Puppy Diary

05/07/2015 ~ Puppies are 62 days old today!  Vegas and Skye are with their forever families and settling in well.  Just Ella and Romeo here still for a while.  Enjoy today's video clips of babies having fun with water and showing affection in their different ways.  Romeo with licks and kisses, no biting, Ella with a full on body slam followed with lots of wiggles and kisses.

 


04/07/2015 ~ Puppies are 61 days old and the 4 still here had a great day.  Baths all around and the last sunset portraits of Vegas and Skye who are heading to their forever homes tomorrow.  Video of pups and a mirror, admiring themselves.


Skye aka Gardenpath Come Fly With Me

Vegas aka Gardenpath Casino Royale


03/07/2015 ~ Puppies are 60 days old today!  There were big changes here today.  After a regular morning of eating, playing inside and out and such 2 of these beautiful babies went to their forever homes.  Welcome to the family and thank you for loving them so much already.  

Ron picked up the beautiful Nellie (Tangerine), now known as Gardenpath Cara Mia Angelina

And Shadow went home with Julie & Thomas   

oh yes, you can see the love

02/07/2015 ~ Puppies are 59 days old today!  Random pics from the run.

Vegas, he's a heartbreaker

put down your camera and come play with us!

pretty girl Skye

Nellie ready for her closeup

just chilling

Nellie in profile

Ella plotting something

Shadow watching his big sisters and either Vegas or Romeo photo bombing him

01/07/2015 ~ Puppies are 58 days old today!  It was a loud day, with fireworks starting mid day and continuing on and off until midnight.  Doesn't bother babies in the least, but it was starting to annoy me, lol.

Here are 4 video clips of babies in the kennel run outside.  They go out morning and evening usually together and then through the day individually to learn to not depend on the pack.  It's been raining a lot but with the cover a drizzle doesn't stop them from being out.  Lots of lumber in the yard now and a stack of shingles behind the pen for our new shed but they can't reach any of it or the pool, it's safe being supervised in the kennel area for them.  Enjoy the clips:





30/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 57 days old today!  They're eating NRG as their diet.  Here is an example of one meal for each puppy.  They're all eating 1/3 cup slightly heaped (dry before rehydrating) measure except for Vegas and Romeo who are eating about 1/2 cup dry before adding water.  The first bowl is a fruit nappy size, showing the food just after measuring it.  Middle bowl is with warm water added to cover the food.  Let it stand for 15 - 20 minutes to soak up most of the water.  The 3rd bowl on the right is what this diet looks like after it's soaked and it's ready to feed.  


Four meals a day, food is left down for approximately 15 minutes though it's usually eaten fairly quickly.  I make each meal before feeding fresh so I can monitor the pups to see how much everyone is eating, but with 1 puppy I will begin to make enough at one time to feed for a day.  It can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for a couple of days.  As they begin to teeth adult teeth they quite enjoy the food being chilled, though still prepare it with warm water. 

As always, fresh water is available almost 24/7 to them.  Pups will need to have their food intake monitored as they grow, you'll be able to see when they're growning that they need more and adjust the amount of dry to soak according to their consumption.  There's a page in the Puppy Manual that discusses how to see when you're puppy is doing well on a diet and address their appropriate weight. Babies range in weight now from 9.6 lbs (Skye) to 11 lbs (Vegas).     

29/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 8 weeks old today!  They had their health checks, first vaccines and are all worm free.  They were also microchipped.  All are healthy and happy babies, they smoozed the vet and staff plenty.  Introducing:

Green collar boy is now Shadow, owned and loved by Julie & Thomas 

Gardenpath Cast d'Ombrage
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Miss Tangerine (now sporting a dark pink collar with a small tangerine ribbon) is Nellie, loved by Ron & Patricia

Registered name choice not yet decided

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Turquoise collar boy is now called Romeo, loved by Nadia
Gardenpath Caro Mio Romeo

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Pink collar girl is now called Skye, loved by Judith & Laurant

Gardenpath Come Fly With Me

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Blue collar male is now Vegas, loved by Carolyne, Tyler & family, co-owned by Renee


Gardenpath Casino Royale

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Orange ribbon girl is now called Ella, owned and loved by Renee & family here at Gardenpath

Gardenpath Concours d'Elegance

Congratulations and welcome to our new families!

28/06/2016 ~ Puppies are 55 days old today!  They had a busy weekend indoors due to the non-stop rain and cooler temps we had this weekend.  A lot of play time, visitors, car rides and long naps.  Tomorrow they're off to the vet for their health checks, first vaccine and microchipping.  As soon as I can corral a helper I will take stacked shots at 8 weeks of age tomorrow.  Enjoy todays quick head shots during a short break in the rain.  It was still drizzly so the pups did get a little wet, especially Mr. Blue who did a nice plant into a puddle, but he didn't mind.

Green collar male

Pink collar female

Turquoise collar male

Tangerine ribbon now wearing a dark Pink collar female (could not find a yellow or tangerine collar)

Blue collar male

Orange ribbon female
26/06/2015 ~ The pics are low quality and blurry, but the loving and kisses are top notch and priceless!  All Gardenpath puppies come pre-spoiled and expecting hugs and smooches.

L-R Green, Blue & Turquoise males, Orange, Pink & Tangerine females

25/06/2015 ~ Here's a video of Clipping a Standard Poodle's feet by Sue Zecco and another video of Clipping a Standard Poodle's feet by Diane Betelak

Babies are having a fabulous day.  We had a car ride, practiced being on lead and stacking on the table, had lots of visitors and lots of active play time.  Apologies there's no pics, will get more again soon.

24/06/2015 ~ Here is a video from GroomerTv with Sue Zecco demonstating how to clip the face, feet and sani area of a Poodle.  Her demo dog is a Toy (looks like a Mini?) Poodle, not much different in paw size to the 7.5 week old babies feet now.  I clip their feet and faces with them on my lap and while I'm sitting on the floor.  The pups are doing great, only Miss Pink has decided this week that she'd like to eat the clipper rather than hold still for it around her mouth.  They all goes in phases and she'll be fine again with more repetitions.  With patience she held still again too.  With the beautiful headpieces on this litter it's a shame to not be able to see their lovely shaved mugs.  I'm clipping paws and trimming nails weekly, faces are quickly shaved about every 5 days just to get them plenty of positive experiences.


23/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 50 days old today!  They can company and play time and a car ride, some new toys and a lot of fun today.  Enjoy their snuggles on the front porch with my daughter Nicole and good friend Sarah as well as a little clip of the babes at play romping around.

L-R: Pink, Tangerine & Orange girls, Green, Blue and Turquoise boys

22/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 49 days old today!  There were especially active this morning for a lot longer than usual and to make up for their puppy partying they were sleepy, mellow and relaxed for much of the afternoon and early evening.  Of course as soon as I started to upload the video they got all busy and interesting while playing.

The boxes behind the gate to the front hall are to stop these clever little sprites from escaping the room.  They've discovered the outer sides of the gate are curved in and they can fit neatly through there to go explore the main floor.  By next week they probably won't fit but for now they think it's a pretty cool thing to do.

Apologies for the light/dark back and forth on the exposure, once again the light meter on my phone tries to lighten up the puppies while recording.  And now I'm using that to my advantage to make them more visible and pushing it up to be able to see pups more.  They look grey, but you can see faces and expression on the low quality video that way.  Enjoy some mellow time of there day today.  Well, mellow except for the complainer at the very beginning, lol.


21/06/2015 ~ This post may save your dogs life:

This information is from the WebMd site:  Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It is extracted from birch wood to make medicine.

Xylitol is widely used as a sugar substitute and in "sugar-free" chewing gums, mints, and other candies. However, sorbitol is the most commonly used sweetener in sugarless gums because it is less expensive than xylitol and easier to make into commercial products.

As a medicine, xylitol is used to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, and as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
Xylitol is added to some chewing gums and other oral care products to prevent tooth decay and dry mouth.
Xylitol is sometimes included in tube feeding formulas as a source of energy.
Dog owners should know that xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even when the relatively small amounts from candies are eaten. If your dog eats a product that contains xylitol, it is important to take the dog to a veterinarian immediately.

How does it work?

Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause ear infections. 
By: Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT
Associate Director of Veterinary Services, Pet Poison Helpline
Surprise! Xylitol appears in products you’d never suspect.
Pet Poison Helpline (PPH) has discovered that xylitol, a sweetener which causes hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in dogs, is showing up in some very unexpected places. New products on the market such as nasal sprays, OTC sleep aids, multivitamins, prescription sedatives, antacids, stool softeners, smoking cessation gums, and more may contain unexpectedly large amounts of xylitol. Dogs that ingest these products face a double risk—not only may poisoning result from the active ingredient but also from the xylitol. This can result in a variety of serious and unanticipated clinical signs which can readily complicate clinical treatment and prognosis.
Xylitol is a natural sugar-alcohol normally found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables. Because of its sweet taste and plaque fighting properties, it is frequently used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, breath mints, and dental products like toothpaste and mouth wash. Non-toxic amounts are even found in some pet dental products. Due to its low glycemic index, it is also sold in bulk as a substitute for table sugar. PPH has had several cases of dogs becoming intoxicated after ingesting homemade bread, muffins and cupcakes made with xylitol.

