Sunday, 14 August 2016

Two puppies ready to go!

Five of Harmony's seven puppies have already gone or will soon go to their new homes. But the two black boys are still waiting for homes. (Sad to say, but black puppies are often harder to place than others.)

I am offering a $100 discount to anyone who takes one of these puppies by Sunday 21 August - so just $2300 (plus HST - yes, as of this summer we have had to start feed the govt...). 

We have:


DragonRam Levy 
black with a tiny white spot on his chest 
and white toe-tips

Thoughtful, Independent, Gentle
Levy is a cautious boy who enjoys exploring his environment slowly with his mouth. He takes his time to bond to a new human, but once he does, he will check in regularly with his people, and will benefit from an owner who encourages him to continue these behaviours. 

DragonRam Aristotle
black with white toetips on one paw


Cautious, Gentle, Patient
Aristotle is a sensitive pup who will explore his environment slowly by bumping his nose against objects and people. He takes time to bond to a new human but once he does he becomes more engaging and interactive. He will benefit from a safe space with regular routines and a familiar environment. He will respond poorly to harsh correction. He has a low-average energy level. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Six weeks old! (Harmony's pups)

Well, Harmony's babies are now six weeks old! We are seeing definite personalities in them by now - feisty and playful for some, quiet and subdued for one or two. All are happy, healthy, growing well. 




The next two weeks will be eventful for these babies. Next Wednesday, 3 August, they will be assessed for temperament. That is fun for us and, we hope, for them - it's a chance to see how they react to a new person (the dog behaviourist) in a new environment (our basement, where they've never been before). We will get the results of the assessment on Friday, and then over the next two days the prospective families will come and select their puppy. 





Then on Monday 8 August they visit the vet for the first time, for a check0-up and vaccinations. Three days later, on 11 August, they will be neutered. Then just two or three days after that, they will head home to begin life with their new families!



As of today we still have two puppies available, but we expect another will likely be reserved today or tomorrow, leaving just one. We keep getting new inquiries almost every every day! By the time comes for puppy allocation - in just 9 days! - I expect they will all be spoken for. (But five of Galena's eight pups are still available - they are now four days old.)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We have MORE puppies!

Well, Galena did it again! Last November our vet had counted six pups on the ultrasound but she gave us six. Now, I am very pleased to announce that Galena surprised us in the wee hours of Sunday morning by giving birth to EIGHT beautiful babies, rather than the seven our vet had counted at the end of June. Cumin is the sire to this litter as he was to the last.

We have:
Puppy #1: male, 201g, caramel, born at 12:38am (Qibli)
Puppy #2: male, 238g, chocolate silvered phantom, born at 12:56am (Apex)
Puppy #3: female, 187g, light caramel, born at 01:21 (Mica)
Puppy #4: male, 255g, chocolate with white chest, born at 01: 49 (Bruno)
Puppy #5: female, 209g, chocolate phantom, born at 02:06 (Brooke)
Puppy #6: male, 250g, very pale cream, born at 02:53 (Zeus)
Puppy #7: female, 233g, solid chocolate, born at 03:17 (Piper)
Puppy #8: male, 221g, dark caramel/red, born at 03:22 (Flame)



So yes, my daughter Tristan and I had a pretty sleepless night, getting to bed around 4am (once we were sure she was done) and sleeping in until around 11.

This means that the winner of the Guess How Many Puppies contest is Catherine, who guessed eight puppies with the first born on 24 July at 3:00pm. When she submitted her guess, I remember thinking “24 July? No way, that’s way too early!” So much for my assumptions! In fact, Galena had been scheduled to come to us the afternoon of July 24, but her Guardians called up mid-Saturday asking if they could bring her over that evening as they didn’t think she would last until Sunday afternoon. Were they ever right!


Three of these puppies are already reserved, leaving five available. If you know anyone who is thinking of getting a puppy, send them our way!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Pregnancy confirmed!!

Galena had her ultrasound yesterday afternoon. We are happy to announce that YES!! We are expecting more puppies!!

The vet counted (most likely) seven little active healthy pups - give or take one.

Galena is due the week of July 25. So far we have a reservation for one of her puppies, so there are still lots available - but that is likely to change quickly enough. 

Here is the list of puppy guesses on her Guess How Many Puppies contest. We have a number of likely finalists - remains to be seen when the first pup arrives to determine the final winner. 
Name
# of puppies
date/time
Martin
4
28 July 14:30
Janet B
5
26 July, 19:20
Adrienne TC
5
27 July, 16:30
Melissa B
5
27 July, 17:00
Suzie Baril
5
27 July 18:15
Jennifer O
5
28 July 15:00
Barbara B
5
28 July, 23:00
Emma P
6
25 July, 17:00
Susan CB
6
26 July, 13:42
Sarah P
6
26 July, 16:30
Suzanne
6
28 July, 16:45
Tristan
7
27 July, 21:00
Amélie L TC
7
27 July, 17:30
Patrice P
7
27 July, 19:07
Karen P
7
28 July, 14:00
Joséphine L TC
7
28 July, 15:00
Monica
7
28 July, 16:00
Catherine C
8
24 July, 15:00
Katie GM
8
25 July, 16:00
Laurent L TC
8
28 July, 19:30

Monday, 27 June 2016

One (and a half) week old!!

The puppies are growing well. Some of their eyes are starting to crack open - right on time at the 10-day mark yesterday! By next weekend all the eyes and ears should all be pretty much open, though vision (and hearing) stays fuzzy for a while as the brain learns to interpret what the eyes take in. 

My original estimate of these puppies' size - based stricly on parent weights - was that they could be from 20-40 lbs, as Harmony is 20 but Hugo is closer to 40. However, I am revising that estimate downward now, based on the pups' birth weights and growth patterns to date. I'd say some may be below 20 lbs, and likely 30lbs at the high end. They weren't the smallest pups we've ever had - fiarly average - but are gaining weight at a slower rate than Phoenix's did!!

So far two of these pups are reserved, with continuing interest coming in. I'm sure they'll all be taken by the beginning of August!!

Here are some pictures: 







Sunday, 19 June 2016

We have a winner!

If you recall, nobody (except me) guessed the right number of puppies for Harmony, so I converted it into a “Guess when the first one will arrive” contest.

The winner of this version is…
Katie GM, mama to Whiskey (from Topaz’s 2015 litter), who is an uncle to these pups!

Katie, you will soon find a $10 Timmy’s card winging your way through Canada Post. Raise an ice cap to these puppies

Friday, 17 June 2016

Ready to go home!

Okay, I missed the Tuesday announcement. What can I say – it’s been busy.
Here it is… (drum roll, please):

Our puppies are excited to join their families:
  • Kinoko Ivy – Lai family in Ottawa
  • Tazman Peanut – Cook family in Montreal
  • Ash – Urback family in Toronto
  • Cooper Indigo – Ramesh family in Markham
  • Poppy Jasmine – Daigeler family in Ottawa
  • Lavender – Okhrimtchouk family in Ottawa


The pups will join their new families over the weekend (just one or two more sleeps!) – four on Saturday and two on Sunday. Then we’ll move Harmony’s babies into the puppy corner and start all over again!


Happy puppy dreams!