Litter Diary: Puppies Born 08/25/17

Dam: IntCH CH Shyladawn’s Hollyhock Ode To Chaminade “Emma”

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Sire: CH Shyladawn’s Soleil Here Comes the Son “Riser”

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What a difference a year makes! — Louis and Green Bean

The puppies are now all in their new homes — Louis and Green Bean

As their new owners share photos with us we will post them here every couple of months so you can continue to watch them grow up.

12 weeks old – Louis is the last puppy to to home

Sandy arrives to take Louis to his new home in Northern California. Travel safe little man.

11 weeks old – Green Bean goes home and Louis is the last man standing

It was bittersweet as little Green Bean left the pack this week. Read the captions below and learn about his journey home from San Diego to outside of Peoria, Illinois. We are thrilled that his family is keeping his name, Green Bean, as he really seems to like it. When he stopped for his outdoor pee break at the airport in Peoria, it was less than 40 degrees but the cold didn’t seem to phase him. A few days later, we delivered Lil and Artie to the Chicago area so now Louis (Red boy) is the “last man standing” from all 3 litters. He will be leaving for his new home in Northern California later this week. We will post another video in the next day or two.

10 weeks old

Louis and Green Bean seemed to have a blast being in a smaller litter of 4, vs the 10 others they were used to having around. They enjoyed exploring the yard more and also having more open time in the house…exploring every room with a door left open. Green Bean will fly home to Illinois this week, and Lil and Artie will fly home next weekend…leaving Louis the last puppy here. I’m sure he will love being the center of attention. Louis will fly home the following week and we will be empty nesters.

The Ninth Week

This week a few more pups from the older litters went to their new homes, so now Red and Green are part of a pack of four. They get more time with the bigger bichons and Chipper is their favorite. He just loves these two, but they also love playing with their mommy Emmy. The boys went for their first round of puppy shots this week and neither one made a peep or complained at the vet. They loved the smooches they got from the entire staff. The video below is the 4 to 5 pups that remained last week.

The Eighth Week

Red and Green went for a ride and got their microchips this week. They are very good travelers in the car. Many of the older puppies are now in their new homes so Emma’s boys are now together all the time with the remaining older pups. We have also combined the videos this week. Enjoy.

The Seventh Week

Red and Green, the busy boys. They play hard but they also sleep well! Having 10 older puppies to play with does teach them a lot, but also wears them out…which is okay by me! This week the other puppies will begin going home so we will take down the playpen barriers and Red and Green will be with the remaining bigger pups at all times. They will also get their microchips and another opportunity for a car ride.

The Sixth Week

The boys are 6 weeks old now…and playing quite a bit more with the older puppies. They are starting to become much more bold at playtime but they also tire easily and still sleep more than the other puppies. They are enjoying the ball pit and playing with their mommy. Emma is being a really great first time mommy. Enjoy the video.

The Fifth Week

Are they really 5 weeks old already? Geez, time is flying by! Red and Green had their first baths and haircuts this week. They were excellent for the entire process. They seemed a bit confused at the “new feeling” of not having their thick coats. They are nursing less and eating real food now, and we let them play more with the bigger puppies. They will tell us when it’s time to retreat to their own sanctuary. Emma is really enjoying playing with them…and nursing them less now that their teeth are starting to come in. Enjoy the video.

The Fourth Week

Emma’s boys were moved to new quarters at the Gibb ranch this week. They enjoyed meeting the other puppies and getting started on real food. They still sleep and nurse most of the time…with occasional clumsy playtime. They are just beginning to get more comfortable on all 4 legs.

The Third Week

Emma’s boys opened their eyes and ears at the beginning of the week and started to wobble around more in their playpen. We moved them to a larger play area where they will learn to walk better, roam around more and start discovering new toys. Being in Linda’s sun room they will hear new noises, including birds, weather, the vacuum cleaner, music and the television. They will get lots of stimulation for sure. Emma continues to be a good first time mommy and helps them with each new transition.

2 weeks old

Emma’s boys continued their puppy exercises this week. Other than that, and some nail trimming, it was a very uneventful week. On day 14, as expected, both boys started squinting and opening their eyes. That was fairly short lived, as they still prefer to just nurse and sleep. This same day they took a little ride to visit Holly and Dee Dee and their babies. All 3 mommies are just doing great and it was interesting to see how they all cared for each other’s babies without any fussing or protective gestures. In fact, Dee Dee made it a point to check out Emma’s kids when they arrived, and apparently approved so we let them hang out in Dee Dee’s kennel area with her pups.

1 week old

The puppies had their dew claws removed and displayed the expected whining. Emma was a bit concerned but as soon as everyone was home, she was happy and everyone slipped back into their routine of napping and nursing. This week Linda began their “puppy exercises”. Toward the end of the week their eyes and ears will start to open. For now, all they do is smell and feel and they don’t understand much beyond mommy’s furry belly. View the slideshow and read the captions to learn more. Watch the video to learn how we introduce Early Neurological Stimulation to give our pups an advantage that should benefit them for life.

The birth day and first vet visit

Emma and Riser welcomed 2 boys to the Hollyhock Bichon family in just over 1 hour of easy labor. Since it was Emma’s first litter, she was a little subdued and not sure what was going on, but she just went with the flow and nature took it’s course. Mommy and babies are nursing at Momma Linda‚Äôs house and Monday they will have their dew claws removed. Then they will begin their daily puppy exercises. Today’s priority is having a small lunch and then taking a nap!
Watch the video of Emma and Riser’s puppies being born (duration 2:17)

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