Apple and Cooper’s Litter 2018

We are so happy to welcome Apple’s beautiful puppies!!! She had 4 standard f1’s on May 6th.  They will be ready to go home June 30th.

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Peaceful and beautiful mama Apple nursing and cuddling her pups

We had our first c-section experience! Apple started having contractions around 7am and had her first puppy soon after.  But then it was several hours of contractions without a puppy to be seen.  I am pretty holistically minded and really value the process of natural birth but could tell something wasn’t right.  I mentioned this to Jake, and he said that if I thought she needed help than we should bring her to the vet right away.  So we called our wonderful vet, who came in on a Sunday for us, and he was able to determine that one little guy stuck and blocking the way! He was able to perform a flawless c-section and safely retrieve the puppies.  Apple was able to come home that night and I am so impressed with her! We worked with her to help her find a balance of resting and wanting to tend to her pups.  Jake and I have been really involved in feeding so she can have ample time for recovery.  Since there are just 4 they are all getting a fair share of mama’s milk and they are all nice and plump! Nothing is more adorable than a plump little puppy! Her energy has been good and if you didn’t know she had just had a major surgery, you never would have known! We are just thrilled to have this new life in our home again.  Our two year old loves it and if he’s every groggy in the morning, all I have to do is whisper “puppies…” and he jumps right up and comes out to pet all of them.  Each one has to be held by him before we can do anything else! haha!

There is nothing I love more than puppies in the summer! Playing outside in the sun (and shade lol) is the best! So we are just in puppy heaven over here! All other times of the year, the weather is too extreme for the puppies and we have to wait until they are older but this warm spring has been PERFECT!

What can I do now?

The next step is to enjoy these precious little ones!! You still have plenty of time to get things ready to bring them home.

Here are some articles you can read as we begin this process that may be helpful:

New Puppy Checklist

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

Top 5 Dog Training Books

Mostly, this is the watching and waiting time.  Every 7-10 days I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.

Which puppy is mine?

I am doing the matchup process a little differently this litter than I have been.  Typically, I wait until the puppies are 7 weeks old to do a temperament test.  However, the last several litters their temperaments are all just varying degrees of responsive so it really came down to the gender and coat.  Then, we were getting so close to pickup day and people still didn’t know who was their puppy.  So this time, once the next person in line decides I will move on to the next family.  With this, you are absolutely okay to wait until the temperament tests.  But if you already know than I will go ahead and match you up (when it’s your turn)!

I will still preform a temperament test on each puppy.  I will video this process and post them on this page so you can see them and how adorable they are!

I am amazed at how smoothly all of the match-ups have gone.  The only problem I have run into is when someone get’s their heart set and then it’s chosen.  Instead, I ask that you keep your heart open to all the puppies.  Then, when it is your turn, narrow it down. And for now, just sit back and enjoy ALL their cuteness!

Here are they are!

 

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Teal Collar-Female-34.6oz

 

 

Yellow Collar-Female-37.2oz

 

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Top 5 Dog Training Books

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Starting to train puppy can be intimidating.  First, there is so much information out there and different ideas on philosophies.  Then, you must consider your own dog’s personality  as well as your family dynamic.  The season you are at in life can also greatly impact what you can/cannot do for puppy training.  With all of this in mind, I recommend starting this process before your puppy comes home, if possible.  This training should begin DAY 1 with your puppy, so it’s important to have a game plan.  But don’t loose heart if you already have your puppy.  Despite the old saying, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

The following books are my recommendations for reading up on the latest and most effective methods of training. The goal is to have a game plan in place to start with love and consistency from DAY 1 of brining your puppy home.  You want your puppy to have:

  1. A loving and trusting relationship
  2. Potty training
  3. Good “house manners”
  4. Basic obedience commands and maybe some fun ones too!

I personally use a combination of methods and techniques.  I have learned so many great ideas and tricks and I hope you will find them useful as well! Of course, there are 100’s of  other great resources out there.  These are just my personal favorites and my hope is to help you narrow down what literature you will read before beginning the exciting journey of building a bond and good relationship with a loving, well-mannered pup. Getting the guidance of a local professional dog trainer can also be an asset to your pup’s training.

