Thursday, December 5, 2019

Waiting for Puppies...

Photos about a week and a half from her due date.
Gracie has done really well throughout her pregnancy. She's less than a week away from her expected whelping window and is resting and sleeping a lot. (Her BFF Summer is always happy to keep her company.) 

She's always been a good eater and thankfully that didn't change during this pregnancy.  Through most of her pregnancy right into her third trimester it felt as though I was feeding a hobbit with all of the meals I was preparing and serving up. 

However, this past Tuesday it is as though a switch flipped and she decided that now she is going to be picky.  So the last few days I've been hand feeding her and temping her with all sorts of different foods.  We're getting through it one meal at a time.  Sweet mama Gracie, you don't have much longer to go.

Gracie on December 3rd
Lately carrying her puppies has made Gracie feel quite warm. Although we spend time in the whelping room every day, the kitchen wall is still one of her favourite places to stretch out and rest. The wall and floor are quite cool in this spot which for her is absolutely perfect! Last weekend I was able to hear heartbeats and felt the pups move for the first time on Friday    Now you can really feel them rocking and rolling in there and if you watch closely you can even see them moving! I'm so looking forward to the arrival of these special puppies 
Gracie snuggling up with me for belly rubs on Dec. 2nd.
For more information about this upcoming litter please visit the 
Northrock Barbets website and follow our Facebook Page for more frequent updates and photos.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mango x Marie Puppies: Eight Weeks Old

Dear Puppy Diary,

Such a busy week the pups have had as they finish up their eighth week. For the first time in their young lives they are acting like real "dogs" albeit little ones but, dogs none the less. Personalities are shining through in the puppy pen and it's getting easier to recognize the barks and play sounds of the individual puppies from another room.

The beginning of the week definitely had great weather allowing for plenty of puppy play out in their outdoor puppy pen.  Some cold early morning romps put a glow on those little cheeks. Four to six times daily for thirty minute stretches at a time.  Their conformation has been studied twice and their temperament test was completed on Saturday. What an amazing litter, they are all so close in every aspect.

The potty box is a favourite place to nap LOL

We stepped up the potty training yet again.  After their late night meal, we put the pups out with their mom for their last evening potty break.  This is working very well.  No playtime allowed at this potty break.  The only good thing about it being so cold at 10:00 pm is the ease of getting pups back inside quickly.  Brrrrr, too cold to be out.
🎶Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow 🎶 
The Mango and Marie puppies think this white stuff is terrific! December 1st.

The pups finished this week with the best play time ever after we received a snowfall that started midday Sunday and stopped Monday afternoon.  The pups were so delighted to be chasing each other and chasing these funny things falling from the sky.  They came in from that morning's romp, wet, weary and completely satisfied.  They were smiling as they settled for their morning nap.

The pups are busy putting the finishing touches on themselves in preparation for their departure to their forever homes in the next week.  Just a few more appointments and they will be ready....where has the time gone????

                             Until the next update,

                                                          Susan Luyendyk and Sweet Marie

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Mango x Marie Puppies: Seven Weeks Old

In this video the puppies are 42 days old. They are enjoying some playtime in their puppy pen. They are a quiet and content bunch, for the moment anyway.

The weather has been very good this week and the pups are outside several times a day now and enjoying every minute of their new play spaces. Here they are exploring their exercise area in the front yard.

It was so much fun to be able to get together with other Barbet breeders and go over the Mango and Marie puppies on Sunday the 24th. The sun was out and we enjoyed observing the pups at play, running about the yard and we were able to get them up on the table and evaluate their conformation. Thank you Carole Bouthillette and Janet Black Evans for sharing your opinions of the litter. Susan Luyendyk and I are so pleased with the overall quality and consistency of the pups. They are a nice bunch of Barbet babies and they have wonderful personalities.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Puppies expected at Northrock Barbets in December!

Ultrasound image showing four of Polo and Gracie's little ones.

We are happy to share the good news regarding the Polo x Gracie breeding. This week I took Gracie to the vet and her pregnancy has been confirmed by ultrasound. We are keeping our thoughts positive that all will continue to go well and that a healthy litter will be born in the second week of December.

More information about this exciting breeding is available on our website. If you are interested in a puppy for show, performance or as a loving companion, please send us an email providing information about yourself, where you live, they type of puppy you are looking for and the home that you can provide to one of our puppies. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mango x Marie Puppies: Four Weeks Old

Dear Puppy Diary,

Well week four, days 22-28 are behind us now.  Lots of new things happened in this week.  Pups are out of the whelping room and have graduated out of the whelping box near the end of this past week.

The puppy pen is set up in the kitchen where they are slowly being integrated into everyday life, lots of activity in this area of the house.  Plenty of visitors coming and going, and they even get to see the resident cat as he tiptoes pas their pen.

They are fully engaged with each other and there are some squabbles beginning as they test each others tolerance.  Their teeth have emerged and their canines are like needles.....ouch!  

They met their first singing toy complete with lights flashing, it was a big hit.  Their litter training is coming along very well and getting better by the day.

Best of all and to top the week off, on day 28 they had their first meal at 7:00 am that morning.  They dove into breakfast with great gusto, delighting us all with their enthusiasm.  They sure are a fun little bunch of pups.

Days 29-35 are about to begin...exciting plans in place already.

Susan Luyendyk and 
Sweet Marie

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.