Better than sliced bread

Most of you know, if you’ve followed my blog long enough that I’m not a girly-girl. I don’t get my nails down, I don’t necessarily enjoy shopping for clothes, shoes or purses. I’d much rather buy a new saddle blanket for my horse or load up on dog toys. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I was very excited today when the Fed-Ex guy pulled up with the new exercise pens I’d ordered a few days ago. I bought my first exercise pen in the 80’s when I started showing dogs. Then added a second one a few years back. But after having these four litters together, I realized it wouldn’t hurt to have a couple more. (I actually ended up doubling that order!) They are so handy, either inside the house or out in the yard. I’ve used them on camping trips before or day trips to the river or park.

So now all four litters can go outside and enjoy the back yard at the same time!

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070One pen for Rosie’s pups..

071One for Treasure’s..

072And the last one for Allie and Jules’ puppies! (They actually have two pens each, put together).

They are having a blast running around! And I served them dinner al fresco tonight.

067And gave them their very own body guard to watch over them while I get their puppy pens ready for bedtime.

078That’s one hundred pounds of muscle, with a deep intimidating bark, who’s not afraid of bears, coyotes and barks at ravens flying overhead. They’re safe ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Hang on!

Just ย when you think that roller coaster is sliding to a stop, it starts climbing up one of those tall, twisty-turny, loop-de-loops!

Yes, we have successfully matched all twenty-one spring puppies and talked with a lot of people. :O Thank you to everyone that has agreed to give one our puppies an awesome, forever home!

But it’s not time to relax just yet!

I will soon be updating and revamping our waiting list as soon as I have time.

Rosie’s pups have their vet check up this week and then they start heading home on Sunday. So this week I’ll be getting them and their puppy packets ready to go.

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And we’re also in the process of putting our hay up for the year. And that’s something that can’t wait. As they say, you have to “make hay while the sun shines”.

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The following week I will be taking Allie, Jules’ and Treasure’s puppies in for check-ups; in one day. (My vet reserved the whole afternoon for us!) Then that Sunday, Allie and Jules’ puppies will be heading out. And the following Sunday will be Treasure’s!

We have one “official” puppy entered into our Progressive Puppy Program, Cindy from Rosie’s litter. She will be staying until August, so stay tuned for blogs about her training after everyone else heads home. We have several pups that will be staying an extra week or two also, since their families had plans already for our delivery days. So several people will be coming here for a visit and to pick up their puppy.

And to make things a bit crazy, we have two slightly round girls around here that should be delivering our summer litters towards the end of June and first of July! (About the same time a bunch of puppies are leaving)…oh my! :O

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Buckle up buttercup! The ride ain’t over yet!

 

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A special trip

A week ago one of our families made a special, long trip to meet their puppy. They are adopting Charlie (green ribbon boy) from Allie’s litter.

They had picked him out during our puppy matching time and had already fallen in love. But there was one thing they wanted to make sure of. Charlie’s new dad has allergies to dog hair and he had to make sure before Charlie came home that he wouldn’t have a reaction.

So they drove from far away, camped out one night and arrived here last Sunday. And they brought toys for Charlie. Can you guess where they’re from? ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We spent about an hour visiting while he held Charlie, snuggled him to his face, and loved on him. Charlie’s dad had to share with mom too, so they both took turns cuddling Charlie.

After the visit, it was determined that Charlie was good to come home permanently in a few weeks!

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It’s Monday!

Just checking in after a busy, relaxing (can I use both those verbs in one sentence?), fun, wonderful weekend with family and friends that were visiting. Now back to my regular routine.

So little Miss Treasure’s babies are seven weeks old today! What?! Where did the time go. :O And just yesterday, one of our visitors mentioned next weekend was Father’s Day. Huh?! I thought I still had two weeks before Rosie’s pups were going home. But that’s less than a week away!

So today will be picture day for the Treasure litter, I’ll weigh them, and give them another dose of de-wormer. Actually all the puppies will be weighed today and given some de-wormer. (Since they’re at different ages, they’re all at different stages and types. We actually use three different medicines to give a well-rounded coverage for any puppy parasites. And then have our vet check a stool sample to make sure they are clear).

They’ve all had breakfast and I have Rosie’s pups outside for some sun and fun. The kitchen is fixed up for Allie and Jules’ pups. And then I expanded Hope’s pen in the dining area for Treasure’s puppies to have some play time. There are puppies everywhere! (I just said to my husband last night, “Remind me not to do this again”. (breeding four girls so close together).

We’ll be doing some other training with them today too. Starting some clicker training with the three younger litters. And continuing with more clicker on Rosie’s and some other things I want to work on before they start heading home.

Rosie’s puppies have now had their first puppy shot (and did super!). They will be going in for their veterinarian exam later this week. Can’t believe they’re nine weeks old on Wednesday!

