When it rains it pours. We had planned to breed Annie last fall but she never cycled. Of course as soon as we bred Rain, Annie came in heat so now we have two litters coming at the same time!
Mason x Rain
A repeat of our most productive breeding so far. The first litter sent 4 puppies to working homes. At three years old, three of them are HRCH, two have Grand passes, two are qualified all age and one is a MH with a Master National plate.
This will be an all black litter and should be due around July 10th.
Smoke x Annie
Over a year in the planning, we are really excited about this pairing. Smoke (FC AFC Black Smoke Arising MH) owned by Augie Farnsworth, is an amazing animal. Completely amatuer trained, Smoke and Augie competed amongst the best in the country in the 2017 National Amatuer Retriever Championship and the 2017 National Retriever Championship.
Smoke and Annie are both yellow factored so we are hoping for some yellows. This litter will be due around July 17th.
More information to come as soon as both litters are confirmed.
Week 2 Update
The puppies all have their eyes open. They are beginning to get their feet under them and toddle around. Their ears have started to open. Their heads are taking shape and they look more like puppies. They have found their voices and in addition to usual grunts and whines we are starting to hear little barks and growls. Everyone is steadily gaining weight and growing good.
Week 1 Update
All of the puppies are strong and healthy. They are nursing well and nearly all of them have doubled their birth weight in the first week. We made a trip to vet at 3 days for dew claw removal. They are moving around the whelping box and most of them are beginning to push up on their rear legs. In the next week or so their eyes and ears will begin to open and they will get increasingly mobile as they transition from a newborn belly crawl to walking upright. I'll work on getting more individual photos then. Right now there is not much to see except sleeping, crawling and nursing!