Bella Dulce Goodness Gracious & Bella Dulce de Nobleza
had six beautiful puppies on July 13th, 2020.
Gracie 2 weeks before her due date.
The first puppy was born.
Then there were two.....
Our third puppies arrived.
Then there were four......
The last two came close together. Here's the entire litter of six puppies.
The puppies the day following their birth.
Gracie with the puppies.
Gracie & Noble had six puppies on July 13th, 2020.
Gracie is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She is very calm and relaxed with the puppies. She understands that she has to stay with the puppies and care for them all the time instead of being with the family in the main areas of the house. We spend a lot of time with her in the whelping room to keep her company during this time where the puppies have to remain in a heated whelping room.
Gracie & Noble's puppies are one week old. Gracie watches over the puppies and observes us as we handle them, but is completely trusting of us as we assist with the care of the puppies. She is very confident mom and very relaxed while we handle the puppies. She trusts us completely and has fallen asleep at times during 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 much devotion. She does not mind when we help clean the puppies and arrange them to nurse.
We have chosen a 'Summer' theme for the puppies.
The girls: Peaches and Summer
The boys: Kiwi, Berry, Fig, and Plum
The puppies began the early neurological stimulation "Super Dog" program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
The puppies are 1 week old.
Gracie is great with any puppy and one of our most avid participants playing with puppies from any of our dams. She is a fabulous mother and very attentive to the puppies. She enjoys staying with the puppies in the whelping box or sitting right outside the whelping box while watching them.
The puppies are three weeks old. Their favorite activities ... nursing and sleeping! Gracie is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She watches over them, sleeps with them, and cleans them with such devotion.
The puppies have opened their eyes and getting more secure on their feet as they attempt to walk. Many of them enjoy being 'belly up' while getting belly rubs, and some of them are learning to give puppy kisses.
The puppies have all completed the "Super Dog" program, the early neurological stimulation for newborn puppies developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia. They are exposed to a variety of music throughout the day.
The puppies will joins us along with Mia's litter in the family room next week.
The puppies are 5 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. Gracie enjoys showing off the puppies and also being showered with attention.
Gracie and Noble are always happy to share their puppies with all of us and our adult dogs. Our youngest addition Joy enjoys entering the pen and interacting with them. Gracie is very relaxed and trusting that the other adult dogs and Joy are being gentle with the puppies.
The puppies had their first taste of thickened Nigerian Dwarf goats milk. They were eager to taste it and very skilled at drinking it which is typical of a large litter. Gracie is always happy to participate in 'clean up' since she also enjoys the goats milk.
The puppies taste their 'first' meal.
Joy watches over the puppies from the 'safety zone' of the baby slide she used as a puppy :o)
The puppies are seven weeks old. They continue to spend the entire day in the family room with our family and our adult dogs. The puppies are exposed to many sounds throughout the day such as the occasional but loud bark of our Rhodesian Ridgeback and Doberman, a variety of music though 'Alexa', the television, and busy household sounds. The puppies enjoy playing with a variety of toys, a toddler slide that is very small, and tunnels. They are all doing beautifully with using the Piddle Place and Ugo box. The pups have become experts at eating goats milk mixed with puppy food. They still attempt to nurse at any opportunity and many times Mia allows them to do so. It has been a blessing to have both Gracie and Mia share both litters and raise the puppies together.
Peaches pouts as she sits still for a photo.
Find the puppy ... Summer blends right into the ball pit :o)
Joy is our puppy that we kept from Charlotte, and the most enthusiastic to play with the puppies.
It is hard to believe that the puppies will be departing to their new homes next weekend. We have enjoyed this litter immensely. Gracie has filled our lives with laughter through her antics, athletic nature, ability to problem solve, intelligence, and delight in showing off her skills with obedience training. She has been a wonderful mother to her puppies, and seems to have enjoyed assisting Mia with her puppies.
We are blessed with our sweet boy Noble. He fills our lives us each day with joy with his sweetness, unmatched ability to fetch ‘balls’, mild manner with all of our dogs, kind nature and fondness with all puppies, and wisdom. One puppy family long ago described him as a “wise old man”. He seems to know what each person or dog/puppy needs and delivers with such finesse.
Joy has been a wonderful puppy play mate. She is a very good-natured girl that has been an excellent role model for the puppies. Zola (our Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Kalysta (our Doberman) have enjoyed providing the puppies stimulation through nudging, big dog ‘barking’ and big dog ‘antics’.