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.

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.

Expanding horizons

 

snuggling

snuggling

Five weeks old today and they are growing fast.  They are moving around confidently and can even run about, although they often fall over or crash into each other.

sun at last

sun at last

Going outside is becoming more of an adventure and less of a terrifying experience – it won’t be long now before they start helping with the gardening 😉

They have become more playful, with each other and with toys.  They are also starting to learn that not all big dogs supply food and that some are not as friendly as others.  It is important that they learn to be polite to other dogs at an early age.

Tuggies are great

Tuggies are great

balls are fun too

balls are fun too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes though, they just need a bit of time with their mummy.  They are tucking into plenty of real food, but they still love milk, if they can get it!

a special moment with mummy

a special moment with mummy

bundle!

bundle!

What are puppies for?

waving hello

waving hello

Answer: For cuddling and making people happy!  What could be nicer than a snuggle with a bundle of fluff?  I am so lucky that I know people with children who come round when the pups are at this stage, as it really makes a difference to how well they behave as adult dogs.

selfie - Boots

selfie – Boots

This week they have been having a pretty exciting time.  They are properly up and about and much more active.  They are playing with each other (lots of growling) and having a go with some of their toys.

Investigating the toys

Investigating the toys

hello big dogs, want to play?

hello big dogs, want to play?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have even been outside!  They didn’t like it though, it was much too cold, so they huddled together after a few minutes, waiting to be let back in 😉 I think the puppy palace is a bit warm and I need to toughen them up a bit – well maybe later..

 

 

cuddling!

cuddling!

gosh this is a hard life

gosh this is a hard life

Most of the time they still just eat and sleep, being well cared for by Sunny (and me).  See you next week!

 

First Meal

Hey this is good

Hey this is good

This week we have started the weaning process and they are certainly enjoying it!  It is amazing to watch them grow.  They are just beginning to find their way around and to play.  They make plenty of noise, squeaking, but also growling and barking!  If it ever stops raining they can go outside…

Hello son

Hello son

Domini brought Taboo over on Saturday so that he could meet the other owners when they came to see their babies.  Sunny was surprisingly fine with him being there and he was intrigued to meet his sons and daughters.

Piling in

Piling in

Very pleased to meet you

Very pleased to meet you

This weekend Chris and I are hoping for a bit of quiet time, but if that is the only time you can come then do ask!  Next week is half term and I am hoping we will have plenty of children popping in for cuddles and play – they need that experience.

Dexter

Dexter

What do you taste like, brother?

What do you taste like, brother?

First steps

Well they’re starting to look a bit more like dogs and less like guinea pigs.  Their eyes are just beginning to open and they are up on their feet, staggering around, drunk from all that milk they keep guzzling (especially Goblin, he just keeps gobblin’ 😉

The best news is that they all have homes!  I am so delighted with my seven prospective families – they are coming to meet their puppies this weekend, so hopefully we shall be all sorted.  This means that we can all relax and just enjoy them.  We’ve had over 30 people through the house in the first fortnight, many of them staying, so they’ve had lots of interest and cuddles so far.  I expect this to continue – visitors are always welcome, just do please contact me first as we may well be booked up already?

Peeping out

Peeping out

Which way is up?

Which way is up?

It's an elf!

It’s an elf!

Chocolates

Chocolates

Merles

Merles