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Welcome to Gloria's Puppies page!  This is where we will post the bi-weekly updates for any current litter from Gloria, and you can also click the link to

zip down to the bottom to see photos of all of Gloria's past litters!

Gloria May

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Samuel Kadin

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BORN: JANUARY 15th, 2020

These parents will produce *F1 CAVAPOOS* (approximately 50% Cavalier -- 50% Poodle)

Please see our CAVAPOOS 101 page for details and refer to the F1 Cavapoo.

 

 

 

This will be Gloria and Samuel's second litter together!  We anticipate that

their puppies will mature to be in the estimated range of 12 to 15 lbs.

 

And the following colours are possible:

(MORE COLOURS MAY BE POSSIBLE, AND THE COLOURS LISTED CAN BE SOLID, ABSTRACT, OR PARTI)

 

Black ~ Ruby (LIGHT OR MEDIUM) ~ Apricot

 

Please visit our Cavapoo Colours page for more colour details.

 

 

 

WAITING LIST FOR THIS PAIRING:

1. Adrian & Chelsea Pelleboer -- Black Parti Boy -- "FINN" ... PAID IN FULL!

2. King Jen -- Black Abstract Boy -- "Kobe" ... PAID IN FULL!

3. Kirin Olins -- Ruby Abstract Girl -- "Peach" ... PAID IN FULL!

Adrian & Chelsea also own:

Archie from

Gloria X Tobi 2018

Sorry, this list is full!  NO available puppies!  All puppies are spoken for by the wonderful families on this list and are anticipating

taking home their bundle of joy at 8 weeks of age!

2 BOYS & 1 GIRL

8 week old puppy update:

Weight:

3 pounds and 0.5 ounces

Peach ~ Ruby Abstract Girl

Chosen by Kirin Olins

Peach is a symbol of youth and immortality. The fruit of the peach symbolizes the continuous process of renewal of life, and the peach flower - spring, feminine charm, softness, peace, and also purity and truth.  And who doesn't love an adorable fuzzy peach?

Kobe ~ Black Abstract Boy

Chosen by King Jen!

Weight:

3 pounds and 9 ounces

Kobe is a name with a lot of spiritual meaning and it will no doubt increase in popularity as admiring fans honour their basketball hero, Kobe Bryant.  The name Kobe comes from a city in Japan notable for the origin of Kobe beef. Currently the fifth-largest city n Japan and situated on the southern point of the island, the founding dates back to the building of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingū in AD 201 making it one of the oldest shrines in the country. The city which was eventually built up around it (Kobe) comes from the Japanese "kanbe" (神戸) which was an ancient title for supporters of the Shinto shrine. Kobe is also said to consist of two kanji "Ko" (meaning ‘god’) and "Be" (meaning ‘door’) which may also fit since the city of Kobe was built around a shrine which opened the doors to Japanese gods. The usage of Kobe as a masculine given name in the United States is all thanks to two individuals: Joe and Pamela Bryant, the parents of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who named their son after Kobe beef they saw on a restaurant menu. However, it was Kobe’s talent as a basketball player that made him a household name and brought the name Kobe to prominence.

Finn ~ Black Parti

Chosen by

Adrian, Chelsea,

and his big brother 

Archie!

Weight:

2 pounds and 7.5 ounces

Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as well for his wisdom and generosity.

Today, Gloria's puppies are 8 weeks old!  As you already know, they were at the vet on Friday the 6th and received their first vaccine and were dewormed again.  We weighed the puppies again today, just so that you can see how much they have grown since being at the vet 5 days ago!  From feedback from the families who took home Annalyse's puppies this past weekend, we have been able to determine that it was neither Finn nor Kobe that threw up on poor Peach -- so this is good news for you going home with your puppies!  Also, the reports back (even though it is a different litter) have been that all of the puppies have been sleeping through the night or very minimal whimpering -- we would expect the same from Gloria's puppies!  

The puppies are currently sleeping through the night from approximately 10:00 PM to 6:00 to 7:00 AM.  Sometimes we are closing the crate door and sometimes we leave it open -- the result is the same -- they go in the crate and sleep through the night whether the door is opened or closed.  Once we are downstairs and in the same room with them -- they wake up and head to the pee-pad area to do their business and then they are ready for their breakfast!

