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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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Happy Three Weeks Old!

Puppies growing and hitting appropriate milestones… YES!

All up and walking well. All learning their voice (a few howl because… they can!) They are starting to play with toys (and explore with their mouths). All are being individually handled/rolled in our hands. They LOVE being scratched/tickled under their chins, bellies, necks!

All are really good eaters! We will start weaning, for real, this upcoming weeks. They are learning to “chew”/”lick” and not just “suck” although nothing beats “mom”! Regarding weaning… we always let the mom’s determine when to quit feeding puppies. Deja has, in the past, nursed or tried to nurse her puppies up until the day they leave. She is an incredibly patient “mommy” even when they start biting her! Yes, teeth are coming in!

Photos from 7/25/19:

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They wake up when I go in to play with them! They hear and smell me!
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But are you going to feed us? Hmm??
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Everyone is up and walking. And much more stable now too!
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Exploring with their mouths. Literally, putting one’s foot in tehir mouth, LOL! 
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Teeth are coming in so rubbing them on anything makes them feel better!
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They are developing their personalities.
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This puppy pile is too warm for this pup so… On the move!
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BIG stretch!
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Wait, is that FOOD we smell?
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They are heat seeking missiles when they smell food or mom! Polished off this feeding with MUCH LESS swimming in the pan! Time to get out my bigger feeder soon! 

Juggling… And BEES!

I need to make a decision on how to treat our “bee problem”!

I made a blunder! Although I refreshed my memory ahead of time before the arrival of one of the families coming to visit the puppies, I mixed this family up with another family getting a puppy. What did I mix up? The gender of puppy they are getting. The folks were incredibly gracious while I sat there trying to figure out how I mixed them up? And I realized my error was due to “juggling”! This is SO not like me!

I could say that I’m thinking of puppies in Nebraska sired by Rooster and the new homes they are going to this week. I still need/want the names/contact info for those homes to keep track of puppies related to my dogs. And why is it so difficult to NOT send me this information? I’m disappointed a home I sent for one of those puppies was never contacted. I just recently was told this and yet, I have no way of “fixing” this problem for this person. This is not the first “problem” I’ve heard back regarding this “breeder” and her Rooster puppies either!

I could say I’m thinking about local puppies sired by Rooster and what homes those puppies are going to in the next two weeks. We are going to see those puppies this upcoming weekend… It’s important to see, for myself, exactly what “my dogs” have produced! And yes, I want names/contact info for each family who is getting one of those puppies too.

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5-week-old puppies sired by Rooster. (CH Rooster and CH Deja are 1/2 siblings both being sired by my GCH boy, Tazo!)

I could say that I wanted to contact my vet who has gone above and beyond in helping me with all of my dogs to let her know… I don’t have any problems and just send her puppy photos as a “thank you” for being there for me and my dogs. I missed that chance because she’s contacted me first asking to see “how things are going?” and to let me know their new surgery lights have now been installed. We can now schedule Beanie’s surgery to fix her breathing problems. Ahhh… French Bulldogs! A genetic mess of a breed but so darling too! We are going to hopefully “fix” Beanie’s breathing problem with this upcoming surgery!

But most of all… I’m worried about poor Rooster! He has a BAD hot spot I am treating and yes, he is wearing the “cone of  shame” to keep him from scratching/irritating the hot spot. Because my dogs use doggy doors, Rooster can’t get out the doggy door with the other dogs because of Elizabethian Collar. I took it off of him for a short while and yep, he scratched his hot spot which was just starting to heal. Poor, poor baby!

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Poor Rooster wearing the “cone of shame” to keep him from irritating his hot spot on his neck

There are alot of reasons dog’s get “hot spots”. Our hot, humid weather is one of them. Dead undercoat because Rooster’s bath/grooming was delayed due to puppies is one of them. I feel very guilty about that! But a big problem we have right now are BEES!