 

  1. How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners: Monks of New Skete

This is like that master book of all dog training.  The Monks of New Sketes’ method has been used for over a century has be refined to create an excellent approach to raising a pup.  The cornerstone for their philosophy is understanding is the key to “communication, compassion, and communion” with your dog. They provide information to help you understand and appreciate your dog’s nature as well as his or her distinct personality–and in so doing, it can significantly enrich the life you share with your dog.

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2. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves: Dr. Sophia Yin DVM MS

They say that dog training isn’t really about training the dog, but training their humans in how to communicate.  Meaning, dogs are going to do what you ask, but first you have to learn how to ask them in their language.  This book, written by one of the leading veterinary behaviorists in the country, takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behavior and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved.

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3. Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures: Karen Pryor

My hubby and I had been training puppies for years before we started clicker training.  And it seriously was LIFE CHANGING!!!! It is so EASY, and so FUN!!! This method is quick and even children can help! In fact, if you have kids or if kids will be around your puppy, this is a great method to read up on.  I love this method also because it is all positive reinforcement based so it builds such a trusting and loving relationship between you and your dog.

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4. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog: Kyra Sundance

This is one is just FUN!!! It has easy step-by-step instructions for training your dog different commands.  They range from basic obedience commands to some really fun ones, like catching and hugging a stuffed animal.  Your dog will love the challenge and bonding time with you.  Dogs are so smart and thrive on continuous learning.  This is one of my favorite things to go to when it’s too rainy to play outside.  They also make a special kid’s version!

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5. Dog Rules: 14 Secrets to Developing the Dog YOU Want: Kyra Sundance

I love this author’s approach to training, focusing on a “whole-dog” mindset.  She is a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer, so she really knows her stuff.  I love her focus on finding solutions rather than focusing on the problem. The methodologies she talks about in this book are really an umbrella for working with your pup for their whole life.

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I hope this helps narrow down your research for your own pup.  I wish you all the best with your training and building of a lasting and loving relationship.  Congratulations on your new puppy!!!!

 

My Favorite Spring Trends For The Modern Mom

Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is…and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

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Here are some of my favorite things for this spring for the modern mama.  I tend to lean towards a more natural but on-trend style. While, I prefer to shop small, you’ll also find some great amazon finds too! None of the boutiques are affiliates and I have not been asked to promote any of the following.  The amazon links are affiliated, meaning I will get a few pennies if you buy from my link.   I am also a Beautycounter consultant have have highlighted two of their products. Please feel free to leave a comment for any other great finds you come across!

I’ve included all my favorites from head to toe.  Most links are in the title, but if I’ve found a few that are similar I’ve provided links in the corresponding paragraph.

I have either bought or really really want to buy all of the following!

SHOES

  1. Clogs

Clogs are back!!! And cuter than ever… the hardest part is picking a color! This clog, from Lotta From Stockholm, is the classic and original for clogs.  You can find similar clogs from other brands that may save you some $.  If you go with the Lotta and are in between sizes, I’d size up.  They are European sizing so be sure to use a chart to see where you’d fall.  For example, I normally wear a size 8 and bought a 39.  The wooden sole is actually quite comfortable and you can tell by the quality these are made with the greatest craftsmanship in Sweden.

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2.  Cut Out Booties

Perfect spring time bootie! More airy and light with the fun cut out.  They are a little lower than the ankle boot and are nice and comfortable.  Perfect for the ever-changing spring weather. The ones pictured below are more on the expensive side by Free People. Here is the link: Free People: Royale Flat in White. Here is a link to a much cheaper similar pair from Amazon: Cut Out Booties.

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3. The Slide Sandal

I love the easy comfy fit of these sandals.  Dress them up or down they can pair with almost anything! I love the look of these with the new style of straight legged jeans (see below for the jeans).

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TOPS

1. Vertical Striped Shirt

One of my favorite trends is the very flattering vertical stripes.  I love the texture of this one and the wide sleeves.

