9 weeks and beyond (Lovely’s pups)

Princess Zia with Aubrey

Princess Zia with Aubrey

What a privelege it is to be a part of something that brings so much joy to others.    Little Miss Zia left this morning for grandiose adventures ahead amidst lots of hugs and kisses as she starts life with her new adoptive family.   This leaves only Miss Jazz now in our care and the house seems empty without all of Lovely’s beautiful pups that we have come to love and adore over the last 8 or 9 weeks.   Days like today are bittersweet ….  sad to say goodbye to such a lovely girl – yet happy for the wonderful happiness, love and companionship she will bring to her new family.   Yesterday we said goodbye to George – another teary afternoon – the only solace and comfort comes in knowing that he is going to such a loving and caring home where he will be welcomed and nurtured and adored.   Miss Jazz is feeling a bit lonesome at the moment so I must go.  For Lake, Zia, Lola, George, Dewey and Foster – we wish you all the very best.  May all your days be golden.  🙂

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Day 35 (pre-parturition) Analiesa

Analiesa - Still Looking Beautiful

Analiesa - Still Looking Beautiful

Only a few days behind Beauty in the “race” to motherhood – Analiesa’s pups are now approximately 35 days old.   Analiesa is doing very well – still loving to go outside as long as I am with her and enjoying the dwindling snow banks as well as all the new things that melting snow exposes.   She is a bit quieter than usual – and much like Beauty is not too interested in joining in the “reindeer games” with the others.   Both girls seem to prefer finding a comfy corner to themselves these days and are a bit more reserved.   Probably contemplating the pitter patter of little paws that will soon fill their days….  🙂    Analiesa’s abdominal area has now grown to 70 c.m. and it is starting to become visibly evident that there are puppies growing inside of her.    Analiesa’s appetite is now growing in leaps and bounds – and while she does have her “favorite” dishes (like when I add some chopped beef or chicken into her bowl) she is pretty enthusiastic about gobbling up whatever I put in front of her.    The puppies will be requiring a great deal of nutritional support at this point – they are starting to look more like actual puppies, their faces are taking shape, their toes, whisker buds and claws are starting to form.   Gender can also be determined by this point.   From here on in the growth and development will take place at an amazingly rapid pace.    As we head into the last half of Analiesa’s pregnancy we will continue to give her the royal treatment and will be looking forward with excitement to the big day!!   🙂

Day 39 (pre-parturition) Beauty

Beauty enjoying the outdoors

Beauty enjoying the outdoors

Beauty is starting to lose her trim and slim shape as the puppies continue to grow inside her this week.   The measurement at her abdominal area has grown quickly to 76 c.m. and I know it will rapidly increase from here on in.   She is still being a little picky as far as what she wants to eat…  but home-made chicken and rice seems to really appeal to her and if I set a dish down of that she devours it in no time.    We have been mixing in (sneaking in might be a better way of putting it) a bit of her puppy kibble as well as a vitamin supplement so she is sure to get all of the things she needs to supply her puppies with a good, healthy start to life.   Beauty still loves to go for long walks outside as long as I am close by – other than that she lays by my feet (or as close as she can get to me) in the house – not really interested in playing with the others too much.   As far as the puppies are concerned – at this point they are developing their toes, their whisker buds, claws, skin pigment – and are starting to look more like a puppy.  Very rapid development is now occurring.   Beauty will need lots of food and nutrition over the next few weeks as the change and growth that takes place in the puppy fetuses is incredible.    We will continue to spoil her and cater to her  (who could resist?)  as we head into the final weeks of pregnancy.   More updates next week …   🙂

Day 30 (pre-parturition) Analiesa

Analiesa preparing for motherhood

Analiesa preparing for motherhood

Our trip to the ultrasound technician last week confirmed that Analiesa is indeed expecting !!   We had highly expected this as she has been acting a bit differently and experiencing morning sickness…. we are all excited that Dr. Mason was able to confirm the good news.   Analiesa has been more hesitant to venture outside lately without my company – and prefers laying at my feet these days over everything else.    She is however happy to go for a long walk and a run with the others as long as I am right beside her.     At this point the embryonic sacs are only a little over 4 cm. in length so they are still quite small but they already have a heartbeat and many intricate parts of who they will become are already starting to form.  The eyes and the spinal cord are currently forming and faces are already starting to take shape.   Analiesa is taking it all in stride and is getting lots of practice for her upcoming family by playing with Lovely’s pups – who always enjoy her company.   She is also starting to eat more these last few days – which will only be the beginning as the babies start to place extra demands on her food intake.     We will be making sure that she is spoiled as much as possible (and even more than usual!) in these next weeks ahead.   The countdown begins 🙂

8 weeks old (Lovely’s pups)

Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

Well the big 8 week mark has finally arrived!!  Sorry for the slight delay in getting this post up but it has been a busy weekend of uniting Lovely’s little sweeties with their new families.   Actually – only some of the pups have started their new adventures and their new life (some will be with us for a few more days) …. Which is a good thing as it is helping our family to get used to life without those little bundles of joy in a gradual fashion.   The pups all had a busy week with trips around town, trips to the vet, baths and outdoor excursions…. It is very cold and wintery again here – but fortunately the pups are old enough now that we can still spend some substantial time outside and they love every minute of it.     They are all growing in leaps and bounds and it is amazing to see the difference that even a week makes in their appearance and development.    They all are very confident and sociable and enjoy any interaction with people more than anything else in the world.   As we spend these last few days with Zia, George, Lake and Jazz (who will be going to their new homes shortly) we will be relishing every moment.   We wish each one the very best as they set out for new horizons….  Even though there will be more litters in our future here – no one can replace these adorable little pups and they will always have a very special place in our hearts and in our memories.  Fare thee well little ones  🙂

Day 30 (pre-parturition) Beauty

Puppy fetus at 25-30 days

Puppy fetus at 25-30 days

OK – It’s not the most beautiful picture but hopefully it will give you an idea of another of  life’s miracles that is unfolding inside of Beauty even as I write this.    A new chapter begins on the blog this week as I keep everyone posted on the progress of our sweet girl Beauty as she heads forward into motherhood.   We travelled to the Centennial Animal Hospital yesterday where Dr. Melody Mason skillfully performed an ultrasound on Beauty and confirmed what I highly suspected – Beauty is definitely expecting !!   (And thank you Dr. Mason for all the additional information and time spent discussing fetal development) The fetuses are at approximately day 30 today.   At this stage the nervous system has already formed, the eyelids have formed over the eyes – and even sexual characteristics are already present.    I am still amazed (and humbled) by how rapidly and intricately growth takes place.  God truly is awesome.    Every aspect of fetal development is very carefully and masterfully designed.

Beauty herself is in great spirits.   She is even more affectionate than usual these days and is pretty much glued to me (or my feet) all day long.    She enjoys going for walks if I am with her – but is not interested in venturing out at all unless I am by her side.   She has also been really picky with her food (unbelievable for a golden – but typical for pregnancy) and has experienced some morning sickness.   To encourage her to eat we have found she enjoys some tinned puppy food with chopped up chicken or beef – and an egg or some cottage cheese added….   so she is enjoying her tailor-made menu these days.    Her current measurement at the abdominal area is 63 c.m. – I am certain she won’t be keeping her svelt waistline for long…..     Our days ahead will be set on giving Beauty the royal treatment (that she pretty much gets year-round anyway) and ensuring that the health and diet needs of Beauty and her future little ones are met in every possible way.   There will be lots of updates to come  🙂

7 weeks old (Lovely’s pups)

Josh and his helpers

Josh and his helpers

It has certainly been a busy week as the pups all broaden their horizons both physically and emotionally.    Fortunately the weather was close to freezing or above for most of the week so we were able to spend time outside which everyone completely enjoyed.    You could almost see the smiles on their faces as they bounded over snow and looked for mud puddles.    My son Josh has been the biggest attraction (and the biggest assistance) whenever we are outdoors as all of the little ones just love to follow him around and see what he is up to next.    Josh took it upon himself to build “Camp Climb” this week…..  “Camp Climb” was Josh’s creation to entertain the puppies and consisted of a little snow tunnel and trail through the snow where the puppies could explore and play.   He spent hours digging and constructing the perfect little play area for them – I’m not sure who enjoyed the whole process more – Josh or the puppies 🙂    With mud and dirt and outdoor activities also came baths – so each puppy has had lots of time in the water this week (even if it only was in the bath tub).    All 7 puppies also travelled with me to the vet’s office for their first set of vaccinations.    We certainly gave everyone there an entertaining hour as the puppies explored each and every inch of the office and had a chance to meet the resident pets.  The puppies are engaging daily in more play time and are chewing a bit this week as teething is a big part of their life at the moment.   I gave them all their very own “Puppy Nylabone” this week to encourage chewing on a specified object – however I didn’t realize that there was only one good bone in the bunch!!   I say there was only one “good” bone in the bunch because the game of the week was for everyone to chase the puppy who had the one and only “good” bone while all 6 other bones sat on the floor untouched.  “Capture the bone” is the new favourite past time ….    On another developmental note the puppies are all doing exceptionally well with paper training and will use the paper 9 times out of 10 to do their business.   This will hopefully make the entire house-training exercise a breeze for all their new families – and just set the tone for a successful start to life in their new homes.   We are all enjoying each moment with the puppies and know now that our time with them is winding down.   Even though each has their own slightly unique personality – they are all very happy, very smart and very affectionate.  They are such darlings!!  There is nothing quite like having 7 wagging tails run to greet you in the morning or snuggle up with you at night.   It makes life just seem good no matter what else is going on in the world.  🙂