Even though it is crazy busy, I can’t neglect my new baby puppy! Yesterday I did some ‘come’ work with Mica. The technique I used can be seen in this video of Jazz when she was a puppy.
You let the puppy get distracted, call them to come and give them yummy treats. Mica loves food, so it wasn’t hard to teach her heel. Within 15 minutes she had the concept down and was hanging right with me.
Today we did rather advanced stuff for a baby puppy. I tailor my training to the dog and I felt Mica could handle what I was going to offer. We took a walk and on the walk I had her heeling at all paces and we started our automatic sits. I kept it very very positive with lots of praise, food, and love. I want her to LOVE working with me. I want her to think this is the best stuff in the world. You build that by making it a game.
Standard Poodles are so much fun and pretty darn cute to boot.
I decided a long time ago, when Jazz and River were bred the litter must have a music theme. Each of the puppy owners will have a say in the AKC registered names, but they will need to be the title of a song. Jazz’s AKC name is Tintlet Rhapsody in Blue. River’s is Alemir River of Dreams. Both are songs. In any case, I decided to call the pups musical terms. There were so many choices it was extremely hard to decide, but I am happy with my selection. I hate calling the babies “red, pink, green” etc according to the collars they end up with. This is much more fun!
So, without further ado I present the MUSIC litter!
CADENCE – FEMALE
TEMPO – MALE
TREBLE – MALE
No, I did not end up taking any group photos. By the time I was done, my lighting was gone. I was having to use some artificial light and I much prefer natural morning light for puppies. Maybe tomorrow I can get a few group shots. These were not edited much. I did load up Photoshop, but I found the color’s so good I didn’t mess with them much. So what do you think? Pretty sweet looking bunch of babies if I do say so myself.
Tomorrow I plan to do a full blown photo shoot on the babies. I LOVE photographing infant puppies. They are sooooo sweet and if you know the tricks they are simple to capture in stills (nice warm heating pad under the babies to make them sleep sound). In order to not stress out the pups, I did some pre-photos this evening. Not many, just a few to check lighting and background. Nothing is worse than getting started only to have the photos come out with really bad focus, color, or light when you go to edit. Jazz is doing a superb job of caring for the brood so I could leave the room for short periods of time. I was super stealthy and snuck in to love on Jazz, then slipped a single puppy under my shirt. Once the pup was settled, off I would go into the living room to experiment on the little doll. The first puppy I grabbed happened to be a boy. After I had him settled and took a couple shots, I went back in and grabbed another two boys. That took a bit more cuddling on mom to let her guard drop, but I managed. Then after a few shots of the three, I snatched up another, and another until I had all the boys.
I figured I’d be a nice person and share a few of these. I do not have my main photo editing software loaded. I have a new computer and just haven’t gotten around to loading up Photoshop Elements or my action presets. I need to do that if I plan on editing a load of photos tomorrow. However, for now you can enjoy these. I cropped one and hit a couple with black and white. Otherwise they are raw, right out of the camera.
So, post a comment. Do you like the Color or Black and White???
And because everyone LOVES a video, here is a short one with puppy noises to top off your night.
I love puppy noises…. until it is 2AM… or until they stop making noise and it freaks me out even more waking me from a dead doze (no deep sleep for me this week). Yeah I’m a bit strung out, but so blessed. It isn’t any worse than human twins and I did that for 6 months!!
How many again????
