For the Love of the Chocolate Clan.
|Posted by Pat on December 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
A litter of puppies is always years of planning, nine weeks of waiting, and eight weeks of intensity with whelping, growing pups, and finding forever homes. Then there is the aftermath. All of a sudden there is quiet.
Except for 2018. This year we had HOPE!
Hope was one of the littlier, quieter pups from our 2017 litter. It was one of the reasons we chose her. Were we wrong. To start with we baby-gated her in the kit...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on February 14, 2018 at 9:05 PM||comments (2)|
So the "official" Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) registrations have arrived. These are the documents that not only ensure that your dog is purebred. These are the documents that mean you can claim your dog is a Labrador Retriever. As funny as it may seem, without these papers, it is a violation of Canadian Law to call your dog purebred or any specific breed. Before we got our first dog Koko, I had no idea that it mattered. But 19 years later I know it does. It matters because it en...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on December 21, 2017 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
WEEk EIGHT IS HERE! It is a celebration for our Forever Families as they finally get to take their pup home. For us it is a celebration as we know are pups are healthy and ready to go. But it is also incredible sad as we miss these little guys. The thumping of feet, the squeals, and the coos as they play, these are the sounds we miss. Even as we downsized to seven, we could tell there were fewer.
We were very excited on...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on December 17, 2017 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
I have been getting a few requests for information on what we are feeding the pups. While I have posted some of this information under Puppies: Feeding Puppy http://www.chocolateclanlabradors.com/feedingpuppy.htm, some of this information is rather general in nature. So the following is an update as best as I can do:
Milk and kibble (birth to 4 weeks): At birth, the pups drank mother's milk. The initial ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on December 13, 2017 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Besides turning 6 weeks old last week, our puppies also went to the vet, and Dr. Cindy Nowle checked them out. Please see Day 42 for pictures of the puppies at the vet.
So when I send the puppies to their "forever homes", I will be sending them with a portofolio from our "Lacombe Veterinary Centre". It will include their Health Record as well as lots of information about your puppy, medical insurance, spaying/neutering, etc.
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|Posted by Pat on December 6, 2017 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Can you believe it, not only are our pups six weeks old, I also had to cut off the inquiries on Saturday, as we were getting so many applications. I would like to thank all those who inquired about our pups. I would like to thank all those who put in applications, as each and every one of you could have been selected as a forever family. However, we ran out of pups. So Congratulations to those we did select as our forever families. Here is the list...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on November 29, 2017 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Where has the time gone? We have been so busy the past two weeks. First we opened the nursery up to the hallway so the pups would have a bigger play area. Also it funnels them to the outside, so starting this past weekend with weather on the plus side of freezing we got them outside. Not for long, but at least they have seen the sky. And then we opened the nursery up to "Forever Families". And what a wonderful group of people to come and visit the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on November 19, 2017 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
Setting up the whelping room went very well. But with the transfer from the pool, more and more work to keep the pups clean now goes to Dave and Me. So we have been busy. As well we have been introducing solid food and it has been a hit and miss learning experience. Our two blue pups need no help in learning how to eat. But we have a few smaller pups that are a little slower at picking it up. They also were a little slower getting their teeth. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on November 13, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Puppies grow fast. In the past three weeks, they have transitioned from images on an x-ray to walking, talking, eating, seeing, and hearing. Maggie has been a tremendous Mom, keeping them fed and bathed. But as we transition them to puppy kibble, even she is having a hard time keeping up with the poop. So between food, poop, and ten pups, the whelping pool is getting too small. Today we are going to set up the whelping room as a nursery, and give everyone more room....Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pat on November 8, 2017 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
The last couple of days have seen some tremendous changes in the puppies. They are changing from peanuts into pups. Their eyes are opening (so I don't like to take too many pictures unless they are sleeping). They are starting to stand and walk (mostly fall so they look kind of drunk). And some are interested in Mom's food.
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