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2. Linen tank top Vienna

This adorable tank is from Not Perfect Linen and is handmade in their small studio.  I love the casual but cute pattern and flattering cut. I would love to see this under some overalls!

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3.  Hooded Button Up

How adorable is this?!!! Buttons. Hood. Waistline. And that pocket! ❤

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4. Jeans Jacket

Who can resist a good jeans jacket? The perfect weight for spring time–not too hot and not too cold.  Here is a link to the one below from the Fancy Frills Boutique. I also love the affordable options from Target.

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5. Off The Shoulder Top

I would be all over this if I could find a good strapless bra for my nursing ladies.  I have tried so many options so let me know if you have a good one! Then I can finally get this!

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BOTTOMS AND DRESSES

  1.  High-Rise Released Hem Straight Leg Jeans

I love the feel and comfort of these high-rise straight legged jeans.  I love a good skinny jean, but this is way more comfortable.  The fringe at the bottom is going to be another great spring trend I’m on board with! The picture here is from Target and I love the look but the pair I got had the knee holes rip like crazy within a week.  But here is the link to the target ones anyways: target jeans. If you can afford to spend some $ on jeans then I highly recommend this pair from Madewell…made to last and they are gorgeous!!! Made well jeans. Lastly, here is a link to a similar pair without the tares from amazon: Amazon Jeans.

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2.  Button Day Dress

Every spring needs a good day dress.  I love the sea foam color of this one and the buttons are adorable.  This spring the longer skirt length is in.  Dress it up for a date night or down for a trip to the store. If you’re still nursing, these buttons are a must!

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3. Classic Caftan

The ideal lounge wear to be both extremely comfortable and cute.  These Caftans from Dwell + Slumber are impossibly soft.  I love this olive green but they also have beautiful floral prints and other basic colors. Here is another link to a cheaper version from Amazon: Caftan.

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4. Zinnia Stripe Dress

It even has pockets!

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ACCESSORIES

  1. Sun Hat

Nothing says spring like a great sun hat.  I love the neutral color of this one! It will go with everything! Hats are my favorite way to glam up any look.  I was really nervous to start wearing hats but now I can’t stop! They are also great for masking unwashed greedy hair…which for me is more often than not!

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2. Glow Shimmer Oil and Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass

Get a natural looking tan the safe way.  I love this glow shimmer oil, made with nourishing jojoba, grape-seed, and sesame oils, absorbs immediately into your skin to deliver a radiant, sun-kissed glow. Use it to help transition your winter skin into that sun kissed glow with safe ingredients.

The Body Scrub will polish your skin to a healthy-looking glow.  Made with brown sugar to buff away dull skin, and mineral-rich evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils to leave skin looking supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich acai berry supports the appearance of healthy skin, and a mix of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leaves a fresh and invigorating scent.

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3. Gold hoop earrings

Easy to pair with anything.

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4. Sunglasses

I might be biased because the style of these are called Wyatt (my son’s name) but I love them!

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5. Gathre Maxi Square

My favorite thing to bring for picnics, to the beach, or just out in our yard. This gorgeous mat is stain resistant, easy to clean, and well…gorgeous.  I even packed it in my suitcase to bring on vacation! So glad I did!

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6. Wildbird Ring Sling

My favorite way to carry around my little one.  Especially as he is in the difficult stage of still wanting to be held often but is just getting so big! I love holding him close and this beautiful sling helps do so without killing my arms.

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Please feel free to share any good finds you come across and love! Happy Spring!!!

 

Jewel and Cooper 2018

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We are so excited to welcome Jewel and Cooper’s puppies to the world! The standard f1’s  were born March 7, 2018. She had 7 girls and 3 boys for a total of 10 puppies! They will be ready to go home May 5th, or May 12 if you sign up for Puppy Kindergarten.

I have 5 spots available. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application if you’d like to take one of these sweeties home.

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4.27.18

Yay!!! Matchup week is here!!!!

I will start with the first person our list tomorrow (Saturday) 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! I only have 1 spot available for puppy k.

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.  You will definitely be able to tell they are siblings! And 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 7 weeks with them and can tell you they are all sweethearts! The hardest part is having to pick ONE!

