We are so happy to announce Pearl and Cooper’s litter was born February 19th, 2018! She had 10 little darlings–4 girls and 6 boys! Puppies will be ready to go home April 21. I have 4 spots remaining. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application.
I can hardly stand how cute these guys are getting! These growing puppies are making some big changes this week! Now, we have added in straw to their play area as mama is no longer cleaning up after them. They have more access to the outside (on the rare occasion it’s warm enough) and can be indoor or outdoor. Pearl is starting to spend more time away from them as they grow in independence. We are not having to bottle feed any longer. We took the puppies outside for the first time this week! It was a little cold so they mainly wanted to snuggle with each other but they did great!
If you haven’t already done so, this is the time when I recommend taking a look at the New Puppy Check List and start getting everything you need. This is a good time to start thinking about the transition home. It will be an adjustment for them going from the whelping box with their mama and siblings to a new home with new people! One of the things that helps is making as many things the same as possible. Smell is one of the major senses for pups so we will have a small lap size transition blanket for you on pickup day included in your puppy pack. We will rub this blanket on Pearl so they can carry her sent home. I recommend putting it in their crate so they can sleep with it. Here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition. All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home plus some other tips.
It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show!
Here are some more pictures just for fun! I had to add in one of Red going off exploring while the rest were all snuggled in together! He’s a PNW guy for sure! haha!
And I’m pretty sure this is yellow, but she seemed a little nervous about her new surroundings at first. She climbed right up into Wyatt’s lap and Jake told him to be careful because she seemed scared. So he hugged her and held onto her for a few minutes…be still my heart… And this is also teal with her.
FINALLY AN UPDATE!!! I apologize for the late update. I had the privilege of going to California to visit my brother and his beautiful family. It was so fun to see them! They have two of our dogs, Einstein and Koda. Both golden retrievers and just gorgeous. Einstein is Koda’s father but Koda definitely looks more like his mama, Panda.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
Jake stayed home and cared for the precious puppies. He’s the puppy whisperer, as I call him, but he is not one for blogging. Hehe! I tried showing him how he could do an update but opted to just continue care for the babes.
All of the puppies are growing wonderfully and are getting more and more active. You can see from their pictures they are opening their eyes and moving around. Pearl is starting to spend larger amounts of time away from them more happily. She enjoys her walks but is still eager to return.
Jake cut all of their nails last week while we were gone. Since Wyatt and I also do a lot of the snuggling he was on double duty! We find it very important for socialization for them to have time with humans, not just their mama, at this stage.
Can you even handle how cute these guys are already!? ahhh!!!!
Puppies in a basket…<3
We are so excited to finally have puppies!!!! We had two litters in a row not take so we were so happy to see Pearl’s puppies! Jake and I always joke about how nice it would be if the mama’s delivered their puppies during the day–they normally come in the wee hours of the morning, like 3am. And this girl did it!!!!! She even waited until all the chores were done and we had eaten breakfast! Pearl started in the late morning, around 10am. Thank you Pearl….seriously…you truly are a gem (no pun intended haha)!
She was smooth sailing the whole way! We had to watch her closely because sometimes we couldn’t even tell she was having contractions and there would just be a new puppy! We were so surprised by 10 beautiful babies!!!
What are their first days like?
The first few days are critical when caring for new puppies. And with 10, there is a lot of competition for mama’s milk. Jake and I take turns watching them constantly and helping Pearl rotate all the puppies to make sure they are all fed. To help her and the puppies out, we sometimes bottle feed them…and yes, it’s as adorable as it sounds. We typically separate them into two smaller groups when there is a litter of this size. But Pearl would have none of it!!!! We would have them in a cozy box together and she would just go get them! Many mama’s are thankful for the space and feel less overwhelmed when we do this but Pearl was not having it. We tried and tried and when we put them in another room she started crying and shaking…so we listened to her, because mama always knows best. So she has had all 10 puppies with her. It’s amazing to watch…she will put them in little groups herself sometimes. A few up by her neck nestled in and a few nursing.
Every morning our 1.5 year old wakes up and yells “puppies!” Then proceeds to want to hold each one, in turn. It has been our greatest delight to see these littles love on each other. We are so thankful he gets to grow up around puppies and learn to care for little souls. I’m sure he’ll go through different phases but my mama heart is just soaking up this precious time. ❤
What can I do now?
The next step is to enjoy these precious little ones!! You still have plenty of time to get ready to bring them home.
Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:
Mostly, this is the watching and waiting time. Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.
This is a good time to decide if you are wanting your puppy to participate in Puppy Kindergarten. We will only open up 5 spots for Puppy K to ensure individualized attention and training for those that sign up. Puppy K is an extra week with us where we do the first week of potty training and crate training. It can also be a nice stepping stone for transitioning home with you. I’ll share more on how to help your puppy transition home in the next couple of weeks. To read more about the program and/or to sign up, check out our Puppy Kindergarten page.
Which puppy is mine?
Many people are eager to know which puppy will be theirs. I know it can seem impossible right now to have to pick just one!
Here is how this process will work: Since they are still so little, it is hard to determine their personalities and coats. When the puppies are 6 1/2 to 7 weeks old we can see their personalities more and will preform a temperament test on each puppy. Then I will read through everyone’s application and pick out my top 2-3 puppies for each family. After watching the videos, I will ask you to do the same. Then I will call the first applicant and review our picks until they have picked out a puppy. I will repeat the process with the second applicant and so on until everyone is matched up.
DON’T WORRY! This is a smooth and simple process and it has gone wonderfully EVERY time! My only caution is to not get your heart set on “one puppy.” Instead, I ask that you keep your heart open to all the puppies. And for now, just sit back and enjoy ALL their cuteness!
Here are they are!
And some more of them together….