Today at the St. Catherine’s & District Kennel & Obedience Club Louis (Nappyroots Aloysius) earned his third and final qualifying score (high in class) to earn his Companion Dog title. We are so proud of Louis who is from our very first litter of Barbet pups and son to Madzia & Chmurnik. Way to go Gail and Louis!!!
When the pups were six weeks old we had a visit from one of our families, Jane and Randy, who took all these great photos and then passed them along to me. With all the visitors we’ve been having I haven’t had the opportunity to get my camera outside to take any photos so I need to make sure I get a chance to do just that. Thanks guys! and thanks again Randy for taking a look at my lawnmower while you were here 😉
The pups have been eating raw three times a day for the last three weeks and they’re growing like weeds. They especially love their food and I could not be happier at how healthy our pups are when they eat raw. It’s astonishing to see first hand in another creature how processed food effects us all. I always introduce our pups to raw meaty bones that they can enjoy as a group and on this nice sunny afternoon they had their fair share of running around with these veal tail tips. They still can’t eat the bones but they can already tear some meat off by using their paws and teeth.
These photos turned out fantastic and with Chris back in BC, their was absolutely no editing. Love that a puppy’s eyes are mirrors into their loving energy. This one is saying…’hey this isn’t so bad, momma is very gentle’. 😉 Our puppies are groomed regularly to help acquaint them with being brushed, bathed, having their nails cut and ears cleaned. It’s up to our families to keep this maintenance going once our pups go to their new homes. Healthy puppy = happy puppy.
Starting at 4 weeks old we had our first batch of families come for puppy visits. We waited until the puppies immune systems were strong enough for visitors and we also waited one extra week longer then usual since with our last litter I had gotten very sick and could hardly help Chris with the work load around here. Our first visits were indoors as the puppies hadn’t been outside yet. The families and kids were very excited!!!
So many changes during this last week that the puppies are becoming little doggies now. I’ve given them lots more room inside in their play area and introduced them to an array of new toys including beds, tunnels and houses. The puppies started eating raw in a community bowl and are still occasionally nursing from mom to give her some relief, this coming week they will be ready for their own personal bowls so that we can monitor each of them is getting the same amount of food 3 times a day. We’ve also begun exploring the outdoors, although this has been somewhat tricky this week with the temperatures reaching 40 degrees with the humidity, so early in the mornings we have a few long romps and later once the sun starts setting, but mid afternoon it’s just a short visit to start training for house breaking and then it’s back inside where it’s cool and where the little ones can stay hydrated. I’ve setup a shade tent for us outside but with this humidity it does not help much at all. Lastly we’ve also started having visitors and the pups are enjoying all the hands on play time with their new families and friends. We are off to a great start 😀
Last week Chris had to fly to BC for a Panasonic photo shoot and I couldn’t get the week off of work since my work makes me book my holidays late winter the year before. This way if we have anything come up that’s not planned I’m out of luck for having the time off. The opportunity came up for Chris in the spring so we needed to make arrangements for someone to help us watch our puppies while I went into work for my night shift.
Sophie came to the rescue and she stayed with me all week long living in our whelping room and sleeping with the puppies. Who better then Sophie to care for the little ones, take care of all my dogs and help me around the house. Sophie is very familiar with all our dogs as she has one of our Madzia puppies, Scarlett (Nappyroots Fara), and whom Oscar (Osher de l’Esprit de Bonté) lives with, our little male pup we imported from the Netherlands last fall. We have known Sophie for a few years and she absolutely loves puppies, one day an aspiring veterinarian, this could not be more of a perfect summer job for her. I was a little worried Sophie would possibly be bored at the house during the week so when I asked her how it was going, she told me she was having a BLAST! I know the puppies got constant handling and snuggles so I knew they were in good hands. Thanks for all your help Sophie 😀 and since today is your very special day, HAPPY BIRTHDAY good friend!!!
Well I’m sad to say that someone out there has decided to take the time to hack our website. We are not contagious 😉 albeit someone is riding on our views with their own advertisements. This has created some new work for me with time that I don’t have and with a limited knowledge of computers I’m going to have to turn to those with more experience. I have always done the website design and administrative work myself so I want to keep this in the family. Luckily for us and strangely enough my brother is here this month from Seattle, hopefully we can solve this quickly with not too much trouble. Thankfully my brother is like my own Mr. Robot 😀 In the meantime please bare with us and if you see any funky changes to the website those are some of the glitches we have to work out since doing some major updates!
I feel like the last couple of weeks I’m constantly playing catch up. I have yet to add the last batch of photos to the blog, but thankfully I did have a moment to get these all out to the families. I would have felt terrible to be keeping these all to myself. The photo quality is not what we’re use to around here with Chris gone the last two weeks and I have to learn again how to somewhat remotely take a picture. I think I may need another refresher course from the husband. The two portraits are with the help of my friend Sophie who had been staying with me at the house.
The puppies are 3 weeks old now and there’s a lot of action and noise coming from the whelping box. Our eyes are open, we are barking and growling, and getting better at walking for longer distances before tumbling over. The puppies are learning to play with each other, toys and new things we add to their environment. They have started to explore and it won’t be long before we expand their play area, start taking them outdoors, and introduce them to their families that are super excited to meet the little ones! The world is going to get a whole lot bigger 😀