Happy Four-Weeks-Old

Puppies: 4-Weeks-Old

Great time meeting all the new families last Sunday who are getting a puppy from this litter! It COULD HAVE BEEN a bit cooler but all-in-all, we swung with the weather and still had a good time! I know the puppies had fun; they were all exhausted after all the guests left and slept soundly… Until the next meal that is!

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Who doesn’t love watching those sleeping puppies?! 

LOTS of info sent out yesterday  (Puppy Packets + Contracts) along with another email packed with info… Things I wanted to make sure I said on Sunday and may have forgotten?

Puppy Weights this week (4 weeks old):

  • Blue (M): 4 lbs 10.6 oz
  • Black (M): 4 lbs 14.8 oz
  • Purple (M): 4 lbs 3.6 oz
  • Green (M): 4 lbs 6.4 oz
  • Pink (F): 4 lbs 13.0 oz
  • Lime (F): 4 lbs 9.0 oz
  • Red (F): 4 lbs 12.0 oz
  • Yellow (F): 4 lbs 6.0 oz
  • Orange (F): 4 lbs 6.4 oz

So our “biggest” puppy is Black Boy (4 lbs 14.8 oz) and our lightest puppy is Yellow Girl (4 lbs 6.0 oz). Essentially, the puppies are only ounces different in weight from each other! All are “chunky monkeys” and doing well eating solid food. We’ve now increased the amount in each feeding and have increased the number of times puppies are being fed per day. We have quit the goat’s milk substituting water to make sure pups stay hydrated. ALL have sharp puppy teeth; Deja is very grateful for the “help” in feeding her babies!

Speaking of sharp puppy teeth, everyone needs to make sure they buy “teething” chew toys (Nylabones are great!). This is a great way to substitute chewing on hands or clothes that puppy will likely do. And those puppy teeth are SHARP! When puppy puts their mouth on hands, just put the chew toy in their mouths (and remove your hands) instead! Pups will soon learn that hands are a “no!” but chew toys are all right to chew. You will definitely want to make sure they are chewing on these types of toys and NOT your furniture! Goldens are definitely “chewers”. And for those with kids, have them be consistent with substituting chew toys also. I would suggest that when you go to pet puppy, have a chew toy in your other hand as they will likely respond to your petting with chewing first!

After their initial bout of teething, pups will again teeth at around 4 months of age when their permanent teeth start coming in. Have those chew toys handy! ESPECIALLY for the kids when playing with puppy!!

As I may have mentioned to some folks on Sunday, we have a visiting girl with us this week. Rooster is quite enamored with his new girlfriend! I want to specifically thank Terri for helping stack puppies “just for fun”. We were just playing around and only did a few puppies but Terri has promised to come back to help evaluate puppies when they are older. This is great as I can’t stack puppies and take photos at the same time! Terri’s method of stacking puppies is very different from the way I stack puppies… I was very pleased at how well the pups did her way!

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Black Boy
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Green Boy

Meanwhile, I was worried about pup’s “going home” packages. I’m happy to report that everyone will receive a Royal Canin sampler pack courtesy of Royal Canin! These sample packs are now on order and should arrive soon! YEAH!!

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Hot Pink Girl
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Red Girl

(Pups were sleepy when we woke them up to stack them. But for the first time being stacked, they all did very well. We only stacked these puppies this time; we’ll do all of them when they are older!)

 

I Can Count… At Least To Nine!

3 Week Weights and… Spending Time With Puppies!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve counted to “nine”! 1, 2, 3, 4 and then over there, 5, 6. There is 7 & 8. Where is 9?! Where is NINE! Oh, there is 9… Whew! Checking puppies happens a LOT here! I check them when mom is in with them and I check them when mom is NOT with them! I check to see if they are too hot or too cold. I just check them ALL THE TIME! And I count to nine!

Today was “paperwork” day. I tried to make something I had “work” but that darn “editable” PDF really wasn’t so “editable”! So, I re-typed my intro out and found/corrected several typos. Oops! In reality, it needed retyping anyways. There are always “new things” to add; I would be remiss if I didn’t go over new things too. My “puppy contracts” are up-to-date and ready to be filled in by the new owners. That is another thing I wanted to “get ready”. And the info AKC mandates I have on every new home in every litter, well, my “boxes” are getting filled in which will help not only for the contracts but also for the AKC paperwork I will fill out later.

