SoftMaple's 2011 Spring litter
Puppies born June 20th!

13 puppies. 4 Black boys, 4 liver boys, 3 liver girls and 2 black girls

See more of Day one, and the rest of week 1

CH SoftMaple's Yankee Pudel CHIC and CH Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver to Flyway CHIC

From 2011-06-20
From 2011-06-20
From 2011-06-20

From 2011-06-20

Torrie starts having her puppies 4:30am 6/20/2011

Starting to nest with her toys, but she ate some of her breakfast, so I don't think she is ready yet


You can see pictures of Torrie's last litter Here
Torrie's 2010 litter

Some of the dogs in the pedigree are featured in this month's Showsite Magazine!

Showsite 2011


You can really feel the puppies kicking now!

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

CH Down DaTrail Hunting Thrills CD Reg#SR23159201, CR-839G30M-PI, CR-EL181M30-PI, CR-933, CR-CA306/37M/C-PI, GSDIIIa clear

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

CH SoftMaple's Yankee Pudel CR-CA250/20F/C-PI, CR-897, CR-823G26F-PI, CR-EL174F26-PI, CHIC, Clear for GSD IIIa by parentage

Boyerie Dese Maestro Music Please CR-CA148/24M/C-PI-ECHO CR-696G24M-PI CR-750 03,04, CCR 75 CHIC

Fin CH Caballus Mafiosa Hips B Eyes clear 20.02.04

CH Boyerie's Sweet Liberty CR-CA137/65F/C-PI CR-583 98,99,00,01,03,04 CR-531G27F-T CHIC

CH Soft Maple's Gunflint Beauty CGC CR-715G28F-NOPI, CR-EL131F28-NOPI,CR-CA157/28F/P-NOPI, CR-CA157/39F/C-PI, CR-835, 05, CHIC GSD Clear by parents.

CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty MH CD TT CGC HOF WCQ CR-CA177/89M/C-PI-ECHO, CR-685, CR-536G27M-T, GSDIIIa clear, CHIC# 26208 Cardiac clear 1998,

CH SoftMaple's International Fling CGC Cardiac Clear, CERF CR-640G26F-PI, CR-640G26F-PI, GSDIIIa clear, CHIC

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date:Sun 17 Apr 2011
Sire:CH Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver to Flyway CHIC
Dam:CH SoftMaple's Yankee Pudel CHIC
Breeder:Soft Maple
Sun 17 Apr 2011
  • 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.
Mon 18 Apr 2011
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Mon 18 Apr 2011 -
Tue 19 Apr 2011
  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Tue 19 Apr 2011 -
Wed 20 Apr 2011
  • Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Wed 20 Apr 2011 -
Fri 22 Apr 2011
  • 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.
Thu 28 Apr 2011 -
Sat 30 Apr 2011
  • The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.
Thu 28 Apr 2011 -
Thu 12 May 2011
  • The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Sun 1 May 2011 -
Sun 8 May 2011
  • Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Sat 7 May 2011 -
Sat 14 May 2011
  • 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.
Thu 12 May 2011 -
Mon 16 May 2011
  • 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.
Sun 15 May 2011
  • 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.
Sat 21 May 2011
  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Tue 31 May 2011
  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Fri 3 Jun 2011 -
Sat 11 Jun 2011
  • 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.
Sun 5 Jun 2011
  • 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.
Sun 5 Jun 2011 -
Mon 20 Jun 2011
  • 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.
Wed 15 Jun 2011 -
Sat 18 Jun 2011
  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
Thu 16 Jun 2011
  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Sun 19 Jun 2011
  • 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.
Mon 20 Jun 2011
  • 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.

Tillett, a puppy from Torrie's first litter.

Petra, a puppy out of Torrie's last litter


SoftMaple Puppy Application

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

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More about how we raise our puppies can be found in The Puppy Diary

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

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Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327

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