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Natalie and the girls arrive to collect Tessa, aka Hot Pink and Nick and Bobbi show up for Xypher, aka Black. They lucked out on the drive up but I'm afraid had to head home in some pretty heavy rain. All arrived safe and sound and are settling well. Nick reports Xypher slept all the way! Buddy and Glen arrived at the height of the storm to collect Yellow, who managed to escape without a photo or name. He will be named after they've had a chance to spend some time with him.
Scarlett, all full of kisses for her new humans prepares to head home with Sharon and Jared who are for the most part all smiles! Fortunately, Scarlett will reside fairly close and I'm sure I'll be seeing her again!
Just a quick update to let everyone know the pups are home and settled after their surgeries and are doing fabulous as expected! They are Dobermans after all!!!! We lucked out on the rain (with the exception of the drive home where we had the downpour, the full out light show and some impressive boomers)! Once home the skies had regained their sanity so everybody got a short outdoor adventure followed by dinner on the porch. They are now resting quietly in the pup corral with their ugo dog. I'm hopeful they remember how to use it! I snapped a bunch of photos and will get them as well as a general update loaded after I get the rest of my gang taken care of!
Well, no surprises here... it's been yet another long day but I did manage to get some clothes shopping done.... At the gas station on the way back from dropping the pups off for their crops... Pretty typical shopping for me really. T-shirts, 3 for $10 can't really be beat! Even if they are advertising "Florida".
Kristin was here pretty early to get Ditto leaving Xypher and I on our own. For the most part the big dogs hung out outside and I gave Xypher the run of the place. He was my house dog for the day and is one sweet pup! Before Ditto left she tried to teach him how to chew shoes and I think they are both going to be experts soon! The learning continued in a different direction with me at the helm. We worked on potty outside and sit 101. Xy did surprisingly well! We topped that off with crate training 101 when I went back to the vet to retrieve the post-ops. He cried for awhile and was still crying when I drove off but was quiet when I returned ... briefly. It didn't take him long to realize I was in the house when I got home. This evening his education continued. Lexi was trying to teach him something... I'm not sure what; maybe that he's a big boy and the days of nursing are over. She alternated roughness with kindness but he quickly tired of the roughness part and went after her. More than once. I think in the end an agreement was reached and he is currently laying at my feet and she, wandering around, comes to check on him periodically. He has somewhat of a perplexed look about him now where she is concerned but he seems to be a very fast learner! It's been fun having the one on one time with him. He follows me everywhere, watches intently when I'm doing something and sits at my feet or plays quietly with a toy when I'm occupied at the computer etc... He did give a couple half hearted whines throughout the day. Missing his brothers and sisters I'm sure! He was quick to console himself when offered a toy or a word though. I now understand the reports I've received from those who picked their pups up yesterday! It seems each has worked their magic to it's full extent! Xyper is no exception
My Day With Xypher
Kristin Leaves With Her Hands Full :Ditto
Litter Mates and Updates
I'm sure the next few days will be busy ones for all of you as you settle in to the changes your new family member will bring. Even so, I've decided to open the blog spot above as a place for each of you to check in and to post your early experiences with your pups. Please feel free to post whatever comes to mind. If you come across some tips or tricks that make the transition for you and your pup easy, maybe others will find them useful as well. If you were lucky enough to find a toy that your pup finds simply irresistible and keeps them occupied more than all others, chances are his or her litter mates may enjoy one too! This blog is yours so please feel free to use and enjoy it with each other however you choose....
Well it's going to be a big day in the land of pups! Baby, Kimber, Darby and Xen spent their first night away from home in their new homes. I hope everyone had relatively peaceful nights. Topping things off, Ditto will leave us to join Kristin today. The whelping room/pup/bedroom room already seems considerably less active.
Baily, Tessa, Scarlett, Remi and Yellow dined early this morning in preparation for surgery. It will be a fairly long day but I'll try and get some photos of them this evening to ease the minds of those who wait. My sister said about the last group who returned from crop that they looked like a bunch of "whirling dervishes". I was unfamiliar so did a Google search and sure enough, they resembled dervishes for sure.
I guess I got some people/dates mixed up. I was informed that Nick will be here Wednesday for Xypher and Nicole and her family Thursday for Remi. Remi will spend her time alone with us as a true member of the household. I look forward to spending some extra time with the last pup to leave. Brief as it may be, it's my time to have "my very own puppy"!
