Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Off to Puppy Park!

The O litter pups were all packed up and ready to go for their next adventure - the ride to CCI National in Santa Rosa and the famous puppy park! Dawna came along to supervise their first car rides and exposure to the larger CCI family. Here are some of the Os ready to go.

On arrival at CCI we were greeted with a welcome surprise. The Breeder Caretakers for Nesbitt, the O litter's sire, were there to see the pups turn in. We had a great time meeting one another as the puppies were loaded into the giant laundry cart for the short ride to puppy park.

For those of you who may not have seen it, Puppy Park is this neat little area within the CCI complex that is off limits to all adult dogs and entered by people only after a walk thorugh the bleach water solution. All this to ensure no unwanted germies get to our little darlings before they have had their first shots and begun to build some of there own immunity. The park has a concrete floor, a wire fence and REALLY fun climbing structures, toys etc for all the little ones to run around and wear themselves out on before they head off to the kennels.  Being the O-Litter, the very first order of business was a drink from (swim in?) the water bowl.

As usual, for Dawna's litters, our parents hung out with Dawna at the bench outside the play area and Dawna carefully supervised both us and the kennel staff playing with and taking pictures of her pups.

Then she wagged goodbye as they were loaded back into the laundry cart to begin the next phase of life as a CCI puppy. This is the time when we get the official announcements of what regions the puppies will be placed in. So here they are: Orvis and Osita -- SW Olha, Olan and Ocala -- NW Orzo -- NE Odell, SE Ortega, Opie Coming to a PR near you. Look out world - the O's are off and running!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Playtime with the O's, the last week: 11/8 - 11/15

Like all puppies, the O's LOVE to play. The weather had turned colder so "out of the puppy pen" playtime moved indoors. Here are some glimpses into the lives of the O's scampering their way through the last week in our home.

Playtime in the hallway.

Playtime in the family room. The O's were remarkably good about using the pooch pad for "HURRY" so they were allowed to play on the carpet.

More playtime in the family room. The tarp is down because the pups, while excellent at using the pooch pad, absolutely adored swimming in the water bowl (we didn't think about that the first night they played in the family room).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

O Litter Picture

One of the fun things about being breeder caretakers is getting a picture of the litter.

Order in picture (L to R):

Orzo, Ocala, Olan, Opie, Odell, Osita, Ortega, Olha, Orvis

Many thanks to photographer Nancy Vice and puppy wrangler Wendy Klock-Johnson!

Of course, puppies don't usually pose like this on the first try... or the second... or the third... or the fourth.  This time around Nancy took at least 22 shots before we got this one.  It's actually hilarious!  What you don't see in the picture are three puppy wranglers (Karen, Kathy and Wendy) just outside of the edges of the couch and flat on the floor just in front of it.  Laughing hysterically!  Here are a few of the outtakes:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Littler, Bigger: 11/5 to 11/13

Apologies to all O litter puppy raisers! It's taken us a long time to finish the O litter puppy blog. The rest of the entries will be coming in the next few days. Litter updates will be posted on the Dawnapups Facebook page after that.

For now, here are shots of the growing pups. The pictures are a few days to about a week apart.