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SoftMaple N HunterBay
Fall Litter

Born 11/8/2004 (3 liver girls, 2 black girls and 4 black boys) out of CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty MH WCX CD CGC TT HOF CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF and SoftMaple N HunterBay's Poetic Justice CGC, PennHip, CR-CA158/21F/C-NOPI, CERF 2004

Week Five (Days 29-35)

+ Group activities and sexual play will begin
+ Dominance order starts
+ Rapid growth/development

Day 29

Early morning the pups are put in the Shark Cage for breakfast, while I clean up the puppy area

I use the Shark Cage, or raised exercise pen, when I clean the puppy room. I need a safe place I can put the pups, while I mop the floors with clorox, and use a high power fan to dry the area before the pups are put back.

Back in the playroom

Red Boy

Green Girl wondering where all the food went

Day 30

Day 31

Early breakfast in the whelping box

Messy puppies!

Since they finished all their early meal, I give them a bit more an hr later. Judging the amount the pups need at this age is hard. If they eat it all, I give them more. If they don't eat it all, Bailey gets more.

Up and over the side

And down for another nap!

Day 32

Day 33

If you pick up a starving Dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between a dog and a man..."
Mark Twain

Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.
Gene Hill

The poor dog, in life the the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still the master's own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonour'd falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth,
While man, vain insect hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Lord Byron
Inscription on the monument of his Newfoundland dog, 1808

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face…
Bern Williams

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours," faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."


Day 34

This morning when I went into the puppy room, 8 of the pups were crammed into the little airline crate sleeping. I put a crate in the puppy room for them to get used to.

One pup was sleeping in the whelping box with all the room and toys to himself.

Breakfast in the shark cage

Day 35

The play room

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

Information on our next litter:

SoftMaple Gunflint 2005 Winter litter

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