First trip to the Backyard such that it is..

It has been a wet and cold winter. Every time I think maybe it will be a bit Warmer and Dryer it Rains. Great news for Lake Lanier, but poor weather to take puppies outside. All this rain has been a boon for Lake Lanier, but I would appreciate less use of my rain boots. On Saturday March 24th we took advantage of a break in the rain and all eight remaining puppies got outside.  Our first trip to the outside was the front yard and keeping track of all ten was a challenge. This was their first visit to our lovely backyard. Lovely is a vast over statement, but it's fenced providing a safe area for the pups.  To say the backyard needs work is an understatement, but when we discuss landscaping. I begin to breakout in hives. Talk about stress. New sod, new bushes and flowers just means more things dogs and puppies can dig up and eat.  Four humans, two dogs and eight pups went outside. Besides looking out for the normal hazards of holes, sticks, rocks, and running dogs. We kept an eye out for or local hawk. Better safe than sorry. The puppies got a chance to really stretch their legs. Chase Tuck and Mox and learn the fine art of ball retrieve.

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Forever Homes.

One of the biggest things we wanted was for every puppy to have a great forever home and I believe each has one.  What I did not understand was how hard it was going to be to let them go.  Don't get me wrong I don't miss the pee and poop.  I don't miss the 2:30 am playdates or the early bird breakfast, but I do miss each puppy.  This group of pups truly believe the adage the early bird gets the worm.  There is such an innocence about them that it helps calm my soul.  Cricket headed home first.  We went from 10 to 9 on a Friday morning.  Tuck looked to be counting heads and puzzled by the number she was coming up with.  That afternoon Gunner went home.  Now we had 8.   The puppies noticed and moved their sleeping spot to a smaller blanket and I cried that night.   We savored Saturday with the eight.  Birdie and Winnie's family picked them up Sunday morning for the drive to Va.  What a great family and home and I cried.  The pups once agin changed their sleeping location this time to a crate. Tucker paced. It was six pups for another week. Our routine began to change. The remaining pups began going outside everyday. Instead of 2 feeding bowls it is 1.  The weekend arrived and Saturday morning Dash went home. The remaining 5 made another move this time to the smallest crate. Beau went home Saturday afternoon and Saturday night I cried.  Every  family was excited to pick up the newest member of their clan and they all are doing well.  We are excited and happy for everyone.  The puppy room feels a little empty, not as many puppies to greet and the noise level has decreased since we only have  four pups including our own.  They will be with us a couple more weeks and then off to their forever homes and I will cry.  It is rather bitter sweet.  Can't wait for the updates and photo's. I need to say thanks to all the help from our family and friends who helped us nurture this litter along. 

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To is home from Bird Camp.

Okay this blog is a little late, but I've been rather busy.  Picked To up from Dave Walkers's Farm & Kennel after four weeks of Bird Camp.  It was good for To and truthfully good for me. The puppies needed so much attention.  Being a puppy himself he had trouble with the idea of a litter downstairs and he expressed himself by marking the door.  Which promptly got him into trouble. At camp things developed slowly.  He was not happy with kennel life.  Like to think he missed us, but most likely he missed his bed and toys.  Things began to pick up when he realized he had a job and it was birds. Loves birds anyway he can get them.  His nose started to develop, learned not to bump  birds,  began holding point and developed some style.  Dave took is slow introducing the shotgun which worked out well.  There is a great deal of work ahead, but he showed real promise.  Retrieve to hand definitely going to take work. He does not like to give up his bird.  Frankly he tends to run around with his perceived trophy.  As a result of all his trophy parading we learned he has a very very soft mouth. Looking forward to watching To develop. 

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Turning 6 weeks means a trip to see the Veterinarian.

Transporting 10 puppies and their mom to the vet is controlled chaos. We made it without loosing anyone or anything. Very happy to say.  Had much needed help from Melissa/ daughter and Sarah/sister who helped wrangle them into the car  and the Dr's office. Tucker got a look over and a greatly needed pedicure from Charlie. Bird dog and pedicure are not things usually associated, but she could open a can with those nails.  All the pups got a very thorough exam from Dr Hillier.  All received there vaccines and cheese whiz with dignity.  Plus a great nail trim administered by Kim.  Not the easiest feat and I'm so grateful.  Dr H. pronounced all the pups healthy and beautiful.  Thanks to South Forsyth Animal Hospital for all there help and care!!!  Upon our return they took a long nap. Us adults celebrated with pizza and wine. It was a good day.  A great day to be a Southern Swarm Pup.

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First Field Trip - Time to play in the grass.

 First Field Trip Saturday March 10th.  A visit to the Yard. It was overcast and cool, but we got outside before the rain. Seems to have been a roaring success. Started out slow for some. Not everyone was initially pleased with the change in temperature or texture.  Number One was not so sure she liked the cooler temperatures she had to go inside to warm up. Winnie (#2) discovered that she can really run & we spent time chasing her down. Cricket (#3) Spent the first couple minutes taking it all in and then decided that playing in the grass was a good thing. Birdie (#4) decided that a leaf was worth a point.  Betty Davis (#5) was all for it and took every opportunity to explore and chase her litter mates. Six spent lots of time playing with Betty and rolling around with One. Gunnar (#7), well he approached it as he does most things with self assurance and curiosity. Max (#8) discovered that grass made an excellent place to roll around on and that leaves are worth a point. Nine spent time taking it all in and decided that Gunnar needed some competition on who could explore further afield. Ten was all over the place once he decided that the grass was okay. Some started out a little slower but everyone got the hang of it eventually.  Their natural curiosity took over and away they went.