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!!

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! 

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!) 

CH Rooster x Charlie Puppies

I’m so proud of these puppies out of Miss Charlie and my boy, Rooster

Time seems to have flown by (especially since I’m not the one caring for the puppies)! The Rooster x Charlie puppies will be 7-weeks old next Monday (4/22/19); I can hardly wait to see them all one more time before they all start heading off to their new homes.

Puppies were born March 4th: 5 boys and 4 girls.

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48 hours old

I did get to go see puppies when they were two weeks old. Darling, darling babies!

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Charlie with her babies… All NINE of them!
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Such a precious face!

Puppies did a lot of growing in just a few short weeks. Out to “play with puppies” again on April 3rd when they were 4.5 weeks old:

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OMGosh… THAT FACE!
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Learning to drink from the big dog water bowl
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At this age, pups play hard then nap. I had three napping with me feeling their little heartbeats. Such a special day!

And before you know it… Puppies are 6 weeks old! These are VERY pretty puppies but I may be just a tad biased? I’m so excited for the new owners who also have been out to meet all the babies. Pups will go to their new homes in just a little over a week now. Fortunately, I’m going to see them one more time before they leave their Momma and first home. And take more photos, of course!

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Miss Marron: 6 weeks old
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Miss Pink: 6 weeks old
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Mr. Black: 6 weeks old

Gratitude

Gaddy, the Duck Dog! I couldn’t be prouder of the handsome hunting companion he is growing up to be!!

On this week of Thanksgiving as we count our blessings, I am truly grateful to have received photos from the CH Rooster x Trevi litter born just over a year ago (10/30/17). Thank you, Sandy, for bringing your lovely girl to my boy, Rooster, for this litter!

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Jon and “Gaddy”

Now truly, there is nothing better than seeing a Golden Retriever do what s/he was bred to do… To be a gentleman’s (or woman’s) hunting companion of upland game and of course… to be a “retriever”!

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Gaddy looks like he is a swimmer too! Good boy, Gaddy! 

Breeding can pass on genetics of conformation and ability but it truly takes dedication and hard work of each and every owner to bring out the best in his or her dog(s). Jon and Jennifer have done this with their dogs! And, well, like the saying goes… A picture tells a thousand words!

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Patience and perserverance… Kudos to Jon & Jennifer for all they do for their two Goldens!

Thank you Jon and Jennifer for including me in “Gaddy’s” journey on becoming the hunting dog you envisioned. I am SURE there have been up’s and down’s in his training. Still, it is through your commitment in sharing this sport with your dogs, that Gaddy is progressing to be a “duck dog”! It is that dedication and perserversance that will make Gaddy an outstanding hunting companion. Of that, I have no doubt!

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LOVE Jennifer’s pretty smile! And those two dogs… they are not taking their eyes off of those ducks! These are two very lucky dogs indeed!!

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Dock Diving

Competitive Water Sports… For Dogs!

Another sport Golden Retrievers LOVE to do is “dock diving”. For the dog who loves to swim, this is just FUN! Thank you, Michele for sending me this vid of your/our boy, Strut doing what comes natural for him… Retrieving! GOOD BOY, Strut!!

 

Strut is 4 years old; he is by CH Rooster x Tamale. LOVE how Michele (and Larry) do so many things with their dogs! BEST HOME EVER!!!

It’s The Little Things

Life With A 3-Month Old Puppy!

Puppy Vee has all sorts of toys she can play with but what does she prefer? Shredding newspaper used to wrap some recent purchases. Boxes are a favorite thing to gnaw on too; she can spend quite some time gnawing on the corners of a box that I let her chew (especially if I don’t have the need for the box in the future; why not let her chew on it?)

Another favorite “toy” is empty water bottles (caps removed). Many pet stores sell fuzzy wrapped water bottle that make a “crinkling” sound when chewed on by dogs. My water bottles lack the fuzzy toy material but then again, they are free! Safe, easy toys for a teething puppy to play with keeps her occupied until our next trip outside trying to get her house-broken.

House-breaking… She is doing very good in this area probably because she is only allowed in a small area of the house unless strictly supervised. Take your eyes off puppy for one moment and we are liable to have an “accident”. Some in my family are better at constantly monitoring puppy then others… hence the limited access to the house at least for now.

Now if I could only get her to understand I do NOT want her to jump up on me (in her excitement to see me)! I have several “rips” in my bathrobe where she jumped up on and gripped tightly causing a tear. Well… It was time for a new bathrobe anyways!

Ahh… a tired puppy is a good puppy! But sleeping under my desk… She is NOT going to fit in this space for very much longer!

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