I will keep this updated as puppies are chosen.  You will see their collar color and then “Available,” or “Reserved.”  So when you check back through you can stay up to date on who is available.

Talk to you soon!

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Blue/White-Reserved

Green-Reserved

Orange-Reserved

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Purple-Reserved

Red-Reserved

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Yellow-Reserved


4.23.18

Week 6 for these adorable little Doodles!!!! This is an exciting and busy week as now we will begin temperament testing! Woo woo!

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. We will video this process so you can see the exact responses from each puppy.  I will post them next week (hopefully Friday night) for you to watch and review. Please read the article ahead of time 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. If you are a reader like me, this is a good time to make sure you’ve read up on the different methods so you can have a game plan ready to go when your puppy arrives.  Here are my Top 5 Favorite Books on Dog Training.  

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.

It was the most perfect spring day here and I have to say, playing with puppies in sunshine is hard to top.  In a couple of weeks, that will be you too!!! Yay!!! Here are all of your sweethearts this week!

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue Collar-Boy
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Blue/White Collar-Girl
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Green Collar-Girl
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Orange Collar-Boy
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Pink Collar-Girl
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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Girl
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Teal Collar-Girl
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Yellow Collar-Girl

4.13.18

This week has been full of playing! Now that they are older, they can really run around with us outside and we are starting to see those personalities shine through.  We are enjoying being able to bring them outside more often and see them run around the house, getting more comfortable. This week is a good week to start reading up on how you’d like to train your puppy.  Having a solid foundation and sticking to a method is key to raising a pup with good house manners, and easy for walks.  This starts the first day you bring them home! That’s why I recommend doing the reading now–so you’ll already have a game plan when your pup is home.  Here are some articles and books you may find helpful, but feel free to research on your own!

What to expect your puppy’s first night home

The best potty training schedule

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves -Sophia A. Yin

Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures– Karen Pryor (We will have a clicker for you in your “puppy pack” on pickup day!

Here are the updated super adorable pictures!

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue Collar-Boy
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Blue/White Collar-Girl
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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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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Girl
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Teal Collar-Girl
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Yellow Collar-Girl

4.6.18

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!! The little puppies are growing up so much and we are loving getting to bring them outside to play with us now! You can really see in their pictures this week that the puppies are starting to grow into their individual looks.  Even with siblings that have a similar look, It’s easy for us to tell them apart now without having to look at their collars.

Mama Jewel is starting to enjoy larger amounts of time away from her puppies, but is still eager to get back to them.  This week, I recommend looking into what areas may need to be prepped for bringing your puppy home.  Are there areas that need to be gated off? Does the basket of blankets need to be relocated? All of the “puppy proofing” will be temporary! But I recommend looking into that now as you may need supplies–If you have really nice rugs, I would suggest rolling them up or gating them off until your fur baby is potty trained.  I get cheap “training rugs,” as I call them.  Ones that I don’t care about and won’t be upset if they go to the bathroom on.  I use them to help train the puppies not to go on carpet then throw them away.  Here is an article about “puppy proofing” your home that can help you look at your home and think about what you may want to get ready.

Weekly pictures:

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue Collar-Boy
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Blue/White Collar-Girl
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Green Collar-Girl
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Orange Collar-Boy
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Pink Collar-Girl
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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Girl
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Teal Collar-Girl
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Yellow Collar-Girl

A little video of them playing!

 

And some more of them playing together…

 


3.30.18

These cuties are getting so big!!! Three weeks old and definitely starting to show their individual looks and personalities.  I love this week because it feels like there are new advancements every day.  It was a little tricky getting pictures because they are wanting to move around a play!

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 Vera 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.

You may also want to read: How To Puppy Proof Your Home.

Weekly pictures!

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue Collar-Boy
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Blue/White Collar-Girl
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Green Collar-Girl
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Orange Collar-Boy
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Pink Collar-Girl
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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Girl
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Teal Collar-Girl
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Yellow Collar-Girl

And some of them all together!

 

3.21.18

HAPPY SPRING!!!! YAY!!!!!