Tips and caveats:
1. How to obtain the amount of xylitol in a product
Xylitol is typically considered part of a product’s “proprietary ingredients” so the quantity will not be listed on the package label. While some companies are very willing to release the amount of xylitol in their products, others are hesitant to do so and may even ask for veterinarians to sign confidentiality statements prior to release. At Pet Poison Helpline, we work hard to obtain and catalog the quantity of xylitol in products. Most companies have been willing to share information with us for use in emergency case management. When you’re in doubt of the xylitol quantity, it’s best to contact an animal poison control center for assistance.
2. Interpreting the placement of xylitol in an ingredient list
In some cases, it can be helpful to use the location of xylitol within an ingredient list to estimate its quantity in the product. For example, in the USA, all foods must list their ingredients in descending order of predominance by weight. This means that the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first, and the ingredient that weighs the least is listed last. In general, for most chewing gums, the amount of xylitol is often clinically insignificant if it’s listed as the 4th or 5th ingredient. If it’s listed as one of the first three ingredients, extreme caution should be taken.
For drugs and dietary supplements, the regulations regarding the order of ingredients is considerably different. In this case, xylitol is often considered an “inactive ingredient” or “other ingredient”—such ingredients are not required to be listed in order of predominance. Often, they are listed in alphabetical order which may lead an uninformed pet owner or veterinary professional to incorrectly assume that there is a very low concentration of xylitol in the product.
Novel sources of xylitol:
Over the counter medications
Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid (flavored chewable tablets)
Children’s Allegra Oral Suspension
Fleet Children’s Pedia-Lax Liquid Stool Softener
Umcka Cold and Flu chewable tablets (homeopathic product)
Dietary supplements and vitamins
KAL Colostrum Chewable, Vanilla Cream
KAL Dinosaurs Children’s Vitamins and Minerals (chewable tablets)
Kidz Digest Chewable Berry from Transformation Enzyme
L’il Critters Fiber Gummy Bears
Mega D3 Dots with 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per “dot” (dissolvable tablet)
Suntheanine L-Theanine chewable tablets by Stress-Relax
Vitamin Code Kids by Garden of Live (chewable multivitamins)
Webber Natural Super Sleep Soft Melts (dissolvable tablets)
Nasal products
Xlear Sinus Care Spray
Xylear Nasal Spray (for adults and children)
Xyliseptic Nasal Spray
Prescription drugs
Abilify Discmelt Orally Disintegrating Tablets (aripiprazole), an atypical antipsychotic
Clonazepam Orally Disintegrating Tablets, benzodiazepine
EMTRIVA oral solution (emtricitabine), HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitor
Mobic Oral Suspension (meloxicam), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
Neurontin (gabapentin) Oral Solution
Riomet (metformin) Oral Solution, anti-diabetic agent
Varibar barium sulfate products, liquids and puddings for swallowing studies
Zegerid Powder for Oral Suspension (omeprazole), proton pump inhibitor
Foods with xylitol as the primary sweetener (excluding gums and mints)
Clemmy’s Rich and Creamy ice cream products
Dr. John’s products (hard and soft candies, chocolates, drink mixes, etc.)
Jell-O sugar free pudding snacks
Nature’s Hollow jams, syrup, ketchup, honey, etc.
SparX Candy
Zipfizz energy drink-mix powders
Toxic doses and treatment recommendations:
The toxicity of xylitol is dose dependent. The dose necessary to cause hypoglycemia in dogs is approximately 0.1 grams/kg, while the amount needed to cause hepatic necrosis is approximately 0.5 grams/kg. Rarely, hepatic necrosis can be seen without prior hypoglycemia. Most chewing gums and breath mints typically contain 0.22-1.0 gram of xylitol per piece of gum or per mint. Therefore, only one piece of gum may result in hypoglycemia in a 10 pound (4.5 kg) dog. Hypoglycemia is typically evident within 1-2 hours of xylitol ingestion but, in rare cases, has been delayed as much as 12 hours. Prompt and appropriate gastric decontamination in asymptomatic patients is essential to prevent poisoning. Activated charcoal does not bind well to xylitol and is not recommended. Should hypoglycemia develop, supplementation with intravenous dextrose is needed until the dog can self-regulate its blood glucose concentrations (typically 12-48 hours). For dogs exposed to hepatotoxic doses of xylitol, preemptive administration of dextrose (prior to the onset of hypoglycemia) may be helpful. Additionally, close monitoring of hepatic enzymes is warranted as evidence of necrosis may be seen in 1-2 days following exposure. Should hepatic necrosis develop, IV fluids, dextrose, hepatoprotectants and monitoring of coagulation profiles are needed. The prognosis following xylitol exposures is excellent when the ingestion is caught early, decontamination is performed, and blood glucose is monitored frequently. The prognosis becomes guarded if the dog has already begun to develop hepatic failure.

20/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 47 days old today.  They started their morning with a shave, nail clipping, bath and blowdry.  6 puppies = 3 hours.  I sit on the floor to shave feet, clip nails and sit under the stand dryer to dry them while they snuggle on my lap.  They smell so nice when their freshly bathed, I love to bury my nose in their coats and breath in the clean Poodle puppy freshness.

They had several visitors and their weekly portraits in the yard.  It's getting trickier to get portraits of them on the ground, as soon as their feet hit turf they come running at me full speed.  Since I'm laying on the grass with my camera I get bombed with kisses and wiggles as fast as they can land on me.  Yeah, I love it!

Pink ribbon female

Tangerine ribbon female

Turquoise ribbon male
Green ribbon male

Blue ribbon male

Orange ribbon female

19/06/2015 ~ Walk this way!...  cue Aerosmith music.  Anyone want to guess which puppy this is?


18/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 45 days old today.   They've navigated a variety of surfaces including wood, carpet, tile, laminate flooring, textured hardwood flooring, grass, cement, asphalt and a various cushions and fabrics.  They've played on corrugated carboard and had some supervised play time on bubble wrap.  Food dishes they've eaten out of include the stainless puppy pan they started with, a dinner plate (yes, that was super messy), Pyrex baking dish, ceramic crockery, one meal out of a carboard box and the messiest meal out of disposable tin pie pans.

Today we had our daily drive, another thunderstorm and a lot of fun inside and out.  Babies were all on the lead for the first time as well.  I only have one of them on video since Nicole had to go to work and no one else was home.  Here is a short clip of one of their adventures down the sidewalk on a lead.  We'll do that a couple of times a day with just a few short repetitions which will include cheese rewards and a squeaky toy.


17/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 44 days old today.  I'd like to share the benefits of Coconut oil.  I added coconut oil to Nina's diet while she was pregnant as a substitution for flax and/or fish oil.  I've begun to mix it in to the puppy's food as well and they're doing great.  I highly recommend Coconut oil for both people and dogs.  Here's a great clip discussing the health benefits and why of this product with Dr. Karin Becker:


16/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 43 days old today.  We had our daily drive in the truck, touring around and going through the McD's drive thru and back home again.  Everyone settled in right away except for Mr. Green who serenaded me for the first few blocks until he was quiet and content too.  That seems to be his daily ritual though the complaining time is less each day.

Today's video is hard to hear (I babble during video, I don't normally talk like a dweeb -- apologies).  A couple of times a day each of the pups stands on the grooming table and often on the floor learning to stand in a stack.  A stack is standing up square and balanced, head up and tail up to accept examination while holding still.  That's useful in the show ring, but also useful for going to the vet, grooming and any time they need to stand still and accept being touched.  The grooming table has a memory foam bath mat on it covered by a towel so their little feet sink into it and look flat.  Paws aren't flat, they just disappear into the foam.  They have to work a bit to stand on the memory foam and are doing a great job of it.

Tonight's video was done after they're 6pm supper and they were all pretty much sound asleep. Waking puppies to stack for a bit of cheese on a full stomach isn't the most inspiring for them but they still tried.


14/06/2015 ~ Today I'd like to talk products that end in "sol"  i.e. Pine-sol, Lysol, Dettol (which is Lysol). Anything ending in "sol" contains phenol which can be fatal to dogs and cats.  Many Animal Shelters have banned Lysol & Pine-sol  Please, please, please do not use these products in your homes if you have children or pets.  Phenols can also be absorbed through an animal's skin when they come into contact with housing products such as flooring that have been treated with phenol-based disinfectants. Sometimes pets will inadvertently get these substances on their feet or fur and lick them off during the natural cleaning process.  Some foods and drugs contain high doses of benzoic acid of which phenol is a derivative. Benzoic acid is a food preservative.


SYMPTOMS OF PHENOL POISONING INCLUDE:
Oral ulcerations or burns specifically among the mucous membranes, General weakness, Panting, Drooling, Seizures/twitching, Vomiting, Difficulty swallowing, Stumble/Stagger, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Paralysis, Respiratory failure, Renal failure/Blindness, Circulatory failure, Cardiac failure, Local tissue necrosis, Gastric ulcerations.  
13/06/2015 ~ A second post today:  Weekly portraits a bit early since it's suppose to rain and thunderstorm again all day tomorrow.  Enjoy!







13/06/2015 ~ It's a beautiful day!  Puppies are 40 days old today.  They've been active inside and out. Today's video they're in a secure 10 x 10 dog run to keep them safe when the safety cover is off the pool.  Digging through the outdoor toy bin we found Piper's favourite big ball.  I'm sure she'd approve of the puppies enjoying it.  Miss Pink in particular is enamoured with it and played with it long after the rest moved on to other games.  She's definitely going to be a little soccer player.  They also got introduced to water spray from the garden hose which was also a hit.



I'd like to talk a bit about a couple of products that are handy to have at home before puppies go to their new families.  The first being Apple Bitter spray.  It's much easier to be proactive to prevent bad habits from forming than to deal with them after.  Puppies here have access to lots of delicious wood furniture including my Teak kitchen table, a tall chest of drawers with accessible wooden knob pulls and the railing and spindles between our kitchen and family room.  Before teething pups discover how good it feels and tastes to gnaw on mouth sized wood to soothe their aching mouths I sprayed (and re-applied every morning) a light misting of Apple Bitter to the surfaces. Puppies are deterred enough to not start using wood furniture as a teething toy.  Much better for our house and furniture and for puppy safety.  Instead of giving the puppy heck for chewing on a surface, make the surface be unappealing to the puppy teaches them without you being directly involved that it's not a good place to chew.  All puppies chew and are tempted to gain relief where they can easily find it, especially on wood.  Having appropriate toys available is also important.  I highly recommend adding Apple Bitter spray to your arsenal of puppy training tools.

I also recommend balls for many reasons that are the correct size for your growing puppy.  Smaller dogs balls that are appropriate now will have to be taken away from pups as they get bigger so they don't become a dangerous choking hazard.  Balls should be a comfortable size to fit in the puppies mouth but not so small as to be a potential choking hazard.  Changing ball sizes as they grow is important.  Here is the low down on the good and bad about balls:

GOOD:  balls are excellent for improving and/or maintaining a proper bite.  It's very common for Standard Poodle puppies to have milk teeth malocclusions.  This is when the lower canine does not clear out to where it's supposed to be and can poke the upper gum when they chew.  Most often that does not occur in the adult dentition if the puppy has been given firm rubber balls to chew and teeth on.  Chewing on a round rubber call can help move that tooth into it's correct position and especially the adult lower canines as they erupt move into it's correct position.  This is true for all breeds.  Chewing/mouthing on a ball offers relief during the frustrating teething period and is also a lot of fun for an adult who carries a ball after a retrieve back to you during play and exercise.

BAD:  Do not, I repeat - do NOT use tennis balls or any toys that are covered in the tennis ball type material you find in a pet store.  The reason for this is that the glue used to adhere that yummy tennis ball coating texture when mixed with saliva weakens and causes undue wear to tooth enamel.   Dogs absolutely love tennis balls, but their teeth can be severely damaged by this continuous sandpaper type wear very quickly.  What I recommend in stead is using the orange (with 2 blue stripes) Chuck It rubber replacement balls that are sold in grocery stores and pet stores in a 2 pack.  They come in a small dog size for young puppies and normal "tennis ball" size for older puppies and adults.  The time to change the ball to the larger size is when the puppy is able to pick up the larger normal size and carry it.  These balls float, they last for a very long time,  can be easily cleaned and washed, have a nice squishing give to them and they do not wear off tooth enamel.  Chuck It also makes a blue ball called a Whistler that makes noise when thrown that is also kind to your dog's teeth.

