Monday, January 8, 2018

The Mouss x Lexi Puppies are 4 Weeks Old!

The past two weeks have been full of growth and development for the Muppets.  

The Third Week:

This week saw us finishing up with the Bio-sensor and Early Scent Introduction exercises.  The puppies all have their eyes and ears open and were much more steady on their feet.  They have become adept at crawling over and under one another and their dam.  Soft toys were added to their whelping box giving them something new to interact with.

Nine puppies is a larger litter for a Barbet and I weigh the puppies twice a day to carefully monitor who may need a little extra time at the milk bar and to give the smaller puppies some private nursing sessions with their dam.  There was always music playing in the room and we made a point to gently handle the puppies multiple times a day.  It has been a pleasure watching them grow from vulnerable little neonates into the puppy equivalent of toddlers.

The Fourth Week: 

The fourth week for the puppies was a big week for the litter. It began with them moving out of the guest bedroom down to the main floor of the house.  They now occupy the space that would otherwise be our dining room and are exposed to all of the sounds of daily living coming from the living room and kitchen.  

They were introduced to the potty box and housetraining is well underway.  It's amazing how the puppies quickly learn to eliminate in the areas that have been designated for them to do so.  We don't have a 100% success rate just yet but overnight all poops and pees have been made in their potty box and I'm quite pleased with that!

The larger space that the puppies now have to play in allows for more room for environmental enrichment in the form of new toys, hanging objects and different footing.  Their teeth are emerging and they are enjoying mouthing, grabbing and even carrying some of the light weight toys.  They play and interact to an even larger extent with one another and with their dam.   I don't believe I will ever tire of watching little puppies learn to play.  They are still sleeping the grand majority of the time with short play periods of about 15 minutes or so before they begin to tire.

Some of the puppies were ready for solids and have been introduced to soft meals of ground chicken with bone and ground turkey with bone.  They are enjoying their food immensely.  The few puppies that simply were not ready to start solids yet will begin eating solid foods later in the 5th week.  

During this week we have also begun having more visitors over to help socialize the puppies.  We aim to introduce the pups to many different people during the time that they are with us.  Visits will continue in earnest over the coming weeks.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New CKC Champion for Rizzo!

BPISS CH Northrock's For the Joy of It CGN

I’m thrilled to share the good news that on December 27, 2017 Northrock’s For the Joy of It CGN finished the requirements for her CKC Championship at the Southwestern Ontario All Retriever Society Specialty Show in Kitchener, Ontario.  Rizzo is out of URO1 CH Northrock's Eau De Joy by Northrock's All Night Boogie and is the third champion from this litter. 

Our sincere appreciation to Judge Garth Gourlay for awarding Rizzo; Winners Female, Best of Winners and Best Puppy. 

The following day at the Barbet Fanciers Association of Ontario Specialty Show, Rizzo went Best Puppy in Specialty Show.  We are grateful to Judge Kim Hamel for the recognition.  
Congratulations and many thanks to Rizzo's fabulous co-owner, Joy Hettler who has done a beautiful job keeping her in coat and raising her to be such a delightful Barbet. Thank you as well to Peter Scott, Rizzo's friend and handler for piloting her to her wins.

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Mouss x Lexi Puppies are Two Weeks Old

Merry Christmas from Lexi and the Muppets!

December 25th 2017
The puppies turned 2 weeks old on Saturday and Lexi and the Muppets continue to do well.  Gains have been steady and we have some puppies that are weighing in at over two pounds now.  It truly is amazing how quickly they grow.  All of the littles have opened their eyes and they are all up on their legs, toddling albeit somewhat unsteadily, around the whelping box.

We had some special visitors come to see the puppies last weekend.  Delia, Lexi's co-owner and her family arrived to snuggle with the puppies and complement Lexi on her new brood.  Lexi was as always delighted to show off her progeny and the boys were gentle and calm with the little ones.

A little glimpse into the whelping box.

