Barbet puppy portraits

The puppies had their own personal photo shoot to capture their innocence at such a young age. These photos were taken by Chris Pepper Photography when the little ones were 2½ weeks old and they were the ideal models. This is our Nappyroots h litter that belongs to Nappyroots Chantilly Lace (Tilly) and Nappyroots Mr Brown (Angus). Check out these stunning photos!
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Tilly and Angus Barbet puppies – week two

Week two of our puppies lives entailed of them opening their eyes, trying to take their first steps and a little bit more energy inside the whelping box. They still pretty much only sleep and eat while Tilly continues to clean them by licking and initiating the elimination reflex so not too much cleanup on our part. She’s such an excellent mom always tending to their peeps and constantly feeding them that it seems like there’s an endless supply of milk.
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We’re about to wrap up the Early Neurological Stimulation and have been spending more one-on-one time with the pups outside of the box snuggling up on the day bed. The pups are very comfortable with us as they recognize our smell from the last two weeks and are quite comfortable with us handling them.
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We’ve also introduced some toys into the whelping box and will continue to introduce new toys every week. The pups are usually found snuggling or sleeping with each other and at times they can be seen putting their feet up and taking a break ;) They’ve all doubled their birth weights and are a healthy happy bunch!
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Introducing our Nappyroots H litter

When the puppies were three days old Chris Pepper Photography took some beautiful photos of them and we narrowed down all our name choices. As per usual we have stuck to our themes for naming a Nappyroots Barbet from each litter after a cheese, gun (they are a gun dog) and musical influence. I love seeing the puppies up close and personal like this as you can really see the uniqueness and individuality in them. This is our first litter of all brown puppies and no it wasn’t a brown on brown mating, as momma Tilly is black.

So introducing our Nappyroots H litter in birth order…
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Tilly and Angus Barbet puppies – week one

The first week of the puppies lives is the Neo-Natal Period which lasts well into their second week. The puppies are born helpless and completely rely on their mom, they can feel her warmth, smell and touch her when she enters the box or is near. The puppies make peeping noises when they are looking for their mom to nuzzle them or are hungry. These vocalizations are usually almost always to let mom know that they want some milk but the puppies can also let her know if they are laid on or in distress from digestive problems or infections. Every good dam will know the difference in their pups cries and will be on alert for the next few weeks. It is crucial at this point that momma Tilly is healthy and happy so she may have all her strength to tend to her little ones. When we’re pretending not to watch, Tilly likes to lay on her back to feed her puppies, but most times she lays on her side.
Tilly feeding on her back
The puppies are too young to maintain their body temperature so they need other sources of heat, either their momma Tilly, or when she’s not around we use a heating pad for them. After the first few days Tilly was finding refuge on the cool tile floor so it was nice to know that the puppies were always kept warm.
H litter week 1
They also sleep almost 90% of the time, only waking to eat. They crawl around in a circle when looking for mom or warmth. Their eyes and ears are closed.
H litter
Barbet pups green pink and blue
Barbet pups green and pink
During this first week we have begun the puppies Early Neurological Stimulation which will have important and lasting effects on the pups. This program has shown that newborns can respond to thermal, tactile and motor stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. The program requires handling the puppies one at a time while performing a series of five exercises for 3-5 seconds from the puppies third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. The five exercises are:

  1. Tactile stimulation – holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle.
  2. Head held erect – using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position.
  3. Head pointed down – holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground.
  4. Supine position – hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep.
  5. Thermal stimulation—use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving.

There have been 5 benefits noted with preforming the Early Neurological Stimulation (Bio-Sensor) exercises. The benefits noted were:

  1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate),
  2. Stronger heart beats,
  3. Stronger adrenal glands,
  4. More tolerance to stress, and
  5. Greater resistance to disease.

These exercises in no way are suppose to substitute our daily handling and loving of the pups. We make sure to hold and cuddle each one several times throughout the day, holding them close to us and showering them with many kisses. We weigh the puppies everyday for the first few weeks, maintain keeping their little toenails trim and give them the occasional wipe down with a face cloth if they have made a mess. Here you can see them snuggling with Tilly as they finish up suckling on some milk :D
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Barbet Chantilly Lace and her Fabulous Five

Tuesday morning, March 10, our Tilly (Nappyroots Chantilly Lace) had 5 beautiful and healthy puppies. All are brown and she had a total of 4 boys and 1 girl & all the puppies will have straight to wavy coats. The puppies and mom are doing fabulous! Father Nappyroots Mr Brown (Angus) could not be more proud of his first litter :D

Tilly’s first contraction started at 8:28am and her water broke at 8:40am. She had her first brown boy at 8:46am and he was a little hard to deliver (as this is her first delivery and the puppies were all a good size). After that she had things underway and knew exactly what to expect. This was a very clean and overall easy delivery for mom as she had all 5 in about an hour and a half. All the pups came out in their birth sacs and each had their placenta attached.