12/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 39 days old today.  It's another stormy, rainy day.  After a fun session running and playing in the kitchen with new toys and each other -- and all had a good pee and poop -- we took a lovely drive around town with mom Nina and big sister Lyra along.  They did great!  Mr. Green complained for a bit but then settled in for the ride when he realized no one else had any worries.  We stopped in at Tim Horton's for some Old Fashioned Plain Timbits.  They shared one torn into tiny bits to celebrate the first of many car rides.  Home again with no one car sick or throwing up (empty stomachs help when first riding in the car) lunch was ready when we returned home.  They had a long nap after eating.

It's extremely important to crate puppies and dogs when travelling in a vehicle.  Barriers don't keep them safe from being thrown from a vehicle and while better than being loose, a harness can cause a lot of internal and spinal/neck damage in a mid to large sized dog in a wreck. Always contain your puppy or dog in a crate when driving them anywhere, no matter how short the trip.

Enjoy the video of them ready to roll on their little adventure.  As a clarification, the light meter on my iPhone tries to turn all white to medium grey and all black to a medium grey when focused on either colour.  You'll notice the pups near the back of the crate look very black and towards the door look grey, just the light meter.  They're all black right now, though possible that Tangerine girl might be a blue, so far she's not showing any signs of that.



10/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 37 days old today.  Yet another stormy day and spent mostly inside.  They've had the run of the kitchen again and had a blast investigating new toys and things that go crunch.


08/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 35 days old today.  It was another day of rain and thunderstorms but they each got outside individually for a little bit inbetween the weather.  Week 5 also included their first worming.  This evening they had their face shaves, nails trimmed and a bath/blowdry.  Video today is of one of the pups getting bathed.


07/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 34 days old today.  They had a busy, exciting and very full weekend with lots of visitors on Saturday and today.  Puppies are growing and coming into themselves, getting to know their developing personalities more each day.  Enjoy these headshots taken this evening under a golden, pre-storm sky.  Right now they're sleeping like angels while thunderstorms swirl around us.  Plenty dirty faced, they had just eaten.  Baths for everyone again tomorrow and shaves for those little face.  Tangerine girl in particular has grown a lot of hair this week.

  














05/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 32 days old today.  I spent the day catching up on yardwork and gardening while they helped and supervised.  Babes were out in pairs and individually several times each throughout the day.  They heard and saw traffic, people walking by, had a few visitors and investigated the garden and dolly.



03/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 30 days old today.  They're all great eaters.  Here they are enjoying one of 4 meals a day they get of NRG Free Range Buffalo.  I pulverize the dehydrated food in the Magic Bullet and then soak it wetter than they'll eat it as they get older.  They love it!  It's the same diet Nina was on through her pregnancy and is eating now.



02/06/2015 ~ Puppies are 29 days old today.  They each got time out side with momma Nina, Ryan and myself to explore and walk on new surfaces.  They also had their weekly portraits done.  Today was also another face shave and nail clipping.  This week they'll each get their first bath too.

Blue boy 29 days old

Green boy 29 days old

Orange girl 29 days old

Pink girl 29 days old

Tangerine girl 29 days old

Turquoise boy 29 days old

31/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 27 days old today.  We've had a wet and chilly weekend outside so enjoyed ourselves indoors.  Puppies had new visitors and got some fun new toys.  I love the eye contact this litter makes naturally, they seek out our faces and attention.  They're also all comfy lap dogs.  Here are a couple of cell phone pics from this morning.



And some video taken this evening.  Enjoy!



29/05/2015 ~ "What Puppies Are Eating Now"

Puppies continue to nurse regularly and Nina's been really great about tolerating their sharp erupted milk teeth.  At this stage a lot of mom's are put off by teething for nursing.  They're also eating a gruel made from NRG Original All-Stages Range Fed Roast Buffalo with Oats & Market Fresh Fruits and Vegetables that is pulverized in the Magic Bullet and then well soaked with a lot of water to make a soup consistency for them to lap up.  Puppies get to hear the loud blender pulsed on and off many times each day.  They're loving the food and eating it heartily.  Because it's the diet Nina's on they already have a taste for this All-Stages-Diet and are doing really well on it.  It's the same food that will be sent home with puppies.  I start pups on NRG and feed it during the entire first year and at 4 months of age I'll slowly introduce Eukanuba Adult Maintenance as they really enjoy the crunch and will get that one meal a day.   I never feed Puppy formulas, ever.  That will be discussed more in your Puppy Manuals.

Puppies are eating 4 small meals of gruel each day and will continue on the 4 meals increasing in amounts as they begin to decrease in nursing.  Next week I'll add water to lap in their exercise area although none seriously lap at first while nursing often and getting water soaked rehydrated NRG.  They'll all investigate and taste the water which will be mounted on the small crate in their pen on the crate door.

NRG All-Stages Original All-Stages Buffalo

28/05/2015 ~ a second post for today!  The boys were quite taken with the garden.  Turquoise in particular managed to get his nose, face and top of his head covered in dirt in 1.25 seconds.  Is that a record?...   lol  The lighting is much different as the boys pics were shot this afternoon and the girls were this morning.  Enjoy the garden sprites!

this Turquoise sprite holds the record for how fast a puppy can get covered in dirt.  He loved it!


handsome Blue sprite, he's a confident little man
always a gentleman, our Green sprite is a natural in front of the camera

28/05/2005 ~ Puppies are 24 days old today.  They're getting individual time and carried around the house and outside on small adventures.  All easy and light, stimulating and sweet.  They're loving the fresh air and sounds of nature, there's a real plus to being a spring baby.  This morning I discovered 3 garden faeries, tomorrow I'll look for the 3 sprites.

Pink garden faerie
Tangerine garden faerie

Orange garden faerie

26/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 22 days old today.  They had their paws shaved for the first time and were little dreams about it.  It teaches them to be handled, have their paws handled and be accepting of gentle restraint.  I always clip puppies and trim nails while sitting on the floor with pups in my lap. They're safe, I don't have to worry about them falling or pulling away and they snuggle right in, usually nosing at the clipper to check it out or sniffing and licking my chin and neck while getting lavishly praised.  Love these little beauties.

Frustration is starting to set in in the form of teething.  They all have 3 - 6 sharp little dagger teeth that have erupted through their gums and are chewing on everything and each other.  So far it's not bothered Nina for nursing but it is the beginning of their change from only nursing to starting to eat gruel and food and to learn how to lap water soon too.  Apologies on the poor video quality, my iphone light meter just doesn't know what to do with black puppies and tries to turn all things dark to a medium tone.

Today they 'woke up', as in they became very active and are wrestling and exercising.  It's the beginning of learning and creating their pack order as they get to know each others strengths and weaknesses. All part of growing up and learning what's acceptable.  Nina is beside me in most of the clips, then behind me most eating while Ryan was in the pen.  She didn't feel the need to intervene as they played, but she'll let them know what is and isn't acceptable if their behaviour becomes inappropriate.  Their personalities are already developing and being expressed.  Ah, puppies, love them!  Click on clips below to view.  Enjoy:





25/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 21 days old today.  Yesterday they had their first visitors.  Today was their second nail clipping.  Oh so huggable, kissable and loveable these babies are total heartbreakers!  There's nothing sweeter then snuggling these puppies...

Tangerine & Pink with Ryan


Blue & Green with Ryan

Orange & Green with Ryan


23/05/2015 ~ Gorgeous babies are 19 days old today and had their weekly portraits done.  Our C-Litter Six had their first face shave last evening.  They all did great!  I've had the clipper turned on and held up against their body for a few days already so their face shaves were no problem.  Being groomed regularly and enjoying it is going to be a part of their lives forever so I start young and keep it light and easy.  Enjoy their pics!

Turqoise collar male
Blue collar male
Green collar male
Pink collar female
Tangerine collar female
Orange collar female

22/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 19 days old and have moved down to the main floor during the day.  They're getting steadier on their feet and starting to enjoy playing with each other.



and linkw to two longer videos that are too large in file size to load here:


and another one:



19/05/2015 ~ I've been having some difficulty updating the Puppy Diary so have added more data space here and hopefully all goes more smoothly again.  On to a somewhat late update for the 19th.  Puppies are actively engaging each other and starting to play bitey-face, doing more walking around and getting steadier on their little legs.  I'm delighted with their eye contact and they've begun to seek our attention by pawing at us and asking for snuggles, rubs and to be picked up.  At this age their awake time is very short but over the next few days that'll start to increase.  Tomorrow they're moving down to the main floor and going to be in the thick of things as I move my sewing back down to the main floor with them again.  Enjoy this little clip of the pups, managed to only get Miss Orange to upload but will get everyone awake on video over the next few days.  Once again follow the link to view the video as it's more than the 100MB limit for embedding into here:


17/05/2015 ~ Big sister wisdoms...  Lyra imparting some special attention on one of her new half siblings.


Puppies had their first nail trimming today as well, they didn't seem to notice at all.  Must be their contented bellies, here's one of them sporting a milkstache.  Happy long weekend. everyone! 


16/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 13 days old today and everyone has their eyes open.  Miss Pink just opened hers this evening and they're clearing up quickly.  They were squirmy bundles but did manage to get some shots of our beautiful babies.  Enjoy!



15/05/2015 ~ Eyes are opening!  Puppies are 12 days old today and this evening 4 of them were showing us their beautiful eyes.  Tomorrow I'll take a portrait of each individual puppy with their eyes open.

Click this link here to see babies with their eyes open:

13/05/2015 ~ Videos from the whelping box today:







11/05/2015  It's been a quiet day here today with intermittent thunderstorms.  Puppies are content, active and charming.  Here's a quick cell phone snap of Ms. Orange hanging out with Nicole.


10/05/2015 ~ Wishing Nina and all mother's our there a very Happy Mother's Day!  Brought to you today by the Ladies Tangerine and Orange.





09/05/2015 ~ Puppies are 6 days old already. Lots of handling,snuggles, hugs and kisses for our squish-able babies.  Nina keeps them clean and well fed.  Pics in birth order with their current weights:

Pink collar female 6 days old | 21.25 oz.
Orange collar female 6 days old | 21.85 oz.
Blue collar male 6 days old | 24.25 oz.
Turquoise collar male 6 days old | 23.0 oz.
Green collar male 6 days old | 23.7 oz.
Tangerine collar female 6 days old | 21.75 oz.
07/05/2015 ~ Sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping practice walking, sleep eat and repeat! Then grow like a well watered weed.   Not certain why the volumes so quiet after uploading, you may need to crank up your on sound while viewing.