Smiles all around: Peeps with their pups!
Well, we've certainly come a long way together! A few of you probably remember me posting this photo just 8 short weeks ago. And you're probably thinking, "short weeks; ha!!! It's pretty surprising how slowly time moves while waiting". It's astounding though to see the changes that occur in the life of a pup from day one to week eight. I'm glad everyone had the opportunity to see a lot of the process if not all of it. I've really enjoyed talking with each of you, reading your comments on the blog and having the chance to meet you!
Lexi has been a fabulous mom to your pups and she's raised an incredible litter. Every pup is special to me and I'm confident every last one of them will be entering a fantastic home with people who are very well prepared to take them on! If I'm not mistaken, I expect to see Jen, Michaela, Jim and Virgilio tomorrow (likely today by the time this post appears). Xen, Kimber, Darby and Baby will be the first to leave the nest. Ditto goes home Tuesday with Kristin and Xypher Thursday with Nick. I'll call those of you who plan to collect your pups Monday once I have their health certificates in hand. The rest of the pups are scheduled for cropping Tuesday as planned and will be ready to venture off with their new families Wednesday. They'll actually be ready Tuesday after the procedure but I really like to keep them over night to watch them simply because at this point I know them best and would be quick to identify a pup who isn't acting quite right. Just a safety precaution even though I've never had a post crop problem.
I changed things up a bit with this litter by posting in blog form and have kind of slipped on updating the individual pages. I'll be retrieving some of the best photos taken over the past couple weeks and will complete each pups page when things settle. The photos on the blog will eventually be buried or archived but the individual pages will stand under "past litters". I really hope our relationship doesn't end here. As I've done in the past, I'll continue to add photos sent to me to the pages. It should also be said, while I look forward to and enjoy hearing about puppy antics and seeing photos as the pups mature, I also want to hear about any issues. Hopefully there will be few to none and no major ones. My concern for my pups is never ending. I'm here for the duration and for any questions or concerns that may arise. Should they arise, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail. If I don't have an answer, I'll do what I can to find one.
I'll see everyone soon!
As some of you may have read in the comments, I was experiencing some technical difficulties with my PC. I had multiple page unresponsive's, "Aw Snaps" and flat out shut downs while trying to get Sunday night/Monday mornings post up. I followed the online suggestion and installed AVG. BIG mistake! Things were moving slow and failing at times prior but with the addition of AVG my PC was crippled. Tried to uninstall the program this afternoon but part of it refused to uninstall. From there I wasn't even able to access the internet. Not Happy! Aggravated but, it gave me yet another opportunity to speak with those nice men in India! lol. Anyway, I ended up having to do a system restore. I'm back where I started a few days ago but at least I can once again get online. Hopefully I'll be able to get yesterdays photos up this evening!
April 17th: Aric Goes First!
Aric drove up with his Dad and DoberDog Bo to choose his pup and found as you may have read, it was no easy task! It was fun to watch him interact with the pups and I could see the wheels turning but in the end I think one of Aric's favorites basically picked him. Aric brought Bo with him hoping he might somehow help in the decision process and although I didn't notice it at the time, while reviewing the photos, I believe he did in fact help. Bo is a beautiful Dog and extremely well behaved for his age! I've included a couple pictures of him but I'm not sure they really do him justice. For a while it seemed Bo and Orange might be a good match but when it comes down to it Bo is so gentle, any of the pups would have quickly warmed to him. Below is a slideshow of Aric and his dad contemplating pups followed by a still of Aric and Baily! A really nice shot if I do say so myself!
Next Up: Sharon And Jared!
And another tough decision is made! For awhile there we were all mingling about, chatting and watching and just enjoying a pretty day! Sharon and Jared seemed to have differing opinions at one point... come to think of it though, so did Aric and his dad! Actually, it seems the more people involved in the decision process the longer it takes to come to a conclusion ;-) The pups seem to gravitate towards certain people and the people toward different pups. I remember an entire family coming to choose a pup from the last litter and I was really beginning to believe they would never be able to come to an agreement. I've had people, on more than one occasion, come to the conclusion that it's so difficult to decide that they contemplated two pups... That however, is an idea I don't recommend. It's always fun to watch the process and while I can help by describing each pups personality it's ultimately up to the people and the pups.
