What to expect for your puppy’s first night home

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Bringing home your new puppy is an exciting day! You’ve probably been preparing for your pup in many ways and now your ready to bring them home!

My husband and I raise and train premium goldendoodle puppies in the beautiful PNW.  I work with amazing families who want the best for their newest member of the family.  I question I often get is “how can I help my puppy the first night?” It is a big transition for the puppy (and you!) so here are some tips to help it go as smoothly as possible.

Knowing what to expect and having the right mindset will go a long ways!

*Before this day make sure you have everything you’ll need! Here is a New Puppy Checklist that goes over all the supplies a new puppy requires.

When You First Get Your Puppy Home

Everything’s new…everything’s a first!

To help understand your puppy, keep in mind where they are coming from.  Up to this point, most puppies have been with their mama and littermates.  They have eaten when they wanted, slept when they wanted, played when they wanted, and gone potty anywhere and anytime they wanted! Imagine the difference when you try to get them on a schedule! (Don’t worry…they will thrive on a positive and consistent schedule….it’s just new!)

With all that in mind, when you first arrive home give your puppy a chance to relieve itself in an area you have designated for that purpose.  I would take them out without

their leash–just carry them to the spot and set them down.  I recommend starting potty training immediately.

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Allow your puppy 10-15 minutes to potty and explore the new territory.  If/when your puppy does relieve itself in the proper area, give them lots of praise.  If they haven’t relieved, take them inside and  again in 10 minutes.

Next, let them explore in the house (be sure to supervise – don’t let him out of your sight). Talk to the puppy when it explores to make it feel more at home.

Puppy’s First Night At Home

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The first few nights at home may be difficult for both you and your pup. At night the puppy will feel lonely and will probably demonstrate this by whining. These are a few things that you can do that might make the puppy feel at home.

  1. Your puppy’s sleeping quarters should be in a crate. Many times people are reluctant to have their puppy sleep in a crate.  My advice is to always listen to your intuition when it comes to your puppy.  With that said, your puppy is used to sleeping in a cove like tight space and the crate will not only help them potty train but give them that cove like feeling. Make it comfortable for them by adding a soft crate bed, a soft toy, and a transition blanket.  I like the Mid West Life Stages crate because it has an adjustable wall.  You can put the wall up to make the crate space smaller and move it back as your puppy gets bigger.  If you don’t have this crate, you can fill the back of your crate with boxes or makeshift your own wall.
  2. Where do you put the crate? Two main schools of thought on this…
    1. Keep the crate in a draft free area next to your bed. This is a good option if you are able to get up often during the night. For approximately the first three weeks, if your puppy cries, take him out, on leash to relieving area. After relieving put him back into his crate. Do not give him any treats or any play time. Put him right back into his crate and he should go back to sleep. This is considered the more gentle method as your puppy will feel safe knowing you are present.  It is more difficult as well because it will take a long time for your puppy to sleep through the night as he will be able to wake you and want your assistance.
    2. Put the crate somewhere away from foot traffic/people. This is a good option for people who are not able to afford losing a too many good nights’ sleep.  Many people choose this option until their puppy is potty trained and then move the pup to their room.  With this option, set a designated time to get the puppy from their crate to go potty. The first night take them out every 2 hours. Each night add an hour in between potty breaks (next day every 3 hours, next day every 4 hours–all the way up to 7).  By the end of one week your puppy will be able to sleep 7 hours in their crate.  With you setting the pace your puppy will learn you will take them out and stop barking after the first 5ish days.  I would invest in earplugs if you choose this option!
  3. Under no circumstances take the puppy to bed with you. This will form a very undesirable habit. Once your puppy is potty trained and sleeping through the night, it is much more manageable if you choose to have your puppy sleeping in your bed.  Before that–you are going to have a rough time with night time potty training and may find yourself getting up frequently for months and months! –or find presents in your bed…!
  4. Be consistent! Whatever method you choose be sure you can stick with it! Know that a great deal of effort in this beginning time will give you a well trained and happy pup for their lifetime!

Read more on how to crate train and what the days beyond should look like on my crate training post!

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Puppy’s First Feeding

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This will be your puppy’s first meal by themselves. Once your puppy’s food is prepared, you will start having your puppy sit and wait for his food.

Hold your puppy by his collar by slipping your thumb in his collar and set his food about two feet away. As soon as he stops wiggling, say the words “O.K.”and release your puppy.

This should be done at every meal throughout training.

It is easiest for the puppy if you can feed them the same food your breeder was giving them.  Be sure to order some ahead of time so you can have it ready.  It is recommended they don’t change food for the first few weeks.  You’ll notice they may have tummy issues do to the stress of the change and keeping the food the same will help.  You can also add 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree to their food to help with their tummy.  Expect your puppy to not have much of an appetite.  *They may also drink and obnoxious amount of water!

For this first day and until they are potty trained don’t leave food and water down!  Keep it picked up and give it to them each time.  Immediately take them outside as they will probably go potty within a couple minutes.

You can also expect him to take some time to learn his new environment/smells and a handful of inside accidents is normal.

We feed our pups Life’s Abundance All Life’s Stages Dog Food.  You can read more about why we chose this company and product on a related article, Our Favorite Dog Food.

Bonding Time

Your puppy’s first night home should include some bonding time.  To help them feel secure you can give your puppy a distressing massage while having some cuddle time.  Wait until they are somewhat sleepy or at least not energetic.  Bring your puppy into your lap giving them lots of eye contact. Dogs have distressing pressure points in the slight indent at the top of their head and the sinuses below the tear ducts. You can rub those areas while snuggling in addition to long slow strokes from the top of his shoulder blades to the base of his tale.

Helping your puppy transition will take time.  But…they WILL transition! Dogs are incredibly intuitive and they will be able to sense you love and care for them.  At the end of the day that is what is most important.

Keeping as many things the same will also help.  Talk to your breeder about food, vitamins, transition blankets, etc.  Here is a list of things that will help your puppy make that transition.

Yay puppies!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME WITH YOUR NEW PUPPY! 🙂

 

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Apple and Coopers Litter–Fall 2017

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We are so happy to announce Apple and Coopers beautiful litter of standard f1 goldendoodles were born!!! She had 3 boys and 3 girls! They will be ready to go home December 16th.  We will not be offering a Puppy Kindergarten class for this litter.

All of her puppies have been reserved.


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A big 4 weeks old today!!! Half way to home!

I can’t believe how fast these guys are growing! And they just keep getting cuter! 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 week 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  (except night time or if it is too cold out) now and can be indoor or a covered outdoor area.  Apple is starting to spend more time away from them as they grow in independence.

It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show! We tried taking them out in the grass a few times this week but it has been too cold and windy. They don’t have much of their coats yet so they were too little to get to play.  We hope to be able to let them run around outside in the next week or so! Hoping for some sun!!!