 During the past week the puppies' eyes were opening so we kept the lights dim in the room.  We have the television on and the shifting light that it emits creates a visual stimulation for the puppies.  A video of a fireplace is often on the tv - the perfect background of soft flickering light.  We also play music throughout the day, usually classical although for this litter they have been exposed to an array of Christmas songs instead!  The music offers further stimulation for the pups' developing brains. 

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our 
Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Mouss x Lexi Puppies are One Week Old

Lexi and her puppies December 12
The puppies turned one week old today and all are doing well.  Lexi is a doting mother and seems to be quite pleased with her puppies. She is very good at making sure they are clean and content. The pups are still very dependant on Lexi, their eyes and ears have not yet opened and they are not yet able to regulate their own temperature so need her for warmth and nourishment.  

Puppy pile up - December 11
They are getting better at moving around the whelping box and spend all their time eating or sleeping.  We have begun doing Early Neurological Stimulation exercises with the puppies as well as Early Scent Introduction. I'm spending lots of time with mama Lexi and her litter and in my opinion, it is time well spent!  I find myself mesmerized as I watch these precious neonates breathing and nursing and I love the sweet cooing and chirping sounds that they make.  Here is a video from earlier in the week. 

The theme for this litter is The Muppet Show and the puppies have all been given names of Muppet characters.  

Black collar is Fozzie, Tan collar is Beaker,  Green collar is Kermit
Purple collar is Rowlf,   Blue collar is Gonzo,   Orange collar is Animal
Yellow collar is Scooter, Red collar is Camilla, Pink collar is Miss. Piggy

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Northrock's "H" Litter - The Mouss and Lexi Puppies are Here

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of the
Lexi x Mouss' puppies born December 9th, 2017.

BPIS CH Northrock's Eureka CGN by BleuZorange C Boom Frimouss B

Lexi had an uneventful pregnancy and we were delighted when her ultrasound revealed that she was carrying a nice sized litter.  On the evening of December 9th Lexi began delivering her puppies and was all done whelping her litter of 9 within a period of three hours.  It was a safe and speedy whelping and we are grateful that all went well.

There are 7 males and 2 females and we look forward to watching these beautiful puppies grow. We are ever so thankful to Lexi's co-owner Delia Bucknell and her family as well as Mouss' co-owner Carol Brown and his breeder Denyse Rousseau for helping to make this litter possible.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Canine Good Neighbour Titles for the Boomer x Ellie pups!

Joy Hettler and Rizzo (Northrock's For the Joy of It CGN)
I'm so pleased to share the news that this past weekend three of the Boomer x Ellie (Northrock's All Night Boogie x URO1 CH Northrock's Eau de Joy CGN) puppies earned their CKC Canine Good Neighbour titles.

Susan Luyendyk and Marie (UKC/CKC CH Northrock's Forever Yours CGN)
 An enormous thank you to their owners Susan Luyendyk, Joy Hettler and Marisa Victor.  I'm so grateful to be able to share my passion for this beautiful breed with such devoted homes.  My thanks go out to them for the love they give to their dogs and the great job they have done raising them.  
 Hadfield (Northrock's Fly Me to the Moon CGN) owned by Marisa Victor
shows off his new title with his friend and handler Noreena Seery. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

New CKC Champion - Northrock's Forever Yours

Congratulations to Susan Luyendyk who beautifully handled her Barbet Marie to her CKC Championship last weekend under Judge Sean Shields at the Georgina Kennel and Obedience Club show in Lindsay, Ontario.  

UCH Northrock's Forever Yours is out of URO1 CH Northrock's Eau De Joy by Northrock's All Night Boogie.  I'm so proud of what Susan and Marie have accomplished together.  This is the second championship Susan has put on Marie - all owner-handled.  Thank you to the judges who have recognized the quality of this promising puppy.  We look forward to seeing what else this dynamic duo will achieve together.
Northrock's Forever Yours aka Sweet Marie beautifully handled to BOB at the Pine Ridge KC show by Susan.
Marie is a sweet Barbet and lives a happy life with Susan, Erik and her Berner "sisters".  I am so very grateful for the wonderful home they have given her.