Welcome to Pup’s Diary


News and updates on our new litter of puppies as they happen!

and then there was one…

Today we saw Miss Yellow off to her new home. A beautiful angelic little puppy.  It is always sad saying goodbye to the puppies, however it is now time for new beginnings.

Here’s Miss Yellow in her sending off photo…

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To all my beautiful puppies and their lovely owners.  I will take this opportunity of wishing you all well.  Lots of happiness in your new homes.  BE GOOD!

It is now my chance to welcome Tilly (Matilda) into our home.  Tilly is taking full advantage of cuddles on the sofa.  We discover rapidly, the need for our stargate!

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Lets hope we can share many tales of the adventures our puppies get up to.

Puppies …. be wonderful! xxx

To the next chapter for our class of 2016!

and then there were two

The lovely Mr Red went to his forever home today.  So we are now left with Miss Yellow and Miss Lilac.

Mr Red is a smashing little boy.  As are all the other boys. (and of course the girls are really awesome also!)  We really have been blessed with such a lovely balanced litter.  No trouble makers and no noisy pups!

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So handsome!

I always do the pep talk before they leave their first home.  As I walk around the block with them I tell them all about the wonderful things they are going to experience.  Mr Red was the first puppy who made my arms ache before I got back home again!

Tomorrow sees Miss Yellow going to her new home – which will mark the start of Miss Lilac officially being ours.

only yellows left…

aw today has been hard…. Mr Blue has now left for his forever home.

I know all my buyers are lovely lovely people and this does help, nonetheless saying goodbye is hard.

Here is my favourite photo of Mr Blue

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Im an emotional soul and how anyone can be puppy farmers is totally beyond me.  I have puppies because I enjoy the experience and love watching them grow.   Having learnt so much along the way about health testing and that every litter is different.  This litter contains 6 little heartbreakers, thank goodness I get to keep one this time.

 

and then there were four :(

The puppies are now 8 weeks old, which can only mean one thing – that they start to leave their first home.  I should be feeling proud of my puppies and the wonderful homes they are going to – but I do feel sad that two puppies have gone.

Mr Purple and Miss Pink have left today…..

technical issues…. please put your head on to the left hand side to view the photos.

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The Puppy gallery has been updated

Homing Day tomorrow…

The pups have been perfectly well after their vaccinations.  They have been busy enjoying the good weather, doing some gardening (yes… we have some diggers!), whilst I have had to get on with sorting out the puppy packs!

Here are a few photos from today :

Miss Lilac

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Mr Bluedsc_0228

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Miss Pink

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The puppy gallery has been updated.

Videos from today:

Is it dinner time?

Puppy playtime

It is hard to think – this time 8 weeks ago we were waiting for the pups to arrive and now – they are going to be leaving the nest.  It has been fun watching them develop into the good puppies they are.  Wishing all my puppies lots of love in their new homes.  Tonight is the last night as six puppies.

Footnote.. Toilet training has been going really well!  Fingers crossed they continue to do well for their new owners.

Almost 8 weeks

The puppies have all had their vet checks and some have had their vaccinations too.   The vet was very impressed with them.  First time in the car and first time at the vets.  They were really good in the car, no crying at all!
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Back from the vets, they have some packing to do….

Photos have been added to the diary – here is my favourite photo

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Darling Puppies

Darling Puppies – the past seven and a half weeks have gone so fast, I can’t believe we have reached the day for microchipping!  (not a day I look forward to).

A few sweet photos…

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The puppies have all now had two trips around the block – they are enjoying taking in new sights, smells and sounds.

They are now weaned on to Royal Canin Junior Medium.  Initially they start the weaning process on Royal Canin Starter, but as they will need to be used to Royal Canin Junior in their new homes, I started the change over from Starter to Junior at the age of 7 weeks.  As from today they will be having 100% Royal Canin Junior.  They are loving their food (typical labradors!!) and have good poos too (providing a great clue as to how the food is working for them).

The puppy photo gallery has been updated.

Here are some videos from the past couple of days.

Pups being pups

Our dressage puppy….Miss Pink gallops

Puppy mayhem in the garden

More mayhem!

Pups found the red ball

Division of black and yellow puppies

Maggie getting down with the kids, featuring the dressage puppy!

Utterly pupperly!

 

How did they get to seven weeks old so quick?

dsc_0446 dsc_0453 dsc_0464It has been a crazy few days – as always Marchstone House is working at full speed ahead.

We have had a few incidents (not puppy related) resulting on Monday, in spending the entire night at A&E (everything is fine now), then on the Tuesday we were given a baby bird to rear (as the finder didn’t know what to do with it, but thought we would be able to help… which of course I am more than happy to do so).  It took us a while to work out what kind of baby bird it was, to discover he is indeed a squab.  A baby pigeon at approximately 21 days old ish!  So I have had a crash course in how to feed a baby pigeon!  I discovered what food I can give him in an emergency (oats with water, milled linseed), whilst ordering some food on the internet for him.  His special food arrived today and he is loving it.  We have called him (Feisty) Frank.  Of course people think Im nuts for saving a mere pigeon.  My thoughts are that ALL living things deserve the chance to life.  Now if this means I rear him, wean him, set him free and then he gets eaten by a cat then the point would be, he had a chance.  Everything deserves a chance of life.  (however long or short their life is).

Wednesday – saw the puppies turning 7 weeks old!  It was also worming day!  They had a fun filled day of me weighing them (twice… as they don’t sit still long enough for the scales to settle!) then getting covered in the pink wormer syrup!