Several of my neighbors have decided to keep bees. Great! I’m all for “saving the planet”; I’m well aware of the benefits of the bees. But when folks keep bees and don’t provide a food or water source for them, yep, they are all in MY YARD and flower beds! I’ve been told the only way to get rid of all of the bees in my yard is to destroy my landscaping and flower beds… NOT a good option in my mind. So every time my dogs go outside in the yard/landscaping that I’ve created for them, they run the risk of being stung by bees… Hence Rooster’s hot spot! He has “stings” all around his hot spot, in his ears, and around his face! That toy left in the midst of the flower bed (or that peanut the blue jays dropped from our bird feeder) was too much of a prize for him to ignore. And being stoic in nature, he never “complained” about being stung until the hot spot developed and we started treating him.

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The mature hummingbird who has chosen our yard for their next family

My plan was to spray the planting beds/flowers this weekend to decrease the bee population somewhat and then this morning… I see a hummingbird and worry if the spray will be detrimental to these tiny gems of nature? The flowering bushes I have right now WERE planted to attract hummingbirds. Every summer, we get a few hummingbirds who decide to NOT continue their migration to the mountains where it is cooler and stay and raise a family in our yard! And now, the hummingbirds are back!

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A baby hummer begging to be fed! IN MY YARD! 

Back to dogs… the puppies will be going outside soon. There is no way I want them stung by those bees! I KNOW the puppies will dive under those flowering bushes into the shade disrupting the bees in our flowerbeds! What to do? What to do? And Rooster isn’t the first of our dogs to be “attacked” by these bees… Every summer, at least one of the dogs have been stung badly enough to require vet attention and medical treatment! It is a real problem!

I can laugh at myself for making that blunder! I probably came across as “ditzy” to that family. To those that don’t “live in the country”, it can seem a totally different world? Having lived both in the city and in the country, I wouldn’t trade where I live but it does bring certain problems that I suppose folks living in the suburbs can also have… If their neighbors decide to “keep bees”!

Almost Three Weeks Old…

I could sit with puppies all day!

Time seems to be flying by! It’s true… I can’t get anything done! I just want to sit with puppies and love on each and every one of them!!!

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They’ve found the toys!
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Big YAWN! (Purple Girl)
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Black Boy
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They now play with each other too!
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Up and walking albeit a bit shaky still but… they are all up!
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SWEET face! This puppy has a special place in my heart. He started off a bit smaller than his littermates but now… He is catching up quickly! 
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Pink Girl
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Puppy Pile
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Exploring their world with their mouths… Even if it is on each other!
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It didn’t take them long to figure out how to EAT (chew/lick). LOVE my starter food! 

Two Weeks Old

Milestones reached… Pups can see and hear now!

Happy two-weeks-old to the puppers! I’ve been trying to take photos of puppies but all of them, when they aren’t sleeping, are on the move. Happy to say all puppies are pushing themselves up and using their rear legs to support themselves. They are learning how to walk! This, as it is with any baby, is a huge milestone for them.

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Dark Blue (collar) Boy

Other big news this week… eyes and ears are open now. Eyes start off as tiny slits as they adjust to the world around them. Every day, eyes open more and more. Ears open right around this time too which honestly… freaks me out! Puppies yip, cry, give little barks that bring me running to see what is going on? As puppies “get their voice”, they startle themselves hearing themselves (wondering where is that noise coming from?) The puppy yipping is turning his/her head all around trying to find out where that noise is coming from that s/he is making… It IS sort of funny!

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Eyes opening (as well as ears)! 

I tried to “re-post” an article I’ve posted before but seem to be technically challenged doing this…sigh! Just wanted to let folks know that yes, we do “neurological stimulation” with all the puppies. This stimulation is done when puppies are very young and is supposed to help them become “better  puppies/dogs”. I don’t know how much of an effect this has on puppies but.. It is what we do with all of our puppies. You can read more about this here… Early Neurological Stimulation (click here!)

All puppies are over the 2 pounds now but one. We are spending more time with this puppy “helping him” get the best nipple and not be bullied/pushed off when eating by his siblings. He IS gaining weight but not quite 2 pounds yet. He will be soon hit that milestone but as long as he is still gaining weight every day, I’m happy!

