Chocolate Clan Labradors

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Wrapping up the litter

Posted by Pat on December 15, 2019 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (4)

After all the pups but Abby had been sent to their new homes, we took a week off to rest.  My full intention on returning home was to get the last of the puppy pictures posted, and give an update on registrations with the Canadian Kennel Club. But then the most horrific thing happened. Tucker was lost at 12 weeks old. Further investigation has led us to believe he was stolen. As sad as the latter is, at least it gives us hope that perhaps Tucker is living his puppy life so...

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Week 9

Posted by Pat on October 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Generally we don't post a week 9 blog, as all the pups but the one we have kept have gone to their forever homes. This time has been different as three of our pups have stuck around a bit longer as we arrange transportation to BC and Nfld. As well it was a slow selling litter, and we had our Golden Boy to find a home for, which we did. Yeah, all the pups but Green Girl will be going to forever homes. Teal, Harvey and Tucker left last Friday. Tikka left on Saturday morning, and ...

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Week 8

Posted by Pat on October 19, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Vet

Yes, going to the vet was our big accomplishment in week 8.  Ten puppies into the car, and off to the vet.  Dr. Cindy Nowles did the examinations and vaccinations (See pictures below). Chelsey did the microchips. All the pups did amazing.  Hardly a peep out of them. And except for a few minor excitement pees on the towels,  they did really well of not making the place a mess. Blue also discovered treat...

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Week 7

Posted by Pat on October 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Three things I want to talk about as the pups are getting ready this week to go to their forever homes.


We are feeding Purina ProPlan "Focus" Large Breed Puppy food. The pups have been doing really well since we switched them to it.  We have always had good results with growth on this food. But there are other quality foods that you can switch to, protein should be 22.5% or greater (this is a new reco...

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Week 6

Posted by Pat on October 6, 2019 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, where has the time flown. The pups are really growing, especially feet and noses (see Teal's nose below). They were starting to escape from the nursery with just the board up, so we expanded it to include the hallway.  It gives them some room to run as well. They have been going outside, and getting visitors. A friend even took a couple over to the extended care at the hospital, where they were a real hit.

One of our families c...

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Week 5

Posted by Pat on September 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow the time is flying with this litter.  It has been an exciting week. We started with some lovely weather so the pups got introduced to the great outdoors. They have been out three times so far. Yesterday it was 1C so was quite a shock for them, but they still enjoyed it. But the time outside was only 20 minutes before they were getting cold and it was time to bring them back inside (we were getting cold too).

Two important milesto...

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Week 4

Posted by Pat on September 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Love to see the puppies grow, but it seems so fast.  They were just beans two weeks ago, and now they walk, and talk, and do the two p's all on their own. Maggie is still nursing, but she doesn't spend much time in the nursery. The pups have teeth now!

So with all this growth, we had to move the pups out of the whelping pool and into our "temporary" nursery.  As we only have a litter every two or three years, we have not yet set up a full t...

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Week 3

Posted by Pat on September 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The pups are continuing on their rapid journey of growth. Eyes are all open. They are walking and sitting. And we have been able to introduce "solid" food. Well the food is actually mushed up puppy food with a lot of water and some puppy formula. They tend to walk in it, get it all over themselves, and sometimes actually eat some. But it is the time when the little ones that might not be able to compete on the teat can actually start to catch up to those big brothers and sister...

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Week 2

Posted by Pat on September 7, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

How the puppies have grown. They were little beans at the start of the week needing Momma for food, and to clean them to stimulate peeing and pooing.  It was an easy week for me in the cleaning department as Maggie did most of the work.

However, by the end of the week, as expected the pups started to walk and their eyes are now open. So walking means they have started peeing and pooing everywhere.  Maggie goes in and cleans as b...

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Week 1

Posted by Pat on August 30, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, hard to believe this time last week we were in the midst of welcoming our litter into the world.  The week has whizzed by. Our number one concern for the past week is to ensure the health of our mother and litter. Maggie is once again proving to be a super mom.  We occassionally have to tell her it is okay to leave her pups to eat or go outside.  She is always ready to go for "walks" although tires easily and gets anxious quickly.

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