We are so pleased to welcome Gabby and Coopers standard f1b’s to the Evergreen Doodle family!!! She had 9 sweet puppies on September 5th. 4 girls and 5 boys. They will be ready to go home November 3rd.
We will be offering a small Puppy Kindergarten class for this litter. You can sign up under “Gabby’s Litter” on our Puppy Kindergarten page.
*I have 2 openings for this litter. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application to apply for one of these spots.
Two weeks old and progressing wonderfully! 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 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 for fun…
The First Days
Jake and I often joke about how nice it would be if a mama had puppies during the day…and sweet mama Gabby was here to give this tired mama a break! She started delivering at 11am! And she is so on top of things!! Her first 4 pups came fast, in an hour and a half! She was in a groove and I really just got to sit back and encourage her. All 9 puppies were born before I had to leave to teach ballet that evening at 5! Mama Gabby was on a mission!
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. Right off the bat we were extremely impressed with how strong and hearty these were.
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 Gabby.
Since she had 9 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. She seemed to like the smaller groups but quickly wanted all her puppies with 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 such a good 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 the past few litters I’ve let the first person pick when they knew who they wanted…though some may still want to wait for matchup until after the temperament tests are done. Once the next person in line decides I will move on to the next family. With this, it is 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 the puppies!
And some more of them together…