Apple’s guardian family got to visit this week! Mama Apple was so happy to see them and the puppies loved all the snuggles!

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Weekly pictures! Typically I try to get outside pictures this week but since I couldn’t I tried to get a few of the puppies inside.  What you’re seeing are basically the ones that aren’t too blurry because these guys are on the move!

Black Collar-Boy

Green Collar-Boy

Orange Collar-Boy

Pink Collar-Girl

Silver Collar-Girl

Yellow Collar-Girl

And some more because they are just too cute not to share!!!


11.8.17

Three weeks old and getting bigger every day!!! This week they have started walking around, finding their voices, and their eyes are opening more and more! I love this week because there is a new discovery for them everyday!

Mama Apple is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them.

This is a good time to start thinking about their 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 Apple 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.

Here is a little video of the sweeties:

Weekly pictures and weights:

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Black-Boy-34.5oz
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Green-Boy-43.6oz
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Orange-Boy-72.3oz
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Pink-Girl-64.8oz
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Silver-Girl-66.7oz
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Yellow-Girl-53.2oz

10.31.17

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe day!

Our little pumpkins are 2 weeks old and we are so pleased with the growth and progress!  We are also noticing some of Cooper’s signature markings are starting to show! Can you see their blonde toes? ❤

You can also see in their pictures they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Though they aren’t walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps.  This week, we will also cut their nails and stroke them from head to toe–so they are used to it. This makes grooming them when they are bigger much easier for you and the groomer. They continue to spend all their time sleeping and eating mama’s milk.

Here are their individual pictures and weights:

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Black Collar-Boy-24oz
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Green Collar-Boy-31.1oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-47.5oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-43.2oz
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Silver Collar-Girl-46.6oz
yellow2
Yellow Collar-Girl-43.8oz

Some of them together…

And this was just too cute not to share…

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Paws crossed getting her nails done! 🙂

The First Days

Just in time to be ready to go home for Christmas…Apple’s puppies were born early in the morning on Friday October 20th.  They were almost delivered at her guardian family’s! Fortunately, Stacey (Apple’s human mama), could tell Apple was getting ready to pop! After seeing her I told Jake they were coming that night–he made me a bet that they wouldn’t! I won :).   We set up a nice cozy spot in our living room next to the couch and across from our cozy fireplace.  Jake stayed up with Apple all night until 4:30am so I could sleep–my hero! She had 3 puppies in row starting at 2am. Then he slept and I stayed with her and she had the other 3 around 5:30am.  When our 1.5 year old woke up he could hear their sweet chirping noises as they searched for their mama’s milk.  He normally takes a while to wake up but that morning he sat right up, pointed out his door and said, “puppies?”  ❤

The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies.  Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk.  If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk.  We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.

In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk.  They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk.  They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Apple.

Apple has been happy and energetic for just having 6 puppies! She doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and when we take outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs she is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in.  She is the sweetest mama!

What can I do now?

I am the planner in our family and like to do things way ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list.  For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.

Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time.  Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

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 5 1/2 to 6 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!

Finally, here they are!

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Green Collar-Boy-17.2oz
black
Black Collar-Boy-19.4oz
orange
Orange Collar-Boy-22.4oz
pink
Pink Collar-Girl-20.4oz
Silver
Silver Collar-Girl-24.9oz
yellow
Yellow Collar-Girl-23.6oz

And some extra cuteness!

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All snuggle up together! Puppies in a basket!
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Our little helper keeps an eye on the other ones while we weigh and give them collars. ❤

How To Treat Worms Naturally In Dogs

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Living in the Pacific Northwest I often get families with a holistic/homeopathic mindset for the care of their humans and canines.  After helping many families deal with worms I’ve finally decided to compile what I’ve learned to share with all of you.

Many dogs are able to take chemical treatments for the infection of worms.  Your vet can help you find treatment in this case. Many will not notice any negative side effects from general medication.  However, it’s unfortunatley common for dog owners to notice negative side effects from these treatments and may seek more natural alternatives.  I also work with many people wanting to opt for natural remedies because of personal values.

No matter what has led you to seeking natural remedies for worms in your dog I hope you are able to find these helpful.  Natural remedies take time and effort! Prevention is key to helping our canine companions lead happy healthy lives!

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“You may continue grooming and may also do my nails…” 

If you’re not dealing with worms yet, you can still help prevent them through preventative measures.  If you’ve dealt your dog having worms you know how terrible it can be! Here is a way to keep it from happening again!

Preventative Topical Mixture:

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups distilled water
  2. 3 Tablespoons quality vodka or 5 Tablespoons if cheap (lol)
  3. 5 drops cedar essential oil
  4. 5 drops lemon essential oil
  5. 8-10 drops rose geranium essential oil
  6. Clean spray bottle–Be sure it’s safe for essential oils!

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil
  2. Add all ingredients to the water then poor into empty spray bottle
  3. Shake well
  4. Apply to dog by starting at the rump.  Place one hand on your pup and move their fur against the grain as you spray their skin along behind.  Its important to get the mix to their skin! (I have to put the head of the spray bottle against their skin).  Repeat this method on their sides and belly. Spray legs and rub in the mixture.  For the face, Spray it on your hands and rub avoiding their eyes, nose, and any open wounds. Lastly, rub the insides of ears with the mixture.
  5. Apply 3 times a week or more.  Depending on how common worms are and how at risk your dog is–up to once a day.
  6. If you start to feel a build up take a wet towel and wipe them down.  You can also give them a bath or take them for a nice walk in the rain!
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This little guy LOVED playing outside in the rain!

Preventative and Treatment Remedies:

In addition to the topical preventative you can also add some natural things to your pups diet to prevent and treat worms.  Many of these items can be found at your local grocery store or co-op but I’ve included affiliate links through amazon as well. Here are several options!

  1. Fresh, raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds help expel worms.  A generous portion pumpkinseedscan be fed as a wholesome treat to your pup and yourself! You may need to grind them up.  You can feed them the seeds alone or with a meal.  *If treating a dog already infected you can add the ground seeds to 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree.  The puree will help their tummy if they have diarrhea.
  2. Anti-worm mix– blend together 2 cups pumpkin seeds, 1 cup  garlic, 1 cup fennel seed, and 1 cup yucca root.  Add 1 teaspoon/pound of food for 5 days on then 2 days off.
  3. Wormwood is a classic dewormer.  But be cautious! This should only be used in small doses and for short periods of time! Wormwood is a powerful worming agent that has been used for hundreds of years to expel many types of worms, especially roundworms, from dogs, cats, humans and other animals. Yet it is not recommended as the herb of first choice by many holistic veterinarians and is recommended if other natural remedies aren’t enough. Since wormwood makes life miserable for parasites, it is also not kind to the host.*To use wormwood, give up to 1/2 teaspoon of the dried herb per 30 pounds of body weight at mealtime.  Do not exceed three consecutive days of use. The extremely bitter flavor of this herb makes it a hard one to get animals to accept so you may need to hide it in a tasty treat!

