences for puppies this week! Developmental leaps and bounds! Puppies keep us really busy along with caring for our other critters too! All the puppies are eating dry food now. I’m feeding a little over 1/2 cup per puppy three times per day now. When puppies go to their new homes, you will feed about 1 cup per feeding. I doubt they will eat the entire cup of food but you will know they’ve eaten enough (after 15 minutes of feeding or when puppy becomes distracted. Then just pick up the feeding bowl. Puppy has eaten his/her fill.) And again, when puppy shows little interest in that mid-day feeding, you will know you can eliminate that feeding and go to your permanent twice per day feeding schedule. (Usually at around 3-4 months of age).

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Pink Girl “caught a tail”! Well at least until the other puppy gets mad!

Puppy poops are firming up more now too which is a good thing! We are in the process of drying up Deja who still wants to nurse her babies. And puppies LOVE nursing on Deja even though they bite her now.

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Puppies LOVE being outside! They play hard (and then sleep hard)! 

Puppies weight this week has everyone around 8 lbs. Light Blue Boy weighed in at 7 lb 14 oz so he has effectively “caught up” to his siblings. Purple Girl  and Dark Blue Boy have both hit 9 lbs (9 lbs 4.6 oz and 9 lbs even respectively). Pink Girl will hit 9 lbs today, I suspect, weighing in at 8 lbs 15.6 oz yesterday! Puppies are usually 10-12 pounds by the time they are 8 weeks old. We are right on target for those weights. And… All the puppies have had their third de-worming, dosage based on their individual weights. This is common practice with puppies to ensure their health. Roundworms are dormant and become “active” during whelping and through lactation. Treating them now as young puppies immune system are being built up fosters their health now. Later, puppies will start heartworm preventaive meds that will continue to prevent “wormy puppies”!

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Surprise attack

In other news…

Light Blue Boy went to the door this morning to be let outside to potty. I think he is absolutely BRILLIANT! Of course the other puppies went outside also and had to potty too but watching this bitty puppy sit at the backyard door and look up willing it to open/be let outside… BRILLIANT!

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Which way to go?

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ALL the puppies have met my barn kitty! “Gusto” has taught many puppies to respect cats although he is very gentle with puppies!

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Definition of a happy puppy? One who can play in the water and dirt! 

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Light Blue Boy… SO ADORABLE!

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Dark Blue Boy… He’s a retriever!

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Black Boy deciding what to do next? He LIKES the shade he’s found! 

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PRETTY PUPPY!

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And there off…

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Funny puppy!

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Pretty, pretty head piece on this puppy!

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Yep, she is a little piranha! Those puppy teeth are SHARP! 

5 Weeks Old Today

Feeding schedule and other info

And just like that, it seems, pups are growing up! Puppies now go outside several times per day (and are doing a great job pottying outside!) They all have found the “hole” Deja has dug where she only THOUGHT she would have her puppies! Puppies like to dig in this hole unearthing the cool dirt. Fortunately, the area is dry so the dirt just brushes off puppies. This is a really good thing for folks to know… No matter how dirty puppy/dog seems to be, let them dry off and much of the “dirt” will fall off or be easily brushed off. Crate puppy/dog until they are dry and voila… clean(er) dog again!

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Puppies learn SO MUCH from each other! One of the most important things learned… bite inhibition! Red Girl is going to tolerate that puppy playing with her unless that puppy gets too rough. Then, she’ll let him/her know… NOT COOL!

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So much exploring to do!

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If you are going to “play rough”, you’ve got to be ready to get it back in return!

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Light Blue and Pink playing… Like kids, they use their mouths for everything!

Puppies have more toys now including a small child/toddler’s slide… They love climbing up the little steps and sliding down the slide! “King of the Slide” IS a thing here! And they now have yet another newcomer to play with… A rather large stuffed tiger that tolerates their tugging, climbing all over, and snuggling with.

