Weekly "Pupdates" are posted below on Fridays around 7PM (to start your weekend off on the right foot)! The 1, 2, & 3 Week Pupdates will simply provide weights and a general litter update. The 4 & 5 Week Pupdates will include a brief description of each pup as their personality emerges, but remember, a lot can change during this time period. The most in-depth individual personality descriptions will be posted on the 6 & 7 Week Pupdates. Temperament testing results will be included with the 7 Week Pupdate to aid with Puppy Selections the following day.
I CANNOT WAIT to meet you all for puppy selection day! Please confirm your time listed below is correct.
Bella's litter is doing fabulously! They are playing hard and despite being smaller than Tessa's litter- they fit right in. Their fecal test came back negative for Giardia and all intestinal worms (yay) but it had a small count of coccidia. Coccidia CANNOT spread to people. In dogs, the most common sign of coccidia is diarrhea, BUT most dogs infected with coccidia do not have clinical signs. In fact, when coccidia cysts are found in a stool sample at the vet in a dog without diarrhea, they are generally considered a transient, insignificant finding and no treatment is necessary. So-puppies will be sent home with a dewormer that is specifically made to get rid of cocci. We always send home an info pack about parasites in our take home folders, and it actually includes information on coccidia, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out immediately and I can get back with you.
Puppy take home day is quickly approaching! Please verify that the information I have for you is correct below. PLEASE remember- we only accept cash for final balance payments from this point forward because checks will not clear prior to puppies going home.
Miss Yellow – Staying at Red Spring Farm McCaffrey – 11AM Saturday May 4th, Paid In Full Via Check In Advance Patel –Morning (time to be scheduled) Sunday May 5th, Final Payment Will Be Made In Cash @ Pickup Smith – 9:30AM Tuesday May 7th, Final Payment Will Be Made In Cash @ Pickup Ashley – 4PM Saturday May 4th, Final Payment Will Be Made In Cash @ Pickup Stephanie – Noon(ish) Thurs May 2nd, Final Payment Will Be Made In Cash @ Pickup
Here are a few notes to keep in mind for puppy pickup day.
1) If you have visited a pet store, veterinarians office, dog park, or other area with heavy pet "traffic" remember to take a shower and completely change clothes BEFORE coming to Red Spring Farm. If you have been to an animal shelter, another breeders home, or if you have been around any sick (or potentially sick) dogs, notify me PRIOR to coming onto my property!
2) Full sanitize your shoes, particularly the treads, with a bleach solution. The most dangerous canine virus's spread from contaminants on the bottom of your shoe.
3) We HIGHLY recommend rubber rain boots or something similar which is easy to clean and won't be damaged by yucky weather or puppy teeth! Remember- puppies LOVE to nibble on shoe laces and human toes. Closed toed shoes are a must!
4) When you arrive, pull all the way forward until you are behind the vehicle parked in the driveway. Everyone pretty much arrives and leaves at once, so don't worry about being blocked in. When the weather is wet and muddy, we highly recommend that you stay on our driveway to prevent you from getting stuck!
5) Make sure you are going to the correct address , 3727 Old Lexington Road, Asheboro, NC 27205.
6) Please be on time (not too early and not late). Since we do this as a group and many folks are traveling quite some distance to get home, we get started pretty shortly after 11AM (or your time slot). If you are late you may miss some of Puppy Take Home Packet review. If you are REALLY late, I may have to reschedule with you for another date, as Saturday's are often my busiest days.
7) For traveling home... if you can bring a helper to hold the puppy on the drive home we highly recommend it. Though dogs are safer in a crate, we don't really recommend crating for your first ride home simply because it is stressful enough for the puppy and you don't want the first experience with you, the crate, and without siblings to be a negative one. Please bring a towel or blanket for the puppy to ride home on, a lightweight leash, and paper towels (for cleanup if needed... sometimes puppies get motion sickness on the ride home).
Selection Day Information:
How did puppy selection day arrive so quickly? Each family will be assigned a time on Saturday that we MUST know your puppy choice by (below). We allot everyone a 1 hour time slot so that you may call me during that period of time if you have any final questions (336-465-6023). The website will be updated in real time to reflect selections as they are made. If the selection immediately ahead of you is posted on the website early, then you are welcome to go ahead and call me for questions (or call/text/email me your selection if you already know it).
