The very first litter for our very first breeder, Tamlyn, had a pup named Daya. As she and the litter got closer to turn-in, like all pups and all litters, they got more and more active. There comes a time with every litter when it’s very clear that the pups need the one-on-one attention that only comes with a puppy raiser. We found ourselves singing to that first litter “Daya! Daya! All grown up and I need a puppy raiser…” (to the tune of Day-o).
Every litter since has gotten to the Daya place and we’re singing to the Titans these days. They’re off to CCI tomorrow and to their puppy raisers later this week. Here they are, in birth order, just waiting for their puppy raisers.
The pups overheard their people saying the mommy was having a birthday and turning five today. While they weren’t too sure what that meant, it sounded important and they decided to throw mom her very own surprise party.
Of course a puppy surprise party is a lot like every other puppy event- lots of play, running, tugging, leaping, and a good nap at the end.
The good nap:
Afterwards, Mom and Auntie Chelan got birthday treats and Dawna got her special toy.
We’re trying to keep the blog posts in order of age of the pups. We got behind at the end of January. New posts start on January 30th. So, look back to see the new stuff!
Sometimes Murphy comes to visit your home… So we’ve gotten a bit behind while dealing with Mr. Murphy and the wonderful Titans. We’ve got lots of great photos from the last week that will be posted over the next several days. Stay tuned!
Getting a litter picture–or even a football picture–with six active CCI pups is always a bit of a trick. It takes patience, great photographers, many hands and lots and lots and lots of puppy play time. And lots of laughing.
Lots of play:
Lots of hands, lots of laughter:
Many thanks to Dawna photographer and friend extraordinare Nancy as well as litter picture capture expert Wendy, and whelper helpers Susie and Julie!
There’s a small football event today. The Titans are in the spirit!
A lot of the “training” work that Breeder Caretakers do is provide the pups with readiness experiences appropriate for their age. Canine Companions for Independence gives us a lot of guidance about what the pups need when. The weaning period is one of the first “critical socialization” periods in their lives. They’ll hit other ones during puppy raising. But from about five to seven weeks, we work on giving them LOTS of interactions with people. It helps them imprint with people and helps them be the very social dogs that will move them toward their goal of service work.
That’s a long way of saying that the pups need lots of visitors. It’s not hard to pursuade friends and family to help socialize the pups. It’s alway special it be able to include children. Here is a slideshow of one special visit.
Dawna LOVES being a mom! But by the time the pups get to weaning, she’s a little worn out. She’ll never let on but occasionally it shows.
As the pups get older, the number and size of their toys increases. Tonight they got some new toys to play with.