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Sunday, January 25, 2015
The first weekend with puppies!
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We made it through the first weekend with puppies in the house.   I thought I would share some of my experiences of what it’s like to raise puppies.

The first week puppies are born you see a transformation in the dog you thought you knew so well to something you almost don’t recognize.  It starts at the birth of the puppies, when instinct takes over and I marvel how they ‘just know’ what to do.   I have found the best bet is to stay out of the way and try not to hover over her.    The few days/weeks after the birth the mother dog is very protective.  When I try and pick up a puppy, Scout will look me straight in the eye and I can tell I am testing the limits of our friendship.  When my daughter had a sleeping puppy on her lap, Scout went over, picked up the pup and took it back to the whelping box.  The message is clear “Keep your hands off”.  This will ease in the coming weeks.  We will just need to wait for Scout to let us know when she decides visitors are welcome.

After the whelping, my main job is to take care of the mother dog.  Seeing all these mouths to feed, makes me realize that the mother is going to need to eat A LOT.  I feed her yogurt, broth, rice, peanut butter, canned dog food and heaps of dry dog food.  Scout usually eats 3-4 cups of food a day.  I am trying to get her up to 16 cups of food a day.  Like humans, a mother dog will often neglect herself for her duties.  Initially, she will nervously and obsessively take care of her puppies.  She will whine and fuss, get up, lay down, repeat…

I have to encourage her to leave the whelping box to go outside, get a drink and maybe walk around the yard a few times.  If I slip the lead off of her, she will run back to the house and pace and whine until I let her back in.  If I manage to convince her that the pups are fed and she can come for a short walk with me, she will go back to the house with a better mental state – hungry to eat a meal, take a nap and continue her duties.

Last night Scout was trying to relocate her puppies.   Even though we are trying to limit activity around her, there are 5 people in my house.    She was excavating a “den” under a the roots of a dead tree in our yard.  She also was checking out if she would fit under a chair in the living room.  Apparently , the heated whelping box with a comforter and convenient water and food where not living up to her expectations and the neighborhood has been too noisy.   This was just too stressful for Scout.  I am glad we will be back at work and school today.  Several hours of quite are just what mother and puppies need.

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March 23 2009
Stonewall's All Hail to Cesar has completed his Agility Foundations class hosted by 4mydogz.  He graduated with honors.  This is Julie & Cesar's first try at agility.  They have great potential as a team!

March 3 2009
Stonewall Anything Goes Abadabadoo, "Abby", has graduated from Family Dog Class from Dog's Best Friend Training.  This is Abby's third training class completed, all before the age of 8 months!  Congratulations!

February 28 2009 & March 1 2009
Stonewall's All Hail to Cesar placed 1st in the 6-9- month Puppy Dog class at the Wisconsin Kennel Club Dog Show.  Stonewall's Away Again Scout placed 1st in the 6-9 month Puppy Bitches class at the Wisconsin Kennel Club Dog Show.

February 14 2009
Stonewall's All About Tessa placed as the BOB Flat-Coated Retriever Puppy in the Waukesha KC BOB Fun Match.  A first dog show for Tracy & Tessa.  They made a great team and will be a fun pair to watch in the future. 

January 24 2009
Stonewall's All Hail to Cesar placed 1st in the 6-9 month puppy dog class at the Park Shore KC show.  Stonewall's Away Again Scout placed 1st in the 6-9 month puppy bitches class at the same show.  A very good first show for both puppies.

January 19 2009
Stonewall Anything Goes Abadabadoo, "Abby", has graduated from Advanced Puppy Class from K-9 Obedience Training Center. 


November 12 2008
Stonewall Anything Goes Abadabadoo, "Abby", has graduated from Puppy Head Start Class from K-9 Obedience Training Center.  Well done Abby & Karla.

October 24 2008
Congratulations to Stonewall's Ariose Flight, "Hank" for completion of Level 1 Group Obedience Class.  Great job Hank & Ben!

October 19 2008
We were fortunate to get together Abby, Blue, Cesar, Tessa, and Scout for a play date.  It was great to see how all the puppies were growing and changing.  Their new owners have been hard at work training and it shows.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and trade tips and stories.

October 14 2008
Check out this month's issue of Gun Dog magazine.  There is an article about Flat Coated Retrievers and our 'A' litter puppies paternal grandfather is pictured.

October 4 2008
Carrie, Timber and Scout attend the Flat-Coated Retriever Club of Illinois Fall Hunt Training Seminar at Bong Recreation.  An informational seminar and field training event.  Scout did well for her first event and enjoyed the attention.  Timber was happy to be back in the field after spending the summer with puppies.

September 15 2008
Puppies will be starting to leave for their new homes this week.  We will be sad to see them go but are excited to share these wonderful new puppies with their new families.

 August 31 2008
Puppies are naughty!
They are fighting, nipping and destroying the yard.

August 6 2008
Puppies are opening their eyes and trying to stand.

July 24 2008
Our litter arrives - 9 puppies
4 males & 5 females


September 30 2007
Timber Earns her WCX title!
WCX event hosted by the Flat-Coated Retriever Club of  Illinois


September 2006
New Title!
Timber earns fourth leg of JH title Winnebago Retriever Training Club Fall Hunt Test Bong Recreational Area

September 2006
Timber earns third leg of JH title
Madison Retriever Training Club Fall Hunt Test Oregon, WI

August 2006
Timber earns second leg of JH title Fox Valley Retriever Club Horicon, WI

July 2006
Timber earns first leg of JH title Wisconsin Amateur Field Trial Club Horicon, WI

April 2006
New Title!
Timber earns Championship title Packerland Kennel Club under Judge Michele Billings
handled by Kevin Carlson

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