And The Rest Fall Into Place!
I took a few photos of the remaining girls, made some calls and waited for decisions which actually came pretty quick.
I think Red Darby had already worked her magic on Maggie and Jim during their visit a week or so back.
Nicole and Brian decided Orange Remi was the girl for them.
Virgilio and Glenn were vacationing in Mexico when they got the news and can't wait to meet their pup Baby!
There were no losers here! These are all great pups!!! I would have had a really tough time choosing
The Weeks Photos In Review!
Kristin, Jen and Natalie you can kick me when you see me. Your pups haven't been ignored but are sadly missing from the photo streams. They'll get extra time this week!
Darby and Baby!
Kimber and Baby: Scarlett and Remi And The Happy Moppy!
Xypher and Yellow
Baily and Remi Burning Off Some Steam!
Once again it's been a whirlwind of a day and I have a ton of updates and a load of photos but unfortunately no time left in the day! I must say it was a pleasure to finally meet Aric, his dad and his dog Bo! And it was great to see Sharon and Jared again. At the end of the day, all of Lexi's pups have been claimed and are headed to great and appropriate homes with some seriously awesome people! I'd like to thank each of you for placing your confidence in me and choosing me as a breeder. I have no doubt you will be proud of and love your pups to no end!
I'm back to work tomorrow but will try and get some updates loaded each evening.
We had a visit from Gwen and Buddy today, a lovely couple who have had multiple Dobermans over the years. I think I can safely say they are dedicated to the breed! They started their vacation out right by stopping in to visit their pup Yellow! It was love at first sight! Although they appreciated the other pups, they honed in on Yellow, scooped him up and gave him their undivided attention! It was pretty evident they already love this little boy as much as I do! And that warms my heart to the core! The story of Gwen Buddy and Yellow is an interesting one! Gwen contacted me about a pup the day, or possibly the day before, Lex had her pups. They placed #4 on the list for a male and were very excited. I was left to make a call I dreaded to inform them there were too few males to go around. It was evident they wanted a male and only a male and wanted one sooner than later. I referred them to a reputable breeder I know who had a litter coming up.... It was a sad day for me because I had really enjoyed our conversation and wanted one of my pups to have such a wonderful couple to call their own! Today's visit served to confirm and remind me my intuition is solid. And the story goes.... it was meant to be that a course of events brought Gwen and Buddy back to us. After waiting a a few weeks for the upcoming litter, they were once again disappointed to find, there were too few males! I never asked so I'm not sure why they revisited my site, but when they did they discovered an available boy! If you recall, Robin and Kevin who had been on the list for about forever requested to drop due to some medical concerns and mobility issues their current dog Daisy was experiencing. Kevin and Robin were a sweet couple as well and a couple I've had many conversations with but I had to agree with their Vets assessment that adding a pup wouldn't be fair to Daisy.... maybe I'll hear from them again one day when circumstances are different but for now I'm pretty sure we would all agree Yellow was indeed born for Gwen and Buddy! And I was glad to put an end to what was surely an emotional roller coaster for them!
On to the good pups part of this post... They really are good pups! And they experienced the riding mower doing what riding mowers are supposed to do today. I had them in the big dog run and began mowing a good distance away from them. I can't lie, the noise, when I first fired up the Snapper did seem to startle them. They ran as a group to their favorite corner, taking comfort in one another and watched... And I watched them. It wasn't long before they ventured out of their corner and began going their separate ways. I eventually came closer and they continued to watch but didn't seem frightened. Once I finished, I walked by the run a few times and it was pretty obvious they wanted to join me. I'm afraid they may be getting a little spoiled actually. They are quiet and content as long as they don't see me. If I'm within sight and out of reach though, they know how to express their dissatisfaction with the situation. I typically make them wait until they calm because I don't want to reward that behavior. But today I wanted to reward them for demonstrating bravery! I opened the gate and it was a free for all! Eleven happy puppies swarming my feet in 30 seconds flat! We played for a while and I practiced my stingray, or rather Doberman shuffle and then I introduced them to a new route into the house. From the big dog run, we ran through the yard, into the small dog run, through the mud room and straight into their night time habitat in the bedroom. And they did it quickly! Today was the first day they all followed. Normally five or six will. I'll get them settled somewhere safe and have to go back out and retrieve the others! Today they made life easy! lol
Tomorrow is going to be a big day and another day I look forward to. It's bittersweet though... The pups are a lot of fun at this age and I miss them when they go but I so enjoy seeing the smiles they bring to the faces of those who visit and ultimately stake claim! Two pups will be claimed tomorrow.... potentially all will fall into place. My curiosity grows....