Meanwhile, folks are locking in their registered and call names. Such fun, great names so far! To the folks who haven’t decided, keep thinking! Yes, you do have time yet; I don’t absolutely NEED your names now but… If your are sure and ready, definitely let me know. We have:

  • Jema’s Journey of Vim, Vigor, and Valor; call name “Vee”
  • Jema’s Journey to the Finish; call name “Finn”
  • Jema’s Lost Paddle Journey; call name “Eddy”

I also chatted with Journey’s owner, Shannon, today. It has been a while since we’ve “touched base”; so nice to catch up! Shannon has been such a wonderful breeder to work with; we ALL are very lucky in that regard! We can never forget “dad” who is why we are where we are today!

I “think” we are ready for the upcoming “puppy party”? I KNOW my dogs are going to LOVE all the extra attention! And the puppies… they play hard and then they sleep but then they wake up again so it will be a fun time giving them lots of extra attention too! Crossing fingers we have nice weather to take them outside! Not too hot and not too cold!!

As everyone knows, pups have started on solid food. I wean pups on Royal Canin Starter Mousse. I swear, this is THE BEST product in the world! Okay, it is a bit “stinky” but that is why the pups probably enjoy it so much? Easy to digest; easy to eat; just the right consistency! The last thing I want is for one of my babies to choke on a home-made “gruel” that might be too thick! This stuff is the best!

Deja helps “clean up” any remainder of the food not eaten by pups and does try to clean pups a bit too! I admit, I help her out wiping faces and cleaning paws. Learning to eat is a messy business! And I’ve started “brushing” puppies. I am sure this must be a strange sensation to them but… It helps get the food out of their fluffy coats and it IS something they will need for the rest of their lives!

Speaking of Deja, now is the time we are REALLY watching her closely (well, really, when have we not watched her closely?!) She now has less demand for milk so should produce less but it is better to have a gradual drying-off period. This is the main time mastitis rears its head with her body thinking it should continue producing as much milk as she has up to now. What I really want to happen is those back nipples (the really “good ones”) to get emptied to prevent any chance of mastitis from coming back! I might say put one of the hefty boys on those back nipples but in reality, the girls are keeping up with the boys in weight. My “lighter” girls are not so light any longer!

Which brings me to 3-Week Weights:

  • Blue (M): 3 lbs 0.6 oz
  • Black (M): 2 lbs 14.2 oz
  • Purple (M): 2 lbs 12.6 oz
  • Green (M): 2 lb 12.2 oz
  • Hot Pink (F): 3 lb 2.8 oz
  • Lime Green (F): 3 lb 0.6 oz
  • Red (F): 2 lb 13.2 oz
  • Orange (F): 2 lbs 7.6 oz

Sometimes there is a “runt” in a litter. Not in this litter though! Every puppy has had a good nursing reflex and has been a strong “fighter” to get the best nipple. And once on, s/he doesn’t allow another puppy to knock them off! At one point, I thought Lime Girl was a little behind so I “helped”. To see her go after the solid food now, she is a moose! I will probably “help” orange girl over the next few days; I’m sure she’ll pick up a few extra ounces to catch up to her mates soon enough! Seeing the pups grow, it is definitely time to help Deja out and start the pups on solid food!

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Deja isn’t afraid of fireworks but she isn’t going to miss a chance to be on the bed and cuddled either! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July celebration with family, friends, and neighbors today. Happy Birthday, America!! I really hope we don’t have anyone who thinks it is “all right” to set off fireworks tonight!! Our ground is dry; the grasses brown! Plus, it just isn’t good if you have animals. So like most years, Mark and I will be home with our critters ensuring everyone stays safe and out of harms way!

Have a SAFE 4th of July celebration everyone!

 

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Sweet, sweet puppy… They LOVE to be held, cuddled, and petted

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Definitely “kissable”! Love this puppy’s personality!

UPDATE (and a day late but…): Puppies have now been introduced to (and are doing very well) on the kibble they are being weaned on… Royal Canin Starter Food. The kibble is soaked until “mushy” then mixed in with the Royal Canin Mousse. And because we haven’t given them water yet (but will today), a nice drizzle of goat’s milk around the bowl. ALL puppies are chewing the softened food and drinking/licking the milk.

Then, Deja comes in to clean up any “leftovers” and helps clean puppies’ faces. Pups are now nursing while she is standing and on the move! Again, we want to make sure Deja doesn’t “explode” but pups are getting the majority of their nutrition from solid food.

