Lucy's beautiful babies start going home today! Yellow, Blue, and Green will be here a little longer, so we will leave a puppy cam up for these guys until August 7th. I forgot to let everyone know- all pups got perfect vet exams :)
Lucy's beautiful bunch are growing SOOO fast (though weights may be a bit heavy, they had just eaten when I weighed them). They are getting so playful and their personalities are shining through and holding true to the personality testing at this time.
Ms. Violet: 4lbs: This adorable gal always has a big smile on her face. She is playful, goofy, and SOOOO happy! She loves all people and other dogs. Ms. Yellow: 3lbs: The sweetheart of the bunch, I can't get enough of this precious little girl. She is intelligent and oh-so-sweet, a wonderful addition to any lucky household. Ms. Pink: 4lbs 4oz: This big girl is built like a retriever. She is so blocky/chunky and has a gorgeous, expressive face. She is the perfect combo of playful and cuddlebug. Ms. Orange: 3lbs 10lbs: I have fallen in love with this girl this week, she has done a complete 180 from a rowdy girl to a gentle, sweet lovebug. Check out the pictures this week and find the ones of her chilling on her back (so sweet). We are SO excited to watch her grow, she is a very classy looking girl. Mr. Red: 3lbs: I want to wrap this boy up and shower him with kisses! He is so perfect and has expressive little eyes. He is lower on the totem pole in the group and just melts in my arms. Mr. Blue: 3lbs 6oz: No better word describes this boy than STRIKING! He is a lovely boy with a laid back personality. Mr. Green: 2lb 15oz: AWW, what a cutie! Green has such a precious, carefree attitude. He loves everyone (human or not) and is quick to greet me every morning.
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. Violet: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Ms. Yellow: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Ms. Pink: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Ms. Orange: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Mr. Red: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Mr. Blue: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th! Mr. Green: Vet visit on Tuesday the 28th!
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 OR at 11AM on August 8th (this litter is on the cusp, so we are offering either date). 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: Ty McMillan* - Pickup @ 11AM on August 1st OR August 8th? K. Awad* - Pickup @ prearranged later date N. Behr* - Pickup @ 11AM on August 1st OR August 8th? H. Amato - Pickup @ 11AM on August 1st A. Lagarde - Pickup @ 11AM on August 8th
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 th 18th BY 6PM. Please refer to the Selection Day information below the 4th Pupdate for a refresher on how that works.
What a week! Lucy's babies have started to eat "puppy mush" and are interacting with all of the mommies here (especially "Aunt" Harper). They are already playing with one another and we even had two escapees 2 mornings ago - guess who?! Pink and Violet! 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! At this time, I have tested Orange, the 2nd pick is a breeder who is testing Red and Green.
Ms. Violet: 3lbs 3oz: This girl is bubbling with personality and loves attention! She is adventurous and likes to explore new things... but especially likes interacting with people. She is food motivated, sharp and attentive. She will likely land on the high end of the expected weight range (and could push it if she ends up being very stocky/thick-built). Ms. Yellow: 2lbs 6oz: I love this girls build! She has a blocky little head which, paired with her coloring, reminds me so much of a little retriever. It is unusual to get such a pretty head on a small pup. Despite being smaller than most of her littermates, she isn't timid. She enjoys gentle playtime with people and has an intuitive, sweet demeanor. She has a soft wavy/fleece coat and is one of the smallest pups in the litter, so I expect that she will land low/mid in the expected weight range. Ms. Pink: 3lb 4oz: The biggest girl in the litter! She and Violet must have gotten some "Clifford" genes ;) Pink is spunky, full of personality, and a goofball! She is always getting into something and wants nothing more than to play and interact with people or the adult dogs. She loves when "Aunt Harper" comes for a visit. She is very thick and block in build. Just like Violet, she will likely land on the high end of the expected weight range (and could push it if she ends up being very stocky/thick-built). Ms. Orange: 3lbs: This chunky monkey is an independent girl who will explore waaaaay out in the yard by herself, which is very unusual at this age. Her motto this week has been "quick cuddles- then time to explore." Orange is a slightly smaller version of Violet and Pink, she is thick built and will likely land in the mid-high end of the expected weight range. Mr. Red: 2lbs7oz: While Violet and Pink are the two curly twins... Red and Green are the two wavy twins. Red has a nice middle-of-the-road temperament. He likes to explore, but prefers to do so with another littermate taking the lead. He is cuddley and enjoys play time with people, all he wants is to be in a lap. He will likely land in themid to low end of the estimated weight range. Mr. Blue: 2lbs 11oz: This fella is the sweetheart of the bunch! He is a tail-wagging cuddler. He sticks close when we are outside, not because he is anxious, but because he is such a people-dog already. He has a very curly coat with lovely white markings. I expect this fella will be around the mid-range of the estimated size range provided. Mr. Green: 2lb 6oz: This sweet boy is on the lower end of the pecking order in the litter, but he is by no means shy. He really thrives on praise and with the help of his siblings when exploring. He will likely bond closely with his family, and is a pretty laid back "dood." He is expected to land low/mid on the expected weight range when full grown.
