We are over the moon and so thrilled to finally have a litter of medium f1b’s!!!!! It’s been over a year and many of you have been waiting longer than that. I first just want to thank you for your understanding and support as we have waited for these sweethearts!
Mercy had 7 beautiful medium f1b’s on August 20th. She had 3 girls and 4 boys. They will be ready to go home October 20th. We are offering a Puppy Kindergarten class for this litter, and if you sign up for the extra week, they will be ready to go home October 27th. You can sign up for Puppy K here.
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 want to handle the first few weeks. In addition to obedience training, I recommend reading up on what the first few days are like. 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!
If you are signed up for Puppy K, the potty training schedule listed below will be what we will be doing for the class. If you are not, I hope it can be a helpful guide as you do this training yourself.
Here are the updated pictures!
And a few more cute ones…
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.
They are slowly growing in independence and moving around quite a bit! It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show! They are not the biggest fans of this rain and when we get some sun breaks we will bring them with us to play outside!
This is also a good time to start reading up on what kind of training method you will use. Fortunately, there are so many good options! I just recommended finding one that you think will go well with your personality and lifestyle. I’ve included my favorite books and a little bit about them in the article below:
Here is a little video of the puppies!
And Wyatt is obsessed with “snuggling” the puppies! I promise I make sure he doesn’t squish them and he is so careful! haha! (Purple girl is his favorite <3)
Happy Labor Day!!! And happy September! Fall always feels like a new start to me. Love this time of year for puppies! We are so pleased with the growth and progress of these sweet puppies! 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!
As spots are filling up for Puppy Kindergarten, I wanted to share ideas to help your puppy transition whether you’re doing Puppy K or not. And just a heads up, we will have a transition blanket for you all in your “Puppy Pack,” that will have mama Mercy’s scent on it for your puppy to take home.
Here are weekly pictures!
And some more of them all together…
The First Days
Mercy’s puppies were born in the middle of the night while I was with my family in Seattle for my grandmother’s memorial (she lived to be 101!!!). Jake had come home early to be with Mercy as we knew she was ready to deliver any day. Our good friend was watching her while we were gone. He ended up staying up until 10 am the next morning until I was home and could take over! Amazing!!!! Mercy was amazing and easy and Jake only had to keep her comfortable.
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. The runt in this group is Pink. We have been giving her lots of extra calorie puppy gel and goats milk in addition to watching her have a turn with Mercy. But all the other puppies are now plenty plump and going on their own!
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 Mercy.
Since she had 7 puppies, we divided them into two groups since competition for the milk can leave some stranded. But after the first 48, we combined them together. Mostly, Mercy is such a sweet mama and didn’t like having any of her babies away from her. She also does a good job of rotating them herself. 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:
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?
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!
And some more of them all together…