Saturday, February 18, 2012

Teeth! and More!!

The pups start their fourth week with a big breakthrough, actually many of them. Yup, the pups' canine teeth made their appearance yesterday. They don't have any jaw power so no puppy scenes yet but those are coming.

I have finally gotten over the flu but Rosie Higdon still came up from VA to help for the weekend. Hopefully, spending time with the babies will be worth the work. Dreamer is showing more signs of a pending mastitis so Rosie and I are rotating hot packing every two hours. Dreamer is sure she is getting the raw end of this deal but as we tell her, it's for her own good.

The pups are interacting a lot with their environment now. Check out the videos to see them explore their world. They now have a pile of toys with them in the box and four different footings that they traverse each day. They are starting to problem solve when they get themselves in predicaments, which is often now. Their array of vocalizations is increasing daily, too. Barking, whining, howling (literal heads-back, muzzle-to-the-moon howling), grunting, purring, mewing and all out screeching. We've tried to capture many of them on the videos so turn your volume up or down as needed :-).

We have some great news from our other girls, too. Today was Ultrasound Day for Chex and Scoop. Marcy and I were holding our breath because we had bred Chex twice in the past few years and she missed both times. We weren't sure if she could ever get pregnant again but sure enough, she has six or so pups in there! Yahoo!! Good boy, Striker! I can't wait to meet these Striker x Chex babies!

Not to be outdone, Scoop is also pregnant by Goose. Looks like she has eight to nine pups in her first litter. So we are going to have an exciting March, sending Dreamer's pups home and welcoming the Heart and the Country Music litters into the world. What fun!

Hey, if anyone actually is reading this, drop a comment below. I can't tell if I'm just talking to myself or not. New photos and videos are up. Week 4 folder will be started soon!

19 comments:

Sandy Z. said...

Reading the blogs and checking for new pictures on a regular basis. Love the pictures and videos and of course your blog/information. So fun to watch them step by step...almost like being there (but nowhere near the work required!)

Linda said...

I am definitely enjoying following this litter and reading your posts. Always learning too The pics and video are great! Hopefully, we'll have April pups so will follow in Golden pawprints with little grey ones!

Gaylan's Golden Retrievers said...

Sandy, Glad you are enjoying it. Can't wait to introduce you to the pups. They are a fun and active bunch!

Gaylan's Golden Retrievers said...

Linda, I saw that you'd done a nice breeding, with Jam and Mason, right? That's very exciting!

John R said...

Gayle, there are plenty of us "lurkers" who enjoy the blog but don't often post comments. John R.

Vicki Dury said...

I read every day! It's fascinating to follow the growth and development of Dreamers puppies. And now knowing Scoop AND Chex puppies are coming?! WoW:)

Kelly said...

Hi Gayle -
I read/check it every day!
The parrots and Faie are really puzzled and excited by the audio. I call David over for the really remarkable or funny moments.
So happy to hear you're feeling better.
Kelly
PS....More puppies coming???? Dare I say, you'll be dog-tired come summer!

Kelly said...

Hi Gayle,
I read it every morning.
Faie and the parrots are very interested in the audio.
So glad to hear you're feeling better,
Kelly

Nicole Merriman said...

oh we're reading! And loving and laughing!

nancy n said...

Hi Gayle,
I read, watch & enjoy whenever you post. Always look forward to seeing the pups & hearing your commentary!!

Laura C. said...

I love reading the updates :)

Rosie said...

It was fun and worth the work helping with the litter.

tailsofgold said...

Reading it too! Love watching these lil' ones grow up!

Kristin

Deb D said...

definitely reading...

sionag black said...

Gayle - I love this blog! Hope you keep it going. It originally got me into "puppy mode.". Now that I know there are lots of Scoop and Chex puppies on the way, I am even more intrigued to watch the Dreamer puppies grow. Thanks so much for doing this. Sionag

Kathy said...

Love reading! Your reports aren't going into a black hole!

Zoe said...

I've read the blogs since the first day I saw the Gamebirds. Keep going please :)
Zoe & Dex

Nanc said...

I am also a lurker, but it's great fun following the litter

Pat Sw. said...

The pups are adorable. Keep up the good work. And hopefully, once your project is complete, things will settle down for you a little....except the pups will become your project!