We have been able to fast-track these puppies progression in eating harder kibbles.  We are barely soaking their kibbles in hot water for 2 minutes or less and they are eating them happily and digesting them well!  This will help you with the transition once in your home!

The puppies have mastered "sitting" and "laying down" and are eager to please!  We suggest that you keep up with teaching your puppy basic commands as their minds are like little sponges and they will learn very quickly during the next 2-4 months.  Cavapoos respond exceptionally well to positive reinforcement!

This litter has proven to be one of our most co-operative and sweet litters and we're excited to share these wonderful puppies with you!  We look forward to having you, Kirin, here for pick up on Thursday and to have King and Adrian & Chelsea on Saturday!  Don't forget that the final balance for your puppy is due tonight (March 10th) by Midnight -- details have been e-mailed to you in the e-mail announcing this update!

Here is one final photo of the puppies who sat like perfect little statues for their photo together: 

7.5 week vet visit & mini update:

The puppies were at the vet today and all of them were found to be in excellent health! They were given a thorough health examination and because they were found to be in good health they were given their first vaccine which covers:

-Parvovirus

-Distemper

-Hepatitis (Also called Adenovirus OR CAV2-Hepatitis)

-Parainfluenza

And the puppies were dewormed according to their weights with StrongidT.

For those on Gloria's waiting list -- you can find the complete breakdown of our vet's above-average health examination in a complete point form on the Taking Home Puppy Instructional in the 8 Week Old Vet Visit Section:

https://www.pleasantmeadowscanada.com/taking-home-puppy-instructional

On the drive to the vet, there were scattered whimpers here and there in the first 45 minutes, but we couldn't tell which puppies were whimpering and none of them were upset -- it was more adjusting themselves to the vehicle motion.  When we arrived at the vet clinic we did find that one of the puppies did throw up, but unfortunately, it was impossible to tell who had thrown up -- all we can tell you is that poor little Peach ended up wearing the majority of the throw up (to which we had to clean up in the parking lot of the clinic).  So it is our recommendation to bring some paper towels and a bag with you for puppy pick up -- just in case your puppy is the one who had the upset stomach!

The ride home was calm and uneventful -- the puppies all slept for the entirety of the return trip which included a couple of stops on the way home to total a couple of hours for the return trip alone (one way is an hour and 15 minutes to our vet).

Here are their weights taken at the vet today:

Peach weighed 2 pounds and 8 ounces!

Kobe weighed 3 pounds and 2 ounces!

Finn weighed 2 pounds and 3 ounces!

Here are some photos of the puppies relaxing in our vet clinic's waiting room:

The puppies have been sleeping as a group in the crate through the night from about 10:00 or 11:00 PM to approximately 6:00 to 7:00 AM.  When the crate door is opened they immediately go to the pee-pad to eliminate!  The puppies have continued to be "spot on" and use the pee-pad with remarkable success!  The puppies have had opportunity to be briefly enclosed up to an hour in their crate during the day to prepare them for times when you may need to leave home for a short period of time or when you are busy with household chores (ie. preparing meals, on the phone, etc.) and your puppy needs to be confined for safety.  Their reaction to spending up to an hour in the crate during the day time has been to either play with a toy in the crate or fall asleep with their littermates and cousins (Annalyse's litter).

As you may recall, we had mentioned doing a video highlighting how to let a puppy out of the crate if he/she is whimpering, as you don't want to let a puppy out until they are calm.  Below is a video of our attempt to create a video for you -- but these puppies are simply not upset by the confines of a crate, but you will still be able to see what you should do if that changes when they are no longer in a group setting:

We have also had the puppies outside to expose them to snow and outdoor air!  We have had some really miserable cold and rainy weather, so the exposure has been limited to sunny days to avoid the puppies catching a chill, but we have captured a small video of the puppies investigating the snow:

We will post the puppies final 8 week old update on Tuesday, March 10th where there will be final photos and other details!

