Saturday, December 28, 2013

Upcoming Litter Plans

UCD Ch Neigenuveaux Fleur d’Northrock WC CGN “Sophie” has been bred to MBIS GCh Treebeard’s Galileo CGN “Oreo”

Oreo flew out to Toronto from Calgary, Alberta at the beginning of December with his owner Heath Kenyon.  We had a wonderful visit and our family adored Oreo.  He is a delightful, easy going boy who fit right in like a dirty shirt.  He got along great with all of the dogs which was no big surprise. What was extra nice was that he was totally fine with our cat!  Oreo doesn't live with a cat so this was a pleasant bonus.  The children adored him and he did very well walking to school with them in the morning and hanging in the elementary school yard.  It was hard to say goodbye when their visit was over but we are crossing all of our fingers and toes that Sophie is pregnant and that soon there will be Oreo x Sophie pups for us to love and cuddle.  We are enormously grateful to Heath for making the trip to Ontario with Oreo.  If all goes well puppies will be due at the beginning of February.  More information about this breeding can be found on our website.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cheerio "C" Litter!

The Obie and Mona puppies have left for their new homes.  These puppies have been a complete joy and our time with them has gone by so quickly.  Mona was a wonderful first time mom to her puppies and she and Obie produced some very special pups.  They are confident, friendly and ├╝ber affectionate.  Their new homes are head over heels in love with them.  I am enjoying the updates that are coming in from their families.  None of these puppies have ventured too far from home and I look forward to meeting up with them again in the future.  

Thank you to their new families who have opened their homes and their hearts to these four wonderful puppies.

Chewie went to live in Toronto with Maren, Paul and their daughter Lilly and they named him Barnie.
UPDATE:  Sometimes despite careful preparation and planning things don't go as expected.  It turns out that after living with Barnie for a number of weeks, Paul's allergies became unbearable and it was decided that it would not be possible for them to continue to keep their puppy.  The way a person experiences allergies can vary from one individual to the next.  In Paul's situation the visits to the breeder's home (even with multiple dogs present) weren't the same as living with his own pup and having constant daily exposure to the allergens.  We will always be grateful to Maren, Paul and Lilly for the love and care they gave to Barnie during the time that he was with them.

At the beginning of January Barnie went to live with David and his wife and their two children in Markham where he is much loved and now goes by the name of Alfie! His registered name is Northrock's Charlie Brown.
Leia has gone to live with Banny and Kim and is staying in Toronto.  She now goes by Sadie and her registered name is Northrock's Chocolate Kiss.
Luke is now Northrock's Caped Crusader aka "Baxter" and lives in Toronto with April and her  son.
Amidala is now Northrock's Calypso Rose and goes by Suzie.  She lives in Whitby, Ontario with John and his family.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Obie x Mona puppies - 4 to 9 weeks.

From four to nine weeks we were kept very busy with the puppies.  Lots of visitors came through the house to help socialize the puppies. 

The pups spent plenty of time outdoors, mingled with the big dogs and met the cat.  They all agreed that fallen leaves make wonderful toys. 

Puppies cavort in the yard on a sunny autumn day while Quincy supervises their play.

Sophie and one of the pups share a tender moment.  Kelly's exuberance is contagious and she quickly convinces the little puppies to play with her.  She was very good at being mindful of their small bodies and adjusted her play style accordingly. 
         Snowy days added an extra element of fun for the puppies!

We do our best to offer the puppies lots of interesting things to play with in their indoor puppy pen.
The puppies have had solo expeditions to other homes so that I can observe them in unfamiliar surroundings away from their litter mates.  They did great and were confident and outgoing each time.  

We did temperament tests on each of the pups when they were seven weeks old and were very happy with what we saw.  They are truly a delightful bunch and performed well during the test.  These Obie x Mona puppies were wonderful and we had a fabulous time raising them during their first weeks with us.