As you can see, all of these natural remedies will take time and effort! But I hope you will find your pup to be happy, healthy and worm free!

Looking for a natural remedy for fleas? Check out this DIY treat recipe!

If you have other natural remedies you’ve tried please comment and let us know!

Jewel and Sidekick 2017

9.11.17

Yay!!! It’s matchup week!!!

Doing the temperament tests with the puppies was a blast and I loved getting to really see the small differences in their personalities. I’m amazed at how sweet and calm the puppies could be! I think you guys are in for a treat with these cuties!

Now begins the matchup process! I will start with the first person our list after a few days so everyone has time to review and think about the puppies. This process can take a while so please be patient if you don’t hear from me for a few days.  Also, please keep in mind there are other families waiting for their puppy match up after you! If you are not signed up for Puppy K this is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!

Each puppy has their own video with us preforming the tests on them.  Please review the test in order to see what behaviors the puppies exhibited to earn the results they got.  This is a guideline for you to use–not the final say on their personalities. An adult dog’s behavior is going to be a combination of its nature and your nurture. Keep in mind that with Golden Doodles there will not be any extremes and you are going to find more similarities between each of the puppies than differences.   So having a good training foundation is key.  You can read through our Biggest Mistakes Made When Housebreaking to help you avoid pitfalls.

We will look through all the applications and pick our top 2-3 puppies for what you were looking for.  Then we call the first people on our list.  Together we talk about the puppies that stood out to them and the puppies that stood out to us for them.  After going over the test results and talking it through they will pick which one they want.  Once they are matched up, we will repeat the process with the second people on our list and so on until everyone is matched up.

Often people are concerned with getting matched up with the “right puppy.”  My advice is always to not worry about it! The process always feel very natural and organic.  And remember–they are all super cute and it is hard to go wrong! The only problem I run into is when people have their mind set on ONE puppy and that puppy gets chosen.  To avoid that, please keep an open mind and open heart to all of the puppies and narrow down your favorites to 3.

You’ll notice I have not put the girls’ videos and pictures up.  We are keeping the females to be future mama’s for us and I’ve already matched them up with their guardian families last week so have decided not to post them here.

And with all that here are their videos and pictures!

Black:

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Silver:

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Green:

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Red:

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Orange:

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Talk to you soon!


8.28.17

These sweeties are getting bigger every day!!! Mama Jewel is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them.

I have added a Puppy Kindergarten class for Jewel’s litter so you are able to sign up if you’d like your puppy to participate.  Puppy Kindergarten is when you puppy stays with us for an extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training.  If you have the time/energy/will to do this training yourself, it is a great bonding time. However, it does help smooth out the transition home and by the end of the week they will be sleeping around 7-8 hours and able to hold their bladders for 30-45 min.  And there will still be lots of training needed afterwards! Check out the link for more details and information. I will only be opening up 5 spots as that is our max in order to ensure proper training and attention for the puppies in class.

Either way, here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  I have transition blankets available here–let me know if you’d like to get one of our’s ($25) or feel free to mail in your own! All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home.

Here is a little video of the cuties outside:

Weekly pictures:

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Black Collar-Boy
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Green Collar-Boy
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Orange Collar-Boy
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Pink Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Boy
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Silver Collar-Boy
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Teal Collar-Girl
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Yellow Collar-Girl
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Just being adorable!

July 18th we were thrilled to welcome Jewel and Sidekicks sweet puppies! Born smoothly and quickly were 8 beautiful standard f1’s.  We are in love with the color spectrum of these pups!

The First Days

The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies.  Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk, especially with so many siblings fighting for their turn.  If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk.  We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.

In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk.  They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk.  They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Jewel.

Since she had 8 puppies, we divided them into two groups since competition for the milk can leave some stranded.  Jewel appreciates the smaller groups and doesn’t seem so overwhelmed.  She doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and we have to coax outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs.  She is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in.  She is such a good mama!

What can I do now?

I am the planner in our family and like to do things ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list.  For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.

Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time.  Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

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 5 1/2 to 6 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!

Finally, their debut:

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Black Collar-Boy-31.9oz
green1
Green Collar-Boy-33.3oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-35.5oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-28.9oz
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Red Collar-Boy-30.9oz
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Silver Collar-Boy-31.8oz
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Teal Collar-Girl-28.5oz
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Yellow Collar-Girl-33.2oz

Eadie and Cooper’s Teddy Bear Doodles 2017

We are so excited about Eadie and Coopers Teddy Bear standard F1 Goldendoodles born July 11th! We can already see some incredibly gorgeous curly coats.  Matched with Coopers markings these TBD are the definition of cuteness.  They will be ready to go home September 9th, or September 16th if you sign up for Puppy Kindergarten.

9.4.17

Yay!!! It’s matchup week!!!

Doing the temperament tests with the puppies was a blast and I loved getting to really see the small differences in their personalities. I’m amazed at how sweet and calm the puppies could be! I think you guys are in for a treat with these cuties!

Now begins the matchup process! I will start with the first person our list after a few days so everyone has time to review and think about the puppies. This process can take a while so please be patient if you don’t hear from me for a few days.  Also, please keep in mind there are other families waiting for their puppy match up after you! If you are not signed up for Puppy K this is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!

Each puppy has their own video with us preforming the tests on them.  Please review the test in order to see what behaviors the puppies exhibited to earn the results they got.  Keep in mind, this is a guideline for you to use–not the final say on their personalities. An adult dog’s behavior is going to be a combination of its nature and your nurture.

*real life warning!–We completed these tests while living life with its interruptions and distractions. Please don’t mind the toys or other things going on.  I hope you’ll see your puppy was raised with us and all that goes on in a home! Maybe one day my one year old will HELP! LOL 😉

Pink:

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Red:

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White:

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Teal:

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Orange:

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Yellow:

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Green:

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8.24.17

Next week is matchup week!!! This week we will start the temperament tests and do videos of the puppies.  Here is how the match up process will work: Between now and then Jake and I will perform a temperament test on each of the puppies. Please read that article so you know what tests we are doing and you can think about the kind of temperament you are looking for in a puppy.

Keep in mind that with Golden Doodles there will not be any extremes and you are going to find more similarities between each of the puppies than differences.  In addition, your puppy’s personality will be a combination of it’s nature and your nurture.  So having a good training foundation is key.  You can read through our Biggest Mistakes Made When Housebreaking to help you avoid pitfalls.

