Wow... the weather cooperated and for the most part so did the pups! And even now at 7pm it's still not raining. We did have a boomer or two and a few sprinkles earlier this afternoon but nothing we had to stop for. Amazing! Will be working on uploading week seven throughout the evening.
As you can see from the photo posted earlier, Majestic is finally starting to put the brakes on her pups. I made her spend the night away from them last night but she still looks for them, a little frantically, each time I move them around. I think she might know this litter is her last... trying to hold on to them and love on them as long as possible. :-(
Still not ready to fully wean but "thinking about it". I think. A little wishy washy. Guess I'm going to have to assist to make it happen!
Tomorrow is another day and quickly approaching. Hopefully the skies will cooperate and I'll get a good start on another round of photos! We were dealt a doozy of a storm this afternoon! My mud puddle turned pond is turning into a lake! Still not complaining though... much. Everything is green!
Todays visit as planned came from Chris and Cindy. Another truly lovely couple. This screening thing... the questions the answers and the stuff between the lines... 99.0 percent of the time works. The other one percent generally works it's way out in the end. Yesterday I thanked you for choosing me to be your breeder. Today I thank you- each of you for being who you said you were. Raising pups, talking to people about them, following up with them etc serves to restore my faith in the sometimes questionable human race.
Doberman puppies are never questionable. They're an open book ready to shower you with love and devotion. They may get into a little mischief but given the chance will make up for their deeds over the span of time. 99% of the time anyway. The other one percent? Well, let's just say, don't leave anything laying around that's 100% irreplaceable and you'll probably never have to deal with the 1%.
So back to Chris and Cindy and their choice. Sometimes couples don't always agree. In their case, I think they had things pretty well narrowed down to two when they arrived. But Cindy confessed she liked one a little better than the other... and Chris the opposite. There was no arguing, no debating but it was obvious and stated. The only thing left to do... the fair thing was to flip a coin. I was the coin tosser and Yellow collared pup on the second toss, two of three, became Zuka! With that I'm happy to announce another pup has been claimed and will join yet another lovely couple. A couple who stated to each other, and I believe in all honesty, "it really doesn't matter; they're both great pups"!
Chris, Cindy and Zuka!
Yesterday while waiting for Brooklyn and Michelle, I had a visit from the neighborhood Peacocks. They don't visit too often but when they do I seem to relate the visit to something. A while back the male was here and showed me his fan for the very first time. The only time so far actually. If I'm not mistaken, it was puppy send off day and I posted and remarked he came to help us celebrate.
The first time I saw him on the property I posted a pic of him in all his un-fanned glory perched on my fence. It was right about the time Michelle had or was preparing to reserve her pup. While we conversed about pups and the reservation process she mentioned in awe the pic of the Peacock and remarked of her interest in them. She promptly sent me a couple pictures of her Doberman past, Mr Big, sitting in a room with several ornamental peacocks adorning it. Honestly, when I saw the birds yesterday, I didn't realize the correlation... until something again was said of them. That brought our previous conversation and my recall of those photos to memory. The timing of yesterdays visit interesting and for that... they, the birds, get a photo entry themselves. The birds- as well as a close up of what I believe to be the most beautiful feathers in the world. Some complain the creatures noisy... I only see their beauty. I like their voices. If there were more- a whole flock or family, I may reconsider. For now, I appreciate my neighbors.
Todays photo has love written all over it!!! And todays boy better be prepared to have lots of it showered upon him! I guess in that respect though, he's no different than any of the rest. Today we had a fun filled visit from Michelle and her live-in niece Brooklynn. Brooklynn has joined the FB group on behalf of Einstein as Michelle gave up her FB account some time back. I fully expect to see lots of updates going forward on the pup we've all come to know and love as Mr Black! Black's got quite the new name to live up to but being Doberman I'm sure he'll manage just fine! It was a pleasure to finally meet both of you Michelle and Brooklynn!
And with that said, before I forget and while I've still got all of you reading, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank each of you for choosing me as your breeder. What a great, great group of people!!! These are some lucky pups!
Michelle, Brooklynn and Einstein
Tomorrow we welcome Chris whom I'm sure has a pup or two... or three on his radar.
See you tomorrow Chris!
