Puppy Culture Neonatal Period

We have purchased the Puppy Culture program to help us prepare the puppies we raise to become better canine citizens. By nature we have done some of these things, but our goal is to be proactive in the best timing and setting for the puppies.

We even recruited our out of state guests in helping with Puppy Culture Protocols.

Initially we postponed the Early Neurological Stimulation – ENS due to the number of puppies and their struggles in the first week while Mesa established her milk supply. On day eight we began to institute the ENS protocols. Here is a chart of their first eight days.

Mesa x Gizmo “Faces of America” litter through day eight.

Of course, after I’ve messed up numerous times, I read the suggestion in the workbook to chart in pencil. Between the excitement of new puppies and the anticipation of Ravine’s litter, along with the supplementing and care the first week was pretty much a blur making sure we learned which puppy was which! With the advent of week two we began to formulate a rhythm to the process of weighing and implementing the ENS protocols.

Each puppy daily received a three-five count on their backs (supine position), here is “Katherine Johnson”.

Here is a link that explains the purpose and instruction of each protocol.

Holding “Sacajawea” in the head down position
Here “Sacajawea” is receiving the thermal stimulation.

We most certainly didn’t perform all the protocols perfectly, but I will say we have a pile of very sweet, calm, receptive puppies that just fall asleep in your hands on their backs now.

The completion of ENS

The puppies are now toddling around so we’ve tried to designate sleeping and potty areas. With this size of litter I think it is a little more difficult. Although they can all fit on their bumper pad nest, they often overflow onto the pee pads which isn’t making the delineation between clean and dirty as concrete. Overall, they are doing a good job of trying to clear the nest to do their business.

Puppies in their bumper bed and evidence of baby attempts at eliminating out of the nest.
Mareya and Cat bottle feeding a couple of puppies before bedding change…, again!
Mesa topping the puppies off

Ravine/Gizmo “9/11 We Remember” Week One

Todd Beamer Black/White bobtail Male
Mark Bingham Seal/White Bobtail Male
Pia Hofmann Tricolor Longtail Female
Brenda Berkman Sable Bobtail Female
Sonia Agron Sable Bobtail Female
Carol Orazem Tricolor Bobtail Female
Terri Tobin Sable Longtail Female
Moira Smith Sable Longtail Female
Kathy Mazza Tricolor Bobtail Female
Yamel Merino Sable Bobtail Female
Carey Policastro Tricolor Longtail Female

Gizmo/Mesa “Faces of America” Week Two

Sojourner Truth “Journey” Sable Longtail Female. An abolitionist and women’s rights activist who won her son’s freedom as the first black woman to succeed in court against a white man.
Rosa Parks “Rosa” Tri-color Longtail Female Named by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement”. She is most well known for refusing to give her seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama to a white passenger.
Katherine Johnson “Katherine” Tri-color Longtail Female. One of three black students to be the first to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. After much work at NASA went on to supply the calculations necessary to link the Apollo Lunar Module with the lunar orbiting Command and Service Module.
Sacagawea Sable Bob-tail Female Her vast knowledge and ingenuity was the saving grace of Lewis & Clark’s expedition.
Mary Musgrove “Mary” Sable Longtail Female A pivotal biracial English/Native American woman that used her mixed heritage and language skills to help negotiate between Native American and English communities in Colonial Georgia.
Clara Barton “Clara” Sable Bobtail Female A hospital nurse during the Civil war who went on to be the founder and first president of the Red Cross.
Booker T. Washington “Booker” Sable Bob-tail Male Last of a generation of Black American leaders born into slavery that was the voice of the former slaves and their descendants. He served as advisor to multiple presidents of the US and was an educator, author and orator.
Abigail Adams “Abigail” Sable Longtail Female Abigail is sometimes considered to be a founder of the United States of America due to her vast written interchange on government and politics in her copious letters to her husband, the second president of the United States, John Adams and mother of later president John Quincy Adams.
Harriet Tubman “Harriet” Tri-color Longtail Female An escaped American slave who worked as an abolitionist freeing approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Pocahontas Sable Bob-tail Female Pocahontas and her people were instrumental in helping the people of Jamestown establish as a colony.
William Bradford “Bradford” Sable Longtail Male Bradford was one of the framers of the historic Mayflower Compact, a set of rules for self-governance established by the English settlers. Bradford knew life without laws could prove catastrophic and to ensure a functioning social structure for society his leadership was instrumental in forming the precursor of a government for the people and by the people.
Chief Joseph “Chief” Sable Longtail Male The Nez Perce chief who replied “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever” as his dilapidated tribe of mostly women and children surrendered to the U.S. Calvary. Chief Joseph lead one of the most noted trails of battle. For three months the Nez Perce out maneuvered the US Calvary traveling over 1,170 miles and ending only 40 miles from the Canadian Border.