Well today was kind of a non-day in the land of pups... to much rain for any outdoor time. I played the harmonica for them for a bit which they seemed intrigued by... briefly. For the most part though, they kept themselves entertained by pouncing and chewing on each other and toys between naps and meal times while I did a bit of cleaning. In the process, I came accross a forgotten laser light and out of curiosity I decided to give it a go but I think the pups are still too young. Tessa acknowledge it and tried to paw it once but that was the extent of their response. Last I looked, we're to have a nice day tomorrow and I'm hopeful for one. We're expecting another visit; this time from Gwen and her hubby, Buddy. They're anxious to meet their pup Yellow. Thursday both Aric and Sharon plan to visit to choose their pups and Jim's plan is to notify me of his selection via phone since they were just here yesterday. Following Jim is Nicole. She also plans to let me know by phone since they've already had a visit and live a pretty good distance away. It seems we're getting down to the wire. It's possible all selections will be made by Thursday evening and I'll know where each and every pup is headed. That will leave me just one final week to spend with them and a week in which I will continue to prepare them for the transition from my home to yours. I'm claiming it as our week and we're gonna have some fun!
A side note I nearly forgot to mention; Blue now has a real name so if you hear me mention a pup named Kimber, know I'm referring to Blue. :-)
4/14/14 Well, it was another long day but a very enjoyable one for the pups and I as we welcomed visitors and future parents to our home! Natalie and Savannah pictured left are all smiles as they get acquainted with their little firecracker! Yep, that's right, they have selected Hot Pink, the bundle of joy I've referred to as my little firecracker! Hot is an active and sociable pup who will be joining an active household which includes 4 teenagers and mom Natalie. I'm happy to hear plans for Hot, now known as Tessa, include a future in agility. Agility is a great sport that not only works the body but maybe more importantly the mind. I like to think of it as play because it's a sport most dogs seem to really enjoy! And Dobermans certainly have what it takes to excel! I wish Tessa and her family success in the endeavor!!!
We also had a visit from Jim and Maggie who were in the area and took the opportunity to come and visit the pups as a whole. While I think they have a favorite or two, or maybe three they were quick to say they would be quite happy with any of the little rascals. I kid you not, there isn't a bad or less than great pup in the bunch! I look forward to meeting the rest of you in the upcoming days and to seeing each of you struggle to pick the right pup for you! It's not easy.
New weights are posted, wormers accepted like candy and vaccinations administered without a flinch! Didn't get much in the way of individual puppy pictures but as they say, tomorrow is another day! G'Night!
This I assure you will be one tough decision for Natalie and her kids, but it's a process I thoroughly enjoy! All but the reminder that it's nearly time for me to hand over my precious pups.
I'll update later in the day on how the process went and notify of Natalie's selection ... and naturally, I'll try to post some photos of all. Weights and wormers are also due again and the 1st of a series of puppy vaccinations. Looks like another busy day here @ GMBD's. Busy or not, I'm gonna miss these little guys and gals and their antics!
It was pointed out to me that Hot and Baby were missing in action from yesterdays photo stream. I tried to get them but ran out of light. The same thing nearly happened this evening but I got what I could. I included Ditto in the shoot because although her weekly photo was cute I wasn't happy that a lot of her face was hidden by Spanish moss. I'm still trying to get used to the camera I mentioned yesterday. Some of today's photos look a little out of focus and some have a rather strange sparkly effect. With that said, below I present Hot Pink, Baby Blue and Ditto. The rest of the gang seemed happy and content within the big dog run.
I myself will essentially be M.I.A. for the next few days while I report in to take care of the sick and needy; I must confess I prefer the cute and cuddly! None the less, duty calls and as a result updates will be sparse to nonexistent. I'm anxious to get the weekend behind me... I'm looking forward to next week and to meeting those of you who will be visiting. And I'm excited for you to meet and select your pups! It's a fun process!