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Having them outside in our covered dog run is still iffy, in my mind. It really depends on the weather and heat. They are 100% safe in the run with LOTS of room to run and play except for the heat (and humidity). I’m really following the big dogs lead… If they don’t want to go outside, I figure they know best! Regardless, hubby has now put up additional shade clothes over the run to give puppies more shade but really… It depends on the heat! Pups still prefer to sleep on the concrete (cooler) and enjoy the AC in our dog room!

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Successful attack of that menacing tree branch!

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Pups are in and out of the shadows where it is cooler!

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Now which way to go?

Deja continues to nurse puppies a handful times per day but puppies are getting the majority of their nutrition from solid food. And all are drinking from the water bowl although we still have a few who try to “swim” in the bowl! Regarding feeding, puppies go to new homes eating three meals/day. About one cup of food per puppy per feeding. They will probably NOT eat all of that food so don’t be alarmed if they don’t eat it all. I just figure it best for them to get their fill than leave feeding time “hungry”.  You can always re-feed any leftovers at the next meal time.

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Getting ready to pounce on littermate!

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Meal time and pups come running!

At around three months of age, they will start showing little interest in the mid-day feeding. They may eat some then prefer to play instead of eating. That is when you will know you can quit that mid-day feeding. Puppy is just not that hungry anymore. That is the time you will go to twice/day feedings; still one cup per feeding morning and night.

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Yellow Girl

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I just LOVE this photo of Red Girl! Deja went inside and she is trying to figure out, “where did mom go?” 

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The “hole” underneath my arborvitae

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Moxie has no interest in “nursing” Deja so… she tries to get Deja to play with her instead. Deja is SUCH a good dog tolerating Moxie’s antics!

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Places to go…

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Regrouping, no doubt! “Which way shoud we go next?”

When your puppy is getting their series of vaccinations from your vet, puppy will be weighed. So often, folks get caught up with the number. A better guide for weight is “how does the dog look?” I’m attaching two guides that I use frequently to gauge weight in my dogs. These guides have nothing to do with a number but more on how your dog “looks/feels”.

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The BEST way to describe how fat/thin your dog should be! Use this guide!!

 

P.S. Sorry for being a day late! Computer glitch and internet down yesterday afternoon! Ahh… the love-hate relationship with technology!!

Potty Talk

And you may have thought canned pumpkin was only good for making pies…

Yep, two of the big four things we all monitor in our dogs to ensure their good health. We want to make sure they are eating and drinking well but also peeing and pooping! And they are all related…

Puppies start off getting all of their nutrition and liquid from “mom” until they transition to eating on their own. They learn to bite/chew instead of just sucking. To help with this transition, we start them all off on Puppy Mousse also called “starter”. Many breeders have nicknamed this “Puppy Crack”… they LOVE IT! So what’s the problem? This is a very rich, nutrient-dense, canned food and yep, we now have problems on the other end with loose stools! Now there are alot of reasons for loose stools, especially in puppies, why am I blaming the “Puppy Crack”? Because Deja is having problems with this rich, canned food too. She frequently “cleans up” what puppies don’t finish at meal time so yep… We have a potty problem with her also!

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“Moxie” joins the puppy pen!

The first thing I did was eliminate the canned food. Puppies all have teeth now and have learned to chew so all are doing really well on the softened “maternal/puppy food” we start them off on. You may slightly soften your food when puppy first goes home but they will quickly do well on their dry food. (You might also go back and soften their food again at around four months of age when they are teething again and getting their permanent teeth. You may notice they start eating slower; softening their food with plain water may help with those sore gums?)

The second thing I’ve done is treat all the puppies with Benebac; a probiotic easily administered to puppies. You can buy Benebac from Amazon and probably any of the big box pet stores (although I do buy from Amazon and always have “on hand” when I have puppies). You can also buy from your vet if digestive problems arise later although for bigger dogs (any dog already eating well), Forti Flora from Purina (obtained from your vet) is probably the best probiotic to give your dog should you later encounter tummy/digestive issues.

