That’s Not One Of Us~Black And White Sunday

Hey Bro, what the hell is that? It doesn’t look like us!

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A Mother’s And Daughter’s Love

Nothing like a love between a mother and a daughter.

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Puppies In Tub

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We had a fun photo shoot this past weekend. The puppies turned 5 weeks old on Saturday. Only three more weeks until they go to their new homes. It’s a good thing I’m keeping one as they are just too darn cute. I’ve narrowed down my decision, I will be keeping either Orange or Pink. Who will the lucky lady be?

Seeing Beautiful In America, Flags, Freedom And Chessie Puppies

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Today I am seeing beauty in the things I love: America, Flags, Freedom and Chessie Puppies. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are one of the few American Bred dogs so it’s only appropriate to take some pictures of my puppies with an American Flag afghan and a old copper tub symbolizing America and freedom.

The girls.

The boys.

MY HEART BELONGS TO A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER

A rough and ready sporting dog,
With loyal, loving ways-
My Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Puts sunshine in my days.

A dog that’s sure to follow its nose,
Until the chase is done.
When that pup looked up at me,
I knew my heart was won.

Roaming happily by my side,
Or resting at my feet-
My Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Makes my life complete.

Green Girl

Orange Girl

Pink Girl

Yellow Girl

Purple Girl

Camo Boy

Black Boy

Blue Boy

Along with Seeing Beautiful this month the puppies are still getting fit or should I say they are helping Grandma Nellie stay fit by chasing  playing with her.

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{This Moment} See Beautiful is a once a month Blog Hop, every 2nd Friday of the month. simply create a blog post that made your day, week, and/or month … inspiring you in Seeing Beauty. Blog Hop inspired by See Beautiful. We thank Sugar and Miss Lydia from See Beautiful.

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Puppy Culture

Puppy Culture is a complete resource for breeders or puppy owners on raising a litter. It’s the powerful first 12 weeks that can shape your puppy’s future. I never knew about Puppy Culture until my friend Amy got her new puppy in the beginning of the year and followed along with the Puppy Culture videos. I bred my Chesapeake Bay Retriever Glory back in May that is when Amy recommended that I watch the videos. I learned about raising a litter in Veterinary Technician school, had three litters with Glory’s mom Nellie now I didn’t follow a guideline but much of the stuff in the Puppy Culture videos I was already doing and some I didn’t even know about so this was a great learning experience for me and I was happy to introduce Glory’s litter to Puppy Culture.

Disc One started with The Puppy Culture Proposition and ended with The Communication Trinity.

It talked about the Pre-natal period,  Neo-natal 0-14 days, Transitional Period 14-21 days, The Critical Socialization Period 3-12 weeks.

Disc Two started with Fear and Fun 5 weeks old and ended with Why Not Just Punish.

It talked about Understanding Fear Imprint Periods, Breed Appropriate Health Testing,  The Puppy Party, Potty Training Fundamentals, Is My Puppy Normal, Biting, Resource Guarding, Body Handling, The Outcomes Of Reward vs Punishment.

Disk Three started with Career Choices 7 weeks old and ended with Is Socialization A Guarantee.

It talked about Breeder Evaluations and Relationships, 8-9 week old Fear Imprint Period,  Practical Training Skills, Setting Up Socialization for Puppies 10-12 weeks old, Balancing The Risks and Benefits Of Early Socialization, How To Find A Great Puppy Class, Closing.

Disc Four was a break it down disc which was a Chapter By Chapter Recap and “To Do” Lists.

This past weekend I set up the puppy play ground outside and watched the rest of the PC videos. The puppies decided they wanted to watch to. Hopefully they are taking it all in and help me out when it’s time to teach them.

I first got the puppies used to this Kong tunnel when they were 3 weeks old in the house. I didn’t even have to show them what to do they all went in it by themselves and love going in and out of it now.

