Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
A live shot of me feeding Gracie! The red staining on her muzzle is from feeding on her mother Madison. As you might imagine there is a fair amount of moisture involved...
Gracie is up to 9.2 ounces tonight which is fantastic. I caught her up on her two front legs crawling around the box tonight while her Mother was outside. She can drink her fill in no time flat as you can see here.
Although it may look like Madison has seen better hair days, if you were in a whelping box with a baby caring for her and cleaning her 24/7 you might look like this too.... It's not true, this is "bead head". Madison gets out regularly to run through the snow and the house playing as much as she will allow herself. Madison is a dedicated mother and after a short romp around the house she wants right back in with her puppy. As you can see here she keeps a very close eye on her little one.
Madison's puppy is doing very well. She has gained 3oz in the last three days so she is starting to catch up now. Gracie is a real fighter when it comes to feeding time. I have discovered she really enjoys goat's milk mixed in with her esbelac (nutritional supplement) and it shows in her weight gaining. She is also a real mover around the box crawling quite rapidly from one side to another for a little extra exercise. Keep up the great work Gracie!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tess appears to be settling into her new routine with Pamela Dawson and her family. As you can see she is well loved. Pam says Tess follows her everywhere... She is so darn cute, I miss her very much, what a complete lap dog she was here. You could place on the couch and unless you moved she would stay by your side until you had to get up.. I do have to admit that is a picture of her with my slipper. She is so addicted to that slipper I had to let Pam take it home with her when she came for Tess... I have since replaced the slippers as they are part of my normal routine around the house and wouldn't you know it my Westie puppy Katie has taken a very strong liking to them, especially the leather laces...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's actually been 8 days since Madison had her litter but as the Season seems to be getting busier and closer to Christmas with all the weather and shopping left to do we have overlooked Gracie's week old birthday. Gracie seems to be getting on pretty well now. She practically refuses the supplemental feeding I have been doing and loves to be on her mother till she falls asleep... she has plenty of energy right up till nappy time.. She will have plenty of pigment as you can see here with a dark nose and all dark pads already, Gracie is very cute indeed!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I have been promising some pictures to my clients who have Katie's litter mates of a "post grooming" session. Well here she is! Katie was actually really good on the grooming table. She stood pretty still but I think what lead up to this was making sure she was already plenty tired from running around the house before her session. I think the funniest part of having Katie here watching her try to tempt my 12 year old Norwich house girl Peanut into playing with her... so funny. Katie is very lively around the house when I am home, we are still working on her potty habits but for the most part she goes to the kitchen and pees on the floor which is easily wiped up. Heck, with the weather were having right now I don't even want to go outside... On a side note I did brave the cold for 1.5hrs yesterday protesting a new pet store we have locally called Petland. They sell puppy mill (puppies raised in unthinkable conditions) animals purchased from Midwestern brokers who have terrible documented practices of caring for there animals that we have discovered from reports posted by the USDA who is the governing body in this particular area. We hope to end this practice and ask them to help place homeless pets from our local SPCA.
Under a little resistance I was able to get Madison's puppy girl to stop wiggling long enough to pose for her first of many pictures to come. All is well here today but I am a little tired from getting up every few hours to supplement this little girl as she is going through a slightly weak nursing stage but is doing very well now working Mom with all her energy after her supplemental bottle feeding until she tires and falls asleep still attached to Madison.
The weather here is very cold outside with blowing snow but it is supposed to subside later today and none to soon. I have tried to get the dogs out to relieve themselves for a short period of time and trust me they like the snow for the most part coming running back inside covered in packed snow hanging from there bodies.. Now they are all snuggled up in there warm beds watching TV for the day, quite a life all my "kids" lead here...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jade's new neighbor will be her good old brother Bart, so it will be just a short dash across the neighborhood to be with her best friend again... Look for pictures of the "family reunion in the near future.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Here is our update on Henri and Bella the therapy dog. Looks to me like everything is going pretty well. Bella still has not quite figured out Henri needs to go outside alone to learn to potty instead of play but she is working on it. It's easy to see they will be best of friends for a life time to come...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Jeff Neumann arrived this morning with Bella in hand to let HER decide if Molly's puppy boy was the correct addition to the family today.
Bella works locally as a wonderful therapy dog for her owners Ella and Jeff on any given week with local children providing them with entertainment and affection so it was very natural to want to add another Westie to there household.
I found it wonderfully entertaining to watch Bella carefully check into her new little brother who I believe will be named Henri, tempting him to play in her own special way. Bella is a wonderful social light so every opportunity she got to be outside with our other dog's she took as well.
As Ella, Jeff's wife could not be here today it was very important that Jeff identified the keys to success to make a match for Bella. Henri was very patient, in fact to the point of him being too sleepy to get too excited about her company so we knew there would be very little drama on any given day.
Congratulations Jeff, Ella and Bella!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The puppies are getting plenty of play time in the kitchen, have a full set of chompers (hence my tattered socks and toes) and are so fun to watch, this is a great time for all of us..