What an eventful day we had yesterday!! It started off pretty calm. Keith was scheduled to be on call all night, which means he didn’t need to show up to work until 3PM. He took the kids to school, we puttered around the house, did a morning jog, evaluated what we wanted to do with our day. THOR was showing at 11AM at the local movie theater and we both though it would be nice to see a movie without having to fork out 10 dollars an hour for childcare. All the dogs were good, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The movie was entertaining and we arrived back home at about 1pm. As I walk in the door, Jazz is dancing. I hurried Jazz and River outside, ask her to pee and she did, but then she runs up to me crying and panting. OH NO!! NO! I knew she was in hard labor. This morning there was zero indication of the impending birth of puppies. She wasn’t due for 5 days! I hadn’t even started checking her temperature for a drop. I was going to give her a ‘prebirth’ groom today, Saturday. Oh the best laid plans…
I yell at Keith to get the floor to the whelping box, Jazz was in labor. I stick her in the bathroom because she is trying to claw her way into the whelping box, which I had closed with an ex-pen surround. We get the bottom in place, covered with an old blanket, and set the box on top. I release Jazz who promptly jumps in and starts digging in. We are scrambling at this point. Towels, scissors, hemostats, scale, newspaper, etc. I’m tossing stuff on my bed like there is no tomorrow. Keith asked how he can help, I tell him “Go get the kids, check them out of school. I won’t have time to get them after you go to work”. He argues with me about it, say’s he didn’t think it was necessary. I tell him “FINE, I will get the kids, whelp the litter, do everything. Just leave, go to work now.” I was a bit unreasonable, but I knew she was going to have them soon and he did ask what he could do to help. In any case, he did the smart thing, didn’t attempt to speak to me and drove straight to the school. As the kids walked in the house at 2:10PM, the first puppy was being born. Keith helped me get the little girl cleaned up, hugged me goodbye, wished me luck, and headed to work. Solo whelping is so much fun. I said a little prayer and buckled down for a long night.
Jazz was simply AMAZING. I’ve had few first time mom’s as calm and collected as this lady. She never once cried, she didn’t panic in any way. She put total trust in my judgement and let me handle everything. If I took the puppy out to clean, weigh, and photograph, she focused on the next contraction, knowing I had it all under control. After I logged the puppy’s information, I would take the pup back in for her to lick and love on for a short time, then mark the puppy with nail polish before placing that baby with the rest of the litter. I kept a tubby with a heating pad on low covered in a towel for the babies to stay in while Jazz was actively giving birth. When there was a lull in the delivery cycle, I would give Jazz some time to rest before placing the pups in the box to nurse. Factoid: Allowing puppies to nurse between births can help to stimulate labor contractions by the release of the hormone oxytocin. When the pups were in the tubby, she would rotate so she could watch the tubby from the opening of the whelping box, but she never tried to get the pups or acted upset if they were not right under her paws. Jazz and I have a great relationship and I really believe she thought “Hey, Mom did this last year with Zelda. I should trust her judgement in this and let her do her thing, while I do mine”.
All the while this was going on, River was in my bathroom, right next to the whelping area. I put up a gate so he could see what was going on, but not be so close as to make Jazz nervous. Actually, I am not sure Jazz would have been nervous with him right IN the whelping box, but the gate allowed me to keep him back so I didn’t trip over him as I rush around. He was involved enough to know I was busy and not simply ignoring him. Lina and Mica were either outside playing (weather was amazing yesterday, thank goodness) or in the ex-pen in the living room. Having the two puppies was great, they kept each other company and out of my hair. River would have been no fun to Lina, as he was all worried about what was going on in the bedroom.
Aiden and Kenzie did amazing. Both were involved and eager to help by handing me things as the pups were born. During the lulls they would watch TV. At bedtime we had 10 puppies born, but I told them not to be surprised if there were a few more in the morning. Jazz wasn’t done yet!
All total between the hours of 2pm and 11pm 13 puppies were born. Sadly, one was a tiny stillborn male, but otherwise the rest are thriving. One little female had some breathing issues, but I worked hard on her, kept her warm against my skin and cupped in my hands until she was toasty and breathing well. We now have 12 strong and vigorous babies all eating well, 7 girls and 5 boys. All solid colored but for one boy with a tiny blaze on his chest.
- GIRL – 9 1/2 oz
- GIRL- 7 3/4 oz
- BOY -6 oz
- BOY- 7 1/4 oz small blaze on chest
- GIRL- 6 1/4 oz
- GIRL- 6 oz
- BOY- 7 3/4
- GIRL 7 3/4
- GIRL- 7 3/4
- GIRL- 9 1/8
- BOY- 7 1/2
- BOY 8 3/8
Jazz has been great. I have to watch her close, 12 babies is a lot for even an experienced mom to wrangle. Thankfully she is not a fussy mom, she does not circle and worry, but there will be a serious risk of her laying on one by accident for at least a week. I’ve saved a few already. Mostly I see her curled up around them resting, gently grooming, or passed out sleeping. I’m going to have to stay withing spitting distance for the next few days. The pups are small, due to being born early and the sheer number of them. They need to gain a lot of strength and weight before I will feel safe leaving Jazz longer than a few minutes. I am glad she had them on a Friday, hopefully by Monday I will be able to take the time to get the kids to school and not worry myself sick.
Jazz and my new living arrangements. Home for the next week.
I’ve moved my computer into the bedroom now. Laptops are the greatest. I am going to try and contact everyone who has placed an application with me recently and get the ball rolling now that we know exactly what we have. It might take me a day or so, because I’m going to grab sleep when I can. In any case, If Jazz and I do our jobs right, I think most of you will be able to pick a puppy from this litter!
As I mentioned a few months ago, I have been keeping my eye out for litters from low inbreeding, rare haplotype, rare pedigreed dogs. I stumbled upon a website from a breeder I wasn’t very familiar with. I knew of Nancy from agility circles, but I didn’t know she was breeding and had never spoken to her. She had a litter due to be born sired by a Russian import with rare heterozygous haplotye. I had spoken to the sire’s owner, Laura, on several occasions, so I was familiar with the temperament, health, and structure of the line. The dam of the litter was Nancy’s Mitzy, who was her son’s agility dog. Mitzy is titled in conformation, rally, and agility. This litter offered me the best of both worlds. A performance titled mom, a breeder experienced with performance puppies, and a sire with extremely rare lines. I was excited!! Now all I had to do was beg, borrow, and beg some more to convince Nancy I was a good home. It was a close thing! She has never placed a puppy with a breeder, so I had to give her time to think about the entire concept. In the end, I succeeded and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have this new girly.
Nancy Borga is our girls breeder from Waypoint Standard Poodles in NJ
Right now this girl will be staying here, but eventually she should go live with Heather and Quincy down in San Antonio. Quincy really needs a friend, he is one of those ultra social butterfly boys. The plan is for her to stay here for now while I do some training, get a good handle on her temperament, and maybe take her to a few fun shows this December. Heather and I brain stormed and came up with a cute name!! Ok, it was mostly Heather, I just voted on the choices she sent me.
I would like to present “MICA”, named after the silver sheet silicate mineral. Her AKC name will be WAYPOINT’S ANUTTA ALL THAT GLITTERS
Mica is a BIG girl. A tank of a puppy. She will add in some much needed substance to my lines. My guys are getting lighter and lighter in bone, so I believe her type is a perfect addition. Her conformation is wonderful. She is moderate in all ways and has an outstanding front assembly. I was tickled to death to feel the way this girl is put together. I picked her and her brother up from the airport late last night and they came out of the crate happy and calm. Today I took time to groom her and snap some photos. I love silvers!! So easy to photograph.
PEDIGREE for DAM: UKC Grand Ch Mount Bethel’s Mitsy CGC, NA, NAJ,NF, OA, OAJ, OF,AX,AXJ,TD,MX,MXJ, RO
PEDIGREE for SIRE: Domtotem Yandex Ru
I’ll be adding in her pedigree to the database and setting up her own webpage soon.
And yeah, I know I am INSANE. A Mini puppy, a new Standard puppy, and a litter due in 10 days. When I bite off more than I can chew, I make sure and bite off a LOT more than I can chew!! Heather said she would save me if Jazz has a ton of puppies and I think I am drowning. Heather is a great great friend!