After we have done the temperament test with each of the puppies, we will look through all the applications and pick our top 2-3 puppies for what you were looking for.  Then we call the first people on our list.  Together we talk about the puppies that stood out to them and the puppies that stood out to us for them.  After going over the test results and talking it through they will pick which one they want.  Once they are matched up, we will repeat the process with the second people on our list and so on until everyone is matched up.

Often people are concerned with getting matched up with the “right puppy.”  My advice is always to not worry about it! The process always feel very natural and organic.  And remember–they are all super cute and it is hard to go wrong! The only problem I run into is when people have their mind set on ONE puppy and that puppy gets chosen.  To avoid that, please keep an open mind and open heart to all of the puppies and narrow down your favorites to 3-4, even 5.

Only two spots left for Puppy K! Be sure to sign up if you wanted your puppy to participate!

Whew! Now with all that in mind, here are the puppies and their pictures this week:

green5
Green-Boy
orange5
Orange-Boy
pink5
Pink-Girl
red5
Red-Boy
teal5
Teal-Girl
white5
White-Boy
yellow5
Yellow-Girl

8.11.17

This week they have started walking around, finding their voices, and have their eyes fully open! This is one of my favorite weeks because there is a new discovery for them everyday!

Mama Eadie is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them.

Now is the time I start signing people up for transition blankets! I have several gorgeous blankets from GoodDogBeds available for $25. We will rub the blanket on Eadie so they will be able to take her scent home.  If you would like one please shoot me an e-mail or comment below letting me know. If you are going to buy one and send it to us, you can send it as a “gift,” which will include a card with your name on it.  This will help us know which puppy it is going home with! Thanks!

Here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  It includes a link to my favorite transition blankets as well. All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home, along with a few other tips.

A little video of the cuties:

Weekly pictures:

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Green-Boy
orange4
Orange-Boy
pink4
Pink-Girl
red4
Red-Boy
teal4
Teal-Girl
white4
White-Boy
yellow4
Yellow-Girl

7.31.17

Two weeks old today!!! Getting nice and plump and sweeter by the day! As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Though they aren’t walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps.  This week, we will also cut their nails and stroke them from head to toe–so they are used to it. This makes grooming them when they are bigger much easier for you and the groomer. They continue to spend all their time sleeping and eating mama’s milk.  Since they are all doing so well, they no longer need to have goat milk supplementation as they are each big enough to get their share!

I have added a Puppy Kindergarten class for Eadie’s litter so you are able to sign up if you’d like your puppy to participate.  Puppy Kindergarten is when you puppy stays with us for an extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training.  If you have the time/energy/will to do this training yourself, it is a great bonding time. However, it does help smooth out the transition home and by the end of the week they will be sleeping around 7-8 hours and able to hold their bladders for 30-45 min.  And there will still be lots of training needed afterwards! Check out the link for more details and information. I will only be opening up 5 spots as that is our max in order to ensure proper training and attention for the puppies in class.

Either way, here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  I have transition blankets available here–let me know if you’d like to get one of our’s ($20) or feel free to mail in your own! All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home.

Pictures:

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Green Collar-Boy-39.1oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-39oz
pink2
Pink Collar-Girl-46.6oz
red2
Red Collar-Boy-46.4oz
teal2
Teal Collar-Girl-39.8oz
white21
White Collar-Boy-41.7oz
yellow2
Yellow Collar-Girl-49.1oz

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The First Days

Eadie (ee-dee) had been having contractions all morning so we had a long time to prepare for her delivery.   She handled it with amazing endurance! All 7 puppies were out in a few hours and she had tons of energy–gotta love those hormones! We were immediately impressed with how strong and vivacious her beautiful pups were!

The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies.  Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk, especially with so many siblings fighting for their turn.  If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk.  We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.

In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk.  They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk.  They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Eadie.

Eadie doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and when we take outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs she is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in. Her favorite thing to do is roll around on her back–she is very playful and such a happy mama!

What can I do now?

I am the planner in our family and like to do things ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list.  For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.

Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time.  Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

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 5 1/2 to 6 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!

Finally, their debut:

green
Green Collar-Boy-16.6oz
orange
Orange Collar-Boy-13oz
pink
Pink Collar-Girl-15.5oz
Red
Red Collar-Boy-16.3oz
teal
Teal Collar-Girl-12.7oz
white
White Collar-Boy-14.1oz
Yellow
Yellow Collar-Girl-16.4oz

And all of them snuggling together…

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Pearl and Cooper’s Litter Summer 2017

8.27.17

It’s matchup week!!!

Doing the temperament tests with the puppies was a blast and I loved getting to really see the small differences in their personalities. This litter has the most similar personalities between the puppies than I have ever seen! If I wasn’t switching them out myself and if they didn’t have different looks I could bet they were all one puppy–everyone tested very responsive and I think the main thing in picking one will be what “look” you like best/which one just melts your butter.

Now begins the matchup process! I will start with the first person our list after a few days so everyone has time to review and think about the puppies. This process can take a while so please be patient if you don’t hear from me for a few days.  Also, please keep in mind there are other families waiting for their puppy match up after you! If you are not signed up for Puppy K this is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!

Each puppy has their own video with us preforming the tests on them.  Please review the test in order to see what behaviors the puppies exhibited to earn the results they got.  Keep in mind, this is a guideline for you to use–not the final say on their personalities. An adult dog’s behavior is going to be a combination of its nature and your nurture.

*real life warning!–We did the first video several times trying to get “nothing else” happening in regards to our one year old, other dogs, clean house, etc…but it wasn’t happening.  So please don’t mind the life interruptions, laundry, toys, and other dogs.  But I hope you’ll see your future puppy is being raised with real life along with us and maybe it will seem familiar! 😉 #reallife #momlife #puppylife #thankful

Green:

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Blue:

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White:

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Red:

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Orange:

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Silver:

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Pink:

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Yellow:

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Teal:

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Talk to you soon!


8.20.17

Next week is matchup week!!! This week we will start the temperament tests and do videos of the puppies.  Here is how the match up process will work: Between now and then Jake and I will perform a temperament test on each of the puppies. Please read that article so you know what tests we are doing and you can think about the kind of temperament you are looking for in a puppy.

Keep in mind that with Golden Doodles there will not be any extremes and you are going to find more similarities between each of the puppies than differences.  In addition, your puppy’s personality will be a combination of it’s nature and your nurture.  So having a good training foundation is key.  You can read through our Biggest Mistakes Made When Housebreaking to help you avoid pitfalls.

After we have done the temperament test with each of the puppies, we will look through all the applications and pick our top 2-3 puppies for what you were looking for.  Then we call the first people on our list.  Together we talk about the puppies that stood out to them and the puppies that stood out to us for them.  After going over the test results and talking it through they will pick which one they want.  Once they are matched up, we will repeat the process with the second people on our list and so on until everyone is matched up.