06/05/2015 ~ Enjoy this first video! All 6 of the pups in the litter are this active and trying to walk!  They are strong, athletic and determined babes.  I will try to video each of them as they learn to use their legs and find their grace.


05/05/2015 ~ Puppies are thriving! They are all gaining weight and had their tails docked and dew claws removed.  I am already in love.  All but Pink girl had their tails tipped, which means they were docked and left quite long.  Pink girl's tail was injured in utero and we suspect her tail was pinched and it broke off when the blood supply was constricted, though we can't be certain how that happened, it can happen. She does have a tail and does not appear to have a genetic factor.  She's absolutely gorgeous is at no disadvantage, but because of the style of tails in the Show ring Miss Pink is available to a performance or engaging companion home on a spay contract.

04/05/2015 ~ THEY'RE HERE!  Our C-Litter arrived with the full moon. NINA easily whelped these big, robust and gorgeous pups chronicle their daily growth and emerging personalities here on the PUPPY DIARY.  This is NINA's last litter. The boys are all spoken for with excellent, loving forever homes. Because of the new Center for Disease Control law the girls will not be leaving Canada. Please email me at rycole@hotmail.com if you would like more information about the CDC law or to inquire about the Girls if you are from Canada.

As always, click on any image to see it bigger.  I'm delighted to introduce "The Super Six" in birth order:

Pink collar female
whelped 12:18am | 14.7 oz.

Orange collar female
whelped 1:07 am | 15.3 oz.

Blue collar male
whelped 1:44 am | 15.4 oz.

Turquoise collar male
whelped 2.59 | 14.05oz.

Green collar male
whelped 4:36 am | 14.9 oz.

Tangerine collar female
whelped: 5:34 am | 15.25 oz.

The next 9 weeks are going to be amazing!  Join us for the ride and watch these beauties grow!

01/05/2015 ~ All is quiet and peaceful here, NINA is doing great and still eating heartily.  No sign of impending whelping yet and puppy belly is bouncing and pushing in all directions.  Today is day 62 of 63 gestation, puppies will likely arrive right on schedule this weekend.  Momma's baby belly is huge!


29/04/2015 ~ NINA is doing great and has a super appetite.  She's now at day 59 of 63 gestation with 8" increase in girth and up over 13 lbs.  Pups are active.  Just a few more days until we meet her gorgeous babies!

24/04/2015 ~ THOMAS x NINA puppies are active! There's a dance party going on in NINA's abdomen.  She's increased in girth by 6.5" and gained 9 lbs. so far.  Her appetite has really kicked in big time now.  Very excited to meet her beautiful black babes in about a week's time!


10/04/2015 ~ NINA is in her 5th week of pregnancy, gestation day 41.  She's feeling great, active and eating well.  Her girth has increased to 24" (up 3" since her ultrasound) and weighs in at 49 lbs. (up 4.5 lbs since her ultrasound).  About 3 weeks until her due date!

04/04/.2015 ~ Four weeks until NINA's due date!  Since her ultrasound on March 31st she's increased in girth from 21" to 22.5", is over her morning sickness and has a hearty appetite. She is day 35 from ovulation in her 63 day gestation.

31/03/2015 ~ NINA HAS BEEN CONFIRMED PREGNANT via ultrasound! Our wonderful vet counted 6 pups on the first pass. She is due May 2nd and expecting exceptional Show, Performance and beloved companion black pups that will carry the white gene. Click image to see larger.  Contact Renee at rycole@hotmail.com to inquire about this litter. 


perfectly formed little pups + heartbeats floating in their sacs

03/03/2015 ~  NINA has been bred to "THOMAS" aka  AM GCH, SUCH, FIN CH Dacun Kaylens He's A Heartbreaker.  She is due April 30th, 2015.  Ultrasound to confirm pregnancy is scheduled for March 30th.  All puppies will be black. 
We are starting a wait list for potential homes of these amazing babies
Superior quality for Show, Performance and loved companions
email: rycole@hotmail.com for more information

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Our lovely Lyra is blossoming into a true beauty,  She's also smart as can be.  17 wks old

01/05/2014 ~ Lyra is 8 weeks old today and had her health check at the vet's a week early so she can start her Competition Puppy1 class on May 14th.  We are very pleased with her and how beautifully she's developing.  Her registered name is Gardenpath's Bettin On Black, watch for Lyra in the future in the show and performance rings!  Will take stacked pictures of her to post tomorrow.

26/04/2014 ~ 7 weeks old now and a big helper.  In the garden that is.  Little girl isn't afraid to get herself dirty helping with the spring garden clean up.  She's had so much fun!  And earned her weekly bath...



18/04/2014 ~ Wishing everyong a very Happy Easter!  Lyra's 6 weeks old now and enjoying the spring weather.  She got plenty dirty outside in her first drizzle of rain in the garden so today was also a bath day.


13/04/2014 ~ Lyra doesn't bark or vocalize often, but today she discovered her voice when she found a ladder.  Enjoy:

 

11/04/2014 ~ Lyra is 5 weeks old!  We had great fun today out on our deck enjoying a rare warm spring day.  Baby girl is going up a few carpeted stairs with supervision, but we won't let her go down them for months.





05/04/2014 ~ She's 29 days old!  Several days behind on the Puppy Diary updates here as I've not been able to upload pics and video lately.  Will keep trying (issue with the driver on my phone) and fill in missed days.  Today I'd like to share a sweet shot of our inky black baby doll in all her sweetness.  Gator teething aside, she's very respectful of hands and toes and faces, saving her savage teething for toys and her dental rope.  Lyra is huggable, kissable and loveable.  And clean!  Eating gruel can be a little messy and she had her first bath last Thursday (yes, there's video... still stuck in my phone).
  

30/03/2014 ~ Lyra enjoyed a busy Sunday exploring the family room and lots of new toys.


29/03/2014 ~ Ain't she sweet?!  Very people oriented and very affectionate.
Here's little girl loving on Ryan @ 23 days of age.


28/03/2014 ~ Our Singular Sensation is 22 days old today.  She was such a good little girl while I clipped her face and under her paws.  We've added an assortment of new stimulating toys to the whelping box and her play yard during the day though her favourite thing is to chew on is the edge of a plush towel.  She's teething and growing well.

The name game has been interesting.  We love the name Luxe for her and it'll go perfectly with her potential registered name we submit to CKC after she's had her health check and been microchipped...  but baby girl has her own desires.  She loves to be called Lyra, which has a more musical intonation that she wags her tail and climbs up on us looking at our eyes at the sound of it.  Is she saying she wants to be named Lyra?  Apparently!  It's all about her, so at 3 weeks old has she chosen her own call name?

26/04/2014 ~ We've tried on a few different call names and found the perfect fit for our beautiful little girl: Luxe.  At 20 days old she's playful, teething and having fun exploring her world and building experiences. More pictures coming soon.

24/04/2014 ~ Baby girl is 18 days old now.  She's walking, talking and checking us out with her beautiful eyes.  She's also started to play, paw and investigate things with her eyes and mouth.


21/03/2014 ~ 15 days old and her eyes are open!

19/03/2014 ~ She's found her legs!  She's 13 days old now and managing to get around quite well, she's been up on her legs and working on walking for a couple of days now:


16/03/2014 ~ Baby girl is growing like a well watered garden.  She's active and moving around the whelping box and climbing all over her mom Nina.  A vocal puppy that makes the sweetest sounds we've taken to calling her Lyra, as she's lyrical in nature.



09/03/2014 ~ I have to say it, "She Is Beautiful!"  3 days old


07/03/2014 ~ NINA and her daughter are doing great today and had a wonderful 1st day.  We've decided to try on the call name to this darling girl and see if it fits her as she grows.  Enjoy this pic of LYRA  snuggled down for a little nap with some warm friends.


28/02/2014 ~ It is with suprise we announce our Chase x Nina breeding is a Singular Sensation.  Nina is carrying a One and Only puppy.  It only takes one to be 'The One' so we hope the adage holds true.  At this time our plan is to keep this puppy here at Gardenpath and we'll re-evaluate that decision when baby is older.  Nina's happy and healthy, her uterus looks great and on our repro vets advice we'll repeat on her next heat approximately July for those that have patiently waited for their own Chase x Nina baby as our C-litter.   Nina is at 58 days gestation and our newest addition is expected to arrive next week.

25/02/2014 ~ B-Litter puppy 'Belly Dance' clip of Nina's belly at 55 days gestation:



24/02/2014 ~ Nina is at day 54 gestation.  Her x-ray to count numbers is this coming Friday.  She's happy, eating well and hungry.  We expect this will be a small litter as her measurements are less than the last litter.  Currently she's gained 5.5 lbs and 3" in girth, puppy action in her belly is strong and steady.  

13/02/2014 ~ Nina is at day 43 gestation, happy and sleeping lots.  She's up 3" in girth to 24" and last night I felt movement in her belly.  The miracle of life  :-)

08/02/2014 ~ Nina's at 38 days gestation is eating well and active.  She's up 2" in girth to 23" and gained a pound since Wednesday.

05/02/2014 ~ phone pic of my view:  Nina airing her baby belly while napping with her head in my lap @ 35 days gestation.  She's always been a snuggler, but only naps on her back while pregnant.  Unlike Chase who naps on his back often.



04/02/2014 ~ Nina was confirmed pregnany via Ultrasound on Wednesday, January 29th.  Because it was the first time the repro vet used the new ultrasound equipment there were issues (with even turning the unit on) with the scan and she was unable to give us an idea on how many puppies there were.  We did see heartbeat(s) but are unsure if we were seeing one, three, five puppies?  An x-ray is scheduled for February 28th as I was unable to return in the past week to repeat the ultrasound with the passing and burial of my mother.  We will have a more clear idea on how many puppies are expected for our B-litter repeat breeding between Chase and Nina.  If it is a smaller sized litter we will repeat on her next heat this summer using close monitoring with progestone and artifical insemination if necessary.  Chase's sperm count is strong and high but the stress in our family over recent decline in health and loss may have affected the number of eggs Nina ovulated.

Nina's girth has expanded an entire inch from 21" to 22" between yesterday and today.  Yesterday was my first baseline measure and weight on her.  She is feeling hormonal and her nipples have enlarged and pinked up considerably.  Nina's eating well and healthy, past the morning sickness stage.  As we deal with the grief of losing my mother we are healing with the joyful anticipation of this upcoming litter.

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The quality of Chase x Nina's first litter
was so exceptional
we have repeated the breeding!

