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Graceful Bailey – 43 days (pre-parturition)

It is hard to believe that Bailey will be having her puppies in less than 20 days. While her tummy has expanded to 33.5 inches (85 cm), she is not showing any signs of slowing down yet. Bailey is extra sensitive and prefers being close to us rather than with the pack, so her evenings are spent cuddling and getting lots of belly rubs.
Bailey has a ravenous appetite and is being fed three times daily now. As the puppies grow, there is less room in her tummy and it’s also easier for Bailey to digest these smaller meals. She is eating a nutritious balance of home cooked organic foods, premium kibble, supplements and raw vegetables. Pre-natal period: It is an interesting fact that a dog's tactile perception develops before birth, therefore unborn puppies can detect touch when the mother is petted from the outside of the abdomen. This establishes the basis for puppies to tolerate being touched, when compared to puppies born to mothers that were not petted. Pregnant dogs that are exposed …

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Eight

“The Wailing of the Banshee”
She ran at top speed, her lithe legs churning, kicking up tufts of sod as her paws tore into the turf. She was only too aware of the sound of the rest of the pack in pursuit. She stopped abruptly and swung around in the opposite direction, panting heavily. We watched from a distance as the scene unfolded. Heidi was running back and forth along the fence line with the rest of the pack in tow, but what was not immediately evident was that inexplicably she was outside the compound! Happily, she returned quite readily when we opened the gate to let her back inside the yard. Whether motherhood had proved to be so difficult that Heidi felt she needed to escape or whether she was just being a clever girl, we weren’t certain.That is, until we did a perimeter sweep and Heidi showed us a section of fence that had been compromised. We now understand the proclivity of her daughters: Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet, for their numerous escape attempts.
This has been a very w…

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Seven

“World Cup Soccer in Caledon”


The puppies vacillate between two extremes. On the one hand, they were the best behaved, quietest group on record during their car ride to visit Dr. Matt, the veterinarian. Each and every puppy was very brave, not to mention polite and received top marks for their checkup. They also received kudos in the parking lot at Ren’s Pet Depot where admiring passersby cooed with delight at the sight of these little balls of fur. On the other hand, this group doesn’t hold anything back when it’s time to unwind and have fun. In a recent World Cup Puppy Soccer match, it was one giant free-for-all wherein the puppies ran shrieking as they chased the ball from one end of the foyer to the other and back again. Afterward, when the water bowls were drained by the thirsty brood, two of their brethren picked up the bowls and ran victory laps with them.

One of the more perplexing things we’ve noticed is that when the puppies are playing in the foyer and a ball or toy drops “wa…

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Six

“A Little Privacy Please!”
Puppies have no sense of discretion. They just want to have fun -  even if it’s at the expense of one of their siblings. Feeling what some might refer to as one of nature’s calls, one of the pack will slip away to a quiet spot to have a private moment. No sooner has the” target” surrendered to his urges when out of nowhere, one or two other puppies converge to take down their “quarry” in a game of rugby without the ball.

Another one of the most dramatic sports moments of the week occurred as we rolled a big ball out into the play area. The puppies were mesmerized as they took in the sight of this wondrous red object spinning past them. One by one, they went to investigate until Mr. Ebony, realizing its great power, began to roll it around the floor. The rest of the gang jubilantly followed the procession as if they’d just invented the wheel.

We’re sure the Olympic Committee didn’t see this coming: we’ve had to rewrite some of the rules of the sport of (puppy)…

Heidi and Hudson’s Litter – Week Five

“The Drive-Through”
A big step for the puppies this week is their transition to more solid food, which coincides with Heidi’s dream of an early retirement. It seems that mom has limited her contribution to something akin to a drive-through milk wagon. The puppies are drinking more water now as well to keep themselves hydrated. This transition is a welcome change for us too, since this group is one of the messiest eaters on record requiring countless baths and wipe-downs. Boasting plump bellies, the puppies are weighing seven pounds on average. That in itself is starting to become a bit of a workout when we pick them up. And that happens to be frequently since they love to be held and cuddled, with many falling asleep in our arms.
The gang is becoming increasingly more curious about their surroundings and about the large humans in their midst. There’s no more sneaking up on them as they react to every sight and sound. This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for…