Beacon

Adventures of Beacon in the Colorado mountains…

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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… 

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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