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We are still planning “puppy party” in two weeks (for those that can make it). I’ll send directions later. If August 3rd doesn’t work for anyone, let me know and we can make other arrangements. And that is MY cue to get Puppy Info Packets ready! Expect them in the next few days; early part of next week at the latest. As always, if you have any questions, let me know…

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Puppies are significantly bigger and committed to their spot at the “milk bar”. 

 

 

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Happy Monday!

Eyes and ears will open this week!

Latest photos of puppies…

Eyes and then ears will open this week. You can see small slits in a few already. Once their ears open, they will become more vocal… they will have found their voices!

 

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Sleepy Puppy!
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Such a sweet face 🙂 
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Puppy makes a good pillow?! 
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BIG BELLY! Just after eating…

Registered Name Ideas?

Possible Suggestions for Registered Names…

In thinking more about “name ideas” for folks, I’ve compiled a list of possible names. Let me know if any of these names resonate with you and I will mark those names as “used”. These are certainly not all possible names; they are just “ideas” of what puppy could be named.

Also… my kennel name, “Jema”, will precede any chosen name to show where the puppy came from/who the breeder was…

Ideas:

Jema’s…

  • Let Freedom Ring; call name “Belle”? Or “Ringer”?
  • Free-King Awesome;
  • Free As A Bird;
  • Two’s Company; Free’s A Crowd;
  • Free At Last
  • Home Free
  • Free Samples
  • Get Out Of Jail Free
  • Free Trade
  • Free Agent
  • BOGO Free; call name “Bogo”
  • Free To Go
  • Free To Set Sail
  • Free Falling; call name “Tom” or “Petty”?
  • Land Of The Free; call name “Soldier”?
  • Love Will Set You Free
  • Born Free; call name “Elsa”?
  • Free At Last
  • Nobody Rides For Free
  • Free To Be Me
  • Freek On A Leash
  • Feel Free
  • Let Freedom Ride
  • I’d Hammer About Freedom
  • Freebird
  • Freedom Of Speech; call name “Barker”?
  • Freedom to Roam
  • Free Style
  • Footloose And Fancy Free
  • Free-quent Flyer; call name “Jet”
  • Free Spirit
  • Below Freezing; call name “Polar” or “Polaris”?
  • Freelance
  • Scott Free
  • Free Wheeling
  • Free Will
  • Free World; call name “Leader”?
  • Free To Be
  • Gravity Free; call name anything from space program like “Apollo” or “Mercury”?
  • Carefree Trail as in… Home on Carefree Trail (thanks, Krystal!)
  • Free And Clear
  • Freebies For All; call name “Alvin”?
  • Feelin’ Free

Mom and pups doing well this morning. Puppies had their first nail trim last night. Deja, especially, appreciates their nails NOT being quite so sharp!

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Milk Coma! Yep… this is what that looks like! (Look at that full belly!) 

One Week Old Today

Looking at the future; LOTS of information!

It’s hard to believe a week passed so quickly? So much happened in such a short period of time or so it seems to me! That first week of life can be a very critical stage for puppy’s growth; I’m celebrating that all are doing so well! Pups are all growing/gaining weight; I’ve had to loosen their paracord collars to accommodate their growth twice now. Deja’s body has figured out the milk requirements to make for the demand of puppies and is doing great also. Time to think about “down the road”…

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Amazing, when you think about it, just how fast puppies grow!

Puppies will go to their new homes any time after Friday of Labor Day weekend. When folks decide exactly when they want to come pick up their puppy, let me know so we can all coordinate calenders.

A week before puppies go to their new homes, I will take them all in for their first vaccinations and wellness exams. New owners will get a copy of this exam for their puppy along with everything I’ve done for puppies prior to them going to their new homes. This information is what you will want to give to your vets to continue puppy’s care. I always want to keep puppies a few days after that first vaccination to make sure all puppies are doing well. It just doesn’t make sense to stress puppies’ system with both vaccinations AND leaving mom/littermates and going to a new place at the exact same time.