Chase was bred to Nina the beginning of January 2014.  An ultrasound is schedule on Wednesday, January 29th (28 days from her first breeding) to confirm Nina's pregnancy.  Once we've confirmed she's carrying puppies we will be accepting deposits from our Wait List.  Her approximate due date is March 7th, 2014.


This page will be used to keep a daily diary of Nina and her puppies (and Chase too!) once they've arrived.  I will post daily pics, updates and some video clips so you can watch them grow up and get a daily dose of Poodle Puppy-liciousness.  We are happily awaiting our Chaselettes (all of the Puppies sired by Chase are lovingly referred to as Chaselettes)!  

Please visit The Fab Five's puppy diary below, it's daily posts starting at the bottom of this page.  New posts are added to the top of this page as we have puppy news and then daily once they arrive.  Enjoy!  

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15/02/2013 ~ Thank you everyone for joining us on this amazing, incredible and wonderful journey with Chase and Nina as we followed The Fab Five puppies here from birth to 10 weeks of age.  Ace, Ava, Boomer, Kuiper and Seamus are superb puppies.  They have fulfilled all our expectations and surpassed them.  We couldn't be happier with these puppies and welcome their new families to our family.  The quality of this litter is every breeders dream.

Please watch for pictures and updates on them on our "Latest News" page as they grow and prosper in their new families.  Ava is staying here with us to pursue many venues including the show ring, obedience, tracking and rally in CKC as well as couch potato, bed warmer, snuggle muffin and tear wiper.  Ace and Boomer will also be debuting in the show ring in 2013 and all will be playing in performance in various aspects.

We are thrilled with these pups and will be repeating this breeding in 2 heat cycles.  Chase and Nina will be expecting again 2014.  If you are interested in a show, performance or beloved companion in the future please contact us at rycole@hotmail.com  We are starting a wait list, priority will be given to those people that have waited but didn't have a placement from this litter.  We look forward to that time with joy and will start another Puppy Diary to follow their development as well.

Thank you to our puppy families that are giving the boys caring, enriched lives and love.
[Hugs to you all]
All the best,
Renee, Don, Ryan, Nicole
Chase, Nina, Piper and Ava aka Gardenpath Avant Garde

Renee & Ava ~ she lifts my spirit, thank you Chase and Nina, Ava is the 'Chaselette' of my dreams 


12/02/2013 ~ Puppies are 10 weeks old today, the weeks have gone so quickly.
We had some fun in the snow at the farm.

"Ace" & "Ava"


Ava-va-voom...  woo-hoo!


11/02/2013 ~ "Ace" met part of his new family today!

Gardenpath Ace of Hearts aka "Ace" and Ruth
10/02/2013 ~ Today Apple Ribbon boy traveled home with his new family, he's a very lucky boy.  Thank you for giving him a wonderful new home and family!


Gardenpath Always Paradise aka "Seamus" with Cindy and Ray 



9/02/2013 ~ Dark Green ribbon boy is off to his new adventures with his new family.  We love this little man!  We know you'll make lots of wonderful memories together!

Gardenpath's Archangel aka "Boomer" and his new mom Debbie

9/02/2013 ~ Ace in the tub.  Love his tail!  At their first bath The Fab Five couldn't see out of the sink.


7/02/2013 ~ The first to spread his wings and leave the nest.  Welcome to the family Nadia, may Kuiper be all you've dreamed of <3

Gardenpath's A New Hope aka "Kuiper" and his new mom Nadia

6/02/2013 ~ Day 41 with The Boys:

"Ace"

"Boomer"

"Kuiper"

"Seamus"
5/02/2013 ~ No wonder they love crates




4/02/2013 ~ Just home from our vet visit.  All went very well and they're all beautiful, healthy, happy and now chipped & vaccinated puppies.

3/02/2013 ~ Day 61 is brought to you by "Seamus"  :-)

Gardenpath Always Paradise
2/02/013 ~ 60 days old!

"Ava
"Ace"
"Boomer"
"Seamus"
Kuiper"
1/02/2013 ~ The Fab Five freshly shaved!  59 days old:


"Ace" ~ Gardenpath's Ace of Hearts
"Boomer" ~ Gardenpath's Archangel

"Kuiper" ~ Gardenpath's A New Hope

"Seamus" ~ Gardenpath Always Paradise







"Ava" ~ Gardenpath Avant Garde

31/01/2013 ~ The Fab Boys pre-shave...  tomorrow is FFT day (shaving face, feet and tails)
"Boomer" 

"Kuiper"

"Seamus"

"Ace"
And their Fab Sister "Ava"




30/01/2013 ~ Welcome to "The Adventures of Ava & Ace" on day 57 brought to you from the farm on a lovely (rare) mild day in January:
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29/01/2013 ~ EIGHT WEEKS OLD!  The Fab Five are a whole 56 days old!  How did that happen so quickly?  My heart is full of warm and fuzzies with these joyful souls.
Stacked photos and names of these wonderful Standard Poodles:

"Ace" ~ Gardenpath's Ace of Hearts

"Boomer" ~ Gardenpath's Archangel  
"Kuiper" ~ Gardenpath's A New Hope
"Seamus" ~ Gardenpath Always Paradise


"Ava" ~ Gardenpath Avant Garde

28/01/2013 ~ Puppies are 55 days old today.  It's been an awful weather day - cold and windy with mixed freezing rain and rain, dark and dreary.  Here's the only picture I took of handsome Mr. Apple in the kitchen before it got even cloudier outside.  Today we worked on running up and down the hall like crazy puppies for exercise on the rubber backed runner, then individually dragging a leash and then walking on a loose lead with me for cheese rewards.  They did great!  Of course, we got the crazies burned off first so they had their little thinking brains engaged.  They are all such clever, happy tail-wagging puppies!  I have to say - I'm totally in love.  Completely smitten with the lot of them.



27/01/2013 ~ Puppies had a busy and very long day today with temperament testing and structure evaluations.  Sorry no pictures, but will take more tomorrow.  Will be going over all the testing results and notes over the past 7.5 weeks to make decisions on puppy placements for the very best match for new families and the puppies.  I will add measurements and weights tomorrow and Tuesday to their files and take stacked photos of structure.  Pups are scheduled for their first shots and health checks on February 4th and will be micro chipped at the same time.

26/01/2013 ~ Day 54 is a fun one, with multiple Monkey Games.  This is the current favourite toy of The Fab Five, there's often 3 - 5 of them attached to the little ape at the same time.  It's chewed on, tossed, used for keep-away, and tugging games.  They roll around with it and sleep on it.  They love this toy so much I went out and got one for each of them to take home.

Mine!  No mine!  Keep away...

Pink and Green wrestling with the monkey
Today is bath day again for the lovelies.  Here's a head shot of Mr Gorgeous! aka Purple boy, covered in food having just enjoyed eating and wearing a bit of his lunch.  Into the tub with him when I'm done posting this.

swoon...
And a little brotherly help:  Blue cleaning off some lunch from Ms. Pink's face...

let me just help you there, got a little something on your face... 









And as requested, a little clip of the Water Fun.  I'm pleased that she's not so able to go gang busters with the bucket vs. the water bowl since she can't get most of herself into the bucket, but she's still determined to have her fun!  If you listen you'll hear her name  :-)
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They will be 8 weeks old on Tuesday and final determinations on who is going where will be decided between Sunday (tomorrow) and Tuesday based on the most suitable match.  The priority is to see each puppy in the best match home for each individual puppy.  This is based on the personalities, goals and plans of each new family corresponding with the structural and temperament evaluations of each of the pups.  As the goal of this breeding was to hopefully produce a black female for ourselves and Ms. Pink is all we'd hoped for, she will be staying here as part of our breeding and performance program.  She's sweet and lovable, clever as a whip and also a handful.  She is well structured and has an outstanding working temperament that's going to be a crackerjack competitive dog.  She too will be evaluated for structure and temperament from Sunday through Tuesday but we already know she's staying with us forever.  I am both very excited and very sad to see puppies are almost 8 weeks old, as I know I can't keep them all but wish I could...  ah, these puppies are wonderful!  They'll thrive in their new families with individual love and attention and we couldn't be happier with their new families :-)
Apple reaching for me while I talk to him, this boy really holds my heart...

25/01/2013 ~ 53 days old!  The deep freeze continues here so we're still playing in the house.  Puppies awake periods during the day are getting longer and they're appetites are really growing.  We've begun to play some fun restrained recalls to build drive and desire to be with people, more time alone one on one with the puppies and they're allowed to do a single step down into the family room on their own when supervised with a big squishy pillow to shorten the step and cushion the step down.  Puppies happily pop back up into the kitchen no problem, learning to use their bodies and building different muscles in their front and rears.

Pink ~ Blue ~ Green giving me gorgeous attention and eye contact!


Quirks and fun things are becoming very evident.  Purple wants to be near faces and look into your eyes when you talk to him.  Apple asks to be lifted up into your arms with a sit in front, eye contact and then a little sit up with his feet off the floor hoping for someone to scoop him up under the arms and chest.  Enjoying that now - he'll be too big for that in no time.  Green sleeps on his back and like his siblings cannot resist a lap when someone is on the floor.  He's still the most compact of the litter and quick to move and turns on a dime.  He uses his body extremely well and is super co-ordinated.  Blue is the biggest carrier - if he can lift and grip it - he'll carry it.  He often picks up a toy and takes it across the room to play with, the carrying being as much of his game as the chewing or tossing after.

Purple ~ he collects toys

We've managed to curb Pink's water bowl emptying tendencies somewhat.  She's the most demanding to want up on the table for handling and stacking time.  She is also the only one without a soft mouth and is a bit ferocious in her enjoyment of treat rewards...  we're working on that.  Apple and Pink are natural jumpers.  If a toy, gate or sibling are in the way of a run they just jump over the obstacle and carry on.  Blue likes to sleep with his head on things, and Purple is extremely fond of sleeping on fleece blankets.  I could go on and on and on...    

sweet Apple ~ he's a thinker & problem solver

24/01/2013 ~ Did you figure out who the handsome one yesterday was?  It's Blue.  He's A Heartbreaker, that one!  Those eyes make me swoon...

Today is a candid of Ms. Pink, the water brat.  Like her daddy Chase, this little one is the water fiend.  She's in the water bowl every chance she gets with 2 legs, happily splashing and baling out the water all over the place.  Hence the many towels.  She also likes to nap next to it with a leg or ear hanging in the water, or wrapped around the bowl like a cat.  The boys thankfully don't abuse the water bowl like their sister.  There's also a hanging water pail so that they have access to water all the time, although little girl has tried to get in there with both front legs too.  She's a wet and wild one, and probably going to be the most keen swimmer of the gang.



