Away They Go…

Bye bye Pixie

Bye bye Pixie

Bye bye Boots

Bye bye Boots

Finally the big day arrived when the new families came to collect the babies.  Everyone was SO excited!  They had all their equipment ready and set up and plenty of toys waiting.

Bye bye Jumble

Bye bye Jumble

Bye bye Tia

Bye bye Tia

All the homes have been chosen carefully to provide loving, caring environments, with the right amount of stimulation and space.  Most of these homes already have a border collie (or two), so they know what to expect!

Bye bye Otto

Bye bye Otto

I am sure they will keep in touch and let me know how their puppies grow and develop.  Of course if they have any problems they know they can call on me for help.

Bye bye Dexter

Bye bye Dexter

Lovely babies!

Lovely babies!

I wish these puppies all the very best life with their new families.  I know that they will be loved and well cared for and bring a great deal of happiness.  What a fairytale ending to the first part of their lives!

The Dentbros family

The Dentbros family

PS: We kept one!  Busy stole our hearts from the minute she was born – we think she is rather special.  Our last chance to have a daughter from our wonderful Sunny.  Breeders always say that the hardest part of breeding is finding the homes and parting with them.  I had not planned on having another puppy now, but it seems she just decided to stay.

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Introducing..

Otto

Otto

They look like proper dogs now don’t they?  Isn’t it amazing how quickly they transform from guinea pigs?  They can do stuff now – they wake up and run outside to do a wee (mostly) and they come in and out when they’re called (mostly).   They are eating regularly now and sometimes practise eating on their own.

Busy

Busy

Dexter

Dexter

They have had their microchips done.  Their hearing and sight were tested – all clear, which is good news.

Pixie

Pixie

All that is left for me to do now is get them ready for their new homes, making sure I’ve done all the paperwork and packed up their bits.  Oh and I need to have a few more cuddles…

Tia

Tia

Boots

Boots

Jumble

Jumble

The Great Outdoors

And the winner of the Cute Award goes to...Tia!

The winner of the Cute Award goes to…Tia!

And they’re off!  Finally we have some nicer weather and they can play in the garden.  Mind you, they need strict supervision, if I want any of my new shrubs to remain in one piece 😉  They are helpful if you need any holes dug for planting, or really any tidying up done.

Yeah grass at last!

Yeah grass at last!

Last weekend all their owners visited again. They are getting really excited about bringing their new family member home and most of them had been shopping for toys and other equipment.

Pretty as a Pixie

Pretty as a Pixie

It’s been fantastic having so many visitors to see these puppies – I reckon around a hundred people have been into the puppy palace over the past six weeks and most of those have been more than once!  I believe that this makes sure that these puppies will grow up to be people loving, friendly, confident and outgoing dogs.

Worn out

Worn out

Those of you following me on Facebook (Pen Dent) will know that the puppies love sleeping under our kitchen unit and one day last week I had one pup in the run and six under the unit – I thought I’d lost them!  I leave them safely in the run when I’m out, but they love to come out and roar around the kitchen.

Photo bombing

Photo bombing

So we have two weeks left.  This is the time for them to play with each other and with the older dogs, understanding what makes a good game and when to respect the other dog.  We also start to teach them that their teeth are sharp and can be painful.

this obviously needs a prune

this obviously needs a prune

Hello, I'm Aura, what's your name?

Hello, I’m Aura, what’s your name?

They also start to learn that there are preferred places for toileting, so hopefully that process is easier when they get to their new homes.  During the next couple of weeks they will be microchipped and have their hearing and sight tests at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket.