This week the puppies turned 5 weeks old! They are now more than half way done with their time here. Bittersweet. They are growing up to be such beautiful and friendly pups. This upcoming week is a week of big changes....weaning is happening, the puppy pen is getting upgraded, and outside time will increase, along with a few other minor things.
So far I'm really happy with what I'm seeing with this litter. The pups are very typey, with lovely heads and square fronts. I'm excited to see them develop over the next couple of weeks!
The puppies are now 4 weeks old and are turning into little dogs! They are playing, have teeth, and have started eating meals that don't include momma! Ember is very pleased by this latest development - as 6 hungry, nearly 5 lb. pups with teeth, are not super appealing to her!
Everyone is doing great and they are enjoying their new space in the house - a newly setup 4'x8' enclosure in the dining room.....more room to play and great view of all the household activities.
Enjoy some updated photos!
Better late than never for a breeding update. I traveled across the country early November with all 3 Drents to introduce Ember to her betrothed. We arrived on day 10 of her cycle, anticipating breeding to occur around day 14. We had scheduled vet appointments to draw blood for progesterone tests so that we could determine the exact day of ovulation and subsequently would know the ideal breeding dates. Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate, and Paxson was not able to breed her naturally. Given his age, this isn't entirely surprising, though it was disappointing. We were however able to do collect him and do 2 AI procedures. His sperm count and quality looked great, and we know the timing was good. Currently trying to work out a time for an ultrasound....though all indicators say that Ember is pregnant. So fingers crossed she isn't playing games with us. Confirmation update to hopefully come next week!
Ember has started her season! A couple weeks earlier than I had hoped, but right at 7 months since her last cycle, so not entirely surprising. It's only a been a day and she's already acting pathetic and wanting extra loves. If all goes as planned, we will be leaving at the end of the week to start our travel for the breeding. Updates to follow.....
The puppies turn 7 weeks old this week and and will start leaving for the new homes in about a week and a half. Last weekend Fowler and I drove out to Colorado to see the pups and do their evaluations. I was very pleased with the litter and I think some families are going to be very happy. Here are a few photos of the almost grown babies :)
The puppies in Colorado continue to thrive and today the weather proved nice enough for a trip outside! Lots of Drent puppy things to be learned out there soon, like nibbling grass and chewing sticks!
The TJ X Fowler pups turned 4 weeks old this week. They get cuter each week and are starting to develop their personalities :)
Duck Creek Drents