What a stage!
The puppies are 5 & 6 weeks old right now and they couldn't get more adorable. These are Gracie and Molly's puppies. Autumn's puppy is now 12 weeks old and what a spitfire he is. We kept him and named him Dexter (Blessed). But anyway, back to the little one's. I go and open up the door to their playpen where we keep them and they come running out and every one of them want to be picked up and loved on. I wish I had six sets of arms so I could love on them all at once. I don't want to pick up even one of them because I feel like I am hurting the other puppy's feelings and then when I have to put that one down, I feel I have not held it long enough. How sad and yet how wonderful! I wish they would just stop growing and stay with me for a little bit longer. But it really is a lot of work right now. I am mom!
It is funny how that door closes. One day they look for her every time they are hungry and she is there for them, caring for their every need. Nurturing them and teaching them the very basic things. Then that day comes, boom! Mom is gone and they don't even seem to notice. They move on to different food. They don't look for her anymore. They run and play and are so independent. Someone just clicked that switch and just like that, they are done. I am now mom!
They follow me everywhere I go. I can call them and they come running from wherever they are. It is so cute to see those little legs running up to me. They have these expressions on their face as if they are smiling and so happy to see me. I call "Puppy, puppy, puppy" and whistle...six little puppies come running from all directions. Of course this only lasts for a couple of weeks. Wait...they become curious! One day not too long from now, they will start wondering off in all different directions and they will no longer come when I call. One will be going into the woods at the edge of the property and I will go running to rescue it, yelling no, no don't go in there. I will grab it by the foot just as it is disappearing and turn around to carry it back up the hill to the house only to find that at least three other puppies have followed me down and are now going into the woods also. I only have two arms!!!! I yell for my husband to help me, but he is hard of hearing and doesn't come, so I do the best I can. I get them marching up the hill, convincing them by carrying a couple and steering the others with my feet. Once up top, I put them in their playpen where they are safe and sound. It is at these times when I think that I cannot take much more of this!!! I am getting too old for this stuff. But I really do love just about every minute of it.
When those families come to pick up their new little babies, I just love to see the joy on their faces and later hear all the stories they share with us. I love watching the puppies grow up through the pictures that are shared. I love all the friends that we have made through our puppy families and am so glad that we keep in touch after those puppies go home. We are not a breeder that sends the puppy out the door and we are done with it. We like to keep in touch and see how they are doing as they grow. Make sure that the puppy parents/families are happy. I really enjoy being a breeder. Don't let anyone ever tell you it's easy, it is a lot of work. But I love the dogs and I love the people. That makes it all worthwhile.