6 week old puppy update:

Gloria's puppies are now 6 weeks old! The puppies did very well for their photos this afternoon and as you can see they were practically posing!  We took the puppies outside for a brief introduction to the outside world!  They weren't too impressed with getting their feet cold on the snow and much preferred to stay on the whelping pad that we provided for relief from the cold snow -- but they will gain more confidence over time as they continue to have more outside time.  Here is a little video of their first short adventure:

The puppies are fully weaned from Gloria and are happily digging into their food bowls!  They are eating approximately 1/4 of a cup of softened kibbles that have been soaked in hot water for about 5 minutes and they get a teaspoon of canned food mixed in as well.  They haven't needed probiotics since the early weaning stages, but we will start them on probiotics during the last week here to kickstart their immune system to help avoid stress and you will also receive a 7 day supply in your puppy starter kit!

The crate training is going well and the puppies have been sleeping in the crate, along with Annalyse's puppies, with the door closed for part of the night.  So far, they have been able to make it to about 5am before needing to be let out to go potty and that's very good for the 6 week stage!

We have added the scent blankets to their pen by tying them to the side of the pen so that the puppies can play with them and transfer their scent without being able to drag them across the pee-pad area.

The puppies were dewormed again and we weighed them today and their weights are shown below:

Weight:

2 pound and 6.5 ounces

Peach ~ Ruby Abstract Girl

Chosen by Kirin Olins

Peach is a symbol of youth and immortality. The fruit of the peach symbolizes the continuous process of renewal of life, and the peach flower - spring, feminine charm, softness, peace, and also purity and truth.  And who doesn't love an adorable fuzzy peach?

Kobe ~ Black Abstract Boy

Chosen by King Jen!

Kobe is a name with a lot of spiritual meaning and it will no doubt increase in popularity as admiring fans honour their basketball hero, Kobe Bryant.  The name Kobe comes from a city in Japan notable for the origin of Kobe beef. Currently the fifth-largest city n Japan and situated on the southern point of the island, the founding dates back to the building of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingū in AD 201 making it one of the oldest shrines in the country. The city which was eventually built up around it (Kobe) comes from the Japanese "kanbe" (神戸) which was an ancient title for supporters of the Shinto shrine. Kobe is also said to consist of two kanji "Ko" (meaning ‘god’) and "Be" (meaning ‘door’) which may also fit since the city of Kobe was built around a shrine which opened the doors to Japanese gods. The usage of Kobe as a masculine given name in the United States is all thanks to two individuals: Joe and Pamela Bryant, the parents of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who named their son after Kobe beef they saw on a restaurant menu. However, it was Kobe’s talent as a basketball player that made him a household name and brought the name Kobe to prominence.

Weight:

2 pound and 7.5 ounces

Weight:

1 pound and 15.5 ounces

Finn ~ Black Parti

Chosen by Adrian, Chelsea, and his big brother Archie!

Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as well for his wisdom and generosity.

The puppies are very co-operative for nail trimming and other grooming and they quite enjoyed getting fluffed up for their photos today!  We have added a little instructional video on how to trim your Cavapoo's face/eye area to our Online Taking Puppy Home Instructional, but have included it here for your convenience:

We featured one puppy from each litter (whichever puppy had the longest hair around the eyes).  We are very on top of keeping their eye area free of wayward hair and so there wasn't much to trim, but you can see how it can be done at home very easily and also how co-operative our dogs are for this procedure! Finn was featured from Gloria's litter and Fletcher from Annalyse's litter and at the end of the video Lydia is our adult Cavapoo model!

We recommend trimming the eye area regularly and if you are not confident doing it at home then your vet or groomer can do it for you!

We have scheduled Gloria's puppies vet appointment for the same day as Annalyse's litter for ...

FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 2020

We will send out an update on the 6th to let you know how the puppies did during their appointment.  And their 8 week old update will be sent out on EITHER Monday, March 9th or on Tuesday, March 10th depending on when families come to pick up their puppies.

 

The puppies will be ready to go on Tuesday, March 10th, but can be picked up anywhere from Tuesday, March 10th to Saturday, March 14th.  Puppy pick-ups are at either 11:00 AM or at 2:00 PM -- please let us know the day and time you choose!