Very similar behavior as that of Blue posted earlier in the week. Rather than follow me, they hung out where I'd been seated allowing me to go about getting their photos. Always have to provide theses guys with something new and different to explore. They tire of things quickly -always ready to move on to the next. Same with training. Learn one thing, get it somewhat solid and move on to the next...
Another interesting thing about pups of this age... they are not quick to stray. I think that follows through into adulthood. More so than any other breed. They always know where you are. At this age if they loose track of my whereabouts which is rare, even when I attempt to loose them, they will return to their last known place of comfort which is generally where they last knew me to be. They are pretty predictable little creatures. Awesome creatures!
Apparently the other day during Black's photo shoot, I made the mistake of letting boredom set in on top of leaving some things laying around. Things and maybe not enough toys.
In order of occurrence...
In reviewing the photos
It looks like he gave warning of intent which I missed. Thought better of his decision and went and laid down.
Bored again... he proceeded to go for the shoe.
I should have given him a toy and taken the shoes but I needed some cute pictures!
All in a days work...
Pictures, feeding, cleaning etc my job. Training yours.
Click on photos to enlarge and scroll
See you tomorrow Michelle! Are you excited yet... anybody on your radar???
The pack enjoyed another morning into early afternoon playing with shoe laces, gnawing on ankles and doing their best to trip up our guests. Maybe saying "Pick me-Pick me" but going about it all wrong! And once again I enjoyed a great visit from yet another lovely couple! Jackie and Scott arrived with a plan to set claim to their boy! As is usually the case there were a couple pups up for consideration. They went back and forth as I often see people do! Then the decision was made! And just like that Purple became Leo. Leo is headed to a fabulous home with Scott and Jackie who like many in the group have previous Doberman experience. Seems once you've lived life with a Doberman it's hard to imagine living it without one. Scott, in so many words confirmed that's the case for him.
And with the pups settled within the safety and security of their indoor habitat, another round of rumbles from above are nearing. Seems we're back to our "old normal" of PM thunderstorms. I recall saying how much I missed them in recent years but I've got to admit now that they're routinely happening, they're taking a little getting used to. On the other hand, it's kind of nice to be forced indoors at a reasonable hour. I'm taking the opportunity of an early entry and an evening ahead of me to get the pup pages updated... finally! For the most part the photos were taken last Thursday and Friday with the exception of Red who I finally managed to catch in front of the lens today!
Scott, Jackie and Leo!
Wow... another lucky pup is heading home with yet another truly lovely couple! We enjoyed a great visit today from Lisa and Mike and our pick of the litter male has been selected. Lisa mentioned during her visit she had her eye on a couple pups but recently a third had grabbed their attention. In the end it was that third pup that sold himself today as "the one" who will share his life with them. After the customary romp Mr Green was content to lay, straddled across the outstretched arm of Mike as he rested and rejuvenated without a care in the world.
All the pups, including the girls enjoyed the visit and the test toys they brought with them. They romped and played and eventually wore each other out as we sat and conversed. Mr Green now carries the name Phoenix and from all appearances another great match has been made! The pups in this litter are hitting the lotto big time! And nothing makes me more happy than that!
Great to meet you Mike and Lisa!!!
Tomorrow we welcome Scott and Jackie! Wonder who they'll choose!
Always such a fun process to watch!
As some of you've already seen on the litter page, I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and Deborah today giving me the chance to introduce them face to face with their girl Libby! Seems to me Joe and Deborah and Trent and Paula have quite a bit in common. Firstly all great people comprising two wonderful couples. One thing I know without a doubt is both girls, Libby and Jinx are headed to fabulous, loving and caring homes! Meeting the people who my pups will eventually know as family has really become one of my favorite parts of breeding.
I received a couple calls today and I'm happy to report all pups in the litter once again have a home waiting for them. I'd like to welcome Mitch and Holly to our group! Welcome guys- we'll have to get you set up on the FB litter page if you're FB account holders. I'll chat with you about it tomorrow.