We then moved to the outside so they could try it out there. This was the first day they were outside, some of the puppies went in it and hid because they were afraid of the new surroundings that they never seen before, it didn’t take them long to warm up to the grass under their feet, the brightness of the sun and all the different sites and smells. They became little adventures in no time and now I can’t keep them out of the flower garden jungle. Glory and Thunders puppies will be going on 5 weeks this Saturday. They are becoming more confidant in walking, running, playing and exploring, they will wonder off a little more each day. They are encountering new situations, different people, different sounds each day.

Since they liked the tunnel so much I got this cat cube and they also love this toy. Little green girl started playing in it and it got a little tippy and tipped over on her and she recovered really well after she got up she crawled back in it and fell asleep.

I am so glad Amy introduced me to these videos, if you would like your own copy you can order it at Amazon.com.

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Puppy Crockery~Wordless Wednesday

Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

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Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding~Part 6

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding~Part 6

A while ago I wrote Part 1 of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. If you missed it you can read the full version here. The short version is: I talked about preparing your dog for breeding by doing genetic tests, other tests that can be done, picking a stud dog, the heat cycle of the bitch, breeding and implanting of the eggs. Part 2 I talked about pregnancy confirmation, a app on my phone that you can follow along and read what is happening, the food I was feeding her and milk development. If you want to read the full version here. Part 3 I talked about proper feeding and being able to xray to determine how many puppies might be delivered as well as talked about getting the whelping box out and Glory used to it. If you want to read the full version here. Part 4 I talked about Glory nesting, how to tell when she will deliver and the whelping box. You can read the full version here. I told you by the end of the post she may deliver and she did which brought me into Part 5 which I talked about the birth of Glory and Thunders puppies. You can read the full version here. We are now at 3.5 weeks after the birth of the puppies, I will be talking about postpartum and postnatal Care.

Before the delivery I made little puppy collars out of paracord. These little collars were going to be put on the puppies as they were delivered. I like to keep track of the pups as they are being delivered all the way until they go to their new homes. The only way that I have found that works is by putting collars on them. Some people have used nail polish on the fur but the mom may lick that off so I stick with the collars. Some people don’t like using collars as something might happen and they may get hurt but I make real sure to check them several times a day and adjust them as needed as they grow. In the above picture I needed to put bigger collars on them as they were growing so fast.

After each pup is born you should weigh them and I weight them each day for the next two weeks following birth to make sure they are growing. It was a good thing I was weighing this litter as I had 3 puppies that were smaller than the rest, there was two days after birth that the yellow girl was loosing weight. Each puppy should be gaining and not loosing, if loosing something is going on. In this case the little yellow girl was so small she was getting nudged off the nipple and not getting any milk. She also was sucking on just skin. I would look at them while nursing and everyone was sucking away I would then pull yellow off and she was on skin and not a nipple hence the weight loss. When I found out she wasn’t getting enough milk I started trying to bottle feeding her to give her extra nourishment. I then any chance I got would put her on the back mammary gland which hold the most milk. She was back to gaining weight like the others in no time.

It is very important that the puppies get to nurse immediately after birth so they can receive the mothers colostrum which is the the mothers first milk. This milk contains high levels of antibodies that are absorbed into the puppies bloodstream which will protect it against infectious diseases. There is a time frame that the puppies need to ingest the mothers colostrum which study’s have shown to be with in the first four hours of birth which is the most beneficial up to 12 hours. After 12 hours they don’t get the benefits because their intestinal walls close up so they can’t absorb the antibodies. If you want to read about the study you can here.  When they don’t get the colostrum in the critical period of time the puppy’s can “fade away”.

The puppies are born with their eyes and ears shut. They will stay that way for 10-14 days. Even know these senses are closed they still can find their mothers nipples and find mom or the littermates to lay next to and stay warm. It is just amazing to watch them crawl like a seal the first week after birth and be able to crawl across the whelping box to get to mom. Two puppies opened their eyes at 10 days and then the rest were open at 14 days.

During this time they can’t go to the bathroom by themselves. They will need the stimulation from their mother in order for them to pee and poop. While the puppies are nursing or right after the mom will start to lick them to stimulate them to pee and poop. The mother will eat the pee and poop to keep the whelping box clean. If something happens to the mother or she refuses to take care of the puppies you will need to do this procedure by wetting a kleenex or napkin and rubbing it on the penis, vulva and then rectum to stimulate them. At about two weeks they will start pooping and peeing on their own.