Often people are concerned with getting matched up with the “right puppy.”  My advice is always to not worry about it! The process always feels very natural and organic.  And remember–they are all super cute and it is hard to go wrong! The only problem I run into is when people have their mind set on ONE puppy and that puppy gets chosen.  To avoid that, please keep an open mind and open heart to all of the puppies and narrow down your favorites to 3-4.

Only two spots left for Puppy K! Be sure to sign up if you wanted your puppy to participate!

Whew! Now with all that in mind, here are the puppies and their pictures this week:

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Green-Boy
orange6
Orange-Boy
pink6
Pink-Girl
red6
Red-Boy
silver6
Silver-Boy
teal6
Teal-Girl
white:blue6
Blue-Boy
white6
White-Boy
yellow6
Yellow-Girl
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Waiting their turn and trying to get a lick of Wyatt!

8.11.17

I can’t believe how fast these guys are growing! And they just keep getting cuter! 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 week 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  (except night time) now and can be indoor or outdoor.

It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show! Here is a little video of them playing outside!

Weekly pictures:

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Green-Boy-
orange4
Orange-Boy
pink4
Pink-Girl
re4
Red-Boy
silver4
Silver-Boy
teal4
Teal-Girl
white4
White-Boy
whiteblue4
Blue-Boy
yellow4
Yellow-Girl

7.31.17

Three weeks old and getting bigger every day!!! This week they have started walking around, finding their voices, and have their eyes fully open! I love this week because there is a new discovery for them everyday!

Mama Pearl is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them.

I have added a Puppy Kindergarten class for Pearl’s litter so you are able to sign up if you’d like your puppy to participate.  Puppy Kindergarten is when you puppy stays with us for an extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training.  If you have the time/energy/will to do this training yourself, it is a great bonding time. However, it does help smooth out the transition home and by the end of the week they will be sleeping around 7-8 hours and able to hold their bladders for 30-45 min.  And there will still be lots of training needed afterwards! Check out the link for more details and information. I will only be opening up 5 spots as that is our max in order to ensure proper training and attention for the puppies in class.

Either way, here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  I have transition blankets available here–let me know if you’d like to get one of our’s ($20) or feel free to mail in your own! All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home.

Here are pictures and weights!

blue3
Blue Collar-Boy-50.5oz
green3
Green Collar-Boy-56.1oz
orange3
Orange Collar-Boy-53.5oz
pink3
Pink Collar-Girl-57.3oz
red3
White Collar-Boy-55.6oz
silver3
Silver Collar-Boy-56.3oz
teal3
Teal Collar-Girl-59.8oz
yellow3
Yellow Collar-Girl-50.7oz
red31
Red Collar-Boy-64.7oz

7.14.17

Our little guys are just over 1 week old! Many of them have almost doubled in weight!!! We are so impressed with Pearl and how she is able to keep up feeding 9 babies! Needless to say she has quite and appetite!

While they haven’t opened their eyes yet, you can tell they are getting more mobile. This week they continue to spend all their time sleeping, snuggling with their mama, and nursing.  We continue to monitor their hydration levels and temperature and make sure everyone’s getting their fair share of mama’s milk.  Pearl is amazing to watch–she has a rotation system! She keeps 2 in between her front paws, one off to her side, and nurses the rest.  While in between her paws, she gives them a good cleaning and then rotates them!

I have now made a sign up available for Puppy Kindergarten.  Puppy K is a class we provide to help transition your puppy to your home. They stay with us for one extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training. By the end of the week most puppies are able to hold their bladder for 45min and sleep 7-8  hours in their crate.  It is a nice stepping stone for your puppy as they are still in a familiar surrounding, with some of their siblings, but get put on a schedule and introduced to some basic things.  You can read more about it and/or sign up on our Puppy Kindergarten Page. You still have some time to think about this option–but we do only open up 5 spots and we do usually fill up!

Here are their weekly pictures!

blue1
Blue Collar-Boy-27.2oz
green1
Green Collar-Boy-28.3oz
orange1
Orange Collar-Boy-26.4oz
pink1
Pink Collar-Girl-25.5oz
red1
Red Collar-Boy-29.1oz
silver1
Silver Collar-Boy-25.6oz
teal1
Teal Collar-Girl-27.5oz
white1
White Collar-Boy-25.8oz
yellow1
Yellow Collar-Girl-24.3oz

And some more of them together…


We are over the moon in love with these 9 beautiful standard f1 goldendoodles from Pearl and Cooper.  Pearl is an amazing mama and delivered these sweeties on July 5th. They will be ready to go home September 2nd or September 9th, if you sign up for Puppy Kindergarten.

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The First Days

Pearl appeared to be starting her labor Tuesday night, during the 4TH of July celebrations.  I mentioned to Jake that I thought the puppies would be arriving that night so he stayed up with her (my hero).  She didn’t seem to notice the fireworks at all! She had her first puppy at 6am!

The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies.  Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk, especially with so many siblings fighting for their turn.  If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk.  We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.

In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk.  They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk.  They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Pearl.

Since she had 9 puppies, we divided them into two groups since competition for the milk can leave some stranded.  Pearl appreciates the smaller groups and doesn’t seem so overwhelmed.  She doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and we have to coax outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs.  She is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in.  She is such a good mama!

What can I do now?

I am the planner in our family and like to do things ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list.  For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.

Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time.  Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

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 5 1/2 to 6 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!

Finally, their debut:

blue
Blue Collar-Boy-13.4oz
green
Green Collar-Boy-15.1oz
pink
Pink Collar-Girl-13.1oz
red
Red Collar-Boy-15.6oz
silver
Silver Collar-Boy-13.6oz
teal
Teal Collar-Girl-14.9oz
white
White Collar-Boy-14.7oz
yellow
Yellow Collar-Girl-13.8oz
orange
Orange Collar-Boy-14oz

And some more of them together….

Easy No-Sew DIY Best Nursing Tank Ever–Under $5!

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Mamas!!! I was told of this great idea when my son was born just over a year ago and I have to share it with you! Even if you don’t sew you can make your own nursing tank for less than $5!!

At first I was looking at nursing tank tops and they were really pricey. My goal was to nurse until my son was at least 18 months so I was looking for a good tank to wear for nursing that I could easily wear everday.  I am an active person and wanted to feel comfortable in public while nursing.  I didn’t want to show my stomach and wanted to be in some control of boob exposure. Then my friend showed me how to make the BEST one for the cheapest price!

No matter how long you plan or end up actually nursing–you deserve a great tank! Fed is best! So wether your nursing journey is 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years I hope this will be helpful.