And puppies… They readily seek people out for cuddling. They are all barking more and becoming more inquisitive about their surroundings which is now filled with interactive toys. They eat, they play, and they sleep! What a life, eh?!

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Puppies First Meal

First Meal Frenzy and… Other Photos

Time to introduce solid food to puppies. Puppies were more than ready to try the delicous puppy-start mousse I wean the on initially. And then Deja… She helped clean the plate (and the puppies) afterwards. And while Deja is “cleaning up”, pups washed down their first meal at the “milk bar” (as Deja kept moving to clean up)! Quite the experience for the pups and mom (because puppy mousse is fantastic!)

Quite the frenzy learning how to “chew” instead of just “sucking”. But this frenzy… pups are ready for solid food!

And then so random photos!!

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Puppies enjoy being handled and loved on by everyone!
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Catching a quick milk wash IF they can hang on as mom keeps moving!
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Time for a nap!
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I really don’t understand the fascination for the “potty box”? I am sure once pups start using, kitty won’t find it so inviting, LOL!

What’s In A Name?

Naming puppies and… recent photos

Naming your new puppy is a BIG endeavor! There is the “registered name” and then the “call” name; what you call your puppy every day. Having a “theme” for a registered name helps folks see that these puppies, later dogs, are related. That they are part of a bigger picture. ALL the puppies whether they be the next big show dog or are the family’s companion are listed in a data base where there names show the world not only their pedigree but also that they are “family”. I am personally very proud of all of my puppies in this database whatever their future holds for them and their people!

For me, naming a puppy gets harder and harder. We’ve played the “name game” on numerous long car rides with my then young kids. The joke in our family is that my husband ALWAYS comes up with the name, “Cassiopia”! And he is always shut down when he suggests this name, LOL! For years, my son’s favorite name was “Astro”. I’m not sure if it was because of his interest in astronomy or the Jetson’s? When asked now if he thinks that is a good name for a puppy, he says no. But we laugh at how these were the names that always came up playing the “name game”!

For this litter, the theme is “Journey” as a credit to the sire of the litter; it’s his call name. I did have an idea of going into this theme but as usual, that idea evolved into something totally different. I don’t usually “announce” my name until after all the puppies have gone to their new homes and I know which puppy I am keeping but… I will here! My new puppy girl will be: Jema’s Journey Of Vim, Vigor, and Valor; her call name will be “Vee”. (Now I haven’t registered any puppies in a while, I need to double check with AKC to make sure I’m within my letter limits? But this is the name I would like to use.)

In Other News:

Pups have moved OUT of the whelping box and into their bigger space. We soon realized that the space may be a little TOO BIG right now! So, we divided that space to keep pups relatively contained mainly so they wake up when Deja is with them to feed them. It has been very hot here lately which is great knowing the pups are warm enough but the box was maybe a bit TOO WARM for Deja.

So… the following photos show the bigger space (and toys) pups will have soon probably when they are eating on their own. Several puppies have started to “lick” us which means we can start introducing solid food soon.

On to photos…

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With eyes and ears now open, pups realize there is a much bigger world outside their box! 
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They ALL have “escaped” at one time or another!
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Black Boy: Does this surprise anyone?! 
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Puppy is “singing”! 
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One of their favorite places to snooze
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Oh Deja! That is a puppy toy and a puppy potty box! 
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Attentive Mommy!
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I just LOVE the elephant pillow
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And so does this puppy! BIG YAWN!
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I wonder what Deja is thinking? Probably that the pups are TOO spread out now? 
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Curious Kitty
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All pups vying for the best spot
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Deja is a GREAT mom but she is very aware of all that is going on around her (and the puppies!) 
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There’s ALWAYS that one puppy!
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Dividing the area in half. This makes it much easier for pups to find mom and for Deja to keep track of them too! 

 

Two and a Half Weeks Old

With their eyes open now, pups begin to explore their environment

Pups seem to grow overnight! They are beginning to notice each other and want to play together. All are walking better even if they still tend to tumble now and again. Deja continues to be a good mommy keeping close tabs on the pups although is now spending some time away from them, but never too very far away.

Looking forward to meeting everyone soon at the “puppy party”! No worries if you can’t make it, we will set another date so that everyone has the chance to play with the puppies!

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Definitely a “milk coma” here! Those are some full bellies! 

 

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Green Boy: Our First Escapee! (Panel has now been added to keep pups from falling out of the box and getting lost!)
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Aww… LOVE this shot (and this is how I found them!) So Sweet!

