Breeding Update:

Puppy plans for the summer…

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As the CH Rooster x Charlie puppies are being sent off to their new homes this week, it makes me think about getting organized (ready) for MY upcoming breedings! Many already know this but if you subscribe to this blog, I figured I would update everyone here…

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Ms Pink Collar girl from the CH Rooster x Charlie litter

Doodle has recently been bred to CH Tulo. She will have an ultrasound 30 days after being bred to confirm pregnancy. This will be when we increase/change her food to support growing puppies. Assuming she is pregnant (and there is no reason to think she wouldn’t be), her puppies would be due 6/19/19.

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CH Tulo
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Doodle (8 points towards her CH title but really… She LOVES to hike and hang with us!)

As of yesterday, CH Deja is in season. We plan on breeding Deja to CH Elton. If I’m going to be “home with puppies” anyways then I will be HOME WITH PUPPIES! This is also a contingent plan because Mother Nature may have ideas of her own? If all goes as planned, her puppies would be due early July.

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CH Elton
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CH Deja

 

Meanwhile, CH Rooster has bred a lovely girl from Nebraska. I recently received confirmation that this girl is indeed pregnant. Her puppies are due May 26, 2019.

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CH Rooster

Rooster has been busy! He is the sire of another local litter. If she is pregnant, her puppies are due a week before Doodle’s puppies (6/12/19). It is likely that having this girl here to breed to Rooster has stimulated my girls to come into season now also. It is the “dorm effect”… when one girl comes in season, they all do!

LOTS of dog planning going on with trips to the vet for progesterone timing and Rooster “dates”. This is going to be a fun summer with LOTS of puppy breathe. I can hardly wait!!

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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

Puppy Breath!

Working together for a common goal… preserving and protecting our breed

Ahh… Puppy Breath! What could be sweeter than playing with an 8-week-old puppy? NOT MUCH!

Mr. Camo (colored collar) was my “pick” boy from a fellow breeder’s litter. I just loved everything about this puppy when asked to come out to see/evaluate the puppies at 49 days of age. Today, a week later, he came to visit me hours before going to his new “forever” home. His breeder wanted me to double check to see if I could feel both testicles; to determine if both had descended? I felt both although one had not fully descended or better put… It kept moving up and down which can be common in 8 week old boys.

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Puppy had so much fun playing in the snow.

After poking and prodding, Mr. Camo got to run around my yard and even had a “meet and greet” with my barn kitty who is very used to puppies and pays them no mind. What a great way to start the day… Playing with this puppy before he makes some family incredibly happy who have, no doubt, waited quite some time for their new fluff ball of joy!

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Gusto, my kitty, is used to puppies. He does his best to ignore them! Puppy was very cautious and polite in his greeting.

This is what fellow breeders do to help each other. We evaluate each others litters objectively realizing NO puppy is “perfect”. We share information we’ve learn with our litters and experience to help each other realizing that if you do this long enough, you will eventually have a problem you know nothing about. Collectively, we offer support, compassion, and of course… share that puppy breath.

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Even with the snow, this puppy’s movement and foot timing is easily seen. LOVELY reach and drive as he makes his way through the snow! 

But most of all, we share our love for our breed… the Golden Retriever! While there isn’t anything cuter than an 8-week-old puppy, it is the breed, as a whole, we care about most. It is our love for the breed that binds us all together.

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Miss Purple Collar sharing a moment with her breeder.

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!