Saturday, June 17, 2006

Puppy pickup day

Green boy went to his new home yesterday and teal boy went to his new home today. Red boy is being picked up by Robin in the morning and will be heading to Virginia. We supply a complete puppy packet that has a lot of interesting articles including those on housebreaking, crate training, correcting puppy biting and jumping, as well as information on genetic problems, clearances, pedigree, general care, behavioral stages, and finding a good vet. We are keeping the two girls who are already demonstrating their showiness and independence. The other two boys will be going to their new homes next weekend. We are looking forward to getting back to the quiet life here as having puppies takes a lot of time and energy. I'm glad that we won't be planning any breedings until fall.

Regarding puppy grading, it is actually pretty simple. I've watched the babies for nearly 8 weeks and have an idea of which ones I like; however, since Robin was getting a show quality male, she wanted to come over and bring some breeder friends to look at the babies. We stacked each of the babies on a table and looked at their overall balance, shoulder placement, rear angulation, bites, heads, and overall bone structure. We then watched them move on the ground. There was a lot of debate over which was the one for Robin. She decided on red boy because he was well balanced, felt solid, moved nicely and had a wonderful head. Puppies can change so much though that one is never sure how they will actually turn out. That's why we are running on two girls in hopes that at least one will work out!

More tomorrow after Robin picks up her boy....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

cute dog! he likes to travel right? why not buy him some dog travel supplies to make his trip more convenient?