On the Road

We left Michigan a week ago and what a week it’s been! Nursing one puppy who just didn’t seem to get to the nipple fast enough. (We have eight puppies and Lily has seven nipples). Caring for all the other dogs. Etc. Etc. Then the trip: First was all the packing. Then the prep work … [Read more…]

Our Eyes Are Beginning to Open!!

This is when the fun begins! The puppies are moving around a lot now and all but one have eyes at least partially open! They are also making fun coos and chirps…almost like little birds. Please click “MORE” to see photos of each pup at two weeks.                 … [Read more…]

Lily Has Puppies!!

Lily whelped 8 beautiful puppies October 11. Six boys and two girls. I’m sorry for the delayed posting but I had a hip replacement September 29 so we have been very busy!!! Anyway, mom and puppies are doing well. You can see more about the parents on my “New Litters” page. Meanwhile, here are some … [Read more…]

Fresh Air and a Warm Winter Breeze! A Video

Click on this post’s headline to view the viedo. Puppies are 5 weeks old now and able to enjoy the wonderful weather in Southwest Florida. It took a few minutes to get accustomed to this new environment but pretty soon they were enjoying their picnic and the fresh Florida air!

Boy Are We Busy!!!

Puppies are growing by leaps and bounds. So much has happened over the last few days I don’t know where to begin. We removed the rails in the whelping boxes because the puppies were big enough that mom would khow if she happened to sit on one of them….and, there is a lot more room … [Read more…]

More from Avidog!

Here are the next few puppy nurturing steps on Avid Dog. 7.  On Days 3-16 do Avidog’s Early Scent Stimulation. Things like leaves, bark or wood. An orange peel or banana…we let them smell banana.  Fresh evergreen or flowers…we introduced jatropha blooms from our patio. Fresh herbs…we introduced basil. 8.  Give pups a floor with … [Read more…]

Big Day Today

Today was a big day. I introduced the puppies to what I call kibble mush. It is the same dry dog food that my adults get but it is soaked in water and then mushed up like potatoes. It is about this time that the puppies show an interest in their momma’s food. When that … [Read more…]

I Learn Something (or a lot of things!) New Every Day

“The time in every puppy’s life, from 3 to 16 weeks, is often referred to as “the sensitive period.” The things that breeders and new puppy owners do, or do not do, are important and have the power to greatly influence the kind of dogs their puppies will become. During this time you literally have … [Read more…]