We'll leave you with a cute snapshot from their outside adventure:

Nearly 6 week bonus update:

Yesterday we expanded the puppy pen by another 24 inches (the length of a full panel) and the wire crate has been included in that space for crate training to commence!  All of the puppies were thrilled to have more space to romp around and they also love their new crate!  Here are a few snapshots their of new pen set up and of the puppies sleeping in their crate after playing for about an hour in their expanded pen:

(click the photos to expand)

During their play session yesterday we were able to capture a great deal of video!  It was so much fun to watch the puppies play and to see their adorable personalities show through which we think will be quite evident in the video! Although, please keep in mind that so much was going on that we literally just had to pick and choose where to point the camera and so we weren't able to capture every little thing, but this gives you a good idea of how wonderful these darling little puppies truly are!  Without further ado, here is the video: 

And if you weren't already thinking that these are some pretty incredible puppies, let us be the first to tell you ... THESE ARE INCREDIBLE PUPPIES!  Last night was there first night in their "big puppy" crate and normally you would expect some adjustment time for the puppies to get used to sleeping in a wire crate vs their smaller plastic crate, but here is what we found at MIDNIGHT last night during one of our puppy checks to make sure that all was well and that the puppies were okay ... all was quiet ... too quiet ... BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL SOUND ASLEEP IN THEIR NEW CRATE!  (click to expand photos)

You truly can't get much better than that! These puppies are comfortable sleeping in a  crate by 6 weeks of age and they ALL naturally gravitate to the crate when they could easily "crash" anywhere else in the puppy pen!  AMAZING!

We will be adding the puppies scent blankets to their pen this week so that they have a full 2 weeks to get everyone's scent on them which will profoundly help with the transition from our home to yours!  Just be advised for those who have allergies, sometimes you can react to the scent blanket because they will also pick up dander and hair from our shedding dogs (like our big Guardians Shamira and Meadow).  If a reaction occurs, please bear with things for at least the first 3-4 days and then you can consider washing their scent blanket to remove the source of the reaction.  You can also make your puppy's transition easier by allowing your puppy to sleep with an article of clothing like your t-shirt or socks that you wore during the day and just remove them in the morning to start fresh with newly worn clothing the next night!  But please, don't forget the importance of using their own scent blanket which will smell like their mom, siblings, and our other dogs -- but most of all it will smell like "home" to them until they start to feel like your house has become their home.

We are continuing to expose the puppies to many sights and sounds!  One new "out of the ordinary" but still "ordinary" sight they got to see this evening was furniture being carried past their puppy pen!  We have been wanting to replace our chairs in our living room for some time now as they are about 15 years old and we found a nice couch on Kijiji that suited us and in one swoop we were able to bring home and unload a new couch and then load up and deliver our reclining chairs to a family who needed them delivered in our truck.  The furniture items were moved right past the puppy pen (actually we had to move it over slightly!) as the chairs went out and the couch came in!  These are the simple little things that we expose our puppies to during their 8 weeks with us, and obviously it is going to be different for each litter as we aren't purchasing new furniture regularly, but our point is that our litters get to see "normal house stuff" and the puppies were all lined up with curiosity beaming as these "big objects" were carried by their pen!

We hope you have enjoyed today's bonus update!

5 week puppy matches:

Finn ~ Black Parti

Chosen by Adrian, Chelsea, and his big brother Archie!

Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as well for his wisdom and generosity.

Kobe ~ Black Abstract Boy

Chosen by King Jen!

Kobe is a name with a lot of spiritual meaning and it will no doubt increase in popularity as admiring fans honour their basketball hero, Kobe Bryant.  The name Kobe comes from a city in Japan notable for the origin of Kobe beef. Currently the fifth-largest city n Japan and situated on the southern point of the island, the founding dates back to the building of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingū in AD 201 making it one of the oldest shrines in the country. The city which was eventually built up around it (Kobe) comes from the Japanese "kanbe" (神戸) which was an ancient title for supporters of the Shinto shrine. Kobe is also said to consist of two kanji "Ko" (meaning ‘god’) and "Be" (meaning ‘door’) which may also fit since the city of Kobe was built around a shrine which opened the doors to Japanese gods. The usage of Kobe as a masculine given name in the United States is all thanks to two individuals: Joe and Pamela Bryant, the parents of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who named their son after Kobe beef they saw on a restaurant menu. However, it was Kobe’s talent as a basketball player that made him a household name and brought the name Kobe to prominence.

Peach ~ Ruby Abstract Girl

Chosen by Kirin Olins

Peach is a symbol of youth and immortality. The fruit of the peach symbolizes the continuous process of renewal of life, and the peach flower - spring, feminine charm, softness, peace, and also purity and truth.  And who doesn't love an adorable fuzzy peach?

