We are so pleased to welcome 4 sweet puppies to our home for our spring f1 litter! Mama Apple had 3 boys and 1 girl on April 7 and was a champ! Puppies will be ready to go home Saturday June 8, or Saturday June 15 if you sign up for Puppy Kindergarten.
*All of these puppies are spoken for but please contact me to inquire about standard f1b’s I have available ready to go home now.
Wow these guys grew so much this past week!!! 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 massage 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.
As you guys are thinking about whether to do Puppy Kindergarten, I wanted to share ideas to help your puppy transition whether you’re doing Puppy K or not. One of the things I mention is getting a transition blanket–we will have this for you and you do not need to get one.
Here are weekly pictures! (Ran out of purple yarn so our female has pink on this week!)
The First Days
Mama Apple was not looking super big so we were not sure how many puppies she would be having. We had expected her to come a little sooner than she did but eventually was showing signs of labor on the night of April 6 and had her puppies early in the morning of April 7.
After the puppies are born, 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. And yes, that is about as cute as that sounds–we feed them from a baby bottle and it is so adorable! 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 Apple.
Since she only had 4 puppies they all stay with her the whole time. In larger litters, we sometimes separate them into smaller groups. Mama 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!