Forever 21 has came tank tops for $1.97 the last time I went.  Because they were so cheap I got many different colors–black, white, cream, grey, green, brown…etc.  These tanks are your only cost so get however many you want with your budget.  And any cami tank will do–these are just super cheap and relatively durable! Here are some Active Basic Tanks you can get from Amazon for only $2.95!

Supplies

  1. Tank top
  2. Scissors
  3. Fabric Mender (optional)

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Directions

  1. First step is to flip it backwards and cut the strap off in the back as close to the tank as possible without cutting any of the back–just get the strap.

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2. Cut the top of the strap off at the edge of the tank. You don’t want to cut any of strap where it is still connected to the tank.

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3. Fold the top corner over and cut a small hole in the middle of the triangle pretty close to the edge.

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4. Now you can loop that hole over the clip to your nursing bra! Mission accomplished!

And voila! You now have the easiest and cheapest nursing tank!

 

It is really that easy!!! My friend even went a step further and used a fabric mender around the hole so it was durable and didn’t wear open over time.  I didn’t use this and here is one of my tanks a year later–used every few days and washed often:

 

I am about ready to get a new one after 13 months of use–but for only $1.97 I’m pretty impressed.

Also cool–since the straps are gone this also works with a nursing sports bra!

It has made nursing a little easier and I hope it will be helpful to you as well.

 

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Here is me and my sweet little boy still going strong at 13 months!

Natural Ways To Help Your Dog During The Fourth of July!

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The Fourth of July used to be one of my favorite holidays! Growing up, the whole neighborhood would get together for a BBQ and firework display.  It was a blast!!! But it is difficult to enjoy it as much when you have a loved one obviously in distress.

Depending on breed, dogs can hear 10-100 times better than humans!!! Imagine how scary the sound of fireworks and thunder must be with that hearing capacity! No wonder the Fourth is a difficult time for many pups.

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To be able to enjoy the wonderful celebration I need to know my dogs are okay.  I want to share with you the natural remedies I use for my dogs.

The biggest thing I do is give my pups a homeopathic remedy called Phosphorus 30C.

I’ve included a link but it can usually be found in natural food grocers or natural food sections.  I am not a big fan of sedating or drugging dogs, which is why I love this natural product.  As a homeopathic remedy, it works naturally. No side effects, no drug interactions, and no contraindications. It will help them reduce anxiety and help them be sleepy through the display. phosphorus

  • Simply place two pellets on your dogs tongue.  You can do this by squeezing the corners of their mouth together to get their mouth to open so you can place it under their tongue.
  • Generally, we just need to give 1 or 2 doses about 15 minutes apart during anxiety and it lasts for our dog for a few hours. In severe cases, you can give this dose once every 15 minutes until the anxiety lessens. 

     

    Having trouble giving it to your pup or are they spitting them out?

    • If you don’t feel comfortable with placing it under their tongue, or your pup is not having it, you can dissolve them in water and then squirt some in their mouth.1. In a bottle or jar, put 4 pellets in 4 ounces of spring, distilled or filtered water.2. Let the pellets dissolve for about 5 minutes.3. Put on the lid, shake vigorously and then give the bottle a couple whacks with your hand (this strengthens the remedy).

      4. Squirt 1/4 teaspoon into your pet’s mouth.  (I usually use the squirt syringe from the infant tylenol package but THIS will also work). It’s okay if your pup’s  teeth are clenched.  The medicine just needs to touch the mucous membranes to work.

    • If you can’t get it into the mouth, apply it to the paw pads as it will absorb through the skin.  Make sure to give the remedy on a clean palate – no food in the mouth. Do NOT mix it in their food – it won’t work.

      Keep any of the remaining remedy in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Additional Natural Aids

  1. Beforehand, set up a safe place for them to hide.  If left outside, many dogs may run away! The smoke also messes with their sense of smell so they can easily get lost and be scared to come home or not know how to get there.  Set up their dog bed/crate in a cozy spot. Being enclosed helps them feel safer so you can get some blankets and pillows out and they will dig themselves a little nest.
    • I love these dog cubbies that pups can snuggle into for that safe/cave like effect!

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  1. Turn on another noise. In addition to being able to hear much more than humans, dogs also have the ability to choose what they listen to.  (Does it ever feel like they don’t hear you when you call their name?–They might not!). Playing some soothing music or turning on the TV will help provide something else for your pup to listen to.  While the fireworks will be overpowering, the other noises will help in between.
  2. Try a Thundershirt.  A Thundershirt provides constant gentle pressure can help to calm anxiety, fear, and over excitement. This product only works on about 80% of dogs but I think it’s worth a try!

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3. Massage special pressure points. Dogs, like humans, have spots that can be used to help alleviate stress.  While snuggling with your pup, do small circles on the top their head–often there is a small indent.  Then rub the spot on their nose just after their tear ducts, like the human equivalent of sinuses.  Lastly, give your pup long strokes from their shoulder blades to the start of their tail.

 

Happy Independence Day!!!

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Breastfeeding Diet for Babies with Colic

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*All recommendations and opinions are my own.  I was not asked to promote anything.  I have included affiliate links to some products I found helpful but am otherwise receiving nothing for these recommendations.  I am not an expert and am speaking from my personal experience. Please hear my heart for the well being of all babies and know that these are genuine ideas from my journey with my son.

I knew the moment my son was born that he would have my heart forever.  So precious. So beautiful. Woven together in my womb by our Wonderful Maker.  When he started to get colic I wanted to help him so badly!!! Nothing hurt my mama heart more than feeling helpless when my baby cried for hours on end.  Wyatt started crying when he was just a few weeks old for hours at a time.  Usually, the evening was the worst time. After dinner I knew I would be spending the next 4-5 hours taking turns with my husband caring for our screaming babe.

We found several things to be helpful and one overall solution.  What I have learned is that experts still don’t know that much about colic and are finding out new information all the time.  I learned that there could be several factors contributing to it as well.  So my solution may not be your solution.  But if you are reading this, my guess is you are like me, and willing to try almost anything to help you babe.

The solution: my diet.

When I first brought up the question about my diet to my doctor and my concern for how it may be effecting my son, I was honestly dismissed. “All babies cry, ma’am,” my doctor told me. WHAT?! OF COURSE I KONW THAT ALL BABIES CRY!!! I am not talking about crying…I am talking about colic–screaming for hours…

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Not only did he not talk to me about options or ideas or even try to make me feel heard, he made me feel like I was an idiot for looking for alternative solutions.  I had the fortune of my older sister’s wisdom and experience in finding help from changing her diet with her babes so I was determined to seek out counsel.  I decided to see a naturopath instead.  And I must admit, this was the best decision I ever made in regards to the health of my son.

Our new doctor listened, cared and talked with me.  Our appointments are an hour or more and she takes time to address every concern I have.  As a naturopath, she looks for the simplest solution first.  After talking with her about his colic she told me that I could try to change my diet and see if it helps.

