It was a dreary, very rainy day. The pups decided they don't like the rain. We put a canopy up to allow them to go out without getting rained on :) No we are not spoiling them - there's no such thing :)
The pups are doing so well house training - there has been no pee in the house (save a midnight gotta go) for three days now - hooray! As a result, the pups are allowed to run around the house a lot more :) We purchased several smaller toys for them to play with in a range of textures, from squeaky soft toys to bones. They decided they like mom and dad's toys better :)
Precious and Bella with Oskar's rope
Gizmo after a game of tennis balls
We wanted to let everyone know that if you email us interested in a puppy, we will take pics and try to hit all angles so you can see all their colors. Also, we will not hold a pup without a deposit, but we will accept deposits by Paypal to our craft business address - email@example.com Upon receiving a deposit, the puppy will immediately be removed from sale and you will be sent a receipt with all details of the puppy and a picture. When making deposit, please tell us the litter name we've been using, or collar color of your choice. We'd also like to know if you have a name already picked for your puppy. If so, we will immediately begin calling the puppy by that name, but will not post the name or any details about the buyer.
Bear, Bella, Precious, and Gizmo attacking a butterfly bush
We are trying not to think about pick up day just yet. We are having much too much fun with seven German Shepherds in the house :)
All the pups went to the vet today for their first check up and first worming. All pups checked out healthy - hooray! and CUTE :) They also were fitted with breakaway collars today to better identify them to their potential new masters. Here are the weights and collar colors:
Light Blue - formerly known as Bear - 9 lbs, 1 oz
Dark Blue - formerly known as Curly - 9 lbs, 6 oz
Red - formerly known as Gizmo - 7 lbs, 8 oz
Pink - formerly known as Precious - 7 lbs, 12 oz
And Bella - purple collar - 7 lbs, 8 oz - we are pretty sure we are keeping her
All of the pups will be wormed again in two weeks and will return to the vet next week for their first round of vaccinations.
The boys are four weeks old today, the girls tomorrow. Potty training has begun, as well as weaning. Pups are all eating mush that is getting less and less milky each day, drinking fresh water, and had their first fresh egg from the Reds today. Yes, we are going to incorporate some natural feeding before they go to their new homes.
Bella (was Oskarette)
Four weeks til pick up date..email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see the pups and their family.
Hard as it is - yes, we have to sell the puppies. Pick up day is going to be October 23, 2010. All pups will be bathed and have cool toys to bring to their new home. There are males and females - we are still considering keeping one pup and it's between Curly and Oskarette. In the photo above, Oskar is in back (dad) then left to right, Curly, Precious, Oskarette, Gizmo - in the front is Bear and Jet (mom).
Gizmo was first born - we call him this because he sounds just like the little furball in the movie when he gets wound up. He is very smart and going to be a protective companion. He is very much like his mom.
Bear was second born - he is big and furry, likely a longer haired GSD, and he has a very gentle, laid back demeanor, like his dad.
Curly was third born - he is the biggest, and definitely the alpha male. He was first to do almost everything, is very vocal, in charge, and will be a very protective dog. He is a very even combination of mom and dad.
Precious was fourth born - she is just that, precious. Very laid back and a lot like her daddy-gentle and wanting to play.
Oskarette was fifth born - she was named this because she is going to color up a lot like her dad. She is sweet - very quiet and loves to cuddle.
Okay - some pictures:
This is Curly with his mouth open, and Bear in front.
Curly in front, Gizmo, Bear
Oskarette and Precious
Curly biting someone's tail
Precious and Gizmo
The puppies are $400 each and will be vet checked and first shots. Contact us if you'd like to visit them. $200 will hold your pick and we'll begin calling the pup by your chosen name.
The afternoon of August 26, 2010 was nervous - apprehensive. Jet never cried, never whined - she knows how loved she is and how much support she would have in this scary venture. She did not shun Oskar, nor either of us, not even the cat, Iggy. She welcomed all of our support in a coming event she knew was monumental, but did not really begin to understand.
About 8:30 that night, puppies were imminent - Jet decided to take refuge in her kennel, her cave, even though we'd dragged in the kiddie swimming pool we give the dogs to cool off in in the summer. We'd lined it with newspaper and old sheets and towels. Okay - how are we going to help the Jet, and the puppies if needed if she's in kennel? We decided we'd have to move the first puppy to the pool - yea, go ahead humans, make you're plans.
8:45 Oskar and Iggy are very worried about Jet who has begun pushing. Oskar gets a little too close and after a growl, we decided maybe he should go to his kennel. Jet screamed - absolutely wild! She wanted Oskar there - even if she didn't want him too close - she went running through the house to the other side where Oskar's kennel was and stood in front of him and they had a sweet conversation of sorts that seemed to make her feel better - then she jumped on the futon and had the first puppy, a boy, at 8:50
We let Oskar out. Don't let anyone tell you that a male dog is going to eat the puppies. The love of both of our dogs for these puppies was palatable - this was one of the most beautiful experiences Danny and I have ever had. This was a fantastically loving, exciting, nervous, beautiful night.
Puppy 2 - a boy - 10:05
Puppy 3 - a boy - 11:42
August 27, 2010
Puppy 4 - a girl - 1:17 a.m.
Puppy 5 - a girl - 1:45 a.m.
Jet has been an awesome mom - and Oskar has been a very loving dad. We've been on a quest since this night to win the lottery so we could keep them all. Of course we need to sell the puppies - but can we keep just one? Can we manage to give THREE German Shepherds the life we want them all to have? There are so many reasons why we're crazy to even consider it - but the thought of having to watch them all go is absolutely heartwrenching.
Okay - here are the current pics - three weeks old: running, playing, play-fighting - they are really a very fun handful :)