The puppies have grown quite a bit in a month and are exploring everything and everywhere. Here they are playing with Raisin:
And here they are trying to get the treadmill to work:
Not sure what happened here, but Epcot (now Cypress), the extrovert of the litter, said something to Dory that didn't go over well. She must have apologized, as all ended well.
The puppies get out for some fresh air and exploring, with the parents nearby...
The two alpha puppies have declared themselves, (magic and blitz) which is why one will be with me and the other with a local trainer. The puppies are learning how to walk without falling over and are starting to find each other to be tasty treats. They have experienced a slippery surface this week, a soft surface, a cold surface, a vibrating surface and all were unfazed. Dominick seems to take everything in stride and calculates his next move. Vixen loves to be held. Epcot (aka Cypress) enjoys using her nose. Scottie is comfortable anyplace he is put but enjoys laying in your arms the best. Axel loves his bottle and likes you to know it when he is eating, making grunty noises like Rocket. Next week they will get more challenging environments along with their first car ride. We have arranged for the puppies to visit a daycare center and 2 nursing homes in the upcoming week.
Day 12, the puppies are starting to walk, and a couple have opened their eyes....
In one week the puppies have put on some weight. Epcot, being first born, is keeping up the lead with a weigh in of 17.5 ounces! She certainly knows where the best nipples are located! Next is Elvis at 14.7 ounces, he is really flashy with black across his head and one black leg. He is pretty laid back when he needs to be but tumbles into the pack as needed. Dash, at 14.3 ounces, is all about what he wants. He will take a bottle and let you cut his nails but also let you know when he has had enough. Then we have Blitz; he does remind me of Harry Potter, takes it in but has a "cool sense " of what he is. His weight is 14.9 ounces. Vixen is the middle child at 15.4 ounces. She is comfortable hanging out and doing what is asked, unlike her older sister Epcot, she doesn't talk back. Then we have Dominick he is the smallest boy but don't let him know that he thinks he is one of the biggest. His weight is 13.8 ounces, I see lots of agility and speed in his future. Last but not least is Magic. At 13.4 ounces she is very biddable like her sister Vixen but smaller.
This week they experienced bottle feeding daily, an electric toothbrush on their fur, a roomba hitting the whelping box and lots of people carrying them around. Next week their eyes open and the fun starts.
As promised Lidl presented us with seven bundles of joy. She waited till 8:30 to make sure that we enjoyed our dinner and time with the family. She settled down to business and quickly delivered 7 pups in two hours, 3 girls and 4 boys. Not only did give us the correct sex but also was kind enough to give us one male and female who are both black. The other pups are grey colored merles with nice patterns. Everyone is excited about the birth and eagerly await weekly updates.
Lidl is a 28 lb. border collie dam; a sharp, strong-eyed, biddable, gritty girl with a solid work-ethic. She is also dam of the world-class disc dog, Byndee. Rocket (20 lb. Hungarian mudi sire) is currently shown/worked in lure coursing, flyball, herding, ratting, scent work and is a certified therapy dog who holds the fastest scores for Fast Cat for the mudi . Both parents are clear on full Embark health panel. Lidl is CEA clear. Rockets hips are prelim good, elbow clear at 17 months.
We have many more interested parties than puppies, we're keeping a waitlist for possible future breedings.
These pups will be raised by Rocket's owners in an enriched environment, have varied experiences and be socialized with humans ages 2 through 80+. Temperament and aptitude will be evaluated at 3+ weeks going forward. We expect these pups will have medium-high working/sport drive coupled with an essential "off-switch", making them a good fit for active working/family/competition life. These pups will have the ability to work when needed but relax at home. These puppies should be very biddable and dependable and we expect excellent health as they are an outcross.