If your family will not be available during the time frame listed below, I ask you to email me 1-5 list for me to refer to from favorite to least favorite pup by Friday night (if you have any questions, I will make myself available all evening after the Friday "Pupdate"). This way, I can assign a puppy to you based off the list you provide. It is actually a great idea for EVERYONE to make this list so that you are fully prepared for selection day!
IF I DO NOT RECIEVE A CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL FROM YOU BY THE END OF YOUR TIME FRAME WITH YOUR CHOICE OF PUPPY, I WILL CALL THE NUMBER PROVIDED ON YOUR ORIGINAL APPLICATION 2X (5 MINUTES APART). IF I DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE, I WILL HAVE TO ASSIGN YOU A PUPPY BASED OFF YOUR APPLICATION. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ME DO THIS!
PUPPY SELECTION DAY SCHEDULE SATURDAY 4/27
BELLA'S 1ST PICK- RED SPRING FARM MS.YELLOW
BELLA'S 2ND PICK- MCCAFFREY 3PM-4PM
BELLA'S 3RD PICK- PATEL 4PM-5PM
BELLA'S 4TH PICK- SMITH 5PM-6PM
BELLA'S 5TH PICK- ASHLEY 6PM-7PM
7 Week Pupdate
Bella's crew went to the vet yesterday (4/25) and all did so well! It was such an itty bitty litter that I was able to carry them all together in a laundry basket, and the vet techs went wild over the cuteness. We will be running a fecal sample (check for parasites) early next week. Results should arrive by Thursday, and will update everyone in an email if anything is found.
Our vet is EXTREMELY thorough, which we love. We describe puppy vet exams in three different ways... perfect, normal, or abnormal. Every puppy in Bella's Litter had a "perfect" vet exam... yay! This rarely happens.
Perfect exams mean that the vet didn't notice anything out of the ordinary, and so no additional notes were made on the pup's record sheet (except "puppy patellar laxity," which is expected and will be listed on pretty much every exam for pups under 16 weeks, this just means that they have loose knee joints, which is typical for young small breed pups. Their knee joints will tighten and strengthen with age).
Normal exams are when pups have something worth noting, but these things are not unusual or expected to impact long term health. It is not unusual for puppies to have imperfect exams at this age. They are growing at a rapid pace, and this sometimes results in awkward phases. In fact, sometimes we have more pups in a litter with "normal" exams than "perfect" exams! Normal exam findings will likely either correct themselves with age or need simple correction at the time of spay/neuter. Examples of "normal" exams include pups with small under or overbites, small umbilical hernias, "innocent" heart murmurs (grade of 1 out of 6) which are expected to go away within a couple vet visits, or missing a testicle (sometimes they don't both "drop" until pups are much older). We will ALWAYS notify you of any such things on the first vet visit, and you are NOT required to take a pup that you do not feel comfortable with due to any "normal" exam finding. We will only allow pups to go home if we feel comfortable that the issue is benign/likely to go away with age.
Abnormal exams are when pups have an exam that concerns us for their long term health. An example of this would be severe patellar luxation (extremely loose knee joints- very different than typical puppy laxity), a loud heart murmur (ex, 4 out of 6), cataracts, etc. In these situations, where the severity of the issue in question may impact their long term health, we "pull" the puppy from the reservation list and they are no longer available until we can either wait for the next exam of have the pup checked by a specialist, depending on the issue. We have been very blessed in that every single pup we have ever had to pull from a list due to an abnormal exam has ended up being just fine and the condition went away with age! Still- we don't let pups go to new homes until we are comfortable that they can live normal, happy lives.
Ms. Pink: (3.14lbs). Ms. Pink reminds me SO much of her mommy Bella. She loves everyone she meets, human and dog alike, and she has such a confident, happy personality. She is always up for playtime, but once she gets out her zombies she is overjoyed to spend time in your arms.
Mr. Blue: (2.62lbs). Mr. Blue doesn't let his small size stop him! He is confident, friendly, and an all around great looking pup. He has a compact build and despite his size he is very proportional. He is extremely friendly and willing to venture out of his comfort zone when exploring new situations. Of course, he loves giving kisses.
Ms. Yellow: (2lbs) Staying here at Red Spring Farm
Mr. Green: (3.34lbs). Mr. Green is an easy going fella with an old soul. He is a great combo of fun and playful yet gentle and relaxed. He is a smart, thoughtful pup who will make a wonderful addition to any home.
