SoftMaple N Backcast 2012 Spring Litter

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1 of each so far

Looks like she is done.

12 hours after having the first liver girl, Emma decides to have another! Followed by another liver boy.

Total count is 1 black girl, 1 black boy, 2 liver boys and 2 liver girls

Puppies born 4/24/2012!

CH. Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver at Flyway NAP CHIC

FLATCURLS Follow Me Forever To Softmaple
CR-942E39F-VPI, CR-347550, CR-CA396/40F/C-VPI

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Announcement: We have just heard that a grandmother of our Spring 2012 litter has had seizures. This has not been confirmed by the Breeder of Lilly. I have emailed the owners of several of Emma's litter mates and asked if they have had any problems with any of Emma's siblings, or the offspring of Emma's siblings. So far the feedback I have gotten is that they have had no seizuring issues with any of the siblings, or the offspring. I will keep everyone updated if I hear otherwise. Emma is 4 years old and has had no problems.

My mentor always told me, if you find a line of curlies that has no health problems--RUN! that just means they aren't testing, aren't asking questions, or are hiding something. Unfortunately that seems to be true.

4/2/2012 I hear from Emma's sister's owners from Serbia. They have had no problems with Gina.

4/14/2012 I hear from Coco's owner in Spain. They have had no problems with Emma's brother


4/15/2012 Java's owner from Russia contacted me, and they have had no seizure problems with Emma's sister.


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CH Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver to Flyway NAP
CR-CA368/24M/C-NOPI, CR-920G24M-VPI, CR-EL219M24-VPI
Clear for EIC and GSD IIIa by parentage

BIS BISS Am GCH/Can CH Down DaTrail Hunting Thrills, CD Reg#SR23159201, CR-839G30M-PI, CR-EL181M30-PI, CR-933, CR-CA306/37M/C-PI, GSDIIIa clear
Thrills goes Best In Show 1/15/2011!

SHR Ch Watermark Blazn DownDaTrail WC , CR-617F26M

BISS CH Pizzazz Topped With Desire WC, CR-819E54F-PI

Ch. Softmaple's Pheasant Dreams JH, CD, UWC, RA, CGC, AOM, ROM HOF CR-CA178/53F/S-PI CR-EL134F34-NOPI CR-814 CR-722G34F-NOPI, GSDIIIa clear

CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, RN, CGC HOF, ROM CR-536G27M-T CR-CA177/89M/C-PI-ECHO, CERF 2001, GSDIIIa clear

CH Charwin Evensong WCX JH CGC CD HOF SN24115701 CR-CA22/41F/C CR-480F35F CERF CR-489 95,98,2000

FLATCURLS Follow Me Forever To Softmaple
CR-942E39F-VPI, CR-347550 11,11, CR-CA396/40F/C-VPI

Junior Champion VDH, Ortenau Jugendsieger 08, 6 x BOB Ustäsen`s Arntor

Int Ch, Fin & S Ch, Finnish Winner 2001, Swedish Winner 2001&2002
Heathermead Huxley

Ch. Racycurls Fjord

JCH-BiH, JCH-MNE, JCH-LUX., JCH-VDH, SCG.Ch.,Europajugendsieger07 Waterloo`s Happy Ameli

Cornerstones Careless Lover

Ch. Racycurls Farris



BISS Am GCH/Can CH Down DaTrail Hunting Thrills, CD and his son CH Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver to Flyway NAP
Thriller gets a Group 3 and Emmett was BBE Group 1

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date:Tue 21 Feb 2012
Sire:CH. Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver at Flyway NAP CHIC
Dam:FLATCURLS Follow Me Forever To Softmaple CHIC
Breeder:Soft Maple Curlies
Mon 20 Feb 2012
  • First day of mating.
  • 48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
  • The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Tue 21 Feb 2012
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Tue 21 Feb 2012 -
Wed 22 Feb 2012
  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Wed 22 Feb 2012 -
Thu 23 Feb 2012
  • Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Thu 23 Feb 2012 -
Sat 25 Feb 2012
  • Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.
Fri 2 Mar 2012 -
Sun 4 Mar 2012
  • The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.
Fri 2 Mar 2012 -
Fri 16 Mar 2012
  • The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Mon 5 Mar 2012 -
Mon 12 Mar 2012
  • Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Sun 11 Mar 2012 -
Sun 18 Mar 2012
  • Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
  • Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
Fri 16 Mar 2012 -
Tue 20 Mar 2012
  • An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
  • It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Mon 19 Mar 2012
  • Start to increase the dams food ration.
  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
  • The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Sun 25 Mar 2012
  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Wed 4 Apr 2012
  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Sat 7 Apr 2012 -
Sun 15 Apr 2012
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
  • Her breasts become even more swollen.
  • She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Mon 9 Apr 2012
  • The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Mon 9 Apr 2012 -
Tue 24 Apr 2012
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
Thu 19 Apr 2012 -
Sun 22 Apr 2012
  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
Fri 20 Apr 2012
  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Mon 23 Apr 2012
  • Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Tue 24 Apr 2012
  • Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.

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

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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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Emma in the snow December 2011

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