4 week old update:

Gloria's puppies are now 4 weeks old!  As you can tell from the most recent bonus update -- they have had a really big week's worth of events taking place in their lives and they have adapted really well!  They have mastered the pee-pad and the exercise walking over to the pee-pad area has been really good for building up their leg strength and burning off some excess pudge!  They are finally at a good weight for their body structure and they just need to continue to build strength now that they can move around a lot better!

We also have the puppies eating from their own bowls as there are just too many heads around our "communal" puppy dish for them to compete with Annalyse's puppies. And we can regulate their individual intake of food and it is also a confidence-boosting experience when they can have some independence.  You can see the puppies eating their slurry in their own bowls in the video below:

Gloria's puppies had so much fun diving into the communal food dish that they needed another bath as they were wearing as much food as what went into their stomachs!  While this was amusing it was not suitable for their photos!  Once again, the puppies did well and had no fuss for the bathing or drying process!  This was another reason for starting them on the individual bowls.

We dewormed the puppies again as a part of their continued deworming protocol and their weights were as follows:

Colour: Black Abstract

Age: 4 weeks old

Gender: Boy

Weight: 1 pound and 14.5 ounces

Colour: Ruby Abstract

Age: 4 weeks old

Gender: Girl

Weight: 2 pounds

Colour: Black Parti

Age: 4 weeks old

Gender: Boy

Weight: 1 pound and 9 ounces

We will be meeting all the families on Gloria's waiting list next week on the 17th and 18th when each of you is scheduled for your visitation time to choose a puppy!

Please remember to be on time for your visit and make sure that you accommodate for possible weather or traffic delays. It is also important to remember that if you choose a puppy upon your visitation -- a holding fee will be due within 24 hours of choosing a puppy.  You can prepare ahead of time and bring cash along with you or simply be prepared to send an e-transfer within the allotted 24 hour time-frame.  The holding fee for Gloria's puppies is $550 and will hold the puppy that you choose until he or she is 8 weeks old when the final balance is due.  Please see our Puppy Prices page and reference F1 Cavapoos if further clarification is needed:

https://www.pleasantmeadowscanada.com/puppy-prices

We also encourage you to start thinking of names for your puppy according to your puppy gender preferences.  Perhaps make a list of a few names that have a special meaning to you -- we also love to be surprised with new names!  Having a name for your puppy will also help us in the next steps of doing basic training with the litter. We will teach each puppy to "sit" and possibly "lay down" based on their individual progression, and we will also require a name that will be printed on your puppy's individual Birth Certificate. 

A lot of the "regular" info has already been covered in the "nearly 4 week" bonus update, and so this update was just a few specific highlights.

Here are 3 more photos to end their 4 week update:

Nearly 4 week old bonus update:

The puppies have had a busy and eventful week because we have moved them from the Nursery to our kitchen area along with Annalyse's puppies 5 days ago! This is much earlier than usual but was necessitated by the fact that we discovered that Annalyse who shared the Nursery room with Gloria and her puppies was not only nursing her own puppies but would then hop into Gloria's whelping box and nurse Gloria's puppies even though they were already being well fed by Gloria since she only has 3 puppies to nurse.  Gloria's puppies were overly plump to begin with and not motivated to move about in the whelping box, and Annalyse hopping in their box to give them dessert on top of their 3-course meal wasn't helping!  And so, to make a long story short we moved both litters into our kitchen area in a combined pen where we can control the feeding a bit more and both litters are doing extremely well!  

Here are photos of the puppies in their pen enclosure which was a temporary area for them to master the pee-pad!  By only giving the puppies a small space for eating and sleeping and having the rest of the pen for a potty area -- the puppies instinctively learned to move away from where they eat and sleep to go to the bathroom on the pee-pad.

