I have one more puppy to go home, so updates for him will be through email.
This is a general 'So long' to you all who have followed this litter. That doesn't mean I won't be here to help you in any way I can, it just means that I won't have any updates to give you all. You now are in the wonderful position to update me! And, I hope you do.
I will miss all my babies and I hope they have wonderful lives. Don't hesitate to call on me if you need anything. Thank you all so much for entrusting me to raise your puppies. It is a joy and I hope you have long, wonderful relationships with your babies.
Take care! <3
Everyone got micro-chipped today! No one even whined, until *that* one whined 3 minutes after he was chipped. Then everyone suddenly was crying and carrying on. LOL So, they got a treat of scrambled eggs and forgot they were dying.
Later today, they will all get a bath and then have their fancy pictures taken for the last time. I cannot believe how fast time flew!! I really like these guys. I see a lot of momma in them. They're spicy too! Very playful and vocal. You guys will have your hands full!
On the 12th, they will get their Parvo shot, and remember they still need their 10 week old shot in 2 more weeks after the 12th. Don't take your pup out and about until those shots are given. Plus... your pup will be needing those two weeks in your home to stabilize emotionally and to bump his/her immunities back up. Don't rush it, you have a lifetime to show your baby off. Make it a healthy baby. Even at the vet - hold your pup or keep it in the carrier. Don't let random folks pet your baby. Make sure the vet has a clean scrub or jacket on. Vets are literal dens of sickness and don't believe for a second that your baby can't get sick from something there. Not trying to sound like I wear tinfoil hats here... but take some precaution with your pup at the first visit.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 13th and those after... LOL!
Remember, Starbucks at Noon! Look for the silver mini-van with a bunch of potatoes in it (myself included).
I'm planning on doing them on the 10th. If you do not want your baby chipped because your vet is doing it, let me know ASAP, otherwise, they'll be done.
Baths will happen today - hopefully I can get some pics of soggy pups that aren't blurry. Pics tomorrow!
Seems the easiest location is the Starbucks right off I90! It's located at 1790 Kittleson Rd NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837.
I'll be bringing puppies, puppies, more puppies, maybe a puppy or two ;) and puppy packs.
The puppy packs consist of the following:
1 folder with vaccination/worming record and registration/microchip info.
1 bag of Diamond Naturals Puppy kibble (enough to transition)
1 can of Whole Earth Puppy food
1 bottle of pup shampoo that they're used to
1 plushie toy
3 puppy pads
1 bag of puppy treats
1 gallon jug of MY water
Please use the puppy pads to let the puppy potty ON it when you do rest stops. Don't let the baby wander around on grass. You don't know what dog has been there. Your pup has been wormed on a schedule and given early Parvovirus vaccinations, but that won't keep your baby safe with 100% assurance! ...or even 50% assurance. Seriously, use the pads.
Remember your baby will be stressed and when puppies are stressed, the natural immunity they build up lowers considerably for a while. This means that it's very easy for bacteria or parasites that are naturally in your pet to take over. So, let's keep the stress to a minimum. It's normal for your babies to have a few loose stools and even a small fever the first couple of days.
If your baby has loose stools, that's normal - especially when transitioning to new food and water. Things to watch out for are liquid poops. Your pup is very small and can dehydrate very fast. If your baby is having extremely liquid diarrhea more than twice in 24 hours, contact your vet and me. There are remedies. This isn't common and again, usually happens when transitioning.
The other thing you watch for is green, mucus-y, and/or bloody diarrhea. This shouldn't happen at any time normally and usually indicates there's a larger issue. At this point, do contact your vet (and most definitely me!) asap. It could be parasitic (Giardia is brought on by stress) or heaven forbid Parvovirus (which shouldn't be an issue unless you let your baby run around on ground before it's 10th week vaccination). If you can't tell if your pups' poop is 'off', take a pic and send it to me. Granted, normally you won't have any issues, but I'm pretty sure you all know how neurotic I am about this stuff! lol I'm here for you forever, so take advantage of it. I want you to have a happy, healthy life with your potato!
What YOU should bring:
A blanket. Pups are raised inside in a 70 degree home (yeah, imagine my power bill! LOL) for their comfort. Even if it feels warm to you, your pup can catch a chill very fast. Plus, if you don't bring a carrier for him, you'll want the ability to spread it out over your lap or car seat (stick a pad under that too, believe me, you're gonna get peed on).
A water bowl. Your pup won't eat for the ride home and might puke if you feed him. You can offer the puppy treats throughout the ride, or bits of kibble, but don't let your pup chow down. He'll be fine, he's not going to starve. But, he will want water and you want to encourage him to drink. I'll provide the water.
Collar/harness/leash - IF you plan on putting your pup down to pee outside of your car. The puppy collars don't come with the puppy unless you specifically ask for it. I reuse them each litter and they're not meant to be sturdy enough for a leash. They're just soft identification collars that are breakaway style for safety. They'd let you hang onto the baby a bit, but you really do want something a bit stronger.
The remainder of what you owe. Remember - no personal checks. Only bank issued cashier's checks made out to Tina Moore, money order or cash (I always hate adding this part, but gotta).
So we just cleaned the litter box about an hour before this video. Little did we know it would turn into a free-for-all in the potty box! Little stinkers! They're not even sorry. Also, those zip ties were trimmed. Yikes! Meg must have just put those on, sorry for not catching that! We're in the process of putting up stronger plastic barriers for the sides of the pen and ran out, so we had to use cardboard since these little ones like to try and stick their heads through the bars.
Your puppies are bad potatoes. Just sayin'! Off to clean ...again. ;)
All pups were successfully vaccinated with the NeoVac DA2 this week (NeoPar is next week) and will be wormed with Safeguard for the first time in a few days. No more Nemex2 for them! They're on the adult treatment now! I expect they'll all be fine. I'll let you know if they react to either the shots or the wormer.
They're entirely weaned off momma now. She is even starting to dry up a bit. A few will whine for comfort nursing still but that only lasts a few seconds before they're off playing. They really have no interest in her for the most part and she ignores them unless they have food she wants. ;) This is all normal and on schedule for a bitch weaning her pups.
They're all 100% litter box trained and have zero issues with accidents now. For those doing litter box training, Yesterday's News is the best stuff to use, in a decent size pan and then transition them to go in the pan outside until they're going outside 100% of the time.
They're all used to kenneling and penning up at night. They've figured out that it's pretty much nap time in kennels and it doesn't bother them at all. These are wire kennels and we'll be going over the actual travel kennels this next week to get them used to solid sided kennels for airline flight in cabin so they're not whining the entire time.
They're all growing like weeds and this week has a marked growth spurt as they've moved from mom and puppy mush to more solid wet foods and solids like kibble. They really love kibble as it feels good on the teeth. This will show the biggest growth surge since the first two weeks, since they're eating everything in sight and building their muscles with more rough-housing.
They all had baths this week with Burt's Bees puppy shampoo and their fur was conditioned with Ice on Ice conditioner. They were groomed with a slicker, blow-dried with a professional blower and had their nails trimmed. Everyone was great except Thierry who wanted to challenge the blower to a battle and didn't take 'no' for an answer. ;)
The two things I'm being asked is: What color is my pup? and When will the ears stand up?
Well as you see ears are standing up now. Some litters, the ears are up by 4 weeks. Others take longer. I give you the example below of Lexi (mom) and Daire at the same age. As you can see, both have ears that are down. So, yeah, Daire's ears will pop up shortly, and no, they don't need to be taped or glued up. It's very, very rare that a Corgis ears don't come up. It just takes a bit of time with some genetics. ...btw SOMEONE looks like momma! LOL
As for color? That's trickier with Red-Head/Black-Head tris at this age. Lexi is a BHT and I believe Daire might end up being one, he's not showing a marked amount of ticking (that's the red hairs mixing with the black on the face and ears) yet. So, he might not go RHT. Faolan below is a definite RHT. You can see the ticking when you blow into his head fur (you can even see it here!). Faolan has very high rufous (tan factor, the deep red coloring) too, so it helps to see the difference with him. You can compare him with what I feel is 100% BHT in the litter - Riordan. When I blow into Rio's fur, it doesn't have that ticking.
Now I might be absolutely wrong on the BHT... only time will tell. But, this gives you an idea! Sans is RHT/BHT (the /gene is a carry, since all animals carry two genes of any given trait), and Lexi being a BHT is only BHT/BHT (as BHT is the most recessive you can get). You can read more about color genetics on the tab under FAQ where I have it listed out. It's interesting if you're into that (which I very much am!). But there you go.
Due to varying schedules and my own schedule, I hashed out the distances. I know it takes me 3 hours to get to Moses Lake (Google maps lies) and it's about 3 hours from Seattle area to Moses Lake, I figure that's a good compromise. That okay with you all? I really don't want to be gone more than 6 hours from the house at this time, and I'm pretty heavy on my work load (even if it's working from home lol) for the next 4 weeks.
As far as the date... I'm leaning towards the 13th. I really don't want to drive on Saturdays as my daughter has showmanship lessons that day with her horse. So 13th or 14th. If that sounds good, either comment here, or email me if that date is good for you.
Then on time, I think noon would be a good time to meet. Just need to find a decent place close to the Interstate.