A teenage love story... You may have noticed that we didn't post this litter or offer a public live stream until recently. This is because this special pairing was NOT supposed to happen. At only 1 year old, Lucy is a bit younger than our other mommies. We planned to wait at least one more estrus cycle (called a heat cycle) before she was to have her first "boyfriend" so that she could mature a little more, and we could complete all of her health testing.... but this silly girl had other plans.
Lucy and Rocky are full time residents in our home at Red Spring Farm. When Lucy entered her heat cycle (which occur about 2x a year last 3 weeks) we separated these two youngsters- they were not allowed in the same room and had to be separated by 2 fences outside. This worked well for 10 days and they didn't seem to think much of it. On the morning of the 11th day, Lucy decided to perform a feat that no dog at Red Spring Farm had done- she managed to climb AND dig under both fences. In a matter of 15 minutes- what was supposed to be a morning potty break turned into a full blown honeymoon. I panicked, called our vet, and rushed Lucy in for blood work to determine where she was in her heat cycle. Sure enough, she had recently ovulated and chances were good that she would conceive. I discussed our options with the vet and we decided not to go the route of the "doggy-abortion" shot (I felt that the side effects for mom were riskier than a pregnancy). Lucy is in great health, and the vet assured me that many, many dogs get pregnant at her age and much younger, that chances were all would go well.
Rather than offering Lucy's litter to the public, I decided to wait until:
1) We knew she was in fact pregnant, even with perfect timing pregnancies don't always occur 2) If she was pregnant, I wanted to wait until she delivered and successfully mothered her litter- I was nervous that a young mom would have difficulties with the adjustment into motherhood 3) I made decisions on how to complete her health testing during/after her pregnancy.
Thankfully Lucy made it easy on me! She had a very smooth "teenage" pregnancy and quick delivery, she gave birth to 6 healthy pups. She has been a fabulous mom with plenty of milk and natural instinct, and her pups are thriving. I have decided to offer her pups with our full health guarantee, and Lucy will complete her testing once she recovers from this litter. All of her puppies will be free of all the genetic diseases that we test for (based of Lucy's parent's results and Rocky's results). Lucy has had a normal OFA CERF (eye exam) and preliminary/office vet exams of her heart (via auscultation) and knees, she will receive official certification for these when her pups go in for their puppy exam. We will be waiting until after she recovers from this litter to complete her Hip and Elbow xrays (for OFA and Pennhip) because these require sedation, and we do not want to sedate her until she is done lactating and gains her weight back. Her parents scored OFA Final Excellent and OFA Prelim Good on their hips, and both elbows were normal. Rocky received OFA Prelim Good on his hips and completed his eye, heart, knee, elbow and genetic testing- all perfect. Both dogs come from a long line of Good/Excellent hips with many tested relatives- all passing.
I always say, sometimes the dogs just know best. I think that rang true in this situation!
I make a huge effort to be as transparent as possible here at Red Spring Farm. If you are interested in this list but you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.
Weekly "Pupdates" are posted below on Fridays by 5PM The 1, 2, & 3 Week Pupdates will include weights and a general litter update. At 4 Weeks, ID collars go on the pups (prior to this we avoid any sort of collar or color coding dye for their safety. The 4, 5 & 6 Week Pupdates will include weights and brief description of each pup as their personality emerges. The 7 Week (Final) Pupdate will include weights, personality descriptions, temperament testing, and vet checkup results.
07.19.19- 6th Pupdate
Lucy's crew had a big week of growing! They are really getting active and playing, so we will be working on setting up a "big puppy" pen for them to spend periods of time playing. This coming week they will also have their vet visit for vaccinations and exams. Remember, next weekend is puppy selection day! We will be posting information regarding how and when selections will be made on Monday.
Mr. Red: 3lbs 6oz Mr. Red is full of personality and fun (but is also secretly a cuddle bug)! He uses his paws like hands and will swat at his siblings while they wrestle. He acts big and tough, but is really a huge baby who gives the sweetest kisses. Mr. Green: 4 lbs 1 oz. What a looker! This hunky fellow is confident, playful, and gentle. He is food motivated and has quickly learned that treats are in my hands, he is always licking my fingers hoping for a morsel. Mr. Blue: 3 lbs 1 oz. Mr. Blue could pass for a little lamb, he has the softest curly coat and is gentle and sweet. He is low key for a puppy and is so gentle taking treats from my hand. Ms. Purple: 3 lbs 3 oz. This little girlie has a gorgeous plush coat and a nice square frame. She is all girl and poses so sweetly for the camera... she has also really mastered those puppy dog eyes. She is playful with her siblings but quick to retreat if playime gets too rough. Ms. Pink: 3 lbs 14oz. Ms. Pink is all about FOOD, she is quite the chunk and takes food willingly out of my hand. She has a straight style coat with very little wave. She is on the submissive side and has expressive eyes. Ms. Yellow: 3 lbs 9 oz. This beautiful pup has a nice square head while still being feminine. She is intelligent and thoughtful, and is more interested in what you are doing than treats. She has a very soft fleece coat that runs through your fingers like silk.