The puppy area is attached to a larger pen area where Annalyse and Gloria can hang out and hop in to visit their puppies.  Since we are monitoring the feeding a bit more closely now -- both mothers wear their jumpsuits to prevent excessive nursing. We took these photos in the initial pen set up stage:

The door in the pen could be opened up partially so that Annalyse and Gloria could hop over to visit and interact with their puppies, but was still tall enough that their puppies couldn't escape:

We are offering the puppies a goats milk "slurry" several times a day in addition to nursing times with their moms and they are absolutely devouring it! Here is a little video of the puppies enjoying their new food:

As a side note, in their food slurry, once a day, we also give them Diatomaceous Earth, which is a natural dewormer that you can give your puppy throughout his or her life, although it does not replace regular dewormings it can help keep your puppy worm-free between dewormings.  You can see our recommendation for Diatomaceous Earth  and read about its benefits on our Recommended Supplements & Treats  page:

https://www.pleasantmeadowscanada.com/supplements-and-treats

All of our dogs, of all ages, get Diatomaceous Earth mixed into their supper time meal on a daily basis (must be mixed with water!).

We updated their pen area again today on their 5th day in our kitchen area and you will be able to see it in the video below!  Gloria's puppies are starting to be able to move around more as they gain strength in their legs and continue to lose a healthy amount of puppy pudge from their over-feeding (thanks to Annalyse!).  They now have the motivation to play with the other puppies in Annalyse's litter but they still have a bit to go before they are as active as Annalyse's puppies and also, please remember, that they are 3 days younger which is A LOT when it comes to a puppy. We will be able to highlight Gloria's puppies more in future videos, but the video will definitely be able to show you where they are now in our home and also how they have progressed! Enjoy the video:

The pen area shown in the video is where the puppies will be when you visit next week on the 18th. We weren't able to capture every puppy playing before they started getting sleepy and crashing for a nap, but there is also a good lesson in this video, and it's the "power of crate security"!

What do we mean by "the power of crate security"?

Teaching your puppy to be relaxed in the crate and to see it as a safe den space is the ultimate goal and most litters will naturally gravitate towards the crate as you will see at the end of the video!  Your puppy may whimper in the crate when you first take him or her home, but this isn't because they are afraid of the crate -- they simply miss their siblings and mom!  It is a good idea to take your puppy outside at least 1-2 times during the night for potty during the first week in your home if they wake up and are whimpering.  But, it is also important to only let your puppy out of the crate when they are calm.  We will be making a video closer to the 6-7 week mark to show you what we mean! 

3 week old (minus a daybonus update:

Gloria's puppies turn 3 weeks old tomorrow and they are roaring with curiosity and wonder about the world around them!  They are still very well-fed piggies errr...puppies and they are ADORABLE!

On the photo set, we let the puppies relax however they wanted to in order to show off their individuality!

-- The Black Abstract Boy was so chill and relaxed as if to say "yeah I know, this tuxedo makes me look good!"

-- The Ruby Abstract Girl was also relaxed and wanted to make sure that she looked right at the camera to show off her adorable nose!

-- The Black Parti Boy was also calm and really wanted to take in all the sights around him and the curiosity can clearly be seen on his face!

Hope you enjoy the photos! We also took a group photo of the puppies:

The puppies are starting to walk around a bit now, but Gloria is keeping them very well fed!  We will likely start combining them in with Annalyse's puppies in order to give them a change of scenery and get their legs moving a bit as Annalyse's pups are a bit more active than Gloria's being that they are older!  We'll try for a video soon!

2 week old update:

Gloria's puppies are now 2 weeks old!  They are very solid puppies -- being that they are a small litter the "milk bar" has an abundant supply of milk!  Their eyes are just starting to open, in fact, the Black Parti Boy has already opened his eyes and the others will follow shortly within the next few days as their eyes are just peeking open in the corners right now.

Most puppies start to walk around this time, but we would be expecting these puppies to take a little bit longer to walk as they are very "well-fed" since there are only 3 of them. Normally, a mom's milk is spread out over a larger litter and it's typical for smaller litters to take longer to walk because they are heavier with the surplus of milk readily available for them! Gloria is a smaller framed girl and we would expect her puppies to be under 1 pound at the 2 week mark, but they are currently on par with Annalyse's puppies for weight which are a full 3 days older. Why does 3 days make such a difference? Well, because puppies will double their birth weight within the first couple of weeks of life -- being ahead in their "weight class" by even a few ounces would be like adding a pound or two in a human. Even though the extra "pudge" is holding them back now -- it will actually be very beneficial during the weaning phase for them to have extra "padding".  For now, we hope you can get a little giggle about their chubby physiques!