Puppy poses

The line-up

Yesterday we discovered almost all the puppies in line. Cat sprung into action to capture their cuteness. She had a couple of dissidents to contend with, but got them all lined up.

Close up of the cuties.
Smushes

I am amazed at how quickly the pigment fills in on the puppies. Their little feet and faces are so pink when they are born. Already their noses are jet black, except “Journey” who has a teeny pink spot on her nose on the white half of her face.

“Booker” T. Washington striking the pose.

Supplementing Mesa x Gizmo’s Pups

Cat feeding with Brian helping puppies void

The puppies are gaining, but not as quickly or as consistently as we would expect compared to a smaller litter. Cat’s super power is getting the puppies to eat at a good rate. So, we put Brian to work stimulating the puppies to void before putting them back to rest. Mesa could do a little better keeping them clean so we switched the Early Neurological Stimulation cold to a scrub with a nice warm cloth. We want the pups to associate clean smells among themselves so they void out of the nest as soon as they’re ready.

Introducing Ravine/Gizmo “9/11 We Remember” Litter

On Friday, 9/11/2020, Ravine gave birth to her second litter of puppies. She started at 6:43A.M. and kept going slow and steady until 8:11 P.M. when her 13th pup was born. Copying Mesa with 10 females and 3 males. One of her smaller female pups was born with meconium staining, and must have aspirated some. She did well until midway through the night when she started fading. So, we have 9 females and 3 males for an even dozen. All the pups and Ravine are doing very well, gaining weight, and she is being an excellent mom so far.

6 sables, and 6 black/whites/tri’s
Happy Momma and her content brood. There are 4 Longtails, and 8 Bobtails.

Heavenly Oaks Ravine

Ravine is our 2017 clear sable female who came from Prairie Creek Shepherds in Wyoming. She has been a wonderful dog from the moment we first saw her. She is a fabulous companion, traveler, and friend. She loves every person she meets. While she has plenty of energy to run around and play on the farm, she’ll immediately calm down, and is the perfect house dog. Our Livestock Guardian Dogs learned to watch the sky for aerial predators from Ravine.

Ravine has been tested clear on the Embark Dog Panel. She has not had her hips scored.

Ravine as a pup
Ravine’s dam, Brome of Prairie Creek
Ravine’s sire, Spur of Prairie Creek
Ravine and her May 2019 litter, the Daring Dozen.
Ravine has beautiful conformation, a nice upright build, with square legs, and excellent movement.
Our gorgeous girl, so fun loving and sweet!

Gizmo/Mesa “The Faces of America” Litter

We chose “The Faces of America” as a hopeful reminder of what makes the United States “us”. Our nation is truly a melting pot to rejoice. People of every kingdom, tribe, and nation coming together with all the their diversity of gifts, talents, and work ethic, all to better each of our life’s circumstances. This is who we are, fallen people who sin and stand upright. One nation under God with liberty and justice for ALL. May we all love our neighbor’s as ourselves.