Here is the puppies birth order:
8:46am – brown boy – green collar – 374g
9:02am – brown boy – black collar – 403g
9:12am – brown boy with white paws – blue collar – 338g
9:52am – brown girl – pink collar – 342g
10:14am – brown boy – orange collar – 350g

Everyone took to eating right away and has great sucking ability. They all got lots of colostrum and momma’s milk should be in. This will be a great litter as there will be lots of milk to go around so not too much work on our part to have to rotate puppies. We will be weighing them everyday for the first few weeks to ensure everyone is eating plenty and growing nicely!!!

Stay posted for many updates on momma and her super special litter!!!

Tilly’s puppies are expected this week!

In all dog breeds, pregnancy lasts for 63 days (around nine weeks) on average, with variations from 56 and 70 days according to the exact time of fertilization in relation to mating.

In the beginning of pregnancy, when a spermatozoon succeeds in fertilizing an ovum, it produces an egg (a new cell), of which half carries the father’s genetic heritage and half, the mother’s. This new living being is called an embryo and finally a future puppy.

At around day 16 of gestation, the embryos become embedded in the uterus where they will develop, in a process called nidation. Each individual embryo is then progressively enveloped in its own fetal sac which will provide the pup with all the necessary nutrients until birth. During the beginning of pregnancy we have noticed our females go through a ‘morning sickness’ phase for a couple of days where they are turned off by their food…this is very normal.

By day 35, the embryos become fetuses – their eyelids have appeared, their ears have formed, the toes have separated and all their organs have begun to develop. Our Tilly has been living with her family, the Coyne’s, up until this point and on Valentine’s day, Chris and I, took the drive up to Chatham and back (which with the weather and some pitstops took us about 7 hours). Tilly is our first Nappyroots female pup to be having a litter of her own, our baby is having babies :D

Tilly has now entered the turning point in her gestation, the final third of gestation, which started from day 42 (week 6). The fetuses are developing fast, their skeletons, which started out as cartilage, now mineralize and solidify, and the puppies gain weight. Three quarters of growth prior to birth occurs in this final third of gestation (the puppies gain 75% of their birth weight).

The final week, Tilly is showing signs that she is close to giving birth, it looks like her milk is starting to come in and her body is starting to change in preparation for labour. We are expecting she will start nesting at any moment. We have been giving Tilly lots of belly rubs since even inside the womb the puppies are sensitive to touch, and Tilly enjoys all the special love she’s been getting!!! Tilly’s puppies are expected to arrive this Thursday or Friday so everyone is getting excited and we have set up our whelping box so everything is a go ;)

Barbet Scarlett and Sophie’s first point!

This past weekend, February 21 & 22, we were at the Woodstock & District Canine Association show at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. Chris could not attend the show on Saturday due to a photo shoot so we had Sophie all prepped and excited to show off our Nappyroots Fara (Scarlett). Scarlett is a future breeding female for us who has lived with Sophie and the Jones family since she was ready to go home. She is a puppy from our Nappyroots F litter (Madzia X Dougy) born January 25, 2014. Sophie could not have been more excited to show off her puppy and had a ‘winners’ heart all weekend long. Like any of us showing our own dogs, who doesn’t have that ‘winners’ heart, and want someone else to recognize that in our pooches.

After the amazing job Sophie did handling on the Saturday we thought she was up for it again on the Sunday. Not only did she do fabulous…she took Best of Breed with Scarlett and these two got their first point ever! Then Sophie, with no hesitation, went into the show ring for sporting group with most of the professional handlers and led the pack. A great day for all of us! Thanks to Sophie for taking on this new adventure and we can’t wait till she earns her first Championship on Scarlett :D Thanks to our judge Barbara Alderman from Pennsylvania, USA for recognizing the STAR quality in this winning team!

Beautiful photos of the momma to be!

I wanted to share some photos taken back in early January of Chantilly Lace having a blast with her family in all the snow we have been getting. She sure enjoyed strutting her stuff and turned into quite the snow monster. No season seems to affect these guys although some of the -40 degree days with windchill were sure cold!

These photos were taken before Tilly was bred to Angus and nothing but a growing belly has changed about this beautiful girl. She still has her luscious coat and we are leaving it this length for the whelping ;)