The first picnic – playing outside

Enjoying their food

Think I need a bigger bowl

Yummy

These puppies are certainly getting stuck in!  Can’t believe they are three weeks old already.  I weighed them earlier and there is now a clear distinction between the big fatty boys and the dainty <ahem> girls; they weigh around 1.5kgs now.

a lapful of puppies

On Monday I set up the outside area for them, where they have plenty of space to run around safely.  We sat out there enjoying cuddles and Busy gave the puppies a bit of a picnic.  Then it started raining…

picnics are great

Never mind, I expect they will spend most of the next five weeks out there.Meanwhile they are eating, sleeping and playing indoors..

Can you see my teeth?

give me a high five

what are you looking at?

We are looking forward to meeting some potential homes this weekend (who are beyond excited).  It is an unbelievable challenge, matching homes to puppies, but we get there in the end.  I have spent the last three weeks getting to know them and have already formed some views about what they are like.  Some are like their mum, some might be more like dad.  All love cuddles.

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Hello world! Eyes open and up and playing

Week 2 – Up and about

Until yesterday I was reluctant to do another pupdate, as I just had hundreds more photos of (very sweet) slugs/guinea pigs.  But they are already up on their feet, strolling, albeit drunkenly, around their bed and small run.  Incredibly, they get up and move onto the newspaper to toilet before returning to their bed; their eyes weren’t even open when they began to do this!

They still spend nearly all their time asleep of course, and don’t really care where they are.Yesterday they were two weeks old and right on cue, two or three began to open their eyes.  It takes a few days for all their eyes to be fully open, but then they really get going.

I have also introduced them to some puppy food today, as they are sucking the life out of Busy.  She is eating four or five large, high protein meals per day, but is still back to her skinny self.  Clearly having six babies is the way to shift the baby weight!puppy's first mealIt’s a hard life being a puppy!

Finally, for today, if you have a moment, please go over to my ‘work’ website Independent Inspiration and see what else I spend my time doing?

A visit from Dad and early cuddles

Who’s the Daddy?

Goytre Chapter in Blue (Sox)

Sox is the daddy – isn’t he gorgeous?  He called in yesterday for a visit, with his mum, Nicole. There is no doubt about it, Sox and Busy make a lovely couple.

We haven’t had many visitors so far, but those who have been have been pretty smitten.

Well they do look pretty tasty, don’t they?

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The Rainbow Litter Have Arrived!

So Much Love

How can something so small fill your heart so completely?  Busy started thinking about having her pups on Wednesday 7th June and they finally started arriving at 8pm on Thursday 8th June.  The last one arrived just before midnight.  All safe and sound, pretty straightforward in the end.  It’s my 7th litter, so I should be an old hand, but somehow it is still nerve-racking – a great deal can go wrong.

Just to remind you, I mated her with Goytre Chapter in Blue (Sox). His grandad was Luna’s dad, so he is related to that side of my girls, but not at all to Busy. Sox is blue and white, so according to the collie database, the possible coats were likely to be:

  • Black and white                            69%
  • Red or chocolate and white         23%
  • Blue and white                             3%
  • Lilac and white                             1%
  • Red or chocolate tricolour           1%

First to arrive was this little girl

Beautifully marked and a lovely dark chocolate, just like her mum.  Next came this sweetie-pie, another girl, but black and white. You can see she’s not much bigger than my hand.

Then came the blue and white boy, just like his dad, Sox.  Then an extremely smart black and white boy, a real showman.  And another black and white boy (or quite possibly a tri-colour, bit early to tell).  He’s a bit of a character.

Then finally (but by no means least) out popped this little girl.

She’s a lilac and white, which are pretty rare.  Also beautifully marked.  I have waited many years to have a ‘purple puppy’ because purple is my favourite colour!  So she is already pretty special.  I can’t wait to get to know her better and see how she turns out.  Meanwhile, look at those toes!

So the predictions were pretty good and I got my rainbow litter!

Now the fun begins!  Sorting out the homes – I have plenty already. And thinking of their kennel names – I’m thinking song titles with colours in the titles; suggestions please?

Visitors will be an essential part of their development, as always.  Children welcome from 1st July, close friends and family this week, then adults after that.  The last litter met around 100 different people, with 150 visitors in total – can we beat that figure this time?  I hope so.

I leave you with one more photo – they were tiddlers when they arrived, but not for long…