Charlotte & Noble had six puppies on April 13th, 2020.
This will be Charlotte's final litter. Charlotte has been an excellent mother to many colorful puppies. This litter is special to us since Charlotte traces back to our original foundation girl named Lili.
We chose 'Charlotte's Web' as the theme for this litter.
The girls: Fern, Joy, Aranea, and Nellie
The boys: Wilbur and Templeton
The puppies are one week old. Charlotte is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She is very calm and relaxed with the puppies. She watches over them and observes us as we handle them, but is completely trusting of us as we assist with the care of the puppies. She remembers the weighing process when we weigh each puppy daily and remove them from the whelping box for a few seconds. She sleeps with them, nestles them, and cleans them with such devotion.
The puppies began the early neurological stimulation "Super Dog" program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
Charlotte and Noble's puppies are three weeks old.
This is Charlotte's final litter. It is bittersweet for us since Charlotte hasbeen an excellent mother to many colorful puppies that trace back to our original foundation female named Lili.
Charlotte is being a fabulous mother to the puppies. She watches over them closely, cleans them and feeds them with much attention. Charlotte has been super relaxed about the entire process.
The puppies have all opened their eyes, are beginning to walk like puppies, wag their tails, and are attempting to play with their siblings.
They have all completed the 'Super Dog' program, an early neurological stimulation program. They have just begun potty training with the 'Ugo Dog', 'Piddle Place' imitation grass mats, and 'piddle pads'. Although our pups hear many sounds with our family and adult dogs, the puppies listen to classical music, several 'puppy sounds' tracks, children's music, and a variety of other music throughout the day.
Although we place toys in the whelping box for the puppies to explore, we have also introduced several soft semi enclosed mats and crinkle tunnels that fit inside the whelping box. Charlotte loves playing with tunnels, and tries to squeeze herself inside them no matter how small the space or remove them from the whelping box. It humors us to watch her play with the tunnels, interact with the puppies, and encourage them to explore their new toys.
The puppies will begin to spend the entire day with us in the family room next week.
The puppies are five weeks old. They spend the day in the family room with our family and our adult dogs. All the adult dogs visit the pups often in the family room. They are all doing beautifully with using the Piddle Place and Ugo box. Charlotte enjoys sharing the puppies with us and also being showered with attention.
Charlotte is always happy to share her puppies with all of us and our adult dogs. Our youngest dogs, Gracie and Mia enjoy entering the pen and interacting with them. Charlotte tends to watch them closely to ensure that Gracie and Mia are being gentle with the puppies.
The puppies had their first taste of thickened goats milk from our Nigerian Dwarf goats. They were eager to taste it and very skilled at drinking it. Charlotte is always happy to participate in 'clean up' since she also enjoys the goats milk.
There have been may 'firsts' for the puppies. Joy: the first to get a tooth, Nellie: the first to try to get out of the whelping box to look for momma Charlotte, Wilbur: the first to discover the benefits of a lap to snuggle and fall asleep, Templeton: the first to taste momma Charlotte's food, Aranea: the first to discover how to play with an interactive toy and make it spin, and finally Fern: the first to navigate her way up the step to the puppy slide and slide down it.
Our family is enjoying every minute with Charlotte's final litter!
Templeton sound asleep after playing with his siblings.
Aranea sound asleep after play time.
Nellie with Charlotte
Nellie fell asleep in the puppy tunnel :o).
Charlotte watches the puppies as they taste one of their first meals of goats milk with probiotics.
Charlotte enjoys interacting with and observing the puppies.
The litter of six puppies nursing as a group.
The entire litter of puppies napping together.
The puppies are six weeks old. They are learning quickly that Charlotte does not wish to nurse them full time and thus are having to eat 'big doggie' food. They are very reliable with the potty, and love to play with the 'big' dogs. Their favorite playmates are the youngest of our dogs, Gracie and Mia. They enjoy spending a lot of time with their dad Noble. He enjoys interacting with them during their play time on the covered deck. Charlotte continues to be a wonderful mother to the puppies. She spends a lot of time with them and still allows them to nurse on occasion. They all have quite a number of teeth. They love to play on agility equipment. They all like a large variety of toys, a toddler play slide, ramps, a toggle board, hoola hoop, pool noodles, and tunnels. They are a fun group of puppies!
Zola (our Rhodesian Ridgeback) is one of our most enthusiastic participants in the socialization of puppies. She is intrigued by their ability to run and play on our covered deck. She observes them and interacts through the gate when the puppies on the deck. Zola is very friendly, but she does not realize that she is too large to actively play with the puppies :o).
Wilbur fell asleep with his head cushioned on our daughters foot :o)
Wilbur and Templeton
Templeton fell asleep on top of the puppy mirror toy :o)