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.
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!
Stella's crew went to the vet yesterday (4/11) and all did so well! I brought a helper with me since this is a large litter, and we also had our vet and tech in the room. Everyone was oohing and aahing over how cute and well behaved this precious litter is. We will be running a fecal sample (check for parasites) early next week. Results should arrive by Wednesday, 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 Stella's Litter had either a "perfect" or "normal" vet exam... yay! Anyone who did not receive a perfect exam had a note in their pupdate description about what was found. If you are interested in a pup with an exam that was under the normal spectrum but not perfect 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 (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: (2.02lbs) This sweet little gal is full of personality. She greets everyone excitedly and loves to be held. Her small size immediately causes adoration, and her hilarious personality paired with her size makes her irresistible. She definitely does not let her size effect her confidence, she prances around like she owns the place and plays with her siblings fearlessly! She settles down nicely for cuddles and enjoys being pampered. Ms. Pink had a "normal" vet exam. Her right patella (knee) joint was a bit looser than what we would call a "perfect" exam, however, this is extremely common in small sized pups and we have never had a pup not have normal patellas by the time they are full grown. We do not anticipate any long term issues with this... as Ms. Pink gets a litte larger and builds up the tendon, ligament, and muscular strength in her legs (she can only be so strong at 2lbs) it will go away! Still, just in case, patellar luxation is covered in our health guarantee :)
Mr. Blue: (2.85lbs) Mr. Blue has puppy eyes that will melt your heart. He has such a sweet personality and gives you gentle kisses while you cuddle with him. He enjoys human interaction and has a middle of the road personality compared to his littermates - not hyper or lazy, just right inbetween. Like almost all doodles- I expect that he will be a velcro dog who loves "his" humans and will be eager to please. This personality makes training a breeze, especially when you use a professional trainer who will help you learn to effectively communicate with your pup. Mr. Blue had a "perfect" vet exam.
Ms. Yellow: (3.9 lbs) Ms. Yellow is the biggest pup in the litter. She is now named "Annie" will be staying here at Red Spring Farm! Annie had a "perfect" vet exam.
Ms. Orange: (2.66lbs) Ms. Orange is a blast! She is build larger than Ms. Purple and Ms. Pink, but has a nice frame and a lovely boxy head. She is an extremely smart gal and you can almost see her wheels turning when she is evaluating a new situation- fantastic for a family who would love to teach their pup more complex tricks. It looks like she may have a natural ball drive so she would appreciate someone who wants a fun dog that will play fetch (but who also wants to cuddle on the couch afterwards)! Ms. Orange has a "perfect" vet exam.
Ms. Green: (2.4lbs) Ms. Green has got eye that will look deep into your soul (in fact, our vet even said "there is something special about this one"). She is super playful and is still the first pup to greet you when you enter the puppy pen. She is going to be super attached to "her" humans but she will likely want to share the love with everyone she meets as long as she is properly socialized by her family as a young puppy. She is food driven which definitely helps aid in training. Ms. Green had a "normal" exam. She has a tiny underbite. We expect this to go away when she loses her baby teeth and gets her adult teeth (we have had 3 pups with a similar underbite that all corrected into a proper "scissor bite" by the time they were 1 year old). Luckily, even if it stayed the same as it is now, she will have no longer term health issues and you likely would ever notice it.
Ms. Purple: (2.56lbs) Ms. Purple is such a gentle little sweetheart! She melts when she is being held and snuggled, and is an easy going gal. She is the 2nd smallest in the litter and has the darkest red color (both likely inherited from the "poodle" in her background). She takes a few seconds to observe a new situation before jumping right in, but once she feels comfortable she plays hard! She is not as food driven as some of her siblings, in fact, she will often hang back and let them eat first so that she has it all to herself at the end. Despite not being very food motivated, you can see the intelligence in her eyes when she looks at you and it just makes you fall in love! Ms. Purple had a "normal" vet exam. She has a tiny umbilical hernia, which will either go away with age or (more likely) will need to be corrected at the time of her spay. If it is corrected at the time of spay, she will simply need an extra stitch or two. The vet that performs this procedure may charge an extra fee for hernia repair when she is spayed, and Red Spring Farm will refund her family up to $150 to cover the repair (it shouldn't cost any more than that, typically a hernia repair fee ranges from $25-$85, depending on the vet). Her family will need to keep an eye on the hernia as she grows to make sure it doesn't become significantly larger, red and swollen, or tender to the touch, which is most likely to occur if she experiences EXTREMELY strenuous exercise or play. As long as she is exercised appropriately, this is NOT expected to occur, as her hernia is really, really tiny. Whoever gets this gal is lucky that she had a hernia- because otherwise she was going to stay here at Red Spring Farm!
