Saturday, 31 March 2012

Food Melee

Now that the pups are feeling better, they have VERY healthy appetites. I try to put the food in 2 bowls but if I don't, this is what happens.

                                 It's pretty hard to eat when someone is standing on your head!~

They are eating dry kibble now so it's good to have them outside, if you know what I mean. Lots of clean-up.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

7 weeks old

Look at those adorable faces!!! I apologize to everyone who didn't get over to see them in person.
The pups had a bug and had to go into quarantine so when they were clear, I had very little time to have people in. They will be going shortly to their new homes but I have lots of pics to post before they do.

I'm still trying to get them outside for playtime but as soon as they start to settle down, they have to come back in as it's too cold for them to sleep outside.

By the way, I finally decided on my four names.... Krosby, Kingsley, Kasper and Khloe. I named 3 boys and 1 girl.

Monday, 26 March 2012

K's visit the K's

You might remember these two from our past Loonies for Lindor fundraising crops. Kathryn donated all of her birthday money at the first crop and helped to sponsor and name Chester from the C litter. He is about to be called back into Advanced Training. It will be nice to see him graduate as he is the first dog we sponsored through our fund-raising efforts.

 Kathryn and Kate are very mature, seasoned scrappers and a welcome addition to our crops.
The pups are almost 7 weeks old and will be heading to their new homes very soon. I guess I'd better decide on my K names soon!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

More Visitors

With all the beautiful weather we've continued to have, the pups are still able to enjoy lots of fresh air and with that comes another set of visitors.
My Number One support helping with the pups is my good friend; Anne Marie. She took 2 weeks vacation from work to help and  has spent countless hours helping with every chore from laundry to puppy re-locating.
Her beautiful daughter Emily came over with her friend Boyd to see the pups and help with their socialization.

My two Aunts have also been a big help with everything from dropping off meals to staying at the house and making sure that everything was ok with Mom Lindor and the babies and sister Maya also. Thanks, Aunt Janet and Aunt Donna.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Special visitors

Over the Break, some special visitors came to visit the pups. Chris and Jo run the show at my workplace and they always support all my little bakesale, card and candy fundraisers for Lindor. In fact, they are usually my best customers. Jo brought her lovely daughter Kirsten along as they are big Lab fans having just said goodbye to their beloved yellow Lab Marley. I think everyone enjoyed their "fur" fix.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Still Sunny

It's still beautiful weather here in Ontario and the  babies are enjoying long days lounging on the patio.

They still like to stick together if its a little cool or if they are not feeling too brave.

They were so tired when I brought them in for the night, when I set them down in a row they never budged.

For some reason, one of their favourite ways to sleep is with their heads up in the corner.  Ms. Pink enjoys having a snooze after beating up on her siblings.

I hope this nice weather continues. Everyone is enjoying all the fresh air and sunshine.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

More March Break Madness

The pups have caught a bug that they are passing back and forth so I never got a chance to finish my posting of the nephew's visit. Plus, I HAD to go down to see the youngest hockey star competing in his first game of the OMHA hockey finals in his division. It was a very exciting first game but unfortunately they lost this one. Better luck today.

So back to the puppies.....

Lindor is getting tired of feeding puppies especially with their sharp teeth but she's a good Mom and she soldiers on.

We also got a chance to bake and ice some sugar cookies when they were down. Over the Christmas Break, I was only able to get one nephew for a sleepover and make some cookies so we HAVE to keep things even and each have a turn at decorating cookies. They subscribe to the "more is more" philosophy. I made this delicious sugar cookies into dog bones for last year's Crop.

It's another beautiful day in Ontario so I'm off to take the pups outside. More posts to follow.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sunny Days, Five Weeks Old

The weather has been so nice here in Ontario for our March Break. Everyone is happy to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. I was really happy that my sister-in-law was able to bring my nephews over for a visit. They had not been feeling well and have super busy hockey schedules and live about an hour away so I don't get to see them as much as I would like these days. The puppies are five weeks old.

                                   That's number one Giants fan doing a great job helping Aunt Dinny.

                                           And there's the A man giving some lovin' to a pup.

The big girls decided that they would catch a few rays also.

The pups really enjoy the fresh air and more space to stretch their legs.
They also just "found" their barks so they like to practise that too, but not so much. Only when its time for chow.

There was a cool breeze so we made a little shelter and everyone was happy to curl up inside it and fall asleep until it was time to go inside.

I'm really glad my family was able to visit and they brought lunch too. Thanks, Lisa.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Meet the Gang!

The pups went outside yesterday briefly and I was able to get some good individual pics with the help of my friend Anne Marie. Unfortunately, when I downloaded them I found I had missed Miss White so I didn't want to post until I had them all. These are the pups at 4 weeks and 4 days of age.
Mr. Blue aka Boo Boo

Mr. Red aka Lil' Red

Mr. Green aka Rocky

Miss Lilac aka Violet

Miss Yellow aka Precious

Mr. Gold aka Sunny

Mr. Aqua aka AquaMan

Miss Pink aka Pink

Miss White aka Beauty

Aren't they gorgeous?

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Puppy expenses

NSD supplies dog food and basic vet expenses but there are many more costs associated with raising strong healthy potential service dogs.
I like to supplement with a really good quality holistic dogfood and also with a lot of these....
Then you always have to have a few more of these to keep the "gang" entertained.....
Of course, Lindor thinks I bought them for her.

And then there is a lot of this.....
Since these are basically winter pups, they are inside exclusively for the first few weeks. With the nice weather expected in the next few days, they will be able to go outside but only on the concrete patio. As all you dog owners know, this is a nasty time of year for mud and rain and ground thawing which translates into soupy backyards; especially heavily shaded ones like mine. I also like to use re-useable puppy pads; better for the environment, easier to pick up off of, less slippery for the pups, but it results in a LOT of laundry. Which reminds me, it's time for another load to go in. Cheaper hydro on the weekend don't you know.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Cake Raffle

                                      Wouldn't you like a piece of this right now?
                                                    Or maybe a piece of this?

Both of these cakes were made by very talented bakers
and donated to the Cake Raffle at last year's crop. I think such a popular
part of the fundraiser needs to be repeated, don't you.

If cake isn't your thing, you can always pick up some delicious baking at the Bake Sale after sampling the offerings at the lunch buffet so you can pick out your favourites ahead of time. 

When I'm not taking care of 11 dogs, I like to do a lot of baking so maybe I'll share a few of my recipes as I try out some new ones and some old favourites for this year's fundraiser.