Saturday, October 27, 2012

Weekend puppy pics

Chow time, still very civil
Chilling in the puppy pen amongst all their toys

A new toy (cardboard tube) that didn't turn out to be such a good idea.  I extricated Summit
soon after he got himself in a bind. 

Close up of Summit in his new head gear


Teller between my legs out in the front yard

Looks like Vail, but not sure who this is

Estes playing with leaves

Autumn puppy playtime

Unidentified cutie

Pup showing some tongue

Puppy recall, time to go back inside

Thursday, October 25, 2012

4 week puppy pics

Very polite eaters
Lots of litter box action

Puppies at my feet during an outside outing

Vail and Estes checking out the purple sage

Vail, asleep in the food pan

Estes sleeping on the piano

Estes sleeping on the plastic cat toy ball - she seems to like hard "pillows"

Boulder sleeping under a toy

Waldo on the big stuffed catepillar

Summit sleeping under the foot stool

Adorable Boulder

4 weeks old

The pups are growing up fast and are totally adorable.  They gained around 1 3/4 lbs last week and weights ranged from 5 lbs 5 oz (Carson) to 6 lbs 6 oz (Denver).  They are eating three meals a day of kibble and milk, and Juliette is still nursing frequently.  Juliette is devouring 9 cups of kibble plus suppliments like hard boiled egg.  With the nice weather, the pups have been outside daily this week.  They are quiet, content litter of pups that enjoy interacting with people.  We are starting to do "invasive handling" of feet, ears, tail, muzzle, etc. and introducing new sounds to their environment such as clapping and excited voices when they are eating. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Teller's big outside adventure

Teller was by far the most adventurous of the pups on the first outside outing, and also the most photogenic

Teller next to the puppy taxi aka laundry basket

Teller sneaking off
Teller way off by himself

Looking around

Starting to howl after getting lost

More adventures

The pups had their first visit from some young children - my neighbors who do not have dogs at home.  Kids and pups did great together.  After a nap, I took the pups outside for a very short outing.  Looks like we will have a few nice days, and then it may be awhile before we get another warm enough day for a puppy outing. 

Waldo playing ET with the neighbor kids

First time outside

Feeling the sun

Not sure who this cutie is

Summit and Dillon


Lots of puppy pics

The pups have had an incredibly busy weekend, adapting to their new pen, playing with new toys, and hearing lots of new sounds in the main part of the house.  Liz Kaye came over yesterday for their first professional photo session. 

A big tub full of puppies

After a burst of playing, all tuckered out.  At this age, the pups play for 10-15 min then crash for another long nap.

The pups are very proficient about nursing standing up.  Silly Juliette with a puppy toy in her mouth - a true Golden, always has to be carrying something.

Kibble and milk.

Litter box action.  The pups are doing amazingly well using the litterbox, often taking themselves all the down to the toileting area by themselves.  Other times, I help them down as soon as I see them waking up or after eating.  Usually for the first couple of days, I don't change the litter box since the scent encourages additional use.  But with this litter, I needed to do a partial change after just 24 hours since it has been so well used.  Good puppies!

Denver with new toy.  I didn't add any new toys until this morning, figuring I didn't want to overwhelm the pups yesterday.  The pups were fascinated with the new toys, especially those that made noise.

Summit and the toy piano.

Dillon and tug toy attached to the side of the pen.  The pups are already starting to play shake/kill their toys, and are tugging on each other.

Silly Vail.  Vail has some color faults (pink pads/white toes) much like her great aunt Bridget.  The show dog breeders work hard to breed away from such color variations, but it won't affect Vail's potential as an assistance dog trainee. 

Four pups in a bed

Carson sleeping on top of Boulder.

Summit snuggling up to Vail.

Teller didn't quite make it into bed.