Mr. Red: (2.36) Not only is Mr. Red strikingly handsome, but he has such a sweet personality to match! He is a total baby and enjoys being held and cuddled. He puts on a big front, but in reality he needs to take a few seconds to observe a new situation before jumping right in but once he feels comfortable, he definitely has a blast playing. He plays in an "all boy" rough-and-tumble style and loves tug of war with his siblings. Mr. Red had a "normal" vet exam. He definitely has 1 testicle descended, and he very well might have both but it can be hard to tell when they are this small. It can sometimes take testicles 4-6 months to descend but, should his 2nd testicle never descend, the vet that performs his neuter may charge an extra fee to retrieve the undescended testicle. If this occurs, Red Spring Farm will refund his family up to $150 to cover that fee (it shouldn't cost any more than that, typically a "crytorchidism" (aka retained testicle) fee ranges from $25-$125, depending on the vet).
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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: P 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: N Mr. Red: 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 or nipping at your ankles [A], follow happily [N] or hesitate and need coaxing [P]. Ms. Pink: N Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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: P Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: P 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: N Mr. Red: P
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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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 Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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: A (she is a wiggle butt)! Mr. Blue: N Ms. Yellow: N Ms. Orange: N Ms. Green: N Ms. Purple: 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 (4/6)
Stella's crew is nearly weaned (still nursing about 1x a day from mom). Typically the first week of weaning pups don't gain as rapidly, this is normal. They are using the litter pans with exceptional accuracy for their age! They are really enjoying their expanded puppy pen area and they are sleeping consistently in their crate (woohoo). All pups had their first groom Friday with a bath, "FFF" trim (face, feet, and fanny), gentle blow dry, and nails clipped. They did great!
Ms. Pink: Ya'll- this little peach has SO much personality. She is spunky and doesn't let her (much) smaller size hold her back from wrestling with her siblings. She struts around the puppy pen like she owns the place, but settles nicely in someone's nap after playtime. 1lb 14oz Mr. Blue: This fella has the most adorable puppy eyes! He is loving, cuddly, and just an all around great little pup. He is definitely a cuddle bug. 2lbs 12oz Ms. Yellow: Good gracious this booger is a MESS, she is full of playful energy and is all about playtime and attention. She is a big girl. 3lbs 6oz Ms. Orange: Her lazy, sleepy temperament as a baby is no more! Ms. Orange is full of life and has an absolute blast wrestling with her siblings and zooming around the play pen. Still, she settles nicely after playtime and enjoys naps in a lap. 3lbs Ms. Green: Okay this girl is still a standout in the group, she is SUPER attentive to humans and wants nothing more than your attention and cuddles. She is the first to meet me at the door and is the last to leave my side during playtime. She will be a velcro puppy with her family! 2lbs 8oz Ms. Purple: Definitely the litter sweetheart, this precious little gal is 2nd smallest (after Pink) and is gentle, loving, and a bit reserved. She gives the sweetest kisses! 2lbs 8oz Mr. Red: This little dood has really come out of his shell. He is playful with people and is all boy (he LOVES when I interact with him with a toy, he wants to play tug of war)! He is lean and leggy, with very striking markings. 2lbs 10oz
Midweek Pupdate... why isn't Bella with her litter 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.
5 Week Pupdate (3/29)
Stella's litter is growing by leaps and bounds! They are moving around the puppy pen like lightning and making SUCH a mess with their litter pan (but who can blame them). We are excited to add the rack this week to help keep things clean and litter-mess free :) Mommy is doing great, her babies are huge compared to her because she has been feeding them so much!
