Thursday, March 31, 2016

F1 Medium Goldendoodle Puppies are Here!

Lucy's seven gorgeous puppies arrived on Thursday between 3 and 10 pm. She has four females and three males. The females will probably range between 37 to 50 lbs and the males will mostly range between 45-60 lbs. All the puppies are healthy, strong and feeding well. We sometimes give  temporary nicknames to the puppies or my daughter does, yet feel free to be coming up with names and even naming your puppy at the puppy pick visits which will be occurring between five and six weeks, including weekends.  We will be scheduling puppy pick visits, once all spots in the litter are confirmed. We will also be sending out "Bringing Home Your Puppy Info" within the next week.

We had a small puppy when she was first born that is nicknamed "Spirit." Since the initial days are so crucial, accidents can happen with larger dogs, and there is a lot of competition in the litter, we have had Joy, our 35 lb doodle, nurse her temporarily. She has grown larger quickly and is now similar in size to one of her sisters in Lucy's litter. She will be rejoining her siblings by the times the eyes open which is around two weeks! And all the puppies from both litters will be socializing and playing when older.

Lucy is an amazing mom and hyper vigilant of her puppies, especially during the first week or so, and then she relaxes. Trina, the human mom, can be similar.  We initially gave Lucy a lot of wet food, during whelping, and with the initial days of intense feeding. She also gets raw meat treats daily. She is now back on her dry food and is starting to take short breaks which is very healthy. Lucy should be ready for a short walk soon!

Now is the time to place a deposit on our litter to confirm your spot, if you received an email from me. $300 can be sent via "friends and family" to paypal: trinapalosaari@gmail.com or to our address, provided by email. Deposits are fully refundable until you choose your puppy or not.  Puppies are available around Memorial Day weekend. If you are on my list and did not receive an email yet, I am confirming the first seven spots in the litter and will be getting back to you soon, once I know where things stand.





The whelping box is covered with a blanket so that the temperature can be high enough for the puppies during the first few weeks. There is also a heating pad in one corner so the puppies can regulate how much heat they get. Moms love the "den" feel when giving birth and it allows for a safe breeding environment. There are safety rails in then box to prevent accidental smothering in the first few weeks. There are large, strong, cloth waterproof puppy pads at the bottom and then fleece blankets on top.  We have had excellent success because we have utilized whelping boxes, and after 48 hours, if the puppies are doing well, they will most likely live a long and successful life.

"Spirit", a female F1 doodle







The puppies strip off "fur" when nursing, so it ends up in wisps around the whelping box, initially,









"brother and sister" above, both have white patches on their chest


brothers and sisters (above and below)


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

F2 Mini Goldendoodles Are Here!


Greetings everyone! Joy had a quick and easy labor on Tuesday night, leading into Wednesday morning and gave birth to five puppies, three girls and two boys. The girls are darker and the boys are lighter.  My daughter was so excited about the birth of the puppies that she stayed up til 2 am with me and couldn't fall asleep. Luckily, this is a rare occurrence. Four of the puppies were born before midnight on Tuesday, March 29th and one of the males was born on Wednesday, March 30th!
All the puppies are doing well, strong and fat! The cream male was the first to arrive so Mira nicknamed him Harry and she thought that the females were very loud initially and called one "squeaky." We may come up with temporary nicknames to reference the puppies, yet they are yours to name!  Joy is an excellent mom and taking great care of her puppies. She ate cottage cheese and wet food during the whelping process. She also at some wet food when things were initially intense, and is now back on her dry food. She is getting raw meat treats daily along with lots of love and attention.

Now is the time to place a deposit on our litter to confirm your spot, if you received an email from me. $300 can be sent via "friends and family" to paypal: trinapalosaari@gmail.com or to our address, provided by email. Deposits are fully refundable until you choose your puppy or not.  Puppies are available around Memorial Day weekend. If you are on my list and did not receive an email yet, I am confirming the first five spots in the litter and will be getting back to you soon, once I know where things stand with this litter. We will be scheduling puppy pick visits between 4 and 1/2 and 5 and 1/2 weeks within the next week. We will also be sending out "Bring Home Your Puppy Info." Enjoy the photos!

This is Joy, shortly after the puppies were born. You can see the cloth puppy pads that were underneath fleece blankets. After the puppies were born, we temporarily stripped away the fleece for dryness. Then, we put the puppies in a basket and put down new layers of fleece blankets. The box goes over the fleece and holds it tightly in place with no room for puppies to get underneath.  This whelping box has "twilight" fleece that was the perfect size.  Cozy and snug, yet plenty of room for the puppies to romp when older! :)

sisters are in the corner, the brothers are feeding











The whelping box is covered with a blanket so that the temperature can be high enough for the puppies during the first few weeks. My daughter also added some! :) There is a heating pad in one corner so the puppies can regulate how much heat they get. Moms love the "den" feel when giving birth and it allows for a safe breeding environment. There are safety rails in the box to prevent accidental smothering in the first few weeks. This box also has a flip top door that can be flipped up when the puppies are older.  There are large, strong, cloth waterproof puppy pads at the bottom and then fleece blankets on top.  We have had excellent success because we have utilized whelping boxes, and after 48 hours, if the puppies are doing well, they will most likely live a long and successful life.