I learned that most babies have trouble digesting protein from dairy.  Think of the size of a baby and then the size of a cow–a cow is way bigger! I learned a good rule of thumb is babies can only digest protein from things their size or smaller–so chicken and turkey are usually okay.  Pig products are easier when they are around 6 months old.  So, the first thing she recommended was that I stop eating dairy and red meat.

For many moms, this is all that is required.  Some other signs that your baby is having issues with dairy and red meat are burping up milk after eating. Painful gas or painful burbs.  You could first try just taking out the cow products and see if that helps!

However, there were many other things that she suggested to take out as well.  My goal was to take them all out for two weeks and then try each one, one at a time and see how my little guy responded.

Here is the list of items I took out of my diet:

  1. Dairy and red meat
  2. Soy (Including Soy Lecithin)
  3. Corn (Including High Fructose Corn Syrup)
  4. Legumes
  5. Broccoli and cauliflower
  6. Eggs
  7. Gluten

And let me tell you…it worked INSTANTLY! No more colic. none. zero. ever. Of course he still cried.  But, in the way a baby cries when they need something.  Not the painful hours of torment. YES IT IS CRAZY!!! I don’t think I could have done this for myself or anyone other than that sweet baby boy.

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Two weeks in, I went through the list and added something in.  He responded with colic to each of them.  So I kept all of these things out of my diet.

I learned that most babies grow out of needing this around 6 months.  Mine did not.  He started to grow out of it by 9 months.  I found soft cheese to be the first thing I could introduce and eggs to be the last.

I know that this is hard to do.  Believe me, I did it for months! But it was sooooo worth it to be able to continue breastfeeding and to have my easy going, sweet, smiley guy happy and not in pain.

I could not believe how much corn and soy where in EVERYTHING we eat!!!! Fortunately, since food allergies are becoming more common (or we are finally figuring out what is wrong) most grocery stores have plenty of alternative options. Here is a little about the food I ate and how I survived:

  • I ate a lot of chicken salads!
  • I found an amazing flax granola–“flax for life” brand
  • Vanilla plant protein powder (vegan) –life saver! and milk supply saver! I would blend with a banana, coconut yogurt, gluten free oats and OJ! Yumm!
  • coconut milk ice-cream “So delicious” makes one that is cookie dough flavored 🙂
  • Diya gluten free, dairy free pizza–no, it doesn’t taste the same but its good.
  • Potato chips cooked in avocado oil
  • Alternated between almond milk, coconut milk, and homemade hemp milk
  • Honey glazed almonds
  • lots of fresh fruit and veggies!!!
  • baked sweet potato’s for taco shells
  • Peanut butter and jelly on gluten free/vegan bread–franz makes a “great seed” that’s yummy
  • Coffee was still okay with my guy’s tummy
  • Sauerkraut is a probiotic and yummy with some chicken sausage
  • French fries
  • Rice
  • Homemade guacamole

Helpful warnings:

  • Many “gluten free” options have dairy, soy or eggs–so read the labels!
  • Many “dairy free” options still have soy or eggs
  • Many “vegan” options have gluten
  • Most salad dressings contain dairy or eggs or corn

So read all the ingredients before purchasing!!!

While dealing with the colic, we found the advice from “The Happiest Baby On the Block” to be most helpful.  I think the information and tips kept us sane.

After seeing the change in my little guy, a number of friends experiencing colic have also tried this option and found success!

I sincerely hope that you are able to find a solution to the colic your baby may be experiencing.  I also hope you are able to find support and people who will listen and help you along this journey.  If you find other helpful solutions, please post them below to share with our community of mamas!

As my mama often told me, I’ll encourage you, THIS IS TEMPORARY.

Yay babies!!!!

 

 

Vera and Sidekicks Litter Spring 2017

*Last updated 6/27/17

Vera was incredible having ELEVEN beautiful and healthy standard F1 Teddy  Bear Goldendoodles on May 3rd.  We are over the moon with these sweeties…

Vera’s Teddy Bears will be ready to go home Sunday, July 2nd or July 9th if you sign up for Puppy Kindergarten.

The First Days

Vera appeared to be starting her labor Tuesday night.  I mentioned to Jake that I thought the puppies would be arriving that night so he stayed up with her (my hero).  She had her first puppy at 4am! She delivered 4 puppies very quickly and I took over around 7am.  She had another 3 puppies and we thought for sure she was done! Then another few hours later she had a whole bunch more! We thought she may never stop! 11 puppies later we were astonished at how great Vera and all the little ones were doing! Whew! What a day!

The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies.  Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk, especially with so many siblings fighting for their turn.  If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk.  We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.

In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk.  They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk.  They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Vera.

Since she had 11 puppies, we divided them into two groups since competition for the milk can leave some stranded.  Vera appreciates the smaller groups and doesn’t seem so overwhelmed.  She doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and when we take outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs she is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in.  She is such a good mama!

What can I do now?

I am the planner in our family and like to do things ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list.  For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.

Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time.  Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

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 5 1/2 to 6 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!

Finally, their debut:

And some more cuteness just for fun!


5.14.17: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! We got some special treats for our mama’s today and Vera loved the Turkey Berry Chew’s! Our sweet Teddy Bear Doodles are over one week old! We can’t believe it! Since there are so many babies, we continue to have them in separate groups during the day and rotate them every hour or so.

While they just beginning to open their eyes, you can tell they are getting more mobile. This week they continue to spend all their time sleeping, snuggling with their mama, and nursing.  We are still giving goats milk to the smaller puppies but most of the time everyone is able to fight for their fair share.  Vera is doing a great job of tending to them–and I still have to pull her along for walks.

I have now made a sign up available for Puppy Kindergarten.  Puppy K is a class we provide to help transition your puppy to your home. They stay with us for one extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training.  It is a nice stepping stone for your puppy as they are still in a familiar surrounding, with some of their siblings, but get put on a schedule and introduced to some basic things.  You can read more about it and/or sign up on our Puppy Kindergarten Page. You still have some time to think about this option–but we do only open up 5 spots and we do usually fill up!

Here are their weekly pictures!

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Puppies in a basket!

5.24.17: Over two weeks old!!! Making big strides and getting bigger! As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Though they aren’t walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps.  This week, we cut their nails and stroked them from head to toe–so they are used to it. This makes grooming them when they are bigger much easier for you and the groomer. Wyatt, our almost one year old, loved watching and kept saying “aww…” as I would clip their nails! Oh my stars….

