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SoftMaple 2002 litter

Happy Birthday!!!

4/10/2002 9:32 pm first pup is born. Liver boy. Seger's temperature never did drop. (takes after her mother!)
10:03 Black boy is born
10:08 Liver boy......
10:25 Black girl.... yes, a girl! Seger probably doesn't understand that everyone seems to want girls....and liver girls at that! Must be she wasn't listening to my pep talks!
11:15 another black boy. All are doing well. Just wanted to pop up with a quick update and the first pictures..... back to Seger!

11:40 Black girl
11:50 another black girl
12:30 Liver boy
12:45 Black girl
Not sure if she is done yet or not. She is being real good, and all the pups look fine. I'll put up the weights later.

1:45 Finally, a liver girl! ( Oh well, one is better than none) I think this is the last pup, as Seger stops active labor, and gets down to the business of trying to organize her family where she wants them in the box. The weights are all mostly over a pound, with some of the big guys 18oz.

Here Seger gets a drink of electrolyte solution for an energy boost. (yes, that's my lucky chamber pot! I got in the habit of using that in the whelping box years ago..... and never thought twice about it, until the book Curly-Coated Retriever, A complete and Reliable Handbook came out by the Meeks. Someone e-mailed me and said, *hey, your Chamber pot pups are on page 42 of the new curly book!* )

total count as of 4:00am

3 liver boys
2 black boys
4 black girls
1 liver girl

4/11/2002 Day one starts with a power outage!

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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!

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