Jules’ and Allie’s pups will be turning eight weeks old on Thursday and getting their first shot too.

It’s a very busy time. As the puppies get older, there is more to do. I have to start making baby blankets, putting together puppy packets and finish making arrangements with all of our adopters for delivery day(s). And finish matching that last puppy of Treasure’s.

So, off I go! Have a great day everyone!

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Waiting list update

Hi everyone! I just wanted you all to know, that as soon as our spring puppies are all matched (and we’re almost there!), I will be revamping and updating the waiting list on our website!

The current “on indefinite hold” (those with an *) will be moved to a separate (unpublished list) to make things less complicated for those of you actively waiting and ready for a puppy.

Those twenty-one people newly matched with a puppy will be removed and numbers adjusted to see a much shorter waiting list!

This should hopefully be done within the upcoming week:)

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Comedy or Tragedy?

Well, I was going to get new puppy pictures of Rosie’s babies tonight. “Was” is the key word….

I left this morning for an appointment in town after everyone (I’m talking furry ones ๐Ÿ˜‰) were fed,, watered, given new beds and had clean litter boxes. After my appointment, I had some errands to run and shopping to do. We have company coming this weekend, so I sorta had to make sure there was food in the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t get home until this evening and knew the dogs  would need to go potty and puppies would be dying for attention. So before I unloaded the groceries, plants and potting soil, chicken and horse feed from my truck, I let moms out, set up the kitchen play area and hauled Jules’ and Allie’s pups downstairs. Then moved the play area that was outside in the yard (my husband was busy mowing the lawn so I had to get it out of his way). After that, I  made three trips up and down the stairs and put Rosie’s pups outside to run and play.

Before I headed back out front  to unload my truck, I stuck the pizza in the oven that I had brought home from town to celebrate my husband’s early “retirement”. (That’s a whole ‘nother story ๐Ÿ˜ฎ).

As I got out front to unload, I happened to glace up at the western sky towards “Rainy Ridge” (there’s a reason it has that name) and noticed a blackening sky. “Oh no”, I thought, “I’ve got to get the stuff out of the truck before that cloud gets over us.” So I hurriedly starting unloading the truck. I was almost finished when I felt the first raindrop. Hubby and I got the rest unloaded and quickly headed into the house.

As I stepped into the laundry room, I heard the oven timer going off so I opened the door, reached around the corner and hit the button to shut it off. Then remembered I had puppies outside!

I ran out the back door (there’s a back door off the laundry room at the bottom of the stairs going up to the puppy room). Unfortunately, there are no stairs out that door yet (add that to hubby’s “honey-do” list), so it’s a big step down and up each time. I ran to the puppies, opened the exercise pen up and starting grabbing one at a time and shoving them back in the house (loose in the laundry room). I hadn’t gotten the first puppy inside when the deluge hit! It was pouring. And of course the way our house angles come together, it gushes off the roof right around that back door area. I was soaked to the skin in under a minute. You can imagine what all the puppies looked like by the time I got them in the house. (That’s why I said, I was going to take puppy pictures. The pictures would have looked like drowned rats instead of fluffy, cute puppies). The Brady bunch got dried off and settled back in their playpen, then I headed to the kitchen.

The kitchen. *sigh* Jules’ and Allie’s puppies apparently had a memory lapse while I was busy and there were a couple “deposits” on the floor. Now that wouldn’t usually be a big deal, because I would quickly pick them up. But when you have been preoccupied with other things and leave the puppies alone for fifteen minutes, a lot can happen. Think along the lines of finger painting…….. (sorry, for the gross visual, but you get the picture.)

I grabbed my handy disinfectant wipes (remember my best friends post?) and attempted to wipe up the mess quickly. Sure Jen, you’re going to lean over and just wipe up the floor with eight puppies clambering all over you for attention. ๐Ÿ™„

Hubby and I quickly scooped up the puppies and placed them back in their puppy pens. (So much for a nice playtime). And I proceeded to clean the floor a bit more thoroughly.

Then it dawned on me that the moms and Hope were still outside!!

I grabbed a towel and headed to the back door, trying to let one in at a time so I could towel them off. (My rug at the back door now needs to be washed for some reason). Then moms and I charged up the stairs to be reunited with their howling children.

“Honey, it’s time to eat”. Finally everything was taken care of so we could sit down and enjoy our special dinner.

Yeah, remember earlier when I had reached in the kitchen door and turned the timer off? Well, I forgot to turn the oven off too. *sigh


My life; comedy or tragedy…..

I’m going with the comedy, ’cause all you can do is laugh!

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Good things

Rosie’s puppies have unanimously decided that bully sticks are great things. And I have decided that these are great things while in and out cleaning the puppies’ room. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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