Two weeks old!!!!  As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Plumping up nicely and getting sweeter by the day! Though they aren’t walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps.  This week, we also cut their nails and daily 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 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 a transition blanket already for your puppy and is included in your “puppy pack.”   All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home.

Here are their weekly pictures for you to swoon over….all the heart eyes…

*Note: yellow girl is wearing a green collar because we ran out of yarn.  Will get some more yellow yarn this weekend!

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Black Collar-Boy-21.8oz
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Blue Collar-Boy-28.7oz
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Blue/White Collar-Girl-23.8oz
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Green Collar-Girl-26.5oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-24.2oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-27.5oz
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Purple Collar-Girl-23.1oz
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Red Collar-Girl-27.1oz
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Teal Collar-Girl-20.6oz
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Yellow Collar-Girl-19.9oz

Jake was on solo duty over the week the puppies were born.  I took our son (almost 2 years old) to California with me to visit family. But he reports that Jewel was incredible and acted like delivering 10 puppies was a walk in the park. Jake oversaw their delivery and watched them constantly to ensure each puppy was getting their fair share of mama’s milk and staying hydrated.  Needless to say he was very happy when we flew home the next day and he could go to bed! Jewel is our son’s favorite so he was freaking out when he saw the puppies!!! He cries for Jewel whenever we leave the house, to go run errands or whatever! So sweet! So each puppy is carefully held in his lap each morning–it’s the first thing we do.  He has also started to take on getting Jewel her water. ❤

What can I do now?

The next step is to enjoy these precious little ones!! You still have plenty of time to get things ready to bring them home.

Here are some articles you can read as we begin this process that may be helpful:

New Puppy Checklist

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

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!

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Black Collar-Boy-17.3oz
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Blue Collar-Boy-22.6oz
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Green Collar-Girl-21.1oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-20.2oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-21.6oz
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Purple Collar-Girl-19.3oz
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Red Collar-Girl-23.1oz
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Teal Collar-Girl-18.7oz
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Yellow Collar-Girl-17.3oz
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Blue/White Collar-Girl-18.5oz

And some of them all together…

 

Tropical Creamy Coconut Smoothie

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I get to go on vacation!!!! Woo woo!!! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Pacific Northwest…but when it’s the middle of winter sunshine and warmth are the things I’m longing for.  Now I’m packing and getting ready for California.  It’s gotten me in the tropical mood, so I had to make one of my all time favorite smoothies!

I make a smoothie almost everyday.  I have yet to find a tastier way to get so much health packed in! Plus, my toddler will drink them! So I add in lots of good stuff. I find it doesn’t change the flavor but if you don’t want to add it in, no worries! Stick to the basic ingredients for a yummy smoothie!

Here is my recipe for a healthy and tropical tasting smoothie!

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  2. 1 medium peeled orange
  3. 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  4. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  5. A giant handful of spinach leaves
  6. 1 Tablespoon hemp hearts (optional)
  7. 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon flax seed (optional)

Instructions:

You know the drill…put it all in a blender!

Pearl and Cooper 2018

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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 1 spot remaining. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application.

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4.15.18

Finally!!! The exciting week of matchup is here!!!

I will start with the first person our list tonight 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! I only have 1 spot available for puppy k.

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.  You will definitely be able to tell they are siblings! And 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 7 weeks with them and can tell you they are all sweethearts! The hardest part is having to pick ONE!

I apologize that some of the videos have a distracting/crying toddler in them! There are so many benefits for the puppies to grow up being used to a small child, but it does make some things much harder! haha! But we love our little helper and we’ll take the harder stuff any day. ❤

Black—reserved

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Blue—reserved

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Green—reserved

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Orange–Reserved

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Pink–Reserved

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Purple–Reserved

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Red–Reserved

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Silver—-reserved

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Teal–Available

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Yellow—reserved

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I look forward to talking to all of you soon!!!


4.7.18

Week 6 for these adorable little Doodles!!!! This is an exciting and busy week as now we will begin temperament testing! Woo woo!

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. We will video this process so you can see the exact responses from each puppy.  I will post them next week for you to watch and review. Please read the article ahead of time 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.