They continue to spend all their time sleeping and eating mama’s milk.  Since a couple of them are smaller and not growing as much as their siblings, Jake and I are continuing to bottle feed the littlest ones.  We sometimes have them together as a group and at other times we separate them.  Vera is one amazing mama and she is still reluctant to go for walks with us…I can’t believe she doesn’t want more of a break! But self care is so important when caring for babies, so we make sure she does it anyways 😉

We will also have some beautiful “Baa Baa” Transition blankets from Gooddogbeds company.  We will rub the blanket on Vera so your puppy can take her sent home with you.  If you would like to get one of these, just shoot me an e-mail and I will add $17.50 to the amount due at puppy pickup.  You can also choose to send us your own–they have other amazing blankets and products including lush dog beds, dog cubbies, and pads.  Check out their website for more info or e-mail me if you’d like one of the baa baas.

If you buy your own and mail it to us, please make sure it has your name on it! Here is a complete list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  It includes a link to my favorite transition blankets as well. All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home, along with a few other tips.

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Assorted Baa Baa’s

Weekly pictures! I can’t for the life of me find where I wrote down their weights! Ahh!! I do remember that silver was just over 14oz and red was almost 50oz! If/when I find them I will update their pictures to include this week’s weight.

Some more just for fun!


5.29.17:

Over three weeks old and getting bigger every day!!! This week they have started walking around, finding their voices, and have their eyes fully open! You can definitely see them starting to get their “teddy bear” looks! We are still bottle feeding the littlest ones to help them get enough calories.  Vera is doing an amazing job but we still want to help her out. This is one of my favorite weeks because there is a new discovery for them everyday!

Mama Vera is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them. She has been enjoying digging a hole in our hard and rolling around in it–I thought it was the puppies who were supposed to be doing that! 😉

I’ve gotten some e-mails requesting the transition blanket, just a reminder to let me know if you want one! Here is a complete list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition.  It includes a link to my favorite transition blankets as well. All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home, along with a few other tips.

Since the weather has be so beautiful and warm, we took the pups outside in the shade.  A little video of the cuties:

Weekly pictures and weights:

And some other adorable pictures…

Our little helper loves the puppies…

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6.4.17: Half way to home!!! These growing puppies have a big week ahead!

This week 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  (except night time or if it is too cold out) now and can be indoor or outdoor.  Vera is starting to spend more time away from them as they grow in independence. We are not having to bottle feed any longer as the puppies are eating dog food! It’s mixed with water and turned to mush but Life’s Abundance is packed with nutrition!

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.

It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show! Here is a little video of one of my favorite things with raising puppies… a puppy pile!!! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not just dreaming!

Individual photos:


6.11.17

Next week is matchup week!!! This week we will start the temperament tests and do videos of the puppies.  Here is how the match up process will work: Between now and then Jake and I will perform a temperament test on each of the puppies. Please read that article so you know what tests we are doing and you can think about the kind of temperament you are looking for in a puppy.

Keep in mind that with Golden Doodles there will not be any extremes and you are going to find more similarities between each of the puppies than differences.  In addition, your puppy’s personality will be a combination of it’s nature and your nurture.  So having a good training foundation is key.  You can read through our Biggest Mistakes Made When Housebreaking to help you avoid pitfalls.

After we have done the temperament test with each of the puppies, we will look through all the applications and pick our top 2-3 puppies for what you were looking for.  Then we call the first people on our list.  Together we talk about the puppies that stood out to them and the puppies that stood out to us for them.  After going over the test results and talking it through they will pick which one they want.  Once they are matched up, we will repeat the process with the second people on our list and so on until everyone is matched up.

Often people are concerned with getting matched up with the “right puppy.”  My advice is always to not worry about it! The process always feel very natural and organic.  And remember–they are all super cute and it is hard to go wrong! The only problem I run into is when people have their mind set on ONE puppy and that puppy gets chosen.  To avoid that, please keep an open mind and open heart to all of the puppies and narrow down your favorites to 3-4, even 5.

Only one spot left for Puppy K! Be sure to sign up if you wanted your puppy to participate!

Whew! Now with all that in mind, here are the puppies and their pictures this week:


6.20.17

This week I have sad news to share.  With a heavy heart we had to say goodbye to our tiny Silver Girl. As she was not gaining weight, Jake brought her into the vet.  Our vet believes she was born with an undeveloped liver–a common defect in runts of larger litters. He was impressed she had lived so long but did not expect her to make it much longer. She passed soon after that at the vet.  We are heartbroken as we loved her dearly.  I know many of you also fell in love with her and so we wanted to share this video we made in her honor.

If you have any further questions or concerns about her or the other puppies, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or call me.


While we continue to feel sad about losing Silver, we have had a crazy week! Jake left for Alaska for a week and my ballet classes had 4 shows! To add to insult my washing machine broke! Ahh!! Needless to say I called in reinforcements! It was so much fun having my parent’s up for a couple days and my sister came after.  They helped care for the puppies and helped me with Wyatt.  I was totally spoiled with yummy food and help around the house as well! I told Jake he may be out of a job! 😉

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Snapshots of the different dances from the shows!
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My mom playing with a puppy and Wyatt

We may have had a little too much fun!!!! Here are the puppies playing outside and chasing after Wyatt in the wagon! haha!

Doing the temperament tests with the puppies was a blast and I loved getting to really see the small differences in their personalities.

Now begins the matchup process! I will start with the first person our list after a few days so everyone has time to review and think about the puppies. This process can take a while so please be patient if you don’t hear from me for a few days.  Also, please keep in mind there are other families waiting for their puppy match up after you! If you are not signed up for Puppy K this is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!

Each puppy has their own video with us preforming the tests on them.  Please review the test in order to see what behaviors the puppies exhibited to earn the results they got.  Keep in mind, this is a guideline for you to use–not the final say on their personalities. As the shy personalities get comfortable/older you may see them not as shy.  The independent behaviors may also decrease as a puppy bonds with their family.  Basically, please see this as a helpful tool but do not put too much into it. We have spent the last 6 weeks with them and can tell you they are all sweethearts! We would love to keep any (or all–hehe!) of them!!

Here you go!

Black

Blue/White

Teal

Red

Purple

Gold

Yellow

Pink

Red/White

Green

Pictures:

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Black
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Blue/White
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Gold
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Green
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Pink
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Purple
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Red/White
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Red
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Teal
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Yellow

6.27.17

The matchup process is complete! I am so impressed with how wonderfully it all went! It is so exciting getting to know which puppy is yours! I really appreciated everyone’s patience and communication throughout the process.

If you haven’t already seen it, you should have an e-mail from me going over details for pickup day! Please let me know if you didn’t get it as it contains important information!

As pickup day rapidly approaches, now is the time to order your food and vitamins, if you haven’t already done so.

Here are your sweeties almost ready to come home!

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Black
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Blue/White
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Gold “Leo”
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Green
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Pink “Nelly”
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Purple “Annie”
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Red
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Red/White “Samson”
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Teal “Rowan”
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Yellow