What you may not also realize is that puppies are not born "complete" in their skeletal structure.  Their bones are held in place by cartilage, tendons, muscles, and their exterior skin. It can take up to a full year for a small breed puppy to reach physical maturity where their bones and growth plates fully connect and interlock to where they are "fully grown".  This is why it is so important not to overexercise a young puppy and so save the big activities for after a year of age!

For Gloria's puppies, this is another reason why a little bit more pudge will take them a few days longer to walk compared to larger litters where the puppies are lighter in weight as they get less milk in one feeding when it is spread out over more mouths.

THE Image of the puppy x-ray is not owned by Pleasant Meadows!

We did weigh the puppies today for an accurate dosage for their 2 week deworming.  We follow a strict deworming protocol for our puppies where they along with their mother are dewormed when the puppies turn 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age.  It is important to deworm both the mother and the puppies at the same time as all dogs have worms and parasites in their bodies that are dormant and can become active in times of a stress-load (like giving birth) and the worms and parasites can be transferred through the milk to the puppies and visa versa as the mother cleans up after her puppies (their bathroom habits). And so, it is a circle that must be curtailed with a deworming regimen.  Both Gloria and her puppies were dewormed according to weight with Pyrantel Pamoate (equivalent to StrongidT) and below are the puppies weights when we had them on the scale this afternoon:

Colour: Black Abstract

Age: 2 weeks old

Gender: Boy

Weight: 1 pound and 5 ounces

Colour: Ruby Abstract

Age: 2 weeks old

Gender: Girl

Weight: 1 pound and 7.5 ounces

Colour: Black Parti

Age: 2 weeks old

Gender: Boy

Weight: 1 pound and 3 ounces

Up until the 2 week mark the puppies are both blind and deaf as their eyes and ears are closed and open up between 10-18 days, with 14 days being the average. Being able to finally see and hear will provide them with two new senses -- sight and hearing -- which previously they only had touch, taste, and smell.  During this time we will expose the puppies to various sounds to begin desensitizing them and providing mental stimulation. Typically we start with things like, but not limited to, thunderstorm recordings, the vacuum, and soft music.  The puppies also see the colourful plush whelping pads that line their box as they are changed out daily which rotates their visual stimulation as well as keeping their whelping box clean.  Once the puppies are more steady on their feet we can add in various colourful toys for even more stimulation. Today, the visual stimulation was able to be started for the Black Parti Boy who opened his eyes today as he got to see the very colourful fabric used for the photo set!​ 

Here are some more photos of the puppies together:

We will also be introducing the puppies to goats milk once all their eyes are fully open. This is the very first stage in the long process of weaning which we have developed as a stress-free process for both mom and puppies.  We will be offering Gloria's puppies a small amount of goats milk which is very high in fat content and this makes it the "next best thing" to Gloria's milk nutritionally speaking. This will allow the puppies to "taste" an alternative food while continuing to nurse from Gloria without any abrupt food changes!  We will gradually increase the amount of food offered to the puppies over the next 4 weeks until they are fully weaned from nursing from Gloria at 6 weeks of age.  We can then use the last 2 weeks to get the puppies on a feeding schedule and also ensure that they are eating a sufficient amount of food in preparation for going home at 8 weeks of age.  During the weaning process, our moms are never removed from the puppies, but instead, wear a "jumpsuit" which covers the belly and prevents nursing -- this still allows the mom and puppies to interact with each other for crucial social lessons without the mom being drained by the puppies after the 6 week stage.  Using a jumpsuit during the weaning stage is not something that we have heard of other breeders doing -- most breeders will remove the mom entirely which is detrimental to the puppies social development and so this is why we allow our puppies at Pleasant Meadows to stay with their mom right up to 8 weeks of age!

The puppies have had an introduction to being handled for grooming which at this stage involves their first nail trimming, being wiped down with puppy wipes, and being brushed. It is important to start nail trimming around 2 weeks of age not only for the experience but also because their little sharp nails can scratch the mom's belly while they nurse and knead the mom's stomach to stimulate milk flow. And we have found that by starting our puppies on brushing at an early age helps to get them used to the sensation and they become familiar with it more readily.  The puppy wipes also do more than just help keep the puppies clean -- they also provide a "foreign" sensation of being wet and slightly damp/cold which is good for their development and preparation for bath time.

Here are a couple photos of Gloria with her puppies: