Chocolate Clan Labradors

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Tex, you're going to be a Dad

Posted by Pat on April 9, 2021 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It is always so exciting to confirm a pregnancy. On April 6, we took Hope in for her ultra-sound, and Dr. Skylar Bieleny was able to confirm that she is pregnant. Which is good, because she is starting to look a bit chunky and we were wondering if we were feeding her way to much food LOL. From the looks of things there are many puppies, as he was able to see five for sure, with little effort. 


Now it is time to start looking for fore...

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Anticipation

Posted by Pat on March 27, 2021 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Every breeding is a time of anticipation. Even though there is only a nine week pregnancy, and pups stay with us for eight weeks, we do a lot of planning and background work prior to each litter. This work is like home renovations, you don't see it and it does not make the house look any better, but it does make the home a better place to live. It is also sometimes the most expensive part of the process. So what I am speaking about are the health clearances and finding a stud d...

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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.


FOOD

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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