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Puppies are growing and Deja is smiling 🙂 

At around 4 weeks of age, we will have a “puppy party”. Puppies are more interactive by this age and mom’s LOVE to show off their babies as well as soak up any extra attention they can for themselves. Looking at the calender, this is that first weekend in August. I realize folks have made summer plans so can be very accommodating to everyone’s schedule. This is true especially for out-of-town families. Just let me know what works for you.

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What I like to see… Puppies “spread out”. This means they are not too cold (otherwise they would huddle together). 

Picking puppies… I’ve taken into account what each family has requested when they filled out my questionnaire. It is through ongoing observation and interaction with pups that I will match up each puppy with what each family is looking for/stated they want in their next puppy. My personal goal is to make sure each puppy is placed in the “perfect” home from the start… I am sure that is what every family would want also.

Which brings me back to puppies themselves. Frequently, folks may have heard there is a “runt” in a litter? We take a more “hands-on” approach and “help” every puppy be the most s/he can be. I’ve taken the lightest (weight) puppies and make sure they get the best, most filled nipples at feeding time. I don’t let stronger, heavier puppies bully or push the lighter ones away. Consequently, we don’t have “runts” in our litters. By the time pups go to their new homes, they all weigh basically the same amount of weight. And once they start on solid food, even the lighter puppies “catch up” on their own.

Uniformity… All puppies will be a medium color. There are a few puppies who may be on the lighter shade of medium but none of them will be as blonde/white as my girl, Vee (her mother is Deja from Deja’s last litter). Being that this breeding is an “outcross”, I’m very pleased at how consistent each puppy is to each other. An “outcross” means… Deja and the sire do not share common ancestry/pedigree.

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What I like to see… Nice dark pigment on nose, lips, and pads of feet! 

In your puppy packet, you will receive info on both sire (dad) and dam (mother). In that PDF packet that I will send ahead of time/soon, you will see your puppy’s pedigree and see what I mean. The goal of breeding an “outcross” is to produce consistent puppies while still bringing in new genetics to diversify the pedigree.  We don’t practice “in-breeding” which can double up on genes that increase the likelihood of disease or problems in puppies produced. For those not aware, the sire of these puppies is named, Elton. He is the sire that produced the dog that won Best Of Breed at Westminster last February. Besides being a champion himself, he is from a pedigree of longevity, health, and good temperament which really, is the hallmark of the breed and what we always look at first before comtemplating any breeding.

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Belly up to the “milk bar”

Lastly, we always like puppies to be named according to a theme. It is a fun thing to do while waiting for puppy to arrive. The theme for this litter, in their registered name, will be anything with the word “Free” in the name (since they were born on 4th of July). Think of names you would like your puppy’s registration name to be; of course you can call puppy whatever name you choose. I will work on some name options and post later but time to start thinking of those registered names. I will register the litter and then each puppy with the registration name you pick out all at one time later. This is one less thing new owners have to do after bringing home their new puppy. AKC will immediately send you your puppy’s registration congratulatory email and in about a week, you will receive the formal registration in the mail.

As always, if you have any question, let me know…

Day 5…

Puppy Update

Puppy Update:

So excited that as of last night’s daily weighing (day 4), ALL puppies have hit that one pound weight gain! In truth, all but one puppy was over one pound on Day 3 but as of Day 4, ALL are now! YEAH!! Deja’s milk has come in and with the puppies nursing, the hardened areas along her mammary chain have softened. In other words… The “milk bar” is officially open!

With puppies, that first 24 hour period is SO CRITICAL but after making it through that first 24 hours, that first week is very critical also! I am very relieved to know all pups are gaining weight so thought I would pass along this happy news.

And for future reference…

The girls are:

  1. Red Collar,
  2. Pink Collar,
  3. Purple Collar,
  4. Yellow Collar.

The boys are:

  1. Dark Blue Collar
  2. Light Blue Collar
  3. Black Collar

Yesterday, momentarily, Deja decided to sit up while nursing puppies! They are way too young for this (and she only did it for a moment before lying down with them) but I was able to catch this photo. Silly girl!!

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