Bella's littles are growing fast (though their weights may lean heavy, I weighed them right after dinner with engorged milk bellies)! I am SO excited to meet everyone this week.
Ms. Pink: 2lbs 14oz: Aww, we are so happy with our pick. She is very cuddly and makes good eye contact. Ms. Yellow: 3lbs 6oz: This gal is a complete spitfire! She was wiggling everywhere at the vet appointments and kissed everybody. Mr. Green: 3lb 6oz: This sweet boy will have you laughing so hard that you fall out of your chair. He still have a big, hilarious, fun loving personality. Mr. Red: 3lbs 15oz: What a hunk! This handsome fella is all about cuddles and rough-housing with his siblings. He has a sweet demeanor and is a great combo of confident yet respectful. Mr. Blue: 3lbs: This boy has gotten way more confident and people-oriented this week. He is my constant shadow outside and is full of fun.
Vet Visit/Pickup Info Below: Our vet is EXTREMELY thorough, which we love. We describe puppy vet exams in three different ways... perfect, normal, or abnormal. If your puppy did not get a "perfect" exam and you have some concerns, please reach out for additional information.
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.
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 1-2 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 a normal (but not perfect) exam finding. In this case, we are happy to refund your deposit or move you to a future litter. We 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, 4-5 out of 6), signs of juvenile cataracts, etc. In these situations, where the severity of the issue in question may impact their long term health, we hold on to the puppy 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 (typically within 1-2 vet visits) or remained benign! Still- we don't let pups go to new homes until we are comfortable that they can live normal, happy lives.
Ms. Pink: Perfect vet exam :) Ms. Yellow: Abnormal vet exam. Ms. Yellow has been put on medical hold here at Red Spring Farm due to an abnormality in her eyes. We are unsure of yet what (it could be significant, or it could be nothing). She will be going to a veterinary ophthalmologist to determine what when she is older. Luckily, all other pups (and past pups) have perfect peepers! Mr. Green: Perfect vet exam :) Mr. Red: Perfect vet exam :) Mr. Blue: Perfect vet exam :)
Take Home Instructions (Verify Schedule Below)!!!
If you haven't taken a peek at our Take Home Page yet- check it out!
I am so very excited to meet everyone. We are inviting everyone to a group "curbside pickup" at 11AM on August 1st. If 11AM is NOT a good time for you, please let me know so that we can reschedule for a different time (9AM or 2PM if necessary). I may have discussed a different pickup time/date with you prior. If so, no worries, just remind me :) I will update the list below as adjustments are made and I will refer to it on take home day, so make sure the time below is good for you. Remember, the sooner your pup gets back to your home, the longer it will have to adjust before bedtime. PICKUP SCHEDULE: B. Ciambotti*- August 1 @ 11AM P. Cucinella*- August 1 @ 11AM T. Ebersole* -July 31st @ 1PM R. Moosavi* *- August 4th @ 11AM
Take Home Day used to be done as a big group in our home (I called pickups a Puppy Party)! Unfortunately COVID-19 has forced us to make some changes for our 2020 litters. To insure the safety of our family and all the other families taking home a pup, we will be doing "no-contact" puppy pickups. We are lucky to have a large driveway, so we can have many vehicles arrive at one time with plenty of distance in-between. Each "parking area" in our driveway will be clearly marked with parameters, and a puppy pen! Everyone must stay in their car at arrival. I will bring your puppy and go-home pack out to you. Once I put the puppy in the pen and walk away, you may exit your vehicle to meet your pup, stretch your legs, and wave at the other families and pups (from a distance).
Important Reminders: 1) To prevent deadly canine viruses (such as parvo) from entering our home, please: -Clear the bottom of your shoes of all debris and sanitize the tread with a bleach product before your visit. -Do not visit any pet stores, dog parks, vets, or others areas where dogs congregate on the day of your visit -As much as we would love to meet your current pets, please do NOT bring any other pets when you visit. We really appreciate you taking these steps to keep our precious babies SAFE! 2) Remember to pack these items to make your trip home with your new puppy easier: -Towels or blankets to cover your seats and to hold the puppy in your lap with -Paper towels, Clorox wipes, and baby wipes -A water bottle and small Tupperware container with a lid to use as a bowl -A lightweight leash (non-retractable, dollar store leashes are perfect!)
PUPPY SELECTIONS ARE POSTED ABOVE NEXT TO YOUR NAME! Thanks for your patience :) Pups had a big day playing with visitors... who also happened to be fabulous amateur photographers! Take a peek at the litter gallery for a few extra photos. Thanks everyone for a smooth selection day!
5th Pupdate/Temperament Testing:
I will be posting pictures this evening (weather permitting I hope to get outdoors photos) but wanted to get Pupdates/Temperament Testing in early so you would have time to look it over. PLEASE REMEMBER- puppy selections are due Saturday the 18th BY 6PM. Please refer to the Selection Day information below the 4th Pupdate for a refresher on how that works.