Ms. Purple: (2.84lbs). What a photogenic little gal this sweetheart is! Not only is she beautiful, but she has the most loving personality to match. She is playful and super duper cuddly- she loves humans and dogs alike and is best buds with Ms. Pink.
Mr. Red: (3.82lbs). Mr. Red is the largest pup in the litter and is also one of the most submissive. He is so very similar to his father, Charlie! He is going to make a fabulous companion for someone who us home a lot or has another dog in the home to give Mr. Red a boost of confidence. He is so loving and wants to be right with me any chance he gets... definitely a velcro dog.
Temperament Testing: Using [A] for active response, [N] for neutral and [P] for passive based on:
1. Observation. Watching how she plays with other puppies, does she jump right into group activities [A], hanging in the midst of the activity [N], or submitting when approached [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
2. Play. When you first take a puppy aside to play with, is he hyper [A], easy going [N] or does he just want to be petted [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
3. Cradle. When cradling a puppy in your arms, does he relax [P], wiggle a bit and then relax [N] or kick like crazy [A]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: P
4. Call back. Using a treat or squeak toy and calling to the puppy while backing away, does he race after you while jumping or nipping at your ankles [A], follow happily [N] or hesitate and need coaxing [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
5. Tuck and pat. When kneeling/sitting on the floor, settle the puppy between your legs. Pet him in long gentle strokes as you praise him softly. Does he wriggle free as he nips [A], wriggle and then relax [N] or simply melt in your embrace [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: P
6. Bend over. Stand up, stretch and relax, Now go to your puppy and lean over to pet him. Your doing this may seem overwhelming to the pup because you're so large and he's so small. Does he jump up at your face [A], cower in confusion [P] or just relax and let it happen [N]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
7. Nose kiss. Cradle your puppy's face in your hands and kiss him on the nose. Does he bite you back [A], accept the smooch calmly or return the interaction with a soft bite or kiss [N] or pull back in confusion [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
8. Toe squeeze. In this exercise, you're testing your puppy's reaction and sensitivity to discomfort. While petting the puppy, gently squeeze the skin between his toes. Does he attack your hand. If so, he's definitely an A type personality with high sensitivity. A neutral puppy may lick or mouth gently, whereas a passive puppy will cringe fearfully. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
9. Startle sound. Take a bunch of keys and when your prospective puppy least expects it, rattle them above his head and gauge his reaction. Does he attack the keys [A]. Does he give it a nonchalant glance [N]. A fear reaction is noted by cowering or withdrawal [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
10. Crash test. Stand and wait until your puppy is no longer interested in you. Suddenly fall to the ground as if you've tripped and exclaim "Ouch" Does the puppy race over and pounce [A], come to sniff or lick your face [N] or cower and run in fear [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
11. Uplift. Lift the puppy 4 inches off the floor by cradling his midsection. Hold him there for at least seconds. Does he wriggle and bite furiously [A]? Does he relax and look around [N]. Does he look fearful and constrict his body posture [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Purple: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N
All A's: This dominant puppy is bright and interactive. Raising him will take concentration, consistency and time. His favorite expression is "What's Next!"
All N's: Easy going and contained, this puppy will be pleasant and self-assured, though perhaps not terribly motivated to follow your agenda when it conflicts with his own. His favorite expression is "Is it absolutely necessary?"
All P's: This puppy has a weak self-esteem and needs your reassurance to feel safe. Without proper lessons and socialization, he'll be shy. His favorite expression: "It's been 3 minutes, do you still love me?"
Mix of A and N's: This active puppy will want to be in the middle of everything but will show slightly more impulse control when stimulated. His favorite expression is: "Let's do it again"
Mix of N and P's: This self-assured puppy will be easygoing and gentle yet with a stronger sense of self than a completely passive puppy. Because he's more composed, he'll be an ideal puppy for a calm house with or without older children. Favorite expression: "Another back scratching please!"
6 Week Pupdate
This little crew has thrived and grown at a rapid pace this week! They have started to spend time outside and they are now eating unsoaked kibble. They aren't large enough to play safely with Tessa and Stella's litters unsupervised, but when supervised they are doing great despite the size difference! They have explored the tunnel and wobble board this week and have done very well with both- nonchalantly exploring the crackling noises and wobbly surfaces. Now that they have been able to eat unsoaked kibble, the stained/wet look around their face and eyes is reducing and they are starting to look white and clean. We think their white coat looks gorgeous with the green background of the grassy yard this week for puppy photos :)
Weights will be posted later tonight after bath time.
