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! 

 

I Could Just Sit And Watch Puppies All Day!

Milestones for puppies: walking and eyes/ears beginning to open up.

Yep, I could sit and watch puppies all day! I think that is pretty much what I’ve done so far today too! Just passing on some photos (and vids) taken today and yesterday.

Important things going on now:

  • Puppies eyes are “flickering”; they will be open soon (and then they will follow Deja right out of the box! Puppy area will be changed then.
  • Puppies ears are beginning to open. Puppies are crying and barking and then… they don’t know where that noise came from?! It is absolutely hysterical! I come running wondering who is making all that noise only to see a pup just making noise for no reason!
  • Walking: HUGE MILESTONE and something I am very sensitive too! I want to see all pups using their legs/building muscle strength to push off their legs as they learn to walk. They all are… YEAH!

 

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A different perspective! Pups definitely NOT cold (all spread out)! And yes, that is “Beauty and the Beast” blanket I’ve had (and used) for years with puppies, LOL! Recycle & Reuse!!

 

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Deja’s keeping an eye on her puppies but hey, a girl needs her beauty sleep too! (This area will change in a few weeks once pups are up and walking.)

 

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Just because! Sweet, sweet puppy!

 

Puppy Learning to walk (Lime Green girl)

 

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I’m pretty sure I’ve posted a photo of pups in this dog bed before that I’ve used while I change the bedding. Now, they hardly fit anymore!

 

Golden puppy (Black boy) walking and hearing his own “voice”. I think he is looking for where his noise is coming from? I would bet his ears are opening!

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!

Well, it was just a matter of time!

Kitty meets the puppies! She doesn’t know what they are??

Deja is SUCH a good dog! Even though the pups are less than a week old, she is not bothered by “guests”! Kitty, on the other hand, does NOT know what these squeaky toys are! All I can say is… Investigate NOW kitty because soon, they will be the same size as you! And their “squeaks” will soon change too!

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Four Day Old Puppies

Puppies are 4-days-old and growing every day!

As we are making our way through the first week of the puppies lives, I almost feel like celebrating… ALMOST! That first week is so criticial for the puppies; I feel like we are “watching them” constantly! And mom too!

First the puppies:

  • All are gaining weight each day; a very good sign!
  • All are very mobile moving all around the whelping box (and have no problem finding the “milk bar” when mom is in the box with them
  • And all survived having dew claws removed yesterday (day 3); sites look great today!

And then there is mom, Deja:

  • It is hot here, Deja is panting constantly (the “up side” of this is that the puppies are definitely NOT chilled!) We have the AC on for Deja but are making sure pups are not in any drafts. Regardless, I have now removed the heating pad in the whelping box… Pups are all spread out indicating they are definitely NOT cold!
  • Deja’s incision looks good; is healing well. We did pull out 4 staples that were “falling out” but the incision where these staples were has healed; is looking good.
  • Milk has “come in” as evidence by the puppies all gaining weight.
  • The “bad news” is Deja has Hot Spots on both thighs and her groin. More shaving for Deja, drying out of these areas, and treating the area w/ topical medication. Poor mama! We are keeping a very close eye on these areas!

New Families:

  • Thanks for all touching base with me!
  • I will be putting together “puppy packets” that I will send to everyone via email (in the next few weeks). This will give everyone a chance to read over info and get questions asked/answered long before puppies go to their new homes!
  • The “theme” for this litter’s registered names will be names that signify a journey (because it certainly has been a journey for us!) Preceding this name will be our kennel name, “Jema”. The “call name” for your puppy can be anything you want and what you will call your puppy/dog on a daily basis. An example of what I’m talking about will be one of the boy’s names: Jema’s Journey To The River; call name: “Fischer” (I hope I got that right, Terri?!) It is nice if you want to have the call name be part of the registered name but you do not have to do this. Coming up with names is a fun, family activity we usually play on long car rides or when anticipating puppy’s arrival.
  • As always, if you have any questions of me, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
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Green Boy & Black Boy
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How funny that they use each other as “obstacles”!
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Blue Boy
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Green Boy again (he just happened to be in camera range; no preferences, REALLY!)
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“Puppy Pile!” (A good place to have pups “hang out” while I change bedding)

 

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Hot Pink Girl (puppy nails getting clipped tonight!)
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A-L-M-O-S-T up and over and then, she fell asleep! 
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Deja is SUCH a good mommy! She is very good with the puppies! 

Jennifer

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First Day…

Deja’s Puppies: Day One

It’s amazing what sleep can do for a person! Thinking straight is a biggy! For the folks who realize I am cross-posting, please understand I just don’t want “puppies” to get buried in “other stuff”!  Literally and figuratively!!

So, we have 9 puppies: 5 girls and 4 boys! I couldn’t ask for a better break down of sexes! Mom and puppies are all doing well; pups are healthy and CHUNKY! Pups were marked with “vet wrap” at the vet clinic after being weighed; first thing coming home is to change their collars.

The boys:

  • Blue: 1 lb
  • Black: 1 lb 0.6 oz
  • Purple: 15 oz
  • Green: 15.2 oz

The girls:

  • Hot Pink: 1 lb 0.6 oz
  • Lime Green: 12.4 oz
  • Red: 14.8 oz
  • Yellow: 13.0 oz
  • Orange; 12.2 oz

Pups will be weighed every day for the first week then weekly thereafter. As an aside, I really like these new collars I bought for this litter. They are made out of parachute cord in bright, different colors. They expand as the puppies grow and include a matching set for when pups are much larger. I’ve tried several different ways of “marking” pups over the years and so far, I really like these new collars!

We sleep with mom and puppies for at least the first week to make sure there are no problems. It is easy for a puppy to get on the “back side” of mom and have problems finding their way back to the “milk bar”. That is where we come in… we “fly them” to the front side. Yeah, sleep is a valuable commodity around here with all the squeaks from the babies throughout the night! And for those not used to raising puppies, the “pig rails” on the side of the box protect puppies from being laid on. There is space under the rails that they fit under that mom does not. Even the best mom in the world can lose track of a wandering puppy!

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It took a while for Deja to wake up from anesthesia from her C-section. Poor girl wakes up groggy to 9 squeaky puppies! Before leaving the vet office, we made sure every puppy nursed from mom that does a few things. 1. It stimulates the maternal instinct in Deja and 2. each puppy receives colostrum from mom that boosts their immunity. Again, for those who may not know, puppies are not born with any immunity; they get it from mom first starting with that colostrum.

For folks “on my list”, I haven’t had a chance to go back to see who wanted what gender. And I need to make sure these puppies will be a right match for the lifestyle each person described in their questionnaire. Right now, my priority is Deja and the puppies; more info forthcoming as soon as mom and pups are taken care of!

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Deja is a good mom; her maternal instinct immediately recognizes her babies.
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Belly up to the milk bar; a common position for the next several weeks
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LOVE the pigment several of these pups were born with! 
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Orange Girl before burying her head look for a snack
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Yellow girl resting on Deja’s leg
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Hot Pink Girl
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When mom needs a break, pups are placed on a heating pad until she returns
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Lime Green Girl amongst her siblings
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I LOVE this shot to show a comparison in size! 
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Blue boy plowing his way through the pile! (Note: turquoise collar puppy has been changed.)
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LOVE the width of this puppy’s “back skull”! 
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Pups lie in all sorts of positions; definitely a “puppy pile”! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos; there will be more 🙂 Off to take care of all of the dogs! I hope everyone has a Golden Day!

Jennifer

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