We are so excited to welcome Jewel and Cooper’s beautiful standard f1’s! They were born October 17 and will be ready to go home December 15, just in time for Christmas!!!
I have 5 openings remaining in this litter. Please see our Puppy’s Available page for more information and to fill out an application to take one of these beauties home.
12.7.18 Update is at bottom of page!
So sorry for the delay in updates! WordPress has updated and their new system has been impossibly frustrating and I have thought I have updated this post earlier and just checked to see it was not saved. ahhh!!! Also because of their new system, I can only add new pictures to the bottom of the page so the posts will be backwards. I will still post at the top of the page when it was last updated so you don’t have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find out. So sorry you guys! I’ll get this new system figured out!
Jewel was not showing any contractions and pleasantly waited until Wyatt and I woke up in the morning to start delivering her puppies! She is such a good mama and I really only had to sit back and watch. She was so calm and seemingly not having contractions. Needless to say she kept having puppies throughout the day. She was so clean and attentive.
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.
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.
Having 9 puppies she did an impressive job of rotating them around so everyone had a turn for milk and snuggles. 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:
10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents
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 continually 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 all together…
Even the kitty loves the puppies!
And of course, Wyatt is in love…
These guys are growing so fast! They are really starting to grow into their cuteness. 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! Mama Jewel is still not to keen on going for walks and wants to be with them all the time. It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities start to come out! They need to stay warm so we have been able to bring them outside with us a couple of times. So thankful for these sun breaks!
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:
It’s finally matchup time!!!
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! This is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!
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.
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.
For these tests I’ve asked my dear friend Carleigh to come over to help. I have been experiencing some health issues this past month that have left me basically on bed rest for most of the day. I will be okay but I have about a month left to go until I will be feeling better. She has worked for us on many occasions and is our go-to if Jake and I ever (rarely) take a day out. She takes the greatest care with our puppies and has stepped up so much along with many friends and family in helping care for Wyatt. Jake has also been a rock for me in this time and has taken such great care of all the puppies. As an extroverted, energetic, community involved, and adventurous person, this has been an emotionally difficult season as well as a physical one. But I have so many things to be thankful for and am learning a great deal about my worth not coming from what I am able to do. Not to take too much attention away from the puppies but just wanted to introduce the wonderful woman in the videos and explain why I am not in them.
As we are getting so close to pickup day I just wanted to repost some important articles about bringing your puppy home in case you haven’t read them yet:
What to Expect Your Puppy’s First Night Home
DIY Natural Pee Repellant Carpet Spray
DIY Flea Prevention Dog Treats
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