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.

It is getting harder and harder to get a picture of these guys as they are growing in confidence and curiosity!  But I got some great ones of each of them….I can hardly stand how sweet they are…

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue 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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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Boy
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Silver Collar-Boy
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Teal Collar-Girl
yellow6
Yellow Collar-Girl

And some more cute pictures…


4.2.18

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!!!

This week the puppies are really getting playful! We are enjoying being able to bring them outside more often and see them run around the house, getting more comfortable. This week is a good week to start reading up on how you’d like to train your puppy.  Having a solid foundation and sticking to a method is key to raising a pup with good house manners, and easy for walks.  This starts the first day you bring them home! That’s why I recommend doing the reading now–so you’ll already have a game plan when your pup is home.  Here are some articles and books you may find helpful, but feel free to research on your own!

What to expect your puppy’s first night home

The best potty training schedule

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves -Sophia A. Yin

Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures– Karen Pryor (We will have a clicker for you in your “puppy pack” on pickup day!

Here are the updated pictures!

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue 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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Purple Collar-Girl
red5
Red Collar-Boy
silver5
Silver Collar-Boy
teal5
Teal Collar-Girl
yellow5
Yellow Collar-Girl

And some more because I can’t help myself!

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3.23.18

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First, Happy National Puppy Day!!!! I love that these guys are due for an update on this day!  Second, happy spring!!!! Yay!!!! What a fun week we’ve had with these sweet pups! I love that the sun has come to visit and that these guys are old enough to go out for a little bit.  You can really see in their pictures this week that the puppies are starting to grow into their individual looks.  Even with siblings that have a similar look, It’s easy for us to tell them apart now without having to look at their collars.

Mama Pearl is now asking for some time away from the puppies.  She is still eager to get back to them after a little bit but we can see she is already starting the weaning process.  With 10 babies who can blame her!? Also joining her this week is her niece, Dandee! Dundee is one of our future mama’s and since her family is on vacation (Ireland!!! Lucky!!!) she gets to hang out with us for a little bit.  Pearl and Dandee are good buddies and they love to run around the yard together.

This week, I recommend looking into what areas may need to be prepped for bringing your puppy home.  Are there areas that need to be gated off? Does the basket of blankets need to be relocated? All of the “puppy proofing” will be temporary! But I recommend looking into that now as you may need supplies–If you have really nice rugs, I would suggest rolling them up or gating them off until your fur baby is potty trained.  I get cheap “training rugs,” as I call them.  Ones that I don’t care about and won’t be upset if they go to the bathroom on.  I use them to help train the puppies not to go on carpet then throw them away.  Here is an article about “puppy proofing” your home that can help you look at your home and think about what you may want to get ready.

Here is a little video!

Pictures:

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Black Collar-Boy
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Blue 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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Purple Collar-Girl
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Red Collar-Boy
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Silver Collar-Boy
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Teal Collar-Girl
yellow4
Yellow Collar-Girl

3.16.18

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!

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Black Collar-Boy-57.7oz
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Blue Collar-Boy-52.4oz
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Green Collar-Boy-64.3oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-71.2oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-60.9oz
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Purple Collar-Girl-56.1oz
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Red Collar-Boy-55.9oz
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Silver Collar-Boy-54.4oz
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Teal Collar-Girl-58.4oz
yellow3
Yellow Collar-Girl-51.9oz

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.


3.10.18

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!!!!

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Black Collar-Boy-47.2oz
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Blue Collar-Boy-43.8oz
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Green Collar-Boy-47.6oz
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Orange Collar-Boy-54.4oz
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Pink Collar-Girl-46.9oz
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Purple Collar-Girl-44.5oz
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Red Collar-Boy-41.5oz
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Silver Collar-Boy-45.6oz
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Teal Collar-Girl-43.9oz
yellow2
Yellow Collar-Girl-44.1oz

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.  ❤

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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:

New Puppy Checklist

10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents

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!

