Bella Dulce Goodness Gracious & Bella Dulce de Nobleza
had six beautiful puppies on April 3rd, 2021.
Gracie one week before her due date.
Gracie gave birth to six precious puppies on April 3rd. We had miscalculated her exact due date and were caught a little by surprise. Gracie had a long day in the early stages of labor. We used the time to do last minute tasks and final cleaning anticipating our being busy around the clock for the next three weeks. In large part, we assumed that her behavior was linked to missing Mia. The morning the puppies were born, we had lost power. Fortunately, the warmers and heating supplies had been plugged in the previous night and much of the warmth was retained in the containers with towels and necessary whelping supplies. I was thankful for the bright and powerful headlamp that I received as a Christmas gift. The first puppy was born by ‘head lamp’. We were very thankful that the electricity returned after six hours and before the arrival of the second puppy.
Gracie with her puppies the day following their birth.
Gracie & Noble had six puppies on April 3rd, 2021.
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 an 'Easter' theme for the puppies.
The girls: Bunny, Jellybean, Candy, and Cupcake
The boys: Cadbury and Peep
The puppies began the early neurological stimulation "Super Dog" program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
The puppies are 1 week old.
We are enjoying our April litters with Mia, Gracie, and Patience. The girls are great with any puppy and avid participants playing with puppies from any of our dams. Mia and Gracie are the most avid participants with puppy play time, and Patience tends to provide oversight and correction when the puppies push limits :o). The girls are being fabulous mothers and very attentive to the puppies. They enjoy 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! Mia, Gracie, and Patience are absolutely wonderful with the puppies. They watch over them, sleep with them, and clean 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 join us in the family room next week.
The puppies are almost 6 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. The puppies are all progressing nicely with using the Piddle Place, Ugo box, and piddle pads. Mia, Gracie, and Patience enjoy showing off the puppies and also being showered with attention. The girls all enjoy to hop onto a lap, snuggle up, and watch the puppies during ‘play time’ until they attempt to nurse.
Mia, Gracie, Patience, 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. Mia, Gracie, and Patince are very relaxed and trusting that the other adult dogs are being gentle with the puppies, but they watch Joy closely and tend to intervene if they feel that Joy is being too rough.
The puppies have had their first tastes of thickened Nigerian Dwarf goats milk. They have tasted it, but definitely prefer nursing. They are all quickly becoming very skilled at drinking the goats milk since the girls are starting to lengthen the time between nursing and encouraging the puppies to begin the weaning process. The girls are always happy to participate in 'clean up' since they also enjoy goats milk.
The puppies are nine weeks old.
It is hard to believe that the puppies will be departing to their new homes next weekend. We have enjoyed the three litters immensely. Gracie fills 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 and Patience 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’.