Ms. Pink: Still the sweetheart- but with some spunk! This chick will bark back at me when I mimic a puppy "yip" 1 lb 10 oz Mr. Blue: A gentle, calm love bug 2 lb 6 oz Ms. Yellow: SUCH a mess. A big girl with a lot of energy and an enthusiasm for playing with other already. 2 lb 12 oz Ms. Orange: A big beautiful gal who has started playing a lot more in the last few days (rather than sleeping) 2 lbs 12 oz Ms. Green: Still a confident, blocky babe with tons of zest for life and personality. 2 lb 3 oz Ms. Purple: A little reserved but really cuddley and enjoys being held. She will nibble on your chin! 2 lb 3 oz Mr. Red: The smallest boy, SO handsome. Calm but getting more playful. Definitely a follower rather than a leader. 2 lbs 4 oz
4 Week Pupdate (3/22)
You guys! I am so sorry! One of our wonderful families reached out to us on Sunday to let us know that the 4 week Pupdate had not been posted. We DID take weight and wrote out a pupdate when we did puppy pictures and I thought I posted it... but I am not entirely sure what happened to it. Either I didn't "publish" it properly to the website, or I posted it on another page by accident (we have hundreds of pages/links, so if that happened I may not find it for some time). Anyway, I post one every Friday, so if a Pupdate is not up by Saturday feel free to assault me with emails ... you deserve a weekly Pupdate!!!
Since we lost the original Pupdate, the weights below reflect 3/24 weights. I will include a video of us weighing the boogers so you can see their personalities a bit. It is a little early to give very descriptive/accurate personality descriptions, but we will include a little bit about each pup for fun (remember- personalities at this age are still developing and really do not reflect adult personalities... wait until their 7 week pupdate to judge them)!
Ms. Pink: The "sweetheart"! Loves being loves on- 669 grams Mr. Blue: A gentle "giant", do whatever you want to me kind of boy- 986 grams Ms. Yellow: Very vocal, quick to bark and growl at me and new toys (and sometimes mom)- 1063 grams Ms. Orange: A gentle giant! Really, really chill and only has small bursts of play- 1069 grams Ms. Green: Hilarious little explorer! Gets into everything- 882 grams Ms. Purple: Middle of the road temperament, easy going but a little shy- 865 grams Mr. Red: Really easy going, chill pup, doesn't get too excited about anything (but the milk bar)- 890 grams
3 Week Pupdate (3/15)
Stella's crew is growing like weeds! Their eyes are open and they are slowly starting to resemble "toddler" puppies! This is a big week for these pups. We expect some big changes, especially towards the end of this week, which will likely include expanding the puppy pen to include a litter pan. A video will be posted Monday!
Thank you so much for your patience with us getting this Pupdate to you!
Stella's spectacular seven are doing just fine. They are all growing quickly and gaining weight steadily. Mommy Stella is a wonderful mom and she is very attentive of her babies. Pics have been added to the litter gallery.
Since this week's delivery was right at the Friday pupdate... we opted to post a video instead of stressing mommy for photos (they don't like it when we "borrow" the babies for photos that first week)!
Happy Birthday Babies!!! 02.27.19
Stella is finally in labor! It could take all night, but puppies are officially on the way! We will be posting as each pup is born below:
Ms. Pink: Red/apricot curly female born at 8:07PM! This gal is very small and struggling a little. We have her in an incubator to warm up. Keep your fingers crossed that she begins to nurse shortly, if not, she may require tube feeding until she gains strength. *Update: This little girl is a fighter! She started to nurse at 9:05PM. 2/28: She is perfect! Mr. Blue: Red/apricot tuxedo curly male born at 8:42PM! Healthy and nursing! Ms. Yellow: Red/apricot tuxedo curly female born at 9:24PM! Healthy and nursing! Ms. Orange: Red/apricot curly female with white markings born at 10:24PM! Healthy and nursing! Ms. Green: Red/apricot curly female with white markings on chest born at 11:19PM! Healthy and nursing! Ms. Purple: Red/apricot curly female with white marking on chest born at 11:27PM! Healthy and nursing! Mr. Red: Red/apricot tuxedo curly male born at 11:38PM! Healthy and nursing!
Mr. Grey:Stillborn red/apricot curly male with white markings on chest born at 11:58PM. We don't always know what causes a stillborn puppy. It looks like this guy's umbilical cord was compromised at some point during Stella's labor. We did everything possible to resuscitate him, but he had already left us. Rest in peace little dood <3
It feels like Stella is DONE. She had an incredibly smooth delivery in about half the time of a normal dog. We aren't surprised, we already knew she was a super-pup! The puppy cam and welcome to the world photos will be posted shortly :)