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. Violet: A~N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: A~N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: A Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: A Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: N
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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: P
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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: P Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: P Mr. Blue: P Mr. Green: 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 playfully [A], crouch submissively with a passive tail way [P] or just relax and let it happen, nonchalantly [N]. Ms. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: P Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: P Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: 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. Violet: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Pink: N Ms. Orange: N Mr. Red: N Mr. Blue: N Mr. Green: P
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.
Lucy's lovely babies are growing FAST! They have really gotten chunky this week and are beginning to toddler around their pen and gently play with one another. They are all so beautiful! I love this age when we start seeing hints of their personalities which are juuust beginning to show...
Ms. Violet: 2lbs 11oz: This beautiful gal looks like she has had a perm! Her coat appears quite curly, and her personality is spunky, friendly, and adventurous! Ms. Yellow: 2lbs: The only true gold pup- Ms. Yellow has a beautiful boxy head and is very playful and interactive with people. Ms. Pink: 2lb 11oz: This gal is a laid back version of her "twin," Ms. Violet. She likes to explore but prefers to have a sibling by her side for moral support. She is a sweetie when you are grooming her. Ms. Orange: 2lbs 10olbs: This big gal is already a goofball! She is mouthy and playful, and definitely has more big dogs style about her. Mr. Red: 2lbs: This sweet boy is all about cuddles (actually all the boys in this group are cuddly). He has a striking red coat, which (as all red coats) is expected to lighten some over time. Mr. Blue: 2lbs 7oz: Talk about BEAUTIFUL! If you love curls, this guy is a knockout. He is a little cuddlebug and loves to be gently petted and held. Mr. Green: 1lb 15oz: Similar in coat type and size to Red, Mr. Green is a gorgeous boy who is already pretty tolerant of brushing alerady and loves cuddle time!
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.
We have peepers!!! Lucy's babies now have open eyes and are beginning to explore. We will likely be expanding their pen later this week and possibly even adding a potty tray. They are chunky, healthy babies and all are beautiful! We are excited to see their personalities begin coming out this week.
Keep an eye on your inbox, I will be sending you an email this weekend regarding final payment.
Lucy's batch is growing rapidly, and they got a special visit this week from Lucy's Guardian Family! Eyes are not open quite yet, but they should be by next week. All babies are chunky and healthy.
Ms. Violet: 553 grams. Ms. Yellow: 473 grams. Ms. Pink: 604 grams. Ms. Orange: 602 grams. Mr. Red: 454 grams. Mr. Blue: 630 grams. Mr. Green: 478 grams.
Lucy's litter is thriving! They are all chunky little roly polys and growing rapidly. Mom is settling into her role and is a fabulous mother.
Ms. Violet: 347 grams. Ms. Yellow: 261 grams. Ms. Pink: 333 grams. Ms. Orange: 330 grams. Mr. Red: 264 grams. Mr. Blue: 347 grams. Mr. Green: 274 grams.
Happy Birthday Babies!
Lucy delivered 7 healthy babies through the night, 4 girls and 3 boys! Mom and babies are doing well. Introducing...
Ms. Violet: Solid red, curly. 245 grams Ms. Yellow: Golden girl. Wavy!183 grams Ms. Pink: Solid red with a few white hairs on her chest. curly. 237 grams Ms. Orange: Solid red female with some white on her chest. Wavy! 231 grams Mr. Red: Solid red male. Wavy! 206 grams Mr. Blue: Apricot with some white markings. Curly! 235 grams Mr. Green: Solid red male with a few white hairs on his chest. Wavy! 198 grams
5/28 : Lucy and Harper chillin' in their guardian home. Lucy won't stop carrying around the purple grape toy <3 Thanks for sharing Somer!
5/15 : Lucy has been confirmed pregnant! Woohoo! Lucy had a a full honeymoon week, so her earliest expected delivery date is June 10th, but could be as late as June 17th.