And then there were three

December 17, 2013
It is always tough for me to see our puppies leave.  I know they are going to great homes, but to know I will never see them again and they have been such a huge part of my life, is challenging.  Black, Red and Purple are still here with us.  Black will be moving to California the day after Christmas, to live with a  family that has Bogie, a pup from a litter three years ago.  Spark is living here in Utah with Soup, a pup of ours from a litter four years ago.

White is living here in Park City and Pink also stayed here in Utah.  Yellow, Teal and Lime moved to southern California. Orange (now named Jupiter) is living in Oregon, Blue (now named Murray) is living in Oklahoma, and Green just left Sunday for Colorado.  Since they leave slowly, it makes it a bit easier for me, than all leaving the house at once.  It is fun to hear how they adapt to their new "pack" when you share stories.  It is also interesting to watch the remaining puppies grow and change when litter mates leave. 

Red, Black and Orange were slightly smaller than Lime, Spark and Teal.  Green was right in the middle size-wise.  When Spark, Lime and Teal left, Green became a bit more boisterous.  When Green left, Red and Black became much more playful.  I think 12 in a litter is "whelming" for me, let alone a small puppy.

Tomorrow, Red goes to his forever home, Purple is still available and Black will fly home on the 26th.  Thank you for loving our puppies and giving them such wonderful homes.
 

8 weeks old

December 5, 2013
Today is the pups eight week birthday.  I can hardly believe they are ready to move on to their forever homes.  It is amazing.  Lime and Teal are leaving us tomorrow, and will be neighbors in California, so it will be wonderful that they will grow up together.  Pink leaves for another home in Utah tomorrow night.  I will miss her sweet playful demeanor around our home.  Yellow and Spark leave Friday, one will join a sister here in Utah and Yellow is off to another home in California.  Blue is...
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Happy Thanksgiving/Our First Vet Visit

November 30, 2013
The puppies loved their first Thanksgiving.  Their run is on one side of our kitchen so they were able to smell all of the wonderful foods, or should I say ingredients.  Did you know dogs have 125 - 300 million scent glands vs. humans having 5 million, so our dogs smell each ingredient in food, rather than the combined smell.  The puppies were so excited to have other people around to love and kiss them, and the feast that they had when I cleaned up the turkey, they absolutely loved.  Lately,...
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6 1/2 week old

November 24, 2013
My time left with these puppies is so short.  Just two weeks left for quite a few of them and I just have not had enough loves and kisses.  They have been in our living room, but grew out of the space, so today, we put them in a longer run in a different area of the house.  It is near our kitchen, which will force me to keep the pen immaculate.  They loved exploring the pen and now can run 16', so play is much more entertaining for both them and me.  

Today, I just sat and played with them mos...
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Happy Birthday To Us

November 21, 2013
The pups are six weeks old today.  My how time flies.  They have been in our living room for 11 days now and I always wonder if our house will ever recover when we have a litter, but it always does.

They are playing constantly now and the space is becoming too small for them.  We generally have them in a 20' run next to our kitchen, but they are in a 6' x 8' area of our living room while we are finishing up the last minute remodeling of our kitchen.  I would like to move them back this weekend...
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Another Day in Paradise

November 16, 2013
The pups are now five weeks and three days old.  Wow, time flies.  They all have their canines.  Most of them have or are now cutting their pre-molars and just a couple have the tips of their front incisors peeking out of the gums.  They are chewing like crazy, mostly on each other ignoring the wonderful play toys in their pen.  They all interact and play with vigor now and life is spent rolling around and chewing on their brothers and sisters,

Their personalities are really beginning to devel...
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First Bath

November 10, 2013
The girls got their first bath today, and we are still working on our little boys.  They all did so well and were very calm.  Warm water feels so good over a wet milky body that I could not imagine not wanting to wash away a sticky feeding.  Every pups was so calm and just relaxed while they water dribbled over them.  They shook a bit after the bath, but were dried off quickly and all nuzzled together for a great nap.
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New Teeth, New House, so much is going on

November 9, 2013
Their canines are in, woohoo.  Although mom is still very patient with nursing, all of the pups have their canine in now.  Teething is a must and the new soft toys in their lair is essential for them to not gnaw on each other.  Although soft warm skin is much more fun to gnaw on than a soft toy.

Every feeding is a milk immersion now.  Whether they step in it or not, their mouths and feet are all over each other after eating, so milk baths are now a part of daily life here.  This transition wil...
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Ahhh, Milk Baths

November 3, 2013
The pups were introduced to lapping this week.  They still prefer to suckle on mom or have a bottle of fresh goat milk, but they all find this new warm bath quite interesting.  Some blow bubbles, some stand and whine, while others dive right in and walk through it while they drink.  At the end of a long feeding, the pups are wet and sticky and loving life. I, on the other hand, thinks its quite gross to snuggle up to a wet sticky pup, so out comes the warm damp wash rag to remove as much exce...
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Our Eyes are Opened

October 27, 2013
Well, I finally have something to write about, other than eating and sleeping.  All of the pups have their eyes opened in various stages.  They are still getting used to focusing and trying to see what is out there, so their little "sea legs" often give out on them or they bump in to a sibling.  From the first week, they were wagging their little tails while they nursed, but now, they break out in to a full concerto, with various levels of whines, groans, grunts and enthusiastic squeals.  The...
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