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Black Collar-Boy-20.9oz
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Blue Collar-Boy-19.1oz
green
Green Collar-Boy-20.6oz
orange
Orange Collar-Boy-25.3oz
pink
Pink Collar-Girl-19.7oz
purple
Purple Collar-Girl-21.1oz
red
Red Collar-Boy-18.7oz
silver
Silver Collar-Boy-18.9oz
teal
Teal Collar-Girl-20.3oz
yellow
Yellow Collar-Girl-21.2oz

And some more of them together….

My Top 6 Pregnancy and New Baby Reading List for Natural Birth and Attachment Parenting

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Preparing for a baby can be a magical and exciting time! All the anticipation and celebration of a new beautiful soul being added to your heart and family forever.  With such a life-changing event, it can also be a time of preparation–mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Fortunately, you are joining a band of motherhood with wise and wonderful mamas who have shared their knowledge.  While there are so many great books, here is a list of my personal favorite books for pregnancy and newborn motherhood.  I hope you are able to find insight, encouragement, and knowledge from these pages as I have.

  1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

At first, this book was difficult for me to read.  The stories about the birth experiences of other women seemed daunting and I thought, “I don’t know if I can do that.”  But after getting through morning sickness (*all day sickness, for me) I found them to be intoxicating.  I devoured the stories for fuel for my heart.  I found something wonderfully in common with each beautiful story….there was always a baby at the end.  I read this book every night and found it oh so helpful.

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2. Natural Birth the Bradley Way

My husband and I studied the Bradley Method of birthing. So much of giving birth is instinctual in the moment.  Plans can be formed but may need to be thrown out the window if the unexpected occurs.  The Bradley Method focuses on breathing, relaxation, and visualization for a drug-free, surgery-free vaginal birth–so no matter what get’s thrown your way you have some tools and methods to use.  I wish I could give every new mother this book.

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3. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Most new parents think of birth as a lady on her back screaming her off! This book will completely change the way you think birth goes.  The author is a doctor who has delivered her own 4 children herself at home.  She has a respectful balance of modern medicine and the natural human potential.  Also addressed is how to move from a gentle birth into a gentle postpartum parenting style dealing with breastfeeding and sleep.  A must read!

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4. The Baby Book

After my son was born, this book was a godsend.  Its title really says it all: Everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two.  I referenced it constantly.  It provides insights into baby’s development for every stage, what to expect, how to help them reach their milestones, and overall guidance for those first two years.  I may really nerdy for this but I loved it for its charts and graphs! Everything was laid out clearly and you will grow to love the Sears’ family! If you are interested reading more from the Sears family and attachment parenting, I also recommend reading their book: The Attachment Parenting Book

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5. The Happiest Baby On The Block

No one can prepare you for the heart wrenching cry of your newborn.  I learned that parents are actually programed to be distressed by the cry of THEIR baby more than any other baby.  Other people will not be as distressed by their cries…but you will feel it.  It’s amazing to me how we were made with this need to help them in their distress.  When you feel like you’ve done everything possible to help them stop crying and they just won’t stop, this book may be just what you need.  They have also made a DVD that we also got and really appreciated.  Learn how to soothe your sweet babe when nothing else seems to work.

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6. The Magic of Motherhood

By far one of the most encouraging and enjoyable reads.  This book is a collection of letters from mama’s about their reflections on motherhood.  Beautifully written and nurturing to the mama’s soul.  In the darkest hours of sleep deprivation, sitting in the same shirt for days on end, sore everything, and hungry as a hippo this book was like a good friend. It reminded me of the hope and joy I have even if the current moment was not perfect.  While learning about developmental stages and techniques are super important, so is caring for your own mental and spiritual health.

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Of course, many other books are wonderful for birthing and newborn parenting as well. These were my favorite.  I hope you will find peace and wisdom and truly can enjoy such a short and special time with your babe.  All the best to you and congratulations!

Do you have any other favorites? Drop a comment about them below!

Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs

Breakfast is by FAR my favorite meal of the day. I’m at Ron Swanson level of love for breakfast.  My day is seriously effected by what I eat in the morning.  And you know what they say, it’s the most important meal of the day.  But I’ll eat this anytime…*swoon*

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This Avocado Toast is one of the best. It feels like self care to make this delicious breakfast.  Plus, it’s healthy and will provide lasting energy for your morning! Get some healthy fat to keep you full until lunch, plus some great protein to help you stay focused and energized.