From day one you should be handling the puppies, you should be touching their toes, ears, mouth and body. From day 3 to 16 days you should be doing the early neurological stimulation which I wrote about here.

The first two weeks mom will spend most of her time in the whelping box. She may be protective of it so care should be taken if people come over to the house. Actually because the puppies immunity isn’t the best people shouldn’t be visiting as they can bring in virus that may make the puppies sick. At two and a half to three weeks of age the puppies start to walk around and get their motor skills. They start to play with each other, toys and you. At this time you can start to potty train them on pee pads. Depending on the length of walls of your whelping box just after three weeks is when the jail breaks start to happen. Glory’s puppies started breaking out this past Tuesday. Soon they will be transitioned to their new location with a kennel and a exercise pen so they can have a sleeping area and a potty/play area as they will learn they don’t like to potty where they sleep so they need a big enough area to separate them out. At three weeks of age you want to start introducing noises so they can become familiar with sounds and not be afraid.

Sorry for such a long post, the words kept flowing and I didn’t quite know where to end. So I will end now and continue at a later date.

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Family Gathering~Wordless Wednesday

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From 9 Toys To 8

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook you know I have been on cloud nine and been on a buying spree, I have been buying puppy toys when I’ve been out shopping and of course been picking up 9 one for each precious puppy to go to their new home with them. I made a joke that I had an addiction and needed help that I couldn’t stop buying 9 toys. As of Tuesday afternoon I have to stop buying 9 toys as it has went From 9 Toys To 8.

The little dog lay curled and did not rise
But slept the deeper as the ashes rose,
And found the people incomplete.

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This is a post I never dreamed that I would need to write and let me tell you it is one I never want to write again. Today’s post was suppose to be on the next phase of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. Well today the next phase is moving on after a death of a 18 day old puppy that was growing good, eating good, moving good that showed no reason to pass away. The little girl was doing good in the morning and a few hours later when they were looked upon little red had passed away with no warning, no signs, no nothing, just laying peacefully sleeping never to awake again. This little girl never got to enjoy her first bout with mush food, never got to fight with it’s siblings, never to go go to a new home and live on for a long happy life. It’s live was cut short but for those short 18 days this little girl knew the love of it’s fur mom and human mom. It was hugged each day, handled each day, kissed each day and told it was loved each day hopefully all those days of love will be carried with her for the rest of her life up above in the big blue sky. Once again I truly believe things happen for a reason, there was a reason that I will never know why this puppy died, all I can think is that it happened now instead of later to save the new puppy buyers the heartache that I am going through right now, my heartache will fade but it will never go away.

Whoever said breeding is a piece of cake and all fun and games of playing with cute little fur balls all day long couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe it is a piece of cake for those who don’t take the time to research the breed, do the proper tests, get the proper titles, find the right stud dog that will complement your dog and hopefully produce great puppies and it doesn’t stop there. The time taken to make sure the pregnancy takes, and that the mother is getting the proper nutrition and exercise to be able to deliver a healthy litter without intervention from anyone. There is the stress of the delivery hoping that all goes well and your bitch and puppies thrive, there is the stress and worry that comes when a puppy(s) are born dead and then those that pass days or weeks after being born when you think you are out of the woods and then BAMB a kick in the face, a punch to the gut when you have to make that dreaded phone call to a potential puppy buyer that they will not be getting a puppy that they have watched grow for a short period, that they have named already, that they have bought toys for already and told their children that one day soon they will be getting a playmate. This is now the hardest time in a breeders career, I thought it was hard to call the people and let them know the last pregnancy didn’t take well let me tell you this was much harder as now there was a living being. Maybe this wouldn’t hurt so much if I wasn’t such a caring person and just in it for the money and what happens happens but that is not me nor will it ever be me. It’s not about the money, it’s about producing healthy strong dogs that will be there to give their owners many years of love and companionship.

God Speed little red may Gpa Norman take you under his paw and show you the ropes up and over the rainbow bridge. My sympathies to the puppy buyer.

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