This past weekend we had a special visitor, Maggie (aka Ginkgo de Isis Denver) whose family visits Indianapolis every summer. It was wonderful to catch up with her human family. They shared Maggie is a wonderful family dog, and was a wonderful temperament placement with them. She’s a sweetheart not to mention a wonderful retriever.
We were able to have Domino, who lives with Liz in Columbus Indiana, visit so the siblings could romp. Of course we had to get a family photo with mom Isis, dad Cinna, and siblings Domino and Maggie.
Meanwhile up in Wisconsin Ezzie, one of our Barbet puppies from our May 2013 Cleo x Chouffe litter, met up with her cousins Bric and Bella. Luckily there was a group photo, too!
While we are in DC for a vacation of sorts, we brought along the last 3 Barbet puppies as it happens two will stay on the East Coast and one will head to California. The normal 10 hour drive turned into 16 as the puppies needed a break frequently. Raising these little balls of joy and fluff has been quite a joy. The cleaning can be tiring but that is a fraction of the laughs we incur due to their antics.
As each puppy left, I took a shot of them to document them as they left. Luckily the families have already given me updates on their progress in their new homes which helps us say goodbye knowing they are in such good hands. As the families send updates, I’ll post how they progress into adult dog hood.
Although summer is crazy times with work, I love having summer time puppies. The opportunity for them to go outside and explore is so wonderful for their socialization process. This summer, being our upstairs is being renovated we’ve had the pups inside in the basement living room which has large glass doors to the acre fenced in back yard. We’ve recently introduced them to the puppy pool which they are unsure if that is drinking water, play water, or just a giant pink thing to chew on. Regardless, we enjoy the few months we get to spend with them playing, socializing, and so forth.
Last week was the UKC Premier in Michigan. Unfortunately I am unable to attend almost all summer dog shows as I’m happily booked solid with wedding work. However, one of my grandpuppies, Bric from Wisconsin, was able to attend with owner Lynn and her sister Leslie. Several other Barbet from America and Canada attended as well. Wednesday Bric won the Top Ten Breed, Thursday he took reserve in breed, Friday he won the Breed, and Sunday he took reserve in Breed. We’re very proud of our grandpup and happy for all Barbet whom attended and won various titles during the 2013 UKC Premier.
Cleo and Chouffe’s Barbet puppies are now 5 weeks (6 on this coming Monday!). They are growing well, eating goats milk softened puppy food, and full of pep and curiosity. Here are their 5 week portraits and you can see how much they’ve grown into little Barbet dogs.
The puppies are now 4 weeks of age and growing like little weeds. Each day they explore more and become steadier on their paws. We have moved them into a larger puppy area with newspapers, toys, and other stimuli. They’ve begun to get warm goats milk in addition to a tiny bit of soft food as their teeth are still coming in. Mom still checks on them throughout the day and will nap with them at times, too. With their weekly photos, we took a bit of a different approach this week. A good friend and fellow newborn Photographer had an idea she wanted to try. Here is the one shot I captured and there will be many more to come from Katie in a few days.
Barbet Lily, daughter of our Isis and Cinna from our June 7th, 2012 abundant litter, has been training in agility. You can see her run the agility course out on the east coast in the video below. Thank you to her owner, Kristin, for keeping her active and training her. We love seeing our grand puppies participate!
Our Barbet puppies are now 3 weeks old and getting quite active. Their eyes and ears are all fully open and they are enjoying exploring their whelping box. Soon we will set up our indoor puppy area to introduce new toys, settings, and various textures as so they can begin to acclimate to the world.
The puppies kennel names are our Ginkgo de TeaCleopatra “E” Litter. We theme the E names after places. Below are their names, birth order, and ribbon colors:
Easton – Black Male – Red Ribbon
Esmeralda – Brown Female – Purple Ribbon
Ellis – Black Female white chin maroon/orange ribbon
Elora – Black Female – Yellow Ribbon
Easton – Brown Male – Blue Ribbon
Emrey – Black Male – Green Ribbon
Eva – Brown Female – Tan/Polka dot ribbon
Emae – Brown Female White Chin – White/no ribbon
Below are their 2.75 week images. I’m thankful for Walter to have returned from Guatemala as they are getting far too large for my good friend Liz’s hands for puppy photos.
p.s. Happy Memorial day and special thanks to my mom for all her years service in the Military.
It has been awhile since I have shared an update from Thunus’s family in DC. This past week, one of his family’s university aged children, returned home from school. Thunus has been over joyed and glued to his college aged human. He’s also made a new lab puppy friend in the DC neighborhood at well.