23/01/2013 ~ Puppies are 50 days old today.  I wish I could take them to more new places and car rides, but we're in the midst of another day of deep chill outside and it's best to stay in where it's cozy warm.  They'll get lots of stimulation with new sights and sounds come spring in their new homes for sure.  :-)

Something new today:  How well are your getting to know the puppies if they don't have a visible coloured ribbon on?  Can you identify which one of The Fab Five this is from a headpiece shot?  Email me at rycole@hotmail.com if you want to weigh in on who this beauty is...




22/01/2013 second entry ~ A late evening shot in poor light - but Apple of My Eye is charming none the less  :-)


22/01/2013 ~ Happy day 49 little ones!  This morning is brought to you by "Mr Dark Green" who's sporting a kelly green ribbon in this image.  This afternoon will feature "Apple" who happens to be indulging in his beauty sleep at the moment, the little angel.

Dark Green boy ~ he's so fine! 

21/01/2013 ~ The Fab Five are 48 days old on this icy cold, snowy day.  Today is presented to you by the freshly shaved Mr. Blue, Mr. Purple and Ms. Pink.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the Mr's Green aka Apple and Dark Green who are now on deck for their face shaves.






20/01/2013 ~ Puppies are doing great today!  We had our first (loud!) thunderstorm last night and none of the pups are bothered by it.  Neither Chase nor Nina is worried about storms, and good to see their babies aren't so far either.

Today I'd like to share the benefits of Coconut oil.  I added coconut oil to Nina's diet while she was pregnant as a substitution for flax and/or fish oil.  I've begun to mix it in to the puppy's food as well and they're doing great.  I highly recommend Coconut oil for both people and dogs.  Here's a great clip discussing the health benefits and why of this product with Dr. Karin Becker:
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19/01/2013 ~ Puppies Playing!  enjoy today's video:
18/01/2013 ~ and so I did...  how I could resist those eyes?!  (tugging on my camera strap)




17/01/2013 ~ I'd like to talk a bit about a couple of products that are handy to have at home before puppies go to their new families.  The first being Apple Bitter spray.  It's much easier to be proactive to prevent bad habits from forming than to deal with them after.  Puppies here have access to lots of delicious wood furniture including my Teak kitchen table, a tall chest of drawers with accessible wooden knob pulls and the railing and spindles between our kitchen and family room.  Before teething pups discover how good it feels and tastes to gnaw on mouth sized wood to sooth their aching mouths I sprayed (and re-applied every morning) a light misting of Apple Bitter to the surfaces. Puppies are deterred enough to not start using wood furniture as a teething toy.  Much better for our house and furniture and for puppy safety.  Instead of giving the puppy heck for chewing on a surface, making the surface be unappealing to the puppy teaches them (without you needing to be directly involved) that it's not a good place to chew.  All puppies chew and are tempted to gain relief where they can easily find it, especially on wood.  Having appropriate toys available is also important.  I highly recommend adding Apple Bitter spray to your arsenal of puppy training tools.

I also recommend balls for many reasons that are the correct size for your growing puppy.  Smaller dogs balls that are appropriate now will have to be taken away from pups as they get bigger so they don't become a dangerous choking hazard.  Balls should be a comfortable size to fit in the puppies mouth but not so small as to be a potential choking hazard.  Changing ball sizes as they grow is important.  Here is the low down on the good and bad about balls:

GOOD:  balls are excellent for improving and/or maintaining a proper bite.  It's very common for Standard Poodle puppies to have milk teeth malocclusions.  This is when the lower canine does not clear out to where it's supposed to be and can poke the upper gum when they chew.  Most often that does not occur in the adult dentition if the puppy has been given firm rubber balls to chew and teeth on.  Chewing on a round rubber call can help move that tooth into it's correct position and especially the adult lower canines as they erupt move into it's correct position.  This is true for all breeds.  Chewing/mouthing on a ball offers relief during the frustrating teething period and is also a lot of fun for an adult who carries a ball after a retrieve back to you during play and exercise.

BAD:  Do not, I repeat - do NOT use tennis balls or any toys that are covered in the tennis ball type material you find in a pet store.  The reason for this is that the glue used to adhere that yummy tennis ball coating texture when mixed with saliva weakens and causes undue wear to tooth enamel.   Dogs absolutely love tennis balls, but their teeth can be severely damaged by this continuous sandpaper type wear very quickly.  What I recommend in stead is using the orange (with 2 blue stripes) Chuck It rubber replacement balls that are sold in grocery stores and pet stores in a 2 pack.  They come in a small dog size for young puppies and normal "tennis ball" size for older puppies and adults.  The time to change the ball to the larger size is when the puppy is able to pick up the larger normal size and carry it.  These balls float, they last for a very long time,  can be easily cleaned and washed, have a nice squishing give to them and they do not wear off tooth enamel.  Chuck It also makes a blue ball called a Whistler that makes noise when thrown that is also kind to your dog's teeth.

For today's image I'm including a look back to December when puppies were just 4 days old.
They've grown so much!



16/01/2013 ~ Today has been a fun day!  Puppies are really active and burned off some cabin fever running up and down the front hall on the rubber backed floor runner.  The Derby was on.  Sorry no video, they were too fast and furious to get more than black blurry blobs zooming in and out.  Over the next few weeks the energy level and stamina of The Fab Five is going to increase significantly, they're wrestling, running and eating more.  And developing their natural drives, which along with food and play drives, includes hunt, retrieve and prey drive.  Coming from 2 working parents these are clever and energetic pups when they get their zoom on.

I've already signed up whichever puppy ends up being our Keeper in his/her first obedience class.  I'm fortunate to be able to train with Marie Sawford of Companion Dog Training and starting Competition Puppy 1 class the first week of March.      http://www.companiondogtraining.org/  I'm excited to start socializing and classes with our new puppy at what is easily considered the best school in Ontario, likely Canada.  They offer obedience and attention classes, advanced obedience classes for those who wish to go on to enter in trials, rally and agility programs.  Starting puppies off on the right foot is so important for their learning and channeling all that creative energy right from the get go.

Enjoy today's pictures of the pups with our kids Ryan and Nicole as well as a bonus shot of Mr. Purple the poser just because I can't resist.  The puppies are all comfortable with my big black camera, but Purple is the perfect muse as he totally poses!

Apple
Blue-Blue-Blue-Bl-Blue! (he loves when we call him this, his tail goes crazy happy)

Dark Green
Pink
kisses from Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple is such a poser! 

15/01/2013 ~ The Fab Five are 6 weeks old today!  Nina is still nursing them 2 or 3 times a day but only for a few minutes and she's weaning them and her milk is drying up.  Puppies are eager eaters and enjoy their 4 meals a day of NRG.


Weighing in today on day 42 in birth order are:
Blue 136.4 oz (8.52 lbs), Pink 140.7 oz (8.79 lbs), Apple 149.9 oz (9.36 lbs), Purple 133.45 oz (8.34 lbs) and Dark Green 119.2 oz (7.45 lbs).  They're a growing, spunky and active puppies!


14/01/2013 ~ Every litter has one...  in this litter the wild child is this angelic looking little girl.
Sometimes her halo slips, just a little bit...  


13/01/2013 ~ Puppies had lots of fun company today, thank you to everyone who came to visit.  They're 40 days old today, each had their FFT (face, feet and tail) shaved and nails are clipped.  Two of them got baths this evening and the other 3 will tomorrow.  Enjoy these pictures of The Boys and Nadia!

Dark Green

Purple
Apple 


Blue

12/01/2013 ~ 39 days old.  Dark Green just settling in for a nap and later Pink waking up from hers.  Blue, Apple and Purple were sleeping butts facing out in the crate so not the best photo op, lol.




11/01/2013 ~ Puppies are 38 days old already!  Surfaces they have walked, played and slept on so far include towels, flannel, satin, linoleum, ceramic tile, marble, hardwood, carpet, plywood, plastic, bubble wrap and cement.  Containers they've eaten from so far include stainless steel, Pyrex glass, ceramic, plastic, cast iron and dinner ware. Tomorrow I'm going to put a couple of stripes of duct tape across the floor and see what they think of that.  Often in obedience/rally trials and conformation rings the matting is taped down with duct tape.  They'll meet my rubber ring mat probably this weekend as well.  I'm hoping for a little bit of mild weather that doesn't include rain to get them outside soon.  Keep your fingers crossed...



10/01/2013 ~ "Adventures in Bubble Wrap"  Supervised play with a new texture and sound for The Fab Five, now 37 days old:

And a pic of Apple demonstrating his empty cereal box skills!


9/01/2013 ~ This is my view while I cook supper...  candids from the kitchen.   They all have been using the tunnel as a tunnel (and still as a trampoline to climb) and as a place to nap.  Who knew pushing around an empty cereal box destined for the recycle bin could be so much fun?!

Dark Green

Apple

Purple

Pink

Blue

8/01/2013 ~ Puppies are 35 days old today!  They're growing, eating and playing machines.  They are all approximately 6.5 pounds.  This week they've continued to learn words and build sound experiences.  When puppies pee on the paper they repeatedly hear the cue words: "Go pee" and then the marker word "Yes" along with "Good go pee!" when they are successful.  The verbal chaining of the inevitable event and cue words will make asking them to eliminate on command in their future much easier with repetition.  I add the words "Do your job" when they are pooping and do the same pattern of "Yes" along with "Good do your job" as they eliminate.  Both these events are followed with pats and rubs and kisses while telling them how clever they are.  They really are clever puppies.

Sound experiences are done at feeding time.  The puppies are startled with a new and loud, unexpected noise or crash or clanging of something together then chained with my loud and happy verbal "Eat, eat!  Time to eat!"  I'll try to get this on video when I have a helper as I'd need more hands.  The reaction I'm looking for is the startle response (if they didn't respond it would indicate they needed hearing checks) followed by head up and running towards the sound and my voice saying "Eat, eat" with tails wagging,  I'm building a response that the loud sound with my verbal happy over it means good things are coming (dinner) and not to be fearful of the noise which is a common response from a 5 week old puppy with noise sensitivity.  Our house is not crazy loud, but also not quiet.  The noises they're learning to adapt to are stressors beyond normal household noises.  Sound conditioning can also be incorporated in the future into a strong and driven recall for a distracted dog to keep him or her safe.  It also helps what is called 'bounce back' in that a puppy can regain it's thinking brain after being startled.  I'm absolutely by no means making a loud enough noise to scare the puppies, but surprise them by a loud noise followed by a pleasant reward for coming and being confident.