Bella's babies have started to eat "puppy mush" and really enjoy interacting with the other mommies here (especially Ginger, who has taken on this litter as a surrogate a couple times). They are already playing with one another, which is SO sweet to watch! Typically I announce my selections by now to help with your tough decisions. Unfortunately, my selection depends on genetic/DNA results and the lab I mailed the samples to is behind due to COVD/short staff. They promised to try to get it to me by the end of the day on Friday or Saturday at the worst. So hopefully I will hear from them before selections are due on Saturday. If I do NOT, I will have to make a judgement call and select my favorites and hope that it works out! I am testing Pink and Yellow.
Ms. Pink: 2lbs 6oz: A couple weeks ago this girl was one of the more reserved pups in the bunch... but that is no more. She is bright and attentive, very focused on people and ready to GO! Her little tail never stops wagging. Pink is a ball of fun and is ready to spring at a moments notice- but in the meantime will kiss you all over if you let her. She is pretty compact in build with smaller features, so I expect that she will land in the low-mid size of the expected weight range. Ms. Yellow: 2lbs 10oz: Yellow is a sweetie pie! She is more confident than Red but she doesn't have a huge, assertive personality style, she is more of a gentle gal who has playful spurts in-between cuddle time with people. She loves adult dogs visiting the pens and was one of the first pups to escape the larger pen because she was trying to follow "Aunt" Ginger out of the pen. I expect that this girl will land around the middle-high end of the expected weight range. Mr. Green: 2lb 9oz: OH my goodness. What a little ham! Mr. Green is a ball of fun, his personality is huge and quirky- if you want a dog with a personality this is your guy. He is playful, interactive, and thrives on attention and praise. Of the boys, this guy would be what I consider a therapy potential pup because of his confidence and interest in people. He is easy to spot on the puppy cam because he is a shade lighter than his siblings, more of an Apricot tone than Red. He will likely be around the middle of the expected weight range. Mr. Red: 3lbs 3oz: The gentle "giant" (if you can call a 3lb pup a giant HA), this sweet boy is not overly timid and will do just fine in a typical home, but he definitely doesn't have the booming confidence that a couple of his siblings (Green and Pink) have. Sometimes this is a good think, as more sensitive pups respond much easier to "NO" and learn manners faster than extremely confident puppies. After he is 10-15 seconds in a new situation, he gets excited and is ready to explore, but it does take him a moment to process before he feels comfortable enough to venture out with his siblings. He is SOOOO sweet and is a total lover. He will be someones baby! He really likes people and will melt in your arms when you pet him and kiss his little face. He will likely be on the high end of the expected weight range (and could exceed it if he is a stocky/thick built adult, he sure seems to be stocky right now)! Mr. Blue: 2lbs 5oz: This sweet boy is a smartie, and will be be fun to show off in obedience class! He has a middle-of-the-road temperament. Unusual for a smart pup, he isn't as motivated as some of the others, and is a little on the slim side (not skinny by any means). He is a bit leggier than some of the others, so don't let his smaller weight fool you- I expect that he will be around the middle of the expected weight range once he fills out as an adult.
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. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N
2. Play. When you first take a puppy aside to play with, is he active/very playful [A], easy going [N] or does he just want to be petted [P]. Ms. Pink: A Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: A Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: N
3. Cradle. When cradling a puppy in your arms, does he relax [P], wiggle a bit and then relax [N] or wiggle and lick like crazy [A]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: P Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: 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 at your ankles [A], follow happily with a trot and tail wag [N] or needs a moment to evaluate the situation before checking it out (praise helps) [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: 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 confidently without giving up [A], wriggle and then relax [N] or simply melt in your embrace [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: N
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 playfully [A], crouch submissively with a passive tail way [P] or just relax and let it happen, nonchalantly [N]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: 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 kiss [N] melts in your arms, just letting it happen [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: 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 [A], lick or mouth gently [N], or whimper/appear anxious [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: 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 playfully "attack" the keys [A], give them a nonchalant glance [N], or crouch submissively and looks to you guidance [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: 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 yell "Ouch." Does the puppy race over and playfully pounce [A], comes to sniff or lick your face [N], or hangs back to observe what is going on before approaching [P]. Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N
11. Uplift. Lift the puppy 4 inches off the floor by cradling his midsection. Hold him there for at few seconds. Does he wriggle and mouth [A]? Does he relax and look around [N]? Does he "freeze" and wait for your next move[P]? Ms. Pink: N Ms. Yellow: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: N
All A's: This dominant puppy is extremely bright and interactive. Raising him will take concentration, consistency and time and an experienced owner is recommended. They can be extremely rewarding pets for someone who wants to have a highly trained companion or competition dog of some sort (Agility, dock diving, etc).
All N's: Easy going and contained, "All N" puppies will be pleasant and an ideal pet for most families. These middle-of-the-road pups are confident enough that they won't live for their owner's approval and guidance like a "P" puppy would (N pups can be stubborn at times) but they won't be as defiant as an "A" puppy can be.
