Monday, December 28, 2020

The Oscar x Gracie Puppies: Week Eight and Nine and Heading to Their New Homes


Our time with these puppies has been absolutely fabulous. They are all such wonderful and precious individuals and we are grateful for the new families that will be welcoming them into their hearts and their homes.  These last two weeks with the pups are spend going over our notes, evaluating their different traits. Temperament, structure and breed traits are evaluated and with that information and with what I know about the homes waiting for these puppies, I make the matches between them and their families.  It's a responsibility that I don't take lightly as I want the very best for each of these puppies and for the families that I have come to know and care for as well.

This week the puppies went to the Luyendyk farm for an adventure. They did so well and had an incredibly fun time. They were very good on the long car ride there and back.  They were also wonderful followers when we took a walk down into the field.  I'm so glad the weather cooperated because several days this week were quite wet and rainy but we had perfect weather for this exciting excursion.

The puppies have been up on the grooming table several times and we do this so that we can better assess their structure and so that they can get used to being up high on a table. This helps to prepare them for their visit to the vet and it also begins to develop a positive association with the grooming table.

I wish all of these puppies and their families the very best and I look forward to hearing about all of their new adventures in their new kingdoms. It is my pleasure to introduce the Princes and Princesses with their new names, from top left to bottom right: 

Flynn Rider: Northrock's Puttin On the Ritz called Flynn
Jasmine: Northrock's Pralines and Cream called Lucy
Cinderella: Northrock's Persephone called Percy
Snow White: Northrock's Pennies From Heaven called Remy
Ariel: Northrock's Polynesian Princess called Kamea
Phillip: Northrock's Pocketful of Miracles called Cooper
Belle: Northrock's Princesse Théa Pour BleuZorange called Théa
Aurora: Northrock's PS I Love You called Rooke
Charming: Northrock's Prince Charming called Bruno
Rapunzel: Northrock's Peppermint Twist called Hazel

Monday, December 14, 2020

The Oscar x Gracie Puppies: Week Seven


The puppies are doing so well!  Lots of time spent outside playing and so many new experiences indoors.  It's a busy time with them and we are definitely going to miss this litter when they go to their new homes later this month.

One of their favourite activities was exploring the loud noisy tarp and hunting for treats on it. 

We are often up before the sunrise and Gracie is eager to nurse her puppies first thing in the morning.  These puppies have no qualms about running outside in the dark to nurse and to potty. While they are otherwise occupied outside, it gives me a chance to get breakfast organized for this large crew.

They sure love their food and we have fed them in different rooms of the house.  

Between Gracie and her puppies we are feeding several pounds of food a day.  It is quite a production. The dogs are thriving and enjoy their meals meals immensely.

The puppies get to explore different areas in the house which they like. Summer is a wonderful "nanny" dog to the puppies and is happy to entertain the little ones.

Sitting nicely for treats

If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Oscar x Gracie Puppies: Week Six

We had such a great week with the Oscar and Gracie litter. This is always such a delightful age with the puppies as they continue to develop and explore their environment.  When they are awake they are full of curiosity and busy playing, chewing, climbing, running and entertaining us. 

We continue to introduce them to novel experiences such as the musical mat. They would walk over it and it would make noises that would initially startle the puppies. Very quickly they realized it was no big deal at all and that the noises were nothing to be concerned about.

When they get sleepy, oh my goodness they are just the sweetest, cuddliest little bobos and it's hard to tear ourselves away from them.  

We had snow this week which was fun for the puppies too. Just like young children they enjoyed eating the snow and jumping in it!

Gracie is such a wonderful mother to her puppies.  She continues to nurse them and is patient and playful with her little ones.  I think she particularly likes this age even though the puppies now have teeth because they will happily engage with her, initiating games and tugging on the long hair on her ears and beard.  

If you would like to follow the litter's progress please join us on Facebook and like our Northrock Barbets page to see frequent updates and photos.