And it wouldn't be a nice post without at least one picture, would it?...  As a photographer I'm often asked what's in my camera bag.  Today it's a puppy!  One I'm sure won't fit so neatly in my bag by next week  :-)



7/01/2013 ~ We were able to get the birthing of the 2nd (Pink), 3rd (Apple), and 4th (Purple) born puppies in this litter on video.  Below is a clip of the arrival of sassy Pink girl.  Enjoy!
WARNING - birthing videos may be Offensive to some.  But a Miracle to others!  
Thank you Dawn Thomas for recording the birth of these amazing puppies!
Nina did a great job delivering our precious miracles. 



 6/01/2013 ~ Mr. Purple here, just "stepping in" here to post for Renee to say Mommy Nina and us pups are doing Totally Fabulous but Renee's a little under the weather today.  Regular Puppy Diary posting will resume again tomorrow.  Be well!  Wet, puppy breath kisses from me and my teething sibs...  [smooches]


5/01/2013 ~ The Boys had their own little photo shoots yesterday.  They're 32 days old today!





4/01/2013 ~ Today I'd like to talk products that end in "sol"  i.e. Pine-sol, Lysol, Dettol (which is Lysol). Anything ending in "sol" contains phenol which can be fatal to dogs and cats.  Many Animal Shelters have banned Lysol & Pine-sol  Please, please, please do not use these products in your homes if you have children or pets.  Phenols can also be absorbed through an animal's skin when they come into contact with housing products such as flooring that have been treated with phenol-based disinfectants. Sometimes pets will inadvertently get these substances on their feet or fur and lick them off during the natural cleaning process.  Some foods and drugs contain high doses of benzoic acid of which phenol is a derivative. Benzoic acid is a food preservative.


SYMPTOMS OF PHENOL POISONING INCLUDE:
Oral ulcerations or burns specifically among the mucous membranes, General weakness, Panting, Drooling, Seizures/twitching, Vomiting, Difficulty swallowing, Stumble/Stagger, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Paralysis, Respiratory failure, Renal failure/Blindness, Circulatory failure, Cardiac failure, Local tissue necrosis, Gastric ulcerations.  
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On to the puppies:  they're 31 days old and here are some video clips from this morning (with me chattering on...) of Nina and The Fab Five!   
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3/01/2013 ~ Today saw an assortment of new textures and toys for The Fab Five and the 3rd different kind of food dish.  We also switched out the black 24" ex pen in the kitchen for the heavier 38" Play Yard which is much sturdier and has more area, although they often drag toys into a corner and pile up to half nap half teeth on toys.  All of the puppies napped in the small vari-kennel in the corner alone and in groups.  The unstuffed raccoon and various sized Wubbas are currently the most popular toys.  It's been a fun day for them!


2/01/2013 ~ 2nd entry for today:  "What Puppies Are Eating Now"



2/01/2013 ~ Babies are growing!  There was a huge growth spurt over the last 2 days as puppies continue to mature.  I was surprised myself, even though I weigh them all the time.
They're nice, solid and well put together puppies that are continuing to gain co-ordination, losing their pudgy baby-ness, coming up on leg and growing like well tended weeds.
Understand that their size and weight doesn't actually reflect what they'll finish at, the smallest could become the biggest and vice versa or stay the same ratios. Below is a chart of birth weights and their Day 28 weigh in yesterday in birthing order:

BLUE:  birth 13.5oz ~ 28 days 79.15oz (4.95lbs)
PINK:  birth 13.85oz ~ 28 days 81.55oz (5.09lbs)
APPLE GREEN:  birth 11.9oz ~ 28 days 84.5oz (5.28lbs)
PURPLE:  birth 12.0oz ~ 28 days 76.6oz (4.79lbs)
DARK GREEN:  birth 11.45oz ~ 28 days 72.15oz (4.5lbs)


1/01/2013 ~  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  2013 is going to be filled with grand experiences and exciting Poodle adventures ~ Wishing you and yours all the best!  (28 days old)

31/12/2012 ~ Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  Looking back on 2012 it's been a fantastic year here at Gardenpath.  NINA earned 6 new performance titles in a very short time, we are super proud of her:  CD RN RA RE CGN HIC(s) and also earned her Poodle Club of Canada 'All-Around Poodle', 'Working Poodle' and Versatility in Poodles (VIP) award for 'Versatile Working Poodle Excellent'!  She whelped five amazingly clever and beautiful puppies on December 4th easily and is a super mom.

CHASE garnered his 'Top Producer' award achievement as a sire.  Congratulations to his puppies that earned their CKC Championship in the show ring during 2012:  BPIG and multi Group placing CH Glicks Midsummer Daydream aka Guinness and his litter sister CH Glicks Midsummer Breeze aka Breeze bred and owned by Lisa Kimberly Glickman of Glicks Standard Poodles and also BPIG and multi group placing CH Beaucaniche Cosi Fan Tuti aka Cosi and his litter sister BPIG CH Beacaniche Mon Petite Chou aka Mimi owned and bred by Lorne and Sherry Stanley of Beaucaniche poodles.  We are very proud of all of his Chaselettes and want to thank their amazing breeders and owners for being such great homes and families.  Chase also sired a litter of puppies for Tony and Kim Medeiros at Colors Poodles whelped in November 2012.  Watch for them and our current Gardenpath litter in the rings in 2013.

One of The Fab Five puppies will be staying here forever, look for announcements on these guys and their forever homes end of January.  We couldn't be more pleased with these pups and their new families.

May 2013 be wonderful for you and your families.  Be well, live well and love well.  Happy New Year from Gardenpath Poodles family Don, Renee, Ryan, Nicole, Chase, Piper, Nina, and The Fab Five!

Enjoy this video clip of Pink Girl getting her first bath last evening.  Pink and Blue got baths last evening, Purple, Apple and Dark Green will get their first baths today:

30/12/2012 ~ Playing and eating at 26 days old:


29/12/2012 ~ Put in a litter pan today for puppies and they're going over to use it.  They're so clever!  Love a naturally clean puppy.  The success rate will increase over the next days and translate easily to going outside when they're older.

28/12/2012 ~ Today the babes are 24 days old.  All are teething, Nina's tolerating the milk teeth well with nursing so far.  Puppy teeth are pointy little things.  Gruel eating continues to go well.

I'd like to address tails today in this litter.  They were all "Tipped" at 2 days old. Tipping is standard in show Poodles in Europe where they do not dock tails -- they "tip" them.  It's the removal of only the soft cartilage end and is the portion prone to injury and breaks.  Tipping leaves more of the tail and many people in Canada consider that a 'natural tail', but it is still minimally docked.  The Fab Five's tails are beautiful.  They're really well set on and all are gorgeous, appropriate lengths to compliment the puppy's neck length and structure.  The pups carry their tails up straight and proud, they're happy wagging Poodles.


27/12/2012 ~ A 2nd Puppy Diary entry for today:  "Gruel-ing!"




Puppies had a fun day in the midst of the kitchen hubbub.  They're moved to the main floor during the day and can hear and see lots of stuff going on.  All of The Fab Five are over 3 lbs. now and learning to enjoy their gruel.  I've started to clip the tops of paws and regularly trim their sharp little nails.  They've begun to teeth and chewing heartily on a variety of toys and textures.  There's metal in the ex pen now - a ladle and a utility article for future obedience prospects.  As well there's an airline crate they're all checking out and napping in.


Puppies get time alone with members so they learn to be comfortable away from litter mates and mom for short, fun times.



26/12/2012 ~ Hope everyone had the Merriest of Christmases and a lovely Boxing Day holiday.

Puppies have been playing, eating and growing with sleep breaks in between.  Yesterday they celebrated Christmas with a feast of their first solid food, Nina's diet pureed in the Magic Bullet and soaked to make gruel.  They feasted by licking it off my fingers yesterday and again today, it's a huge hit.  Mr. Blue Jay is chowing down the most, he's a hearty eater and puppy gruel hits the spot, he and Mr. Purple are lapping it up themselves from the pan already.  Yummy stuff!


26/12/2012 ~ Hope everyone had the Merriest of Christmases and a lovely Boxing Day holiday.

Puppies have been playing, eating and growing with sleep breaks in between.  Yesterday they celebrated Christmas with a feast of their first solid food, Nina's diet pureed in the Magic Bullet and soaked to make gruel.  They feasted by licking it off my fingers yesterday and again today, it's a huge hit.  Mr. Blue Jay is chowing down the most, he's a hearty eater and puppy gruel hits the spot, he and Mr. Purple are lapping it up themselves from the pan already.  Yummy stuff!

24/12/2012 ~ Merry Christmas Eve from The Fab Five!







 





23/12/2012 ~ A lovely day spent with Poodles and Puppies while preparing for Christmas.  We are


German and celebrate Christmas Eve tomorrow.  Today Chase got his bath and blow dry, puppies spent a little time under the dryer gentle air and got their sweet little muzzles shaved.  I ran out of daylight, but will take individual head shots of them tomorrow to share here.

22/12/2012 ~ Today puppies met the stand dryer and the vacuum cleaner.  Nina was given a full bath and blow dry and The Fab Five were in the kitchen in an ex pen beside the grooming table.  After nursing Nina got a bath and blown dry.  Babies are learning that loud noises like the dryer are a normal part of life and they each got to be up close to the motor to hear the noise with lots of strokes and kisses and a little air blown on them too.  They took it completely in stride like it was a normal thing to happen, so very proud of them all.  The vacuum running had the hose in the ex pen and wand for them to sniff and paw at, also no big deal.  Love that!

21/12/2012 ~  Day 17 visit with Ms. Fuchsia while momma Nina eats and her siblings sleep.  I'll do a little one on one video of each of the puppies in the coming days.  Enjoy!
Link on FB to save space here:  Visit With Ms. Fuchsia

20/12/2012 ~ Puppy Musings as puppies are 16 days old:
--there is nothing sweeter in the world than a 16 day old puppy that looks you in the eye and then squirms to get closer
--Puppy Breath is one of the most wonderful scents in the world
--watching puppies become a little steadier on their feet pulls on the heart strings
--the Bitey Face Games have begun!
--Chase and Nina created AMAZING puppies
Apple Green aka Drake bringing on the Bitey Face Games with Blue aka Jay

Dark Green aka Matrix just ready to close his eyes for a nap, this guy reminds me so much of Chase  :-)


19/12/2012 ~ Life is about changes and stress.  Or more accurately about how we learn to deal with changes and stress.  Now that puppies eyes are open I've introduced some items into the whelping box that will change on a regular rotation to create some positive minor stresses for the puppies.  Things for them to sniff, chew on, lay on and navigate over.  Today's items include a hard "Dachshund", a slinky snake with eyes, a big penguin and my socks (yes, with my scent - future tracking dogs in this whelping box!) that are brightly coloured with red and penguins on them.  A couple of the puppies were mouthing directly on the black and white penguin spots, bumping around the large stuffed penguin and curling up on the snake.


