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SoftMaple & Gunflint

Boyerie Dese Maestro Music Please CR-CA148/24M/C-PI-ECHO CR-696G24M-PI CR-750
SoftMaple Gunflint's Beauty CR-715G28F-NOPI, CR-EL131F28-NOPI, CR-CA157/28F/P-NOPI


Week Four (Days 22-28)

+ Begin to eat food
+ Begin to bark, wag tails, bite, paw, bare teeth, growl and chase
+ Use legs well
+ Tire easily
+ Depth perception starts

Day 22

The pups barley fit in the Rubbermaid tub, and are starting to crawl out while I clean up the whelping box!

The pups are wormed for the second time

Mark and I make sure we pick the pups up frequently. Turning them over, holding them, touching their feet. Getting them used to being handled.

Day 23

The pups are more active now. They start play biting each other. Growling and barking.

They can hear and see a lot better, noticing people that come near the welping box. I play a radio in the background, and sometimes have the TV on near the box. (Beauty likes Animal Planet)

Day 24

Day 25

Beauty and Aysa take a break to play in the snow. We have been hitting temps of 26 below zero! They don't stay out long!

Day 26

Morning pictures

About 4:00pm I introduced puppy mush for the first time

The pups did real well with it. I have to separate Beauty from them while they eat, or she would just go in the box and eat their food and let them nurse from her. After they eat what they want, I do let Beauty in to clean up the rest. This is always messy!

The puppy mush I used today is one part condensed milk, some plain yogurt, a scoop of digestive enzymes, and gerber rice baby cereal. You can use goats milk, commercial milk substitute, weaning formulas. There are a lot of home made puppy weaning recipes.

News from the Curly world. Today Jet's half brother Curlew BIS BISS CH Riverwatch Southern Cross went Best In Show! There have been 6 other Best in Show curlies in the past. Only two were owner handled Best in show (as opposed to those that were shown with a pro handler) Curlew is however the first curly to go Breeder Owner Handled to Best In Show. That is a huge thrill. Congratulations to B/O/H Mary Meek. And Congratulations to his co-owners, Conrad &Ann Clippert.
The first curly to go BIS was Curlew and Jet's great-great grandfather, Ch. Summerwind's Charles Dickens CD WC TDI

Day 27

This morning the pups go in the shark cage for breakfast, while I clean and change the whelping box.

Day 28

Early morning with Beauty

In the shark cage for second breakfast

The pups are wormed for the 3rd time today. I had to get weights before giving them the worming med. The smallest pups are just over 4 1/2 lbs, and the largest are just over 5 lbs.

Go to week 5

(Puppy evaluations are done on day 49. That is 2/21/2005. The pups will be ready to go anytime after that.)

SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327

Information on our next litter:

SoftMaple 2005 Spring/Summer litter plans

Ch. Dese's Black As Coal, CD, WC, CGC, TT, JH CR-530G26M-T, CR-CA47/30M/C-T, CR-582
and CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams WC CGC CR-722G34F, CR-El134F34

SoftMaple Puppy Application