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Three weeks difference in age! Moxie on left; red collar girl on right

The third thing and really what I want everyone to know is… the miracle of canned pumpkin! NOT pumpkin pie filling that also comes in a can but the actual, plain, pureed pumpkin that comes in a can and that you can buy at almost any grocery store. This IS the “metamucil for dogs”! It will help if a dog is constipated or if a dog has loose stools! And yes, it will turn stools a lovely orange color! We ALWAYS have several cans of pumpkin in the pantry and ALWAYS travel with canned pumpkin also (a time when dogs can get upset tummies)!

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Puppy pile (yes, Moxie is in between two of the younger pups).

So puppies all received a good dollop (several tablespoons to go around) of canned pumpkin and already stools are firming up! YEAH! It will take a few days for the canned food to get out of their system but we are headed in the right direction.

Now, this is NOT to replace vet/medical treatment if puppy/dog suddenly has a problem without a discernable reason; if they do, a trip to the vet is always in order. But feeding plain, canned pumpkin won’t hurt them. Most dogs like the naturally sweet puree and gobble it down… Puppies included.

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Deja & Moxie (“Are you my mother?”)

With the puppies, I KNOW they have not been exposed to giarrdia or coccidia; both organisms that can cause loose stools. And if stools don’t firm up with what I’ve done, I will talk to my vet to have them tested/treated. But I do want folks to know about the use of canned pumpkin.

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It’s a big world out there! 

As an aside, you definitely do not want your dog to get fat! Feeding canned pumpkin as a “filler” can also help with “dieting” to get a few of those pesky extra pounds OFF your dog. NOT the reason I fed pumpkin to the puppies but just a good thing for folks to know.

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Day 2… Getting used to her new home.

In other news… Deja now has EIGHT puppies! We now have “Moxie”; a Rooster sired puppy that joined our household yesterday. Moxie is only a few pounds bigger than the puppies and believe me, they are ganging up on her more than she is on them! She sleeps with them at night but is out with the “big dogs” during the day. Of course, she is fed separately than the puppies too. Moxie is still adjusting to being in a new household much like your puppies will be doing in a few weeks when they leave us. And thankfully, I have “help” caring for them all although adding her to the web site may take awhile yet!

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Rooster and daughter, Moxie… Rooster is an incredibly gentle and tolerant dog! Happy Birthday, Rooster (he turned 7 on Saturday, 8/3/19!)

Puppies Outside

They are growing up!

Puppies outside for the first time last night (once the temps cooled down a bit). They were fascinated by all the smells, the sensation of the wind blowing, and the feel of the grass beneath their feet! This was right after dinner so they WERE very sleepy but all enjoyed the experience.

In other news, they are now wearing their “large” collars; the smaller collars had no more room to expand so hopefully these collars will last for the next several weeks?

They are now eating/chewing solid food and doing very well! Granted the kibble puppy food is soaked/softened but they definitely have the hang of “eating” (and not just sucking). They are also now drinking water from a water bowl although yes, a few have decided to swim in it, LOL! But, they are getting the hang of that too.

Photos from being outside last evening… Enjoy!!

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Official Puppy Transport System (LOL!)

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SUCH a big world… all of a sudden!

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I wonder what she must be thinking??

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Light Blue Boy… My special little boy!

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Yes, Deja IS counting puppies! She “helps” us keep an eye on everyone.

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Which way to go? (Really, my grass is NOT that long; they have short little legs still!) 

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Dining Al Fresco OR After Dinner Drinks?

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Black Boy

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Should we smell the air or smell the ground?

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I have LOTS of help keeping track of puppies 🙂 

 

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Red Girl

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Cat socializing (I have a very nice kitty who is used to puppies)

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Deja watching her babies (after stealing their toy!)

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Deja helps us load them back up to come inside…