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. With proper socializing, "P" pups can "built up" to make excellent family dogs and tend to be very attached to their owners. Mix of A and N's: This active puppy will want to be in the middle of everything but will show more impulse control when stimulated than an all "A" puppy. "A/N" puppies are great for loud/active families that want a pup with lots of personality and confidence, but that are not nearly as intense as "all A" puppies.
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 household.
Bella's babies have lost a little bit of that baby fat (don't worry about slowed weight gain this week- they were SO chunky coming in that it is actually a good thing) which has made it easier on them to start toddling all over the pen! Their sweet personalities are beginning to show...
Ms. Pink: 2lbs: This gal has suddenly come out of her shell this week (last week she was the timid one) She loves to be held and loved on. Ms. Yellow: 2lbs 3oz: This beautiful gal is pretty laid back for a pup and is tolerant of lots of kisses and cuddles! Mr. Green: 1lb 13oz: This fella has a great, spunky personality. He always seems to be the odd man out, independently doing his own thing! Mr. Red: 2lbs 11oz: This beautiful boy reminds me so much of one of our (unrelated) studs, Charlie. Easy going and just a fun guy. Mr. Blue: 2lbs This cutie pie is bright and attentive. He is a little smartie and has aleready starting manding (at 4 weeks- that is impressive)!
Important Information below- please read thoroughly and mark dates in your calender!!!
1) Selection Day Puppy selections are done remotely (NOT in person) in the order of the reservation list. This litter's selection day is on Saturday, July 18th.
To make your selection, your family must create a list from your first pick puppy to last pick puppy from all of the puppies in this litter. You must email it to me no later than 6PM on selection day (June 27th). Pupdates, photos, videos, and temperament testing is provided on this page to help you with your decision, and of course I am available to discuss any additional questions at any time this week. Please try to email me any questions by Friday evening so that I have time Saturday to respond to everyone (if you have lots of questions, do not hesitate to number them and shoot them all to me in one email, then I can knock them all out at once)!
I will begin at the 1st family on the reservation list, assign them the next available puppy that is highest on their selection list, and then move on to the next family's list and repeat the process. I will continue in this manner until everyone has a puppy.
If you fail to submit your selection list and cannot be contacted via the phone number submitted on your application, this will result in your name being moved to the bottom of the reservation list. This date is posted well in advance above, and it is your responsibility to reach out to us with your decision!
2) Final Payments/Contracts
We only accept deposits online. Final payments ($2800) are to be paid in full via check and mailed to our home (no online or bank-to-bank transactions, sorry). Checks AND signed contracts must be mailed to our home and I must receive your check by July 18th! Our local post office is very small- it is very typical for it to take the full 5 business days for a letter to arrive to our home. I recommend that you mail your check ASAP, so that it has plenty of time to arrive. Due to COVID-19, we are NOT accepting cash or any form of payment at pickup unless special arrangements are made in advance. Please reach out if mailing a check is not possible for you. Please make checks payable to Red Spring Farm LLC... mail checks and contracts to our home address: (SENT IN EMAIL)!
Typically contracts are signed at pickup. To prevent unnecessary contact on pickup day, I will be emailing you a copy of our contract (there is also a link below). Please print out a copy, initial each section, sign the bottom of each page, and mail it to us with your final payment check. I will fill out all the puppy information, spay neuter dates, etc. sign it, and provide you with a completed copy at puppy pickup in your go-home folder.
Bella's beauties are growing up SO fast. They are (by far) the chunkiest puppies here... the biggest benefit of having a smaller number of siblings in a litter. Their eyes are wide open and they are beginning to explore their world! We will likely expand their puppy pen this week and add ID collars (yay). Happy 4th everyone :)
Keep an eye on your inbox, I will be sending you an email this weekend regarding final payment.
Ms. Pink: 1lb 10oz Ms. Yellow: 1lb 12oz Mr. Green: 1lb 11oz Mr. Red: 2lb 2oz Mr. Blue: 1lb 9oz
These sweeties are all growing rapidly and thriving... and they are all beginning to open their eyes (SO cute)! Bella is a fabulous mom, we are sad to see her retire after this bunch but we are so excited to continue her legacy with one of her daughters from this litter.
Ms. Pink: 531 grams Ms. Yellow: 570 grams Mr. Green: 575 grams Mr. Red: 680 grams Mr. Blue: 539 grams
Mom and babies are doing great! Puppies are all growing quickly and thriving. This litter doesn't have a runt, they are all fat and healthy! Ms. Pink: 315 grams Ms. Yellow: 389 grams Mr. Green: 356 grams Mr. Red: 404 grams Mr. Blue: 359 grams
Happy Birthday! 6/11
Bella delivered 5 beautiful pups on the afternoon of 6/11. She gave us very little warning and delivered very quickly and easily... just how we like it! Ginger and Bella were a little a fussy last night since they could hear one another's pups (they are two rooms apart, but they are very attentive to baby noises) so I slept on a cot next to Bella's babes and they are adjusting well.
Welcome to the world! Introducing…
Ms. Pink: 173 grams Ms. Yellow: 219 grams Mr. Green: 197 grams Mr. Red: 227 grams Mr. Blue: 213 grams