Sojourner Truth “Journey” Sable Longtail Female. An abolitionist and women’s rights activist who won her son’s freedom as the first black woman to succeed in court against a white man.
Rosa Parks “Rosa” Tri-color Longtail Female Named by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement”. She is most well known for refusing to give her seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama to a white passenger.
Katherine Johnson “Katherine” Tri-color Longtail Female. One of three black students to be the first to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. After much work at NASA went on to supply the calculations necessary to link the Apollo Lunar Module with the lunar orbiting Command and Service Module.
Sacagawea Sable Bob-tail Female Her vast knowledge and ingenuity was the saving grace of Lewis & Clark’s expedition.
Clara Barton “Clara” Sable Longtail Female A hospital nurse during the Civil war who went on to be the founder and first president of the Red Cross.
Mary Musgrove “Mary” Sable Bob-tail Female A pivotal biracial English/Native American woman that used her mixed heritage and language skills to help negotiate between Native American and English communities in Colonial Georgia.
Booker T. Washington “Booker” Sable Bob-tail Male Last of a generation of Black American leaders born into slavery that was the voice of the former slaves and their descendants. He served as advisor to multiple presidents of the US and was an educator, author and orator.
Abigail Adams “Abigail” Sable Longtail Female Abigail is sometimes considered to be a founder of the United States of America due to her vast written interchange on government and politics in her copious letters to her husband, the second president of the United States, John Adams and mother of later president John Quincy Adams.
Harriet Tubman “Harriet” Tri-color Longtail Female An escaped American slave who worked as an abolitionist freeing approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Pocahontas Sable Bob-tail Female Pocahontas and her people were instrumental in helping the people of Jamestown establish as a colony.
William Bradford “Bradford” Sable Longtail Male Bradford was one of the framers of the historic Mayflower Compact, a set of rules for self-governance established by the English settlers. Bradford knew life without laws could prove catastrophic and to ensure a functioning social structure for society his leadership was instrumental in forming the precursor of a government for the people and by the people.
Chief Joseph “Chief” Sable Longtail Male The Nez Perce chief who replied “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever” as his dilapidated tribe of mostly women and children surrendered to the U.S. Calvary. Chief Joseph lead one of the most noted trails of battle. For three months the Nez Perce out maneuvered the US Calvary traveling over 1,170 miles and ending only 40 miles from the Canadian Border.

Mesa x Gizmo Week One

The epitome of our feelings; complete exhaustion

I sit here contemplating what to say and where to begin. My first thought is prayer and thanksgiving. We have been very blessed to have such a beautiful litter. Although our trials are real, there is so much going on in our country and the world as a whole. Before I begin I want to pray for all of those affected by the massive fires in the west. The devastation and loss is inconceivable as I sit in my safe home untouched by the horrors. May hearts turn toward the Lord. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalm20:7

Stephanie holding the puppies after weighing, eating, cleaning, and their first nail trim.

This post is going to be incomplete today. Our computer crashed and is presently at the repair shop. Apparently, the hard drive passed inspection, but something is not allowing the computer to access it. Our prayer is that tomorrow the troubles are reparable and we will get to enjoy the 1,000’s of photos of our family and farm from the last seven years. Additionally, there will be no individual pictures, names and biographies of each pup as promised.

Puppy Culture Mother’s pudding

As promised we are chronicling our Puppy Culture journey. Considering the number of pups, their birth weight’s, the supplementation and the days of stress as we awaited Mesa’s milk to come, we have postponed ENS Early Neurological Stimulation. The pups all had successful nail trims today which should provide Mesa a little more comfort while nursing. The puppies should have doubled their birth weight by today, none have quite made it. We will continue to weigh daily as a part of Puppy Culture and to make sure no one falls behind.

Ravine in her misery

We wait another day, expectantly wondering when the blessed event will occur. Ravine skipped breakfast this morning, fried eggs in bacon grease, I thought it was a good sign her confinement would soon end…,nope, not today. Have a good night and feel free to remember a safe delivery plea in your prayers.

Mesa’s puppies on their fifth day.

Enjoy the video and pictures below. If you listen carefully you will hear Stephanie call one of the puppies by name. When the pups are seven days old we will reveal our theme for this litter and the name assigned to each pup. Of course, we do not require people to keep these names, but it personalizes each pup for the time they are with us.

Did you hear it?
Sable females
Sable bobtail females
Sable long tailed females
Tri colored long tailed females
Males
Long tailed males
Sable bobtail male

Sorry for the squirmy pictures, but I’ve been receiving a lot of pressure to post individual pictures. We want to remind people that we don’t sell puppies strictly by looks in a picture. Our most important objective is to match puppy and owner, weighing temperament/drive first then the decorations; size, color, tail length. We do everything we can to match these qualities to prospective owners and try wherever possible to give a choice of several puppies. We want our puppy families happy for the entire life of their future dog.