In the evening…we then had to deal with Huey who had got into another horses field.  Naughty pony!

I have now taken all the puppies around the block and need to get them taken around again!

The puppies gears have gone up again …. we are almost at level CRAZY… but not quite.  My walk has now had to evolve into an elongated large step and gentle slide before placing my foot on to the floor with the “ability” to take the weight off that foot at a moments notice!

Roll on to today.. this morning…. we had puppies that believed they were monkeys.  Our morning routine is to put the pups into the pen (in the garden).  As I was placing them into the pen and Dave was taking the dogs out on to the back path… (so the back gate was open), it was noted that Miss Yellow was climbing to the top of the pen at an alarming rate!  Quickly sorting out the safety of the garden, I sorted out the monkeys, let them out into the rest of the garden, turned around to see Mr Red jumping BACK into the pen.  So the garden pen has now been removed and the morning routine has been changed to accommodate the lack of pen.

The puppies photo gallery has been updated.

Here are some videos from the last couple of days.

Is it dinner time yet?

Puppy romps in the garden

Puppies in the garden

Round and round the garden

See how they run

Charging puppies

Busy puppies

We have had a very busy few days, lots of photos and videos have been taken.

A nod to my friends wedding on Saturday….

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The puppies are now asking to go out into the garden for a wee.  I feel so proud when they go to the patio door and do a little bark to ask to go out.  A great step in the right direction for positive toilet training. They obviously will still have accidents however their association with the garden and using it to go to the toilet is now sticking in their minds rather than automatically going wherever they happen to be.  Clearly they have some way to go – but I am really pleased with the progress they have made.

Katherine and I have taken four of the six puppies for a little trip around the block.  We carry them so they can experience seeing the bigger outdoors in the safety of our arms.  We do aim to do this with all of the puppies at least twice before they go – if we can do three trips with the pups… then we will try!

This week is a busy week for us, I have puppy packs to complete, worming on Wednesday, microchipping them at the weekend, then next monday they will be having their vaccinations.

I have updated the puppies gallery

We have had quite a few sessions where Granny has been part of playtime which is just smashing.  I love seeing all of them together, here is a video of Molly enjoying her grandchildren:- Granny playing with the puppies

Puppies trying to say hello to their mum

Larking about in the garden

Chase me Charlie

Dressed for a wedding a friend of mine got married on Saturday so for a little bit of fun, I put bow ties on the pups.  Colour coded so you can see who is who!

A typical day with the puppies!

The puppies are just fabulous – they are now moving faster than ever, getting under our feet very easily.  We have a variety of barricades so that we can keep them safe so we can then move in and out of the living room, or from the utility room to the garden.  This involves me having to be agile (ha ha) as I “nip” over the various hurdles we have constructed.  As a result of this newly found energy and speed from the puppies,  I am finding it harder to get the photos and the videos as they rush around my feet.

If you can picture the scene at 7am.  With the help of hubby, the pups are put outside for the first wee’s of the day….. its feed time.   A tired “older” lady who used to be fit, “nipping” over the barricade whilst carefully placing her feet the other side with the “step and slide manoeuvre” (this is actually a sliding step so you are not putting pressure in any one place on the floor!) so as to avoid stepping on a puppy, but also maintaining her balance and continuing to hold the feed bowls aloft and the jug of warm milk…..whilst… the puppies maintain a high level of excitement that their dinner is coming…soon…now!!! WOW this is exciting. The puppies are bouncing around all over the place at my feet.  This older lady then has to figure out as quickly as possible where to place the bowls and get these cute little guys fed …..AND FAST!  The next task is to manage getting the milk dispensed into the bowls without pouring it all over them!  What always makes me smile is how they are so excited for the food but they NEVER actually look at what they are doing, so they will stand in the bowls whilst I attempt to pour their milk in!  After they have eaten I then pick up the bowls – SIMPLE?! In theory this easy task would be completed without any bother however, when you have six puppies hanging off your shoes and your trousers (invariably still in my PJ’s) it is almost impossible to move.   I attempt to make it to the barricade in one piece, I have to gather momentum to “leap” over the top ….. don’t be daft, Im not leaping anywhere….. I manage to get back to the safety of the other side with some effort.  AND BREATHE!

I love my puppies very much – the 7am routine is the craziest time as we need to get them out for a wee as quick as we can, then feed them.  They are super little puppies and in the main the toilet training is going very well.  If we could get them all out quick enough in the morning I think we would have a fairly dry pen.

The puppies have playtime after every meal and then will eventually have a sleep when their tummies feel nice and full.

The feed routine is repeated a further three times a day.  With wee breaks in-between whiles and also playtime scheduled in.  I keep a log of mealtimes for both the pups and Maggie.  Particularly with Maggie having such high demands currently.  Maggie’s dietary requirements are managed by staggering the mealtimes and alternating the additions to her kibble.  I have been continuing to give her the kibble, two tins of sardines a day, 2 lots of scrambled eggs, 2 big chunks of cheese, supplements and now… starting from today some rice pudding (hoping this will help).  Maggie is loving being on her post whelp diet!  The pups have the four meals a day and goats milk twice a day.  (slightly more simple to keep a log of!).

Our day is pretty much full on for both the puppies and the other residents at Marchstone house.

Here are todays videos :-

Makes my heart soar to see Maggie with her puppies and Granny with Mr Blue.  Seeing three generations together makes my heart melt, this for a breeder is bliss, a sense of accomplishment.

Six puppies in the garden

Chase me Charlie! (Such fun!!)

Puppy chaos in my living room!! (Pure Joy!)

Photo gallery updated.