While I have no qualms about holding a pup over... for as long as it takes to find a perfect home, it's best for the pups if that home is waiting at the eight week mark. I discovered quite a while back there is a reason the legal age of departure for puppies is set at eight weeks. They truly are ready at that time. They're ready for one on one interaction... more than that I honestly think they need it. The more the better. And those early days, as young as they are, provide great opportunity for learning. I usually give a pup a day to settle in. Day two, I put their mind to work learning some basic commands. I also believe those things that are learned at the youngest of ages become most ingrained. It's simply what experience tells me. And once they figure out what learning is all about, teaching is easy. These are incredibly smart dogs. Most of you, having owned a Doberman in the past are aware. For those of you who have never owned or trained one, all I can say is don't underestimate their brain. With positive reinforcement, ie treats, they can easily be taught to sit on command without a lure in a day. Several short sessions and positive reinforcement when they try is all it takes. The next day teach them to down (lay). The sky truly is the limit once they figure out what learning is all about. They will try. They will seriously try and please you! But you have to invest the time. The end result a direct reflection of the time and energy invested along the way.
Now.... I'm sure each of you are thinking... "enough lecture; where are our pictures"? Well, pictures this week have not come easy. Once again Ive created pups that have the follow me game down pat! And it seems if I sit for any length of time, there chosen spot is to sit right along side me or under the chair I'm sitting in. But I'm getting there. I ran out of daylight today with Red but I'll snap a few of him tomorrow. I think I've got enough of everyone else to compete their pages. Soon...
Today was a DMV run to renew the blasted drivers license for which they now, at least once, want every document ever known to man presented prior to issue. And the line... oh it was a long one! Once home, I got everyone fed and weighed then treated them with their de-wormers. They may correct that if given the option though from "treated" to "medicated". I do doubt I could teach one to sit if wormer was the reward.
Joe, Deborah and Libby
Tomorrow we welcome Lisa and her hubby and Sunday, Scott and his wife to get the selection process of the boys underway! Yay! More smiling faces coming my way!
I'm the photographer and well, basically Grand Mom... And what happens here stays here! :-)
Still one of my all time favorite photos of a Jess Serious pup coming into his own.
Age- approximately 10 months. A really precious photo and an incredible bond! Zeus the 1st!
With his one and only Brooke
Finally I got a chance to meet some pup parents and now have a proper name to attach to at least one of the pack! Pick of the litter female goes to Trent and Paula and "Pink" now officially carries the name Jinx! The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit spent on the porch under an all too familiar stormy sky which brought forth some flashes and boomers but for a change, no rain! These pups are unfazed by thunder and lightning as I would expect by now. They've been subjected to an abundance of it throughout the course of their lives. Storms more the norm than clear skies I think! A pleasure meeting you Trent and Paula! And congrats on a choice finally made. I know it wasn't an easy one. See you again in a couple weeks.
One Male Pup Is Available To Approved Home!
Unfortunately I will not know exactly which pup until roughly Tuesday the 19th. Once known he will be highlighted individually. Fortunately I had the foresight to see this coming and had him scheduled for his crop along with the rest of the pack despite his original depositor's desire to have him cropped by a Vet of their choosing.
Pink and Orange
Red "The Watcher" and Green
Blue and Purple
And The Weeks Most Uncooperative Duo... Shortchanged In Entries As A Result!
Yellow and Black
Hi Pup Pals.
Just a quick note regarding the FB group. First of all, Joe was kind enough to set one up for everyone's future enjoyment. Thank you Joe!
I sent access links to each of you via e-mail today but it seems based on a couple emails I've received the links provided, 2 of them, didn't work. I think it had more to do with FB settings than the actual link. I've changed the group status from "Secret" to "Closed" and assume that will remedy the problem. The page or group name remains unchanged. That being the case you should now be able to do a FB search for the name of the group if the link provided in my latest e-mail to you still doesn't work. Hope this helps.
Goes To Pink!
Not because she's any better or worse than any other pup... simply because she kept me entertained and my camera busy as she took a serious interest in the tether tug. I set the camera to action and went to it as did she! For her efforts she wins title of pup most fun to photograph this week and for that gets her own entry!
Some week five extras. Four for each. I think Black collared boy deserved a repeat of his photo shoot this week. Too much activity on that one. Most of his shots when put to the computer were blurry. Maybe he'll be more cooperative next week. Seems there's always one that gives me trouble each week. They take turns. Generally there's one or two though that make life easy to make up for the unruly's.
Fun, sweet pups!