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Moxie and Thriller's litter
Born July 1 2008

CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams CGC, WC, RN, RA, JH and CH Down DaTrail Hunting Thrills CD

Moxie and Thriller's pedigree

Litter bred by Eva Fowler Raczka, co breeder Cathy Lewandowski

7/1/2008 ~ 7/2/2008, the puppies are born durring the night and early morning.

Moxie had 2 liver girls, one real tiny black girl, 4 liver males, 3 black males.

7/3/2008 Day 2

Morning pictures

Moxie and the pups are settling in. Moxie took her breakfast this morning, and buried it in newspapers. This may be an instinctive way to try to save it for later!

You can see the little umbilical cords drying up.

Day 3

The puppies are weighed and the bedding changed in the whelping box. Moxie goes back in to make sure everyone is accounted for!

July 5 2008 (Day4)

4:30am pictures of the puppies.

Moxie needs to dring a lot of water to produce milk. But that means she needs to go out on lots of potty breaks. I get up about every three to four hours to feed Beauty's pups as it is, so that is a good time to let Moxie out, and give her a snack.

Puppy pile

At 6:45 am, Moxie was crying. I figured she had to go out. When I looked in the whelping box, one of the liver girls wasn't moving. Even the most careful of moms can accidentally sit on a pup, or a pup may crawl behind her. The pig rails help, but are not 100% in all cases. I buried liver girl out front by the big rocks next to her aunt from 2001.

I will lend to you for awhile a puppy,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
Or maybe for a day or two or three.
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?

Should his stay be brief
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.

But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.

Dew claws come off today, and the pups get tab collars.

July 6th (Day 5)

I am still giving the two little girls a few extra meals every few hours.

The two girls have pink collars. So there is Pink collar black girl, Pink Collar liver girl. Blue collar black boy, Blue collar liver boy, Green collar black boy, Green Collar liver boy, Red collar black boy, Red collar liver boy, yellow collar liver boy.

July 7th (Day 6)

July 8th, Day 7

Moring at the milk bar

Can you believe we are a week old already!

The pups piled up in the rubbermaid tub while I scrub out the whelping box.

Week One
(Days 1-7)

+ 90% of time spent sleeping
+ 10% eating
+ Susceptible to heat/cold
+ Instinctive reflexes: crawl, seek warmth, nurse
+ They can right themselves if placed upside down
+ Needs stimulation for urination/defecation
+ Rapid development of central nervous system
+ Need constant care from bitch
+ Rectal temperatures 94-97 degrees Farenheit
+ Pups may lose 10% of weight after birth, but should start gaining again
+ Weight should double by end of week


  • Look and feel vibrant, vigorous and strong
  • Twitch while sleeping (activated sleep)
  • Nurse with great energy
  • Have tongues that are pink and warm
  • Have skin that returns quickly to normal when it is pinched
  • Have tummies that feel full, but not bloated

Puppies are born with eyes and ears closed. Eyes and ears open around day 10. The reason a healthy puppy twitches is to strengthen its muscles.


  • Look and feel unthrifty, limp and flaccid
  • Stop twitching in their sleep
  • Rattle when breathing
  • Cease nursing, show weak attempts at nursing or cry while nursing
  • Have a tongue that is not pink colored and is cool to the touch (sometimes looks ruffled)
  • Cry most of the time
  • Double up in cramps
  • Have skin that stays creased when pinched
  • Have diarrhea and/or vomiting

Week 2!

SoftMaple Puppy Application

SoftMaple Contract

Click below to order your copy of
The Puppy Diary thrugh PayPal for $19.95
($5.50 Shipping and Handling)

Or mail a check to:
Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327

About the Book

Follow a litter of puppies from birthday until they go to their new homes. The diary contains lots of pictures, tips on puppy rearing, some breed specific information, and lots of information on the care of any breed of dog.

I started doing an on-line puppy diary since many of the people that would be getting one of my pups would not be able to travel here to see the pups. I did not want to put a bunch of cute puppy pictures online, and encourage anyone to have a litter just because they wanted to see cute puppies! Breeding dogs, if done the right way, is a lot of work. Lost sleep and sometimes heartache. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to raise a litter of puppies. Once I started doing The Puppy Diary, I realized I had a captive audience. These people logged on every day to see the pictures, and read what was happening. I used this opportunity to cram as much education into each day as I could. Health, Coat issues, grooming, feeding, socializing, vet care, puppy evaluations, shipping puppies.... you name it! I tried to put it in The Diary. It was suggested that I make it into a book. Well here it is! There are 560 pictures and over 300 pages of living with and watching one litter grow up.

I am sure may conscientious, caring breeders raise litters similar to the way I do. Its is a good look into the time, money, commitment it takes to bring up a litter of pups. Some of the things that go on behind the scenes, that the eventual puppies owners (family), never realize go into the litter. Enjoy my litter as I see them. Day to day


Chapter One (Week One) ... Page 1

Seger comes into season
Happy Birthday!
Removing the Dewclaws
Start of the Bio Sensor program

Chapter Two (Week Two) ... Page 48
Coat issues.
Tail Gland Hyperplasia
Do Curlies Shed?

Chapter Three (Week Three) ... Page 94
End of Bio Sensor Exercises
Worming The puppies
Eyes are open
First pup escapes from the box

Chapter Four (Week Four) ... Page 130
Weaning. The great food fight!
Introduction to the puppy play room
Shark Cage

Chapter Five (Week Five) ... Page 156
Field dog? Show Dog? CPE?
Happy Mothers Day!
First Stacked pictures

Chapter Six (Week Six) ... Page 195
Toys! Toys! Toys!
What’s In A Name?
Kids and Dogs
Introduction to Wings

Chapter Seven (Week Seven) ... Page 236
About Puppies and Retrieving
Socialize your puppy
First Shots & Vet Visit
Splish Splash, first bath!

Chapter Eight (Week Eight) ... Page 286
Shape up or ship out!
Requirements to ship puppies
See all the pups!