Mr. Green: (2lbs 10oz) Green is such a sweetheart! His confidence has grown this week but he is still gentle in all that he does. He enjoys playtime with Tessa and Stella's litters, but isn't aggressive in his play and after a little playtime he happily settles in for a nap on a human lap. He craves attention and loves scratches behind his ears.
Ms. Purple: (2lbs 6oz) Purple has come to life this week. She absolutely LOVES playing with all other dogs, regardless of their shape or size. She has gone from being a bit on the reserved side to very interested in new things and willing to take charge when exploring. She is super cuddly and loves to be held- she will lick your chin :)
Mr. Blue: (2lb 0oz) Blue is just hands down precious! He is close in size to Yellow but is more confident in interacting with Tessa and Stella's litters. He enjoys playtime with humans and loves play time but then happily settles into your lap. He is an inquisitive "dood" who enjoys exploring new things.
Ms. Yellow: (1lb 8oz) Yellow is still super duper tiny compared to her littermates, and much prefers the companionship of humans to other dogs. She tolerates interaction with Tessa and Stella's litters, but their size (and teeth, she doesn't have any yet) is a bit intimidating. She is very bouncy during her play with humans and wants to be held nonstop! Already quite the pampered princess.
Mr. Red: (2lbs 14oz) This handsome hunk is growing to be SO people oriented. Like daddy Charlie, he wants nothing more than to sit next to you and be petted and loved on. He is still quite vocal (hilariously so) and will even "talk" to his siblings during play with his exaggerated yips and growls. He does well playing with the other pups in Tessa and Stella's litters.
Ms. Pink: (2lbs 8oz) Pink is such a cutie! She gets along well with the pups in Tessa and Stella's litter, gently inviting them to play with her and confident enough to play with the larger pups without fear. She is a social butterfly who enjoys the company of humans and dogs alike- she reminds us very much of her mommy Bella!
5 Week Pupdate
Sometimes it takes a little longer for these itty bitty ones to start seeming like "real" puppies, but Bella's babies are finally starting to come out of their shell and it is ALL SWEETNESS! When family comes to visit, they always end up surrounding Bella's pen because the preciousness of these little ones is just too much to resist. This week they transitioned from our bathroom to the dog room and it is like a whole new big world has opened up to them. When we played music in the Dog Room, this little crew even decided to howl and bark along! They are loving toys and they are really starting to play with one another- full blown wrestling matches in miniature form. I expect that these babies will be similar to their mommy Bella in that they will be "big dogs" in a small body.
Mr. Green: (2lbs 6oz) Green is a larger pup in the group, but he sure doesn't act like it! He lets his little siblings crawl all over him and he lets the other explore new things first, while he watches until he feels comfortable with the situation (just like his daddy, Charlie). He has a very expressive face.
Ms. Purple: (2lbs 0oz) Similar to Mr. Green, Ms. Purple hangs back a little bit when exploring something new, but she is quick to jump in once she realizes that all is well (just like her daddy, Charlie). She still plays with great passion, and her BFF is Mr. Red.
Mr. Blue: (1lb 10oz) Blue is still the smallest male, but you wouldn't know it by his personality. He is peppy and downright adorable. He likes to wrestle with his larger siblings and often "wins." He runs right up to people who reach into the playpen.
Ms. Yellow: (1lb 8oz) Yellow is a super tiny little gal and she has absolutely stolen my heart. She has come to life this week and has earned the nickname "Dottie" because of the little black dot on her nose (her nose will likely fill in with dark pigment completely as she gets older). She is super confident and uses her paws like hands to swat during playtime.
Mr. Red: (2lbs 8oz) Red is STILL hilariously vocal (this guy howled along to Adele's "Someone Like You" one morning in the dog room and had us in crying stitches, we laughed so hard). He loves to play with his best friend, Ms. Purple. He has a whopping personality and is going to bless his family with constant laughter at his shenanigans.
Ms. Pink: (2lbs 6oz)Pink is still the little adventurer of the group and will confidently explore new items that are placed in the puppy pen. Even at this age, she is already showing some ball drive and likes to chase mini tennis balls around the pen (as well as she can on her tubby little legs).
