Well this will be our last PUPPY CHRONICLES’ post for awhile…. The pups are 8 weeks old today and so this is the part where now the real adventures begin! This last week here has been wonderful despite the fact that winter has been hanging on with all its might and we haven’t had the excursions outdoors that I would have liked! But I am thankful for our covered porch as the puppies would make many trips out there during the day, always able to come in from the weather when they would start to feel chilly. They loved being able to run full tilt from one end of the porch to the other and chase after whoever had the latest coveted toy.
The pups have been a delightful bunch to watch during these past 8 weeks and are so very, very smart. They were all sitting to wait for their dinner in the above photo — unfortunately the rest of the pups were right at my feet or I would have had all 10 in the photo.
Yesterday was a full day with baths and nail slips, microchipping and the first official visit to the vet. Since the vet clinic is around a 45 minute drive away, just the car ride in itself was an adventure for the pups. They all fared well and of course created the most fussed about spectacle when they arrived at the clinic. Everybody immediately stopped what they were doing, staff and visitors alike, to cuddle and snuggle and greet the pups. The pups could not get enough either! The puppies all passed their exam with flying colours and I was very proud of their interactions with everyone. They were friendly, happy, curious, gentle, charming — who could ask for better ambassadors for the golden retriever breed.
The pups start leaving today and so it will be a bittersweet time of good-byes…. As much as I will miss each and every one of these cute little faces, I know that I could not possibly keep all of them and give them the type of attention, time and life they deserve. I feel very blessed to have a whole new network of exceptional families that will become the life and love of these little beauties….. So now may their journey begin. ❤
We have seriously had far too many indoor recesses this past week – but the pups are all doing well and ALWAYS in good spirits. The weather has been looking more like January than April these days; this morning with a -20 C windchill the pups were still wanting to go outside…. (I was the one that needed coaxing). They love to scamper around on our covered deck but they don’t last very long before they start to get chilled and paws get cold…. then back to the boring indoors we go. I continue to add new toys and chew things for the pups, but truly nothing competes with the great outdoors in their minds!
The puppies had quite a few visitors over the Easter weekend which they thoroughly enjoyed. They are all very social and love any chance they can have for attention. They are spending more time awake – with our routine usually starting in the early morning: I feed them breakfast then take them outside or let them play in the puppy room while I clean up, disinfect their puppy pen and throw bedding and blankets in the wash. While I am tidying up they are happy to seek out toys, chase each other, check on what I am doing or get into something they shouldn’t (that I haven’t foreseen). They are at the age now where they love to explore EVERYTHING and leave no stone unturned. Their motto is: into the mouth first and ask questions later. We are busy trying to reinforce good chewing choices for the pups and constantly redirect their efforts when they are chewing something they shouldn’t. (It’s a work in progress!) They then crash into innocent slumber for around an hour and we start the routine all over again….
Ivy still checks in on her pups frequently although we are trying to further wean her off feeding them as they head into the final week before heading out for new horizons. The pups are all weighing between 11 and 11-1/2 pounds so there is no shortage of food to keep their bellies full. They LOVE mealtime.
We will be doing our temperament assessments later this afternoon – but I have no worries that they will all score well. They are a confident and happy bunch – I don’t think their tails stop wagging except to sleep…. We will look forward to then pairing each puppy with their forever family.
Hopefully there is warmer weather in the forecast for the coming week so we can get outside and maximize every last minute of their final week here with our family.