the SODA PUP Litter
BORN:  6/17/15
 

Have the LIFE You WANT !!!! - 8/08/15 - 7.5 Weeks Old

Another HUGE week for the Soda Pups!!!   So many changes!!   This week they got moved to the BIG puppy play pen where they have lots of trees, rocks and roam.  Plus they share a fence line with all of their adult relatives and are leaning how to be a big dog by watching what big dogs do all day (which is sleep- so not really all that exciting!)  That meant they had to say goodbye to their momma Ayana though.  

They had their final vet visit, where teeth, hearts, lungs, bellybuttons, and testicles (where appropriate) are all examined and noted.   They are also microchipped, have their first puppy vaccinations, wormed and weighed.   My vet fills out a sheet with every body part noted as normal or not and why so that you and your vet can keep an eye on them in the future.  You will receive a copy of this in your ‘going home packet’.

The Grandma June walks continue a couple of times a day so that I can keep watching them to see who they are becoming!!  So much fun being the ‘pied piper of puppies’!   Here’s who the ‘PUP POPS’ are now:

Females:

Pepsi - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, very little white on feet, small spot on chest,  great ridge, perfect teeth, natural leader, adventurous and curious, very outgoing and full of zest for life
Fresca - gold wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, lap lover, thoughtful, eager to please, loves people and play
SunDrop - light wheaten, medium mask, white socks on front, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, sassy, outgoing, expressive, goofy, fun, play master


Males:

Dr Pepper - very dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, independent, outgoing, confident, courageous, knows who he is
Crush - golden red wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, happy go lucky, big galoot, gently silly, playful, fun
RC - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white socks on front, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, easy going, playful, cuddly, kind, easy to be around
Mug - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, one white sock, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, lots of swag, full of himself, spunky and sassy, independent, confident, very sure of himself
Squirt - dark red wheaten, medium mask, very little white on feet, big spot on chest, 1 cowlick, very short ridge, perfect teeth, fun and gentle, sweet and kind, goofy, curly, fun

I am SURE they are about to have the life they want!!!!

Things Go Better With………. - 8/01/15 - 6.5 Weeks Old

PUP POPS!!!!   Life could not be better for the Soda Pups.  They are running, hopping, skipping, jumping and regularly attacking each other.   No more accidental falling, the Soda’s have “Maxed their Lives” and are ‘Asking for More’!!!  They love being outside experiencing all that is “Good for Life”!!!   The raspberry patch makes for fantastic hide and seek, the original old outhouse complete with holly hocks makes for great ring-around-the-rosey and ambush, and the giant flower patches are their dream hunting grounds -soooo many good smells in there!!

The Grandma June Walkabouts have begun where they get to go on adventures around the BIG 2-3 acre lawn experiencing all kinds of wonderful things.   I walk - they follow.   They enjoy all the new sights and smells and I get to watch them become their own unique little selves.  It is surprising, insightful, and down right fun to watch how each pup reacts to different sights and sounds - some very unexpected and some pretty typical of being outside in the country.    Each pup reacts in their own way, each pup has a different level of courage and confidence, and almost every day they change!!!   The one thing I ALWAYS teach them, is that if they are afraid they should come to me, so that they learn that humans are their salvation and best protectors.  This will come in VERY handy later!!!

Litter box training is pretty complete - they never EVER go potty in their bed.   Weaning is complete - Ayana love, Love, LOVES her puppies, and thoroughly enjoys playing with them, but NOT feeding them.   The pups eat with true conviction and expertise!!!  No more messing around or getting messy- eating is serious business and they are good at it.  Doubled in size again!!!

Pepsi’s dermoid sinus removal surgery went GREAT.  She just has a couple of stitches that are healing beautifully.  Another week or two when her shaved hair grows back, you will never know anything happened.   Grandma insisted on another toenail trim for all as usual!!

I’m a PEPPER, You're a PEPPER,  Be a PEPPER too!!

Personality’s are coming…….. here’s what I’m seeing so far!!

Females:

Pepsi - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, very little white on feet, small spot on chest,  great ridge, perfect teeth, natural leader, adventurous and curious
Fresca - gold wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, lap lover, thoughtful, eager to please
SunDrop - light wheaten, medium mask, white socks on front, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, sassy, outgoing, expressive


Males:

Dr Pepper - very dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, independent, outgoing, confident
Crush - golden red wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest,, great ridge, perfect teeth, happy go lucky, big galoot, gently silly
RC - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white socks on front, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, easy going, playful, cuddly, kind
Mug - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, one white sock, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth, lots of swag, full of himself, spunky and sassy
Squirt - dark red wheaten, medium mask, very little white on feet, big spot on chest, 1 cowlick, very short ridge, perfect teeth, fun and gentle, sweet and kind, goofy

 

It's the REAL Thing - 7/18/15 - 4.5 Weeks Old

The Soda Pups “Have BITE!!!”  Sharp little teeth have emerged and with that addition, Ayana is DONE!!  As if the toenails were not bad enough!!  She still loves them to death, but when they try to nurse she puts her mouth down over their shoulders and pushes them off.   Weaning them the natural way!!   All of them appear to have wonderfully perfect teeth - no overbites or underbites, all scissoring properly.  Yeah!!

They are still perfectly chubby due to their enthusiast acceptance of puppy mush.  As always, we start feeding them puppy milk replacer at about 4 weeks, then add puppy chow to soak into mush, and eventually they are eating nothing but puppy chow/mush.   It is a messy process as the pups tend to snorkel in the puppy mush, but thankfully Ayana is happy to clean them up!!  We use a stainless steel  puppy donut and feed them a few inches off the ground to help them swallow easier and NOT walk in their food!!  I think it is always a good idea to feed your large breed dog in an elevated position for their lifetime so we just start that immediately.  They haven’t quite doubled in size this time but pretty close!!

“Head for the Sun” to get “That Barefoot Feeling” was the name of the game this week.   They got to go outside for the first time to experience dirt, grass, bugs, flowers, new sights and smells - a whole new world!!    To “Tickle their Innards” and add “A Little YAHOO” to their lives, we added TOYS to the mix.   I’m sure puppy ears, toes and tails (to say nothing of Ayana!) appreciate the fact that teeth are being sharpened on something else!!  Poor toys!!  

The pups are figuring out the proper usage of their ‘litterbox’ and the idea that there is an appropriate place to go to the bathroom.  They naturally do NOT want to go to the bathroom where they sleep and play, so it is really pretty easy to take advantage of their instincts.  The goal is to hopefully make it MUCH easier for you to housebreak your puppy at their new home by immediately establishing WHERE you want the bathroom to be and CARRYING them there constantly.   Healthwize, this week they got wormed again with the yummy yellow stuff and of course another dreaded toe nail trim.    


All of the Soda Pups are just sweet little darlings right now, but in the next few weeks they will begin to develop their own unique personalities that will help us pick the right puppy for YOU and your family!!  It is so much fun to watch them become their own little selves!!


Females:

Pepsi - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, very little white on feet, small spot on chest,  great ridge, perfect teeth, DERMOID SINUS - removed next week.
Fresca - gold wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth
SunDrop - light wheaten, medium mask, white socks on front, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth


Males:

Dr Pepper - very dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth
Crush - golden red wheaten, dark mask, white on all four feet, big spot on chest,, great ridge, perfect teeth
RC - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, white socks on front, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth
Mug - dark red wheaten, very dark mask, one white sock, medium spot on chest, great ridge, perfect teeth
Squirt - dark red wheaten, medium mask, very little white on feet, big spot on chest, 1 cowlick, very short ridge, perfect teeth