Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Nancy and Kim were over today to keep an eye on the puppies while we had some work done around the house. Nancy took the opportunity to record some more great video of the pups. Check out "Toddling around with the F Litter!"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And the names are in!!

Introducing the newly named F Litter!!

Red -- Feather
Blue -- Fawn IV
Purple -- Fluffy
Neon Green -- Felipe
Neon Pink -- Funston
Brown -- Fergenson II
Light Pink -- Finnian
Turquoise -- Fitz
Orange -- Farina II

See how big we've gotten...

The Newly Named F Pups!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Exploring our universe

We're starting to see, hear and smell better. We're exploring our little universe. There are some new things to see and feel. And we can always check out our brothers and sisters!

Ahhh! Resting on our new toy
Ahhh... Cozy....

Trust me... you need a bath!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Growing puppies!

We're almost two weeks old now! Look how big we've gotten!!

We're getting bigger!
Bigger pups!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

First steps with friends

Dawna has many friends, some of whom are helping out with her litter. Nancy Vise was here today and took this great video of the mom and pups - cleaning, taking toddle steps and talking about life.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Taking turns

The puppies are good at taking turns eating. At any one time, some are hungry and some are full.

Some are hungry and...

Some are full!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

All dressed up and out to lunch!

The pups have moved from yarn, to body paint, to .... (drumroll, please) Litter collars! These are specially made break-away collars suitable for very small puppies. In several more weeks the pups will graduate to puppy collars. In the meantime, they're out to lunch together enjoying good food and their new duds.

New duds!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Whiling away the hours

There is a tv in the room we're using for the puppies. To pass time hanging out with the litter, the tv is often on (low). We happened upon a dog agility and performance show on Saturday. Hmmm. We think Dawna is missing all of her doggie friends...

Watching TV

Friday, June 18, 2010

The F's Family Tree

Our little F's come from a proud lineage of CCI breeders. You know who mom is. Here is a look at some of the rest of their family tree.


Ross VI


Dawna is out of Makia x Kirsch
Makia & little Dawna
Mama Makia & little Dawna


Grandpa Kirsch is out of Beth III x Bobby/Zen



Daddy Ross is out of Natalia II x Baumann


Daddy Saris is out of Zena IV x Camden
Zena with her B/C>
Zena with her B/C and an unknown litter

Mom's many jobs

As mom for these little guys, Dawna has a number of jobs - nursing, cleaning, providing warmth.

cleaning 1

back pillow

front pillow - nap time

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Swimming and Diving

The pups are enjoying mama's milk! They're also working on sports such as swimming, diving and body surfing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Finney's Fantastic F Litter!!

Dawna is the last pup in her mom, Makia's, last litter. Makia's breeder caretaker, Cath Phillips, has a tradition of giving every pup a nickname that is used until the pups get an official CCI name. Dawna's "original" name was Finney--finished! So it seems completely appropriate that her first litter is an F litter! Finney has F pups. Names will be coming soon. We'll keep you posted...

Fantastic F Litter
Fantastic F Litter

Or... the Flailing F Litter...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Proud Mama

Dawna is resting happily tonight after delivering 9 lovely pups earlier today:
5 boys, 4 girls; 4 black and 5 yellow. All are healthy and a good size. In order they are:

Red - Yellow Female, 15.7 oz
Blue - Black Female, 14.2 oz
Purple - Black Female, 14.2 oz
Neon Green - Yellow Male, 15.8 oz
Neon Pink - Black Male, 14.4 oz
Brown - Yellow Male, 11.7 oz
Light Pink - Black Male, 15.8 oz
Turquoise - Yellow Male, 16.0 oz
Orange - Yellow Female, 15.6 oz

Daddies are Ross VI and Saris.

She was kind to her B/Cs and whelper helpers and delivered these nine tiny miracles between noon and 3:30 pm with a mimimum of fuss once she was finally convinced that it really was OK to "poop" in the whelping pool.

Dawna is turning out to be an excellent mommy - attentive, good at cleaning, happy to hang out and nurse her babies and eager to get back to them after potty breaks.

We look forward to watching her grow as a mom as these little ones start their own CCI journeys.

Many thanks to our whelper helpers Peggy Keefe and Ralph & Patsy Cornwell. Many hands truly do make light work (although Dawna may think otherwise! )

Here are some glimpses of the process:

Cleaning My First Puppy
Cleaning My First Puppy!

Nursing, and Waiting for Number 2!

We're helping Mom get our sibs to come out!

The biggest Pup and The Littlest Pup
The Biggest Pup & The Littlest Pup

A Well-Deserved Rest
Rest at last!

Monday, June 7, 2010

And then there were......Nine!

We took Dawna out for her X-ray tonight. Mo counted nine puppies - all with nice big heads. It's amazing to see them all curled up together inside of her and know that in just a week they'll be wiggling and nursing at her belly. Dawna is quite large and will undoubtedly be very happy when these little ones are on the outside rather than wiggling around in her belly.