07.12.19- 5th Pupdate
Lucy's little tikes are on the move! We expanded their toddler pen so they can move a little more freely, and we had added a litter pan. Litter training has many benefits- but the most notable is that it helps with potty training (and crate training) when they join your family.
Mr. Red: 3 lbs 0 oz. Mr. Red a total playtime-starter with his siblings and is playful as ever! Mr. Green: 3 lbs 4 oz. This big guy is definitely going to be larger than his siblings- I suspect he may push the estimated weight range for this litter. He is still a pretty chilled out pup and spends a lot of time sleeping, but has started playing a little more (when he isn't posing for the camera). Mr. Blue: 2 lbs10 oz. This fella is the sweetheart of the group, he has a quiet, gentle demeanor and prefers relaxed playtime rather than rambunctious wrestling. Ms. Purple: 2 lbs 10oz. The smallest in the group, this gal doesn't let that slow her down. She is a blast... confident and playful! Ms. Pink: 3 lbs 3 oz. Ms. Pink has come out of her shell this week! She is very interested and focused on people, and is the first to greet me at the edge of the playpen. Ms. Yellow: 2 lbs13 oz. This girlie is precious! She is relaxed enough to sit quietly while you pet her but still plays with you when prompted and already makes eye contact. She has a great stocky build but is still feminine- excited to see how this one looks as she grow. Beautiful!
07.05.19- 4th Pupdate
Lucy's litter is doing SO well. They are little butter balls at this point- so chunky and healthy! Normally puppy ID collars go on today... but we are out! I have ordered them off amazon and they should arrive early next week and will be put on when they get here :)
This has been exciting week, we moved pups to the toddler pen (too many escape artists!) and will slowly begin litter training. In the very first step, we bring over their old/used whelping pad and add a clean, soft bed. The hope is that they begin using the bed as their sleeping space, and move off of it to use the whelping pad to defecate. Of course, it will be many weeks before they perfect this, but we are starting to see progress already.
Mr. Red: 2 lbs 5 oz. This little dood is inquisitive and alert. He is docile while being handled, but is a playtime starter among his litter mates. Mr. Green: 2 lbs 8 oz. This hunky monkey is thick built with a handsome blocky head. Because of his extra "bulk" he is a little slower moving and sleepy than the others... but super sweet. Mr. Blue: 2 lbs 2 oz. Awww this curly fella is just precious. He doesn't mind being held upside down or really in any direction. He is a happy guy, and likes to nurse on your fingers. Ms. Purple: 2 lbs 1 oz. This gal has spunk for her age! She was the first out of the whelping box and continued to escape until we had to upgrade this bunch to a toddler pen :) She is alert and interested in what you are doing. Ms. Pink: 2 lbs 5 oz. This sweetie is a little quieter and more reserved than her littermates (but this could change, they are still just babies). Ms. Yellow: 2 lbs 3 oz. Wow- every time I look at this girl I am taken back by how pure white she is. Quite the stunner, with a great middle of the road temperament.
06.28.19- 3rd Pupdate
We have peepers!!! Pups are starting to look around and actively toddle... Lucy is following in her mom's footsteps and is a fabulous mother.
Mr. Red: 693 grams Mr. Green: 702 grams Mr. Blue: 668 grams Ms. Purple: 658 grams Ms. Pink: 717 grams Ms. Yellow: 684 grams
06.21.19- 2nd Pupdate
Lucy's pups are growing very quickly, all are nursing well and getting FAT. Lucy has shocked us with how well she is adjusting to motherhood, especially for her young age. She is a very attentive mommy, who is obviously quite proud of her attractive brood!
Mr. Red: 513 grams Mr. Green: 551 grams Mr. Blue: 497 grams Ms. Purple: 492 grams Ms. Pink: 519 grams Ms. Yellow: 517 grams
06.14.19- 1st Pupdate
This is an early 1st week pupdate... but since we have other litters coming, this is the best way to space out puppy pickup weeks in October! Babies are all nursing and mommy is a natural, way to go Lucy!
Mr. Red: 352 grams Mr. Green: 312 grams Mr. Blue: 299 grams Ms. Purple: 274 grams Ms. Pink: 278 grams Ms. Yellow: 292 grams
06.13.19- Happy Birthday!
Welcome to the world, precious babies! Lucy had 6 beautiful babies, 3 girls and 3 boys. Mom and pups are doing well, every pup nursed immediately and was a healthy birth weight.
Mr. Red: Red with white markings, curly coat Mr. Green: Red/apricot with white markings, wavy coat Mr. Blue: Solid white, curly coat Ms. Purple: Red/Apricot with white markings, curly coat Ms. Pink: Red/Apricot with white markings, wavy coat Ms. Yellow: Solid white, wavy coat
Because there are such extreme color differences in this litter, we have split the reservation list based off of color... one list is for the white colored pups, the other list is for the red/apricot colored pups.