If seeing “poached eggs” sounds intimidating or difficult, don’t worry!!! It’s SUPER EASY! I’ve explained how do it in the instructions below.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

1/4 small red onion, finely chopped

1 juice of lemon, to taste

1 pinch of mineral salt

1 pinch of sound pepper, to taste

1/4 teaspoon white vinegar

2 large eggs

2 slices of bread–I like to use sourdough or rye but use your favorite!

1/4 cup goat cheese

1 handful of spinach

Instructions:

  1. Wish the avocado in a small bowl using a for.  Add the onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix until well combined. Chop the spinach and mix it in.
  2. To poach the eggs, fill a saucepan with water about 3 inches deep.  Add the vinegar and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Break the eggs into the water and cook for 2-3 minutes for a soft-runny yolk or 3-4 minutes for a firm yolk.  Remove the eggs using a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  3. Toast the bred to your liking.
  4. Spread the avocado mix onto the toast.  Top with eggs and then sprinkle to goat cheese on top.

 

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Protein Packed Lunch Bowl-Tuna and Cottage Cheese

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Most of the time I LOVE sandwiches, especially in panini form! But I have to keep things switched up.  I love to make this fresh, healthy, protein packed lunch bowl.  This is my go-to when I’m tired of chicken and/or sandwiches.  It’s fast, easy, and yummy!

Why tuna?

Tuna is not only delicious and a great substitute for other meats but it has amazing health benefits.  The health benefits of tuna fish include its ability to reduce cardiovascular conditions, stimulate growth and development, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and help in weight loss. Tuna also has the ability to boost the immune system, increase energy, maintain the health of the skin, increase red blood cell count, prevent cancer, protect against various kidney diseases, reduce general inflammation, and inhibit cell membrane damage. You can read more about these benefits on a great post from Organic Facts.

Which tuna should I buy?

Many people are already aware of some of cautions when choosing tuna.  It has been found that farmed tuna fish (and all farmed fish) can have many harmful additives.  This includes antibiotics, pesticides, Dibutyltin (a chemical used in PVC plastics), Dioxins, and can be harmful to the environment.  You can read more about the harmful potentials of farmed fish from Dr. Axe’s post.  Wild caught tuna may be more expensive upfront but is worth it for the flavor, quality, and health benefits.   I’ve found amazing wild caught tuna at the local co-op!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cottage cheese

3.5oz canned tuna

1/2 medium cucumber, sliced

1/2 medium tomato, sliced

1 pinch mineral salt

1 pinch ground pepper

*Sometimes I’ll chop up spinach leaves and add them too

Instructions:

Place all ingredients together in a bowl and mix.  Enjoy!

This is also good in a wrap! Mix the ingredients and roll them up in your favorite tortilla.

 

Healthy Dessert Worthy Sweet Potatoes

untitledIt is a beautiful thing when you find something that is both healthy and delicious.  That was the experience my husband and I had when we tried out this idea for a sweet potato rub.  It turned out to be amazingly delicious!!!! Have it for a healthier dessert, starter, snack or side dish.

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Had some friends coming over so we put a few at a time on toothpicks and set them out before dinner! It was perfect!

Ingredients:

4 small sweet potatoes

4 Tb EVOO

1 t chili powder

1 t cinnamon

2 t sugar

Directions:

  1. pre-heat oven to 450.  Pour 2 Tb of EVOO onto a cooking sheet and let it sit
  2. Wash, peal and slice the sweet potatoes into small bite size pieces and place into a medium size bowl. (Note: the thinner  and smaller you make the pieces the crispier they will be).
  3. Add the other 2 Tb of EVOO, the chili powder, cinnamon, and sugar to the sweet potatoes.  Mix well.
  4. Pour the sweet potatoes onto the cooking sheet.  Be sure to have them as separated as possible.
  5. Cook for 20 min. Be sure to let them cool before serving.

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