Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ten, again

In December of 2012, GCH Nspird Holiday With Smiln Dal and Smiln Dal's The Color Purple had a litter of 10 puppies. We called them the Charlie Brown gang.

On January 23rd GCH Merry Go Round Express and CH Fyrehouse Firenze At Smiln Dal also had a litter of 10 puppies!

There are 6 males ( 1 patch), and 4 females (1 is patch).

We are trying to decide what to do as a theme. Florence's dad thinks we should use names of towns here in Idaho. Here are the names of cities and towns in Idaho County, ID.


Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Let us know your favorites

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Parting is such sweet sorrow!

It has been a very busy week for the puppies, and for me too! On Tuesday I left Idaho and headed south on my way to Sundance Utah to pick up Molly and see all of the babies before they started going off to new homes and various adventures.

I arrived in Utah on Wednesday afternoon and after some quick hellos and some errands with Sonja my co-breeder on this litter, we got back to their house and had some time to relax and talk about the puppies.

It's always difficult to decide where each puppy should go. You want to make the right match of puppy to owner so that they have the best chance at a long and happy partnership. Of course in the past weeks we have both been weighing pros and cons of which pup to keep, which to send and where to send it.

We went to sleep on Wednesday night still not completely decided. One pup had a home lined up and a nice couple from Springivlle, UT would be coming on Thursday after noon for the only boy in the litter, Galliano. So we made an appointment to take the pups in for vaccinations and deworming and a final check by the vet. We made it home just in time for the family to come for their boy.

After the agreement was signed and they new owners were instructed on food, feeding and various other puppy related things, they were on their way! Best wishes Galliano for a wonderful future filled with lots of good things.

Then Sonja and I set about deciding who would go where. By the end of the evening it was decided. Tia Maria and Kona Gold would stay with Sonja while she made her final decisions what homes they would be sent to.

I would take Irish Cream for a great home in Northern California. I would also bring Kahlua and Illy Espresso home with me and place them once I decide where they should go. It was so hard making the decisions as we had many more good homes than we had puppies to place in them! Of course this situation is always better than not enough homes for the pups you have.

This was a new experience for me as I have said before, since I was living vicariously thru phone calls and emails until I could finally get to see the babies in person. But all in all we are pleased with the quality and consistency of the litter overall. I may even do something like this again, but not for some time!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

7 week photos/almost home

Well we are getting close to the finish line. One last round of photos before I drive to Utah to see the puppies in person. I am looking forward to seeing these babies, as it has been really hard not being there with them. This is the first litter I have been involved with where one of my girls went to someone else's home to be bred and have her puppies. A new experience for me, but not the same as actually being there.

On the plus side, it has been nice to get regular updates and pics while not doing any of the actual hands on duties. Needless to say, I am grateful to Tom and Sonja Jones, who have taken excellent care of our Molly and have gone above and beyond for this litter.

And now for some puppy pics!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Puppies are five weeks old!

The puppies are five weeks old now and photos were taken of each. Some of the collar colors  have changed but hopefully you can still tell who is who.

This coming Monday the puppies will be BAER hearing tested. Once we clear that hurdle the next two weeks will really fly by!