4 Week Pupdate
Bella's boogers are so tiny (but all area a healthy weight). They have enjoyed the small amount of toys they have had access to (foster mommy Stella takes them out as soon as we add them) and they are proudly using their litter pan with surprising accuracy for their age. As expected for smaller sized babies, they aren't maturing quite as quickly as Tessa's litter, but they are definitely beginning to act like older puppies... wrestling, playing, and running about the pen at a surprising pace! They are even beginning to eat soaked kibble. Personalities are just beginning to show, but all pups are extremely similar.
Just a quick update on mommy Bella- she lost a bit of weight last week but is on the mend and her mood is back to normal! She has another checkup this week to make sure that everything is back to normal, but it looks like the worst has passed and she is feeling MUCH better. Because of her break from nursing and the medication she is on, we have opted to go ahead and let her "dry up" and head back to her guardian home. Surrogate mommy Stella is doing a fabulous job and is actually starting to wean this litter now that they have started solid food.
Mr. Green: Green is the most recognizable pup because of his unusual markings going down the side of his face. He very expressive and makes the cutest faces that show exactly how he is feeling! 853 grams
Ms. Purple: Such a sweet little gal, this pup is the middle-sized female in the group and is very playful with her siblings. She uses her paws like hands and swats at everyone! 741 grams
Mr. Blue: Blue is the smallest male. He is a combo of peppy and cuddly. He has a big personality in a small package. 619 grams
Ms. Yellow: Yellow is a super tiny little gal! She is still sleeping a lot (common for small pups) but has moments of spunk inbetween her naps! 587 grams
Mr. Red: Red is hilariously vocal, and enjoys wrestling with his siblings. 941 grams
Ms. Pink: Pink is the little adventurer who loves to investigate new items in the puppy pen. 826 grams
Midweek Pupdate... why isn't Bella with her puppies anymore?
Hello all! I wanted to reach out, as I am sure you have noticed some changes to the litters on the puppycam.
Bella has not been feeling herself since Saturday. Since then, she has dropped weight very quickly, and her milk production has decreased dramatically. Her vet appointment today confirmed that she has a common yet nasty stomach bug called giardia. Poor girl! We actually started treating her for this on Saturday (we had suspicions) and, though she is on the mend, we have decided to pull her from her litter to give her time to rest and recover. Since Stella's pups are ready to start the conversion to "puppy mush" we have swapped nursery rooms and will let Stella nurse Bella's babies. This should not negatively impact either litter's health or well-being.
We are going to be EXTREMELY busy this week scrubbing our home from head to toe to eradicate giardia- quite the chore. Please be patient with us getting back to phone calls and emails.
3 Week Pupdate
Bella's little bitty cuties are just PRECIOUS. They are starting to play and we will be introducing toys to their playpen this week. Mommy Bella is a wonderful mommy who doesn't mind anyone holding and visiting with her babies (unusual for a new mommy).
Mr. Green: 755 g
Ms. Purple: 603 g
Mr. Blue: 563 g
Ms. Yellow: 536 g
Mr. Red: 773 g
Ms. Pink: 703 g
2 Week Pupdate
Momma and babies are doing wonderfully! Pups are growing quickly and beginning to open their eyes!!!
Mr. Green: 485g
Ms. Purple: 478g
Mr. Blue: 386g
Ms. Yellow: 341g
Mr. Red: 534g
Ms. Pink: 497g
Weight Pupdate -
Bella are her sweet six are doing wonderfully. We have been so impressed with Bella's mothering abilities and all babies are growing so fast. We hope you are enjoying the puppy cam!
Mr. Green: 298g
Ms. Purple: 336g
Mr. Blue: 280g
Ms. Yellow: 252g
Mr. Red: 364g
Ms. Pink: 360g
Mr. Green: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 12:54 AM
Ms. Purple: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 1:07 AM
Mr. Blue: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 1:23 AM
Ms. Yellow: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 3:41 AM
Mr. Red: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 3:48 AM
Ms. Pink: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 4:32 AM
WHAT IS UP WITH ALL THE PARTIS! It is so weird! Seriously- I really do understand color genetics. We are supposed to have about half solid colored and half parti. Luna and Bella must have some sort of secret to this whole parti thing ;) I will be contacting a geneticist to see if we can get some insight.