Have a great weekend!!! :-)
Well it's late once again but I finally got every bodies pages updated with a fresh photo. For the most part they are all incredibly adorable to say the least!!! Baby Blue and Ditto seriously deserve re-takes and I'll take care of that tomorrow. Sorry Kristin, I know how much you look forward the the new photos! Trust me though, Ditto is still adorable... and playful. These guys are non-stop now and are getting very good at "follow me"! It's becoming increasingly difficult to get a clear shot! Soon the job will be yours and you'll understand what I'm talking about! ;-) I'm working with a new camera... well not exactly new, but new to me. Still unsure of the settings. I tried to upload a photo into photo shop in order to lighten it and received a message the file was too large. Today's photos also took a long time to upload. Hopefully they aren't so large they bog down the site. I checked the camera settings and adjusted the size for the next go round but don't know much about it so it's trial and error. Had planned to incorporate today's "extras" into a photo stream but they just take too long. By the way, in case I forgot to mention it, your dogs are adorable and incredibly sweet!!!
The Selection Process!
Yep; the time is nearing and we have to start thinking about arranging times for everyone to visit and choose their pup! I'm available Mondays through Thursdays as a rule but Tuesdays are short days as I have class in the evening. In order for everyone to arrange a time that works for them I need people high on the list to think about it and be prepared to set a time soon. I'll be calling each of you early next week and for some of you, sometime next week may be a good time to hang out with and get to know these pups. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can give them some room to explore and be the Dobermans they are! The 24th will be the very last day to make a selection in person and I hope everyone has that opportunity. In the event someone is unable to visit, for whatever reason, I can assist you to select over the phone. I know the pups fairly well by now and we can review photos and talk about personality and what you're looking for in your dog. I spoke with everyone a while back and at the time it seemed everyone was planning to choose their pup in person. I'm aware though, schedules and circumstances sometimes change. In today's world we all have tight schedules and in a situation such as this, we all have to work together so it's an enjoyable experience for everyone. I don't want put anyone in a position of feeling like they have to make a rushed decision at the last minute or that the only day available to them is the 24th.
Now that that bit of business is taken care of, it's time to get back to the fun stuff! The weatherman is promising sunny skies and glorious temps in the sticks of NC Florida!!! As a result, I've got another big outdoor day planned for your pups! This is what it will look like.... "We'll finally have our weekly photo shoot. We'll run and play and have lunch and a nap. The afternoon brings freedom where we're allowed and encouraged to refine our exploration skills. Here we work to become confident and brave Doberpups. It's a big world out there, all so new and downright intimidating at times. But, we love our freedom and with each passing day we find more fun than worries. As night falls we'll enjoy another much needed nap while dinner is prepared then we'll wrap up the day with some cuddles before we fall, exhausted, to slumber in the comfort of one another"!
And Black is the Star! He gained nearly three pounds in the course of a week! Amazing. I guess Jen was right!!! During our "open house" last weekend Black spent a great deal of time sleeping. So much so that at one point mid day I had to steal him away and give him a once over. He seemed fine, just sleepy and content to get some extra lap time. Jen commented that he was probably just experiencing a growth spurt.... Seems that was a very accurate assessment. Good job Jen!
The Boys have been claimed! Congrats Jen, Nick and Gwen! You've each got a really nice pup waiting for you! And the time is drawing near! Three weeks from today, several of you will be introducing your pups to new surroundings and spending your long awaited first night with them! I wish I could be a fly on your walls to enjoy those precious first few hours as everyone gets acquainted.
We had a great day today! The whole lot was turned loose for a couple hours to explore the grounds with no restraints. Their stamina is still low and sleep needs high so a couple hours is about all they can take. They are becoming much better about following and seem to really enjoy chasing after me as long as I keep my speed to a minimum and don't run to far away from them. They also love attempting to crawl up my legs and have discovered a use for their teeth! I'm not sure which are sharpest at this point; the teeth or the nails :-(. It's hard to correct 11 of them at once but I would imagine the biting, climbing and clawing may be some of the first things you'll want to work on..... Best to correct them right off the bat!
I took some photos but wanted to enjoy the pups without worrying about keeping track of who was who while I snapped the shots. Some are obvious, some not quite as obvious as a result of position hiding their collars. Individual pages are due for their weekly photo updates again but I probably won't have a chance to take and upload them before Wednesday. That was part of the reason I attempted to get a shot of each of them yesterday. Tax day and a meeting tomorrow.... I must say, I'd much rather hang with the pups. Sometimes life just gets in the way!
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