I love how the pups are noticing each other and beginning to “play” with each other. This is the beginning of great socialization between littermates that everyone will need to continue when puppy goes home.

 

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Puppy is thinking… When you leave this box, Mom, I’m coming with you! 

Puppy Update: Two Weeks Old

Puppies are all 2+ pounds except little orange girl (and she isn’t far behind!)

Puppies celebrated their “two week old birthday” on Monday (yesterday). Now THAT week went by in a blur!! To keep everyone updated on their development… Pups eyes are now opened/opening. They start off as little slits but you can see them blinking! At this time, their ears also start to open. The little sqeaks now turn to little barks (and then they whip around wondering where that noise came from, LOL!)

Pups have been dewormed as part of their health protocol and based on their individual weights. And their tiny little nails clipped:

  • Blue (M): 2 lbs 3.0 oz
  • Black (M): 2 lbs 4.6 oz
  • Purple (M): 2 lbs 0.4 oz
  • Green (M): 2 lbs 2.0 oz
  • Hot Pink (F): 2 lbs 5.0 oz
  • Lime Green (F): 2 lbs 2.0 oz
  • Red (F): 2 lbs 1.2 oz
  • Yellow (F): 2 lbs 1.0 oz
  • Orange (F): 1 lb 13.2 oz (although she was 1 lb 15.0 oz today)

 

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144 Little Nails Clipped

 

All pups are working on coordinating their front and rear leg movements.

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Deja and her babies

 

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Puppy Weights (1 Week Old)

Such a special time to marvel at the miracle of life!

Puppy Weights (actually 8 days old). I have to say, pups have enjoyed “helping” Deja recover from her mastitis! She is much improved on her antibiotic and pups are not having any side effects with the probiotic Deja is taking. The area I was concerned about is still hard but it is shrinking. It is significantly smaller that what it was!

  • Blue (M): 1 lb 8.6 oz
  • Black (M): 1 lb 10.2 oz
  • Purple (M): 1 lb 8.6 oz
  • Green (M): 1 lb 7.4 oz
  • Hot Pink (F): 1 lb 9.2 oz
  • Lime Green (F): 1 lb 6.6 oz
  • Red (F): 1 lb 9.0 oz
  • Yellow (F): 1 lb 6.6 oz
  • Orange (F): 1 lb 5.2 oz

 

 

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Peek-A-Boo!
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Weighting Puppies: You can’t help but marvel at these little miracles! 

Happy One Week Birthday!

Photos of puppies (and other dogs) taken during pups first week.

Puppies are one week old today; this week seems to have flown by! I’ve talked to a LOT of people, answered a LOT of emails, monitored puppies (and mom)! Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of help too! Today is hubby’s first day back to work (half day) so someone is always here with mom and pups (and to help take care of the other critters too!)

Onto a photo collection of shots taken this week:

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Orange Girl
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Such a fun photo! Pigment at 4 days of age!! 
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Some may have noticed? Red Girl is the lightest puppy of the litter. 
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I would say all puppies are “medium” colored except for Red Girl who is “light”.
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Sweet puppy face! I wish the “sparkles” of gold showed up better in this shot on his head!
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Green Boy plowing his way through the “pile” (Red Girl underneath has great pigment also!)
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Where Red Girl is the lightest, Lime Green girl is the darkest. Everyone else is the color of Blue Boy on the left. 
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Purple Boy
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Out playing with the other dogs. Here is Pixel; a “puppy” from Deja’s first litter.
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And our token French Bulldog, Beanie! She is a hoot!

Happy 6 month Birthday!

Rooster x Trevi pup out field training with his committed owners!

So happy to receive photos of Gaddy, a Rooster x Trevi puppy, who has been out field training! Now I imagine the water is still cold yet this pup is swimming away!

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Nice retrieve Gaddy! GOOD BOY! 

I give all the credit for this puppy’s abilities to his owners; their commitment in training will make this boy a great field dog!

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All Goldens have this ability but it takes perseverance and consistency in training to teach a dog (any animal) exactly what you want him or her to do. Kudos go to Gaddy’s owners!

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I would recognize this profile anywhere! THAT is “family”! 

Happy six-month birthday, Gaddy, and to all the puppies in this litter! You are growing up into such a beautiful boy! You make your daddy, Rooster, proud as well as all the dogs in your beautiful pedigree! HUGS to you!!

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JEnnifer & MArk ~ Jema Golden Retrievers