Biosensor exercises continue and today I added the clipper.  Each of the puppies had tiny bits of hair scooped out from under their paws with the clipper.  They did great and the vibration didn't bother or tickle any of them.   Here is Mr. Purple aka Bugatti napping on my legs.  He woke up to blink at me during the proceedings, decided foot clipping was no big deal and after a good stretch resumed his napping.



18/12/2012 ~ Puppies are 14 days old today!  2 weeks has gone by quickly and puppies are thriving.  Everyone has their eyes open and their ears be beginning to open too.  Pics from today... WARNING!  Cuteness Overload about to happen.  Our 2 Mr. Greens (Drake and Matrix) decided to sleep through their photo shoot, but we'll catch them with their eyes open very soon too.  Puppies are thriving and Nina continues to be a great momma.






17/12/2012 ~ Sleeping and eating and sleeping and eating.  The Fab Five are doing great.  I tried to get pics of Blue and Pinks eyes open but have to wait until I have another set of free hands to help me out.  Purple's eyes are starting to slit open a touch and the Green boys are not far behind.  13 days old.




16/12/2012 ~ Eyes are starring to open!  Blue and Pink have their eyes open and looks like their 3 brothers won't be far behind.  I'm experiencing internet connection issues, will try to get photos uploaded of the puppies this evening if I can fix the internet driver on my system.

14/12/2012 ~ Sleeping bundles of Joy ~ 10 days old

almost lined up

and then they reorganized themselves!

9 days old ~ snuggling with Nicole








12/13/2012 ~   Everyone got their nails trimmed again.  Coats are plushing up and it makes the puppies extra kissable and snugly.  Everyone has steadily gained weight and there have been no sets backs of any kind.  Puppies are 9 days old today.

Boys all have their nicknames:  Blue is "JAY", Apple Green is "DRAKE", Purple is "BUGATTI" (sometimes Boogie for short) and Dark Green is now "MATRIX".  It's more personal than calling them Blue, Green or Purple but they'll continue to wear their ribbons for identification in photos.  I can easily tell them apart now, but in photos in the future the ribbons are a great reference.  We're excited to hear what their new families will name them or even keep their names.  For now these names were all chosen because they suit the boys. I have to say that "MATRIX" is one seriously cool puppy!  Our only girl has a name too, but will wait to reveal that until we know if she's staying here or not since it'll be her forever name if she is.:

"MATRIX" above &amp; "DRAKE" below
"JAY" napping on NINA

NINA nursing The Fab Five - 9 days old


12/12/2012 ~ Fun day here at Gardenpath, puppies are all standing up to poop.  Perhaps that doesn't sound exciting, but it's a good marker in their development.  Mr. Apple Green has his nickname, we're calling him Drake.  He barked during an episode of Duck Dynasty when he heard the duck call, although with ears closed not sure what/how much he's hearing.  Being water retrievers and Drake being a male duck it's a fitting, strong masculine nickname for the handsome little man.

I'll start by introducing the video clip by saying I always feel a little foolish talking while doing video, but enjoy the mini tour around the whelping box earlier today.  Enjoy the video while I climb back in the whelping box with Nina and babies for snuggle and hugs.


12/11/2012 ~ Puppies are 7 days old today.

This is Purple boy pictured in today's photo.  His nickname may well be Bugatti, after the fastest car there is. Don't let this sleeping angel fool you - he's fast!  He climbs back and forth over Nina, motors around the whelping box and is a fit, strong little dude.  He keeps this natural inclination up he's going to be an agility prospect.  When he's held he snuggles in and relaxes, but on his own he's an Adventurer.



Mr. Apple Green has found his lungs and has a lot to say.  Dark Green boy sat, I couldn't believe my eyes!  He was pushed up on his front feet and sitting on his cute little butt.  

They all got ample hugs, snuggles and stimulation today.  Nina had a good bath and blow out.  She's had spot washing with dry shampoo, wiped down regularly, but today she was in the tub for a thorough shampoo except for her top knot and mane.  Didn't want to keep her away from babies for too long.  She was relaxed on the table and had a nap (her usual MO) while I blew out her legs.  

I LOVE these puppies!   They are solid, active, healthy and clever little problem solvers.  They all find Nina when she comes back into the box.  I can watch them (I do, actually) for hours on end. Chase and Nina have given us lovely puppies.  There will be many show prospects in this lot, they're gorgeous and well built babies, smart Standard Poodles.


12/10/2012 ~ Babes in a Basket ~ they're almost filling the bottom of the laundry basket.  Purple ribbon boy followed by Blue Jay surpassed Ms. Pink ribbon as the biggest in the litter.  All are thriving and have doubled their birth weights.


12/09/2012 ~ The Fab Five Puppy Musing for today:  Blue Ribbon male was the first to be given a nickname by Ryan, he's now dubbed Blue Jay instead of Blue Ribbon, he's the biggest boy and second biggest in the litter.  Pink Ribbon girl is a go getter, she pushes all the boys out of the way to eat  and is the heaviest/biggest of the group.  She's also noisy and has a lot to say.  Apple Green boy is a very even keeled puppy that was the first to make barking sounds that are a recognizable bark  He's a snuggler with mom, the other pups and people.  Purple boy is a traveler.  He's the quickest and busiest around the whelping box and can really get around.  He's the middle puppy in size of the gang.  Dark Green boy is the smallest, although he's not small.  He's a good eater and has been trying to stand up when he moves.   All the puppies are climbers and like human touch, they get lots and lots of snuggles, kisses and bio sensor stimulation.

12/08/2012 ~ The Fab Five got their first mani/pedi last evening, don't want their little nails scratching NINA when they nurse.  Her milk has come in well and babies are all chunky monkeys.



12/07/2012 ~ Puppies are 3 days old today and thriving.  They had their dew claws removed and tails tipped last evening.  Update on birth weights and weights this morning:

Blue ribbon male 13.5 oz at birth, now 17.45 oz.
Pink ribbon female 13.85 oz. at birth, now 18.2 oz.
Apple Green ribbon male 11.9 oz. at birth, now 15.9 oz.
Purple ribbon male 12.0 oz. at birth, now 16.8 oz.
Dark Green ribbon male 11.45 oz. at birth, now 14.85 oz.

Puppies are really starting to motor around the whelping box, they're strong and happy puppies.   Enjoy a few pics from today.  Click on images to see them larger.






12/06/2012 ~ I'm back online!  Updates can commence.  Nina's babies are thriving, all have increased in size and weight, are nursing well and active.  Enjoy these pictures of them from newborn to 2 days old:









12/04/2012 ~ PUPPIES HAVE ARRIVED!!  NINA very quickly went through early stages of labour and easily whelped 5 gorgeous black puppies between 4:25 and before midnight!  With great joy we welcome 4 boys and one girl, all puppies are black.

Puppy stats in order of birth:  1.  Blue ribbon male 13.5 oz    2.  Pink ribbon female 13.85 oz    3.  Apple Green male 11.9 oz    4.  Purple ribbon male 12.0 oz    5.  Dark Green ribbon male 11.45 oz.  Momma and her Chaselettes are doing great!  Pictures coming soon (updating from my phone - pics now on FB) as I am able to get my laptop running from the whelping box.

12/04/2012 ~ Nina stat:  day 60 Gestation ~ 9" increase in girth.  She had a good run this morning and is digging up a storm this afternoon.  No temp drop yet.  3 days until her due date.

12/03/2012 ~ Nina stat today:  59 days Gestation ~ 4 days until her due date.  Up 12.5 lbs. and still measuring 8.5" behind her last rib.  Feeling well and happy, puppies and weight gain have not slowed her down at all.


11/30/2012 ~ Nina stat today:  56 days Gestation ~ one week until her due date.  Up 11.5 pounds and 8.5" in girth behind her last rib, although her further back continues to expand.  Puppy movements are less like the flutters seen in the video below and more definite pushed on her abdomen.  As she's progressed into her last week she feels full very quickly and is eating small meals often through the day.

11/27/2012 ~ Nina stats for this morning:  53 days Gestation ~ 10 days until whelping.  Up 10.5 pounds and 8.5" in girth.  Puppy action is still busy and they're movements are getting stronger.  Nina's happy, active and eating well.



11/24/2012 ~ Nina's belly dance:  50 days gestation, due in 13 more.  Up 7+" in girth and 8.5 pounds.  Enjoy this little video of some belly dancing by the puppy(s):



11/20/2012 ~ Lot of action going on - can see multiple places on Nina's belly where puppies are moving!  Gestation day 46, 17 to go.  Have started a Puppy Pool for guessing Date of Birth, Sex and Colours on FB, join in if you'd like.

11/18/2012 ~ Nina has gained 6" in girth as of last night.  Here's a pic of her belly, which is going to be getting a whole lot bigger over the next 2.5 weeks. Her body coat is roughed off with a 4F blade and she's headed into the tub for a bath now.  Gestation day 44 ~ 19 days to her due date.



11/13/2012 ~ Nina has gained 4.5 pounds since her ultrasound appointment and is feeling well.  She's at day 39 of gestation ~ only 24 days to her due date.

11/09/2012 ~ Our sweet Nina is getting bigger now on her 35th day of gestation.


Her girth has increased by 3" behind her last rib and she's begun to move and sit much differently.  She's a little less graceful and a lot more careful in her activities as puppies grow.   She is due 4 weeks from today!



11/02/2012 ~ Great news here at casa del Gardenpath!! Ultrasound this morning showed Nina is carrying lots of Chase puppies! Our repro vet saw 5 very clearly, she felt likely 6 or 7 and thinks there could be a couple more yet too. Due December 7th ~ Yeah!  Nina is doing great, being pregnant agrees with her.  
Nina ~ ultrasound Nov.2-12 ~ 28 days gestation  
We will now be accepting deposits for this litter from those on our wait list that have returned their Puppy Buyer Questionnaire.  If you'd like more information please email rycole@hotmail.com


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We are expecting puppies!  Chase was bred to Nina October 2012.  An ultrasound is schedule for Friday, November 2nd (28 days from her first breeding) to confirm her pregnancy.  Once we've confirmed she's carrying puppies we will be accepting deposits from our Wait List.  Her approximate due date is December 7th.


This page will be used to keep a daily diary of Nina and her puppies (and Chase too!) once they've arrived.  I will post daily pics, updates and some video clips so you can watch them grow up and get a daily dose of Poodle Puppy-liciousness.  We are happily awaiting our Chaselettes (all of the Puppies sired by Chase are lovingly referred to as Chaselettes)!    Renee


Nina relaxing in comfort ~ no walmart typ dog bed for this girl, she goes right for the Bugatti quality leather couch