Monday, December 14, 2009

New Pics!

Here is Sally and her brother Charlie! Very cute!

And here are some pics of Roca (formerly CC, the darkest, smallest girl). She looks a lot like her dad!! Wow, looking at these pics right next to each other you can really see the differences in these girls. Sally looks sooo much more like a golden retriever and Roca looks like a doodle. Roca even has her little beard in! What a difference there is between these sisters, of course both of them are absolutely beautiful.

Wow look at those paws! People say that about Ruby, but I think she has little paws, but these paws on Roca look pretty big to me. And she was supposed to be the smallest one!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Almost 4 months old....

I still have to lift Rubicon up onto our bed when she wants to snuggle with us, and I have been noticing that she is getting heavier and heavier! I just weighed her and she is just a little over 35 lbs. The growth charts I have found on the internet say that to guess their adult weight, take their weight at 4 months and double it! I was really hoping for a smaller dog than 70 -80lbs!!! However I also weighed Sutter because she has been looking very chunky from sneaking all of Ruby's puppy food, and she came in at 60lbs! That is huge for her, so she is going on a diet tomorrow. Sutter normally springs up onto my bed, and she is so heavy that she actually missed yesterday and had to take a second jump. I can't wait for the next set of shots so I can get these girls out and get them some more exercise. All of us need it!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sutter and Ruby Thanksgiving 2009

Our property in Stonyford. They LOVE it, no leashes except when the boys are riding! I am still afraid one of them will run in front of a dirtbike and get hit or cause a crash, so tied up when the bikes get fired up. But other than that, free to play in all of that red dirt all the time.
I had to wash Sutter 4 times to get her blonde again! I didn't think Ruby was all that dirty until I put her in the shower and watched 2 lbs of red dirt go down the drain!

Happy girls!

Awwww, Isn't Dana cute?

Thanks to Donna for these cute pics of Dana (formerly Irish!)

With her brother, Boston, at Halloween!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Here are some cute pictures of Chase. He went to live with Matt and Erica in Sacramento. Matt said these pics were taken a couple of weeks ago and he has gotten much bigger since then! Thanks for the update and pictures Matt!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I just got this cute picture of Sally (Daffy) who lives in Bakersfield with Heather and her family. Heather says she is doing very well. Still some issues with the submissive peeing when she gets really excited, but hopefully she will outgrow that. It is a very common problem for girls (and some boys) and they usually outgrow it, but it is a pain until then. Ruby just started doing it occasionally. And Sally has also had a slight rash on her belly, the vet gave her some antibiotics that worked, but then when she was done with the pills, it came back. So Heather tried just putting some hydrocortisone on it and she said that seemed to work and clear it up. She also said she is using the "How to Raise The Perfect Dog" book by Ceasar Milan and it is really helping. Even Aly, who is only 5 years old, is able to walk Sally without her pulling on the leash. That is awesome. She also knows sit, stay, shake, comes when she is called and is learning to "leave it". Good job Rooke family! You are inspiring me to do some more work with Ruby! I haven't even started on shake yet! And just another note - if anybody has to travel and has a pup that gets car sick, dramamine works. Of course reduce the dosage accordingly, but it has certainly helped us. Thanks for the picture Heather!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Playdate with Sherman

Sherman came over to play with Sutter and Ruby today. Sutter LOVED seeing him, Ruby wasn't so sure about it. At first she was a little afraid of him. He came bounding in ready to play and she backed into a corner, with him coming right after her and she was scared! But I sent him outside to play with his mom and Ruby watched them for a while and then joined them. Nancy thought a playdate would be good for Sherman and maybe she would have one night of relief from his constant chewing on her if he was really tired! He also seemed to be getting a little full of himself and she thought a little lesson in manners from his mom might be a good idea. Sherman was here from about 1pm until about 6pm and Sutter spent the whole first hour teaching him who was boss (again). She was relentless and it got kind of loud at times, but I think it was really good for Sherman. By the end of the afternoon he was back to a sweet little boy instead of being so cocky and full of testasterone. And once Sutter was done teaching him who was in charge, Ruby took a crack at him. I was really surprised at her reaction, first she was unsure and a little fearful and then she got really jealous. After Sutter had spent some time with Sherman, I was outside giving him some attention and Ruby just wasn't okay with me loving another dog. She got mad and went after him. You would think a big tough guy like Sherman wouldn't take that from a little girl who was afraid of him just an hour before, but he backed off and acted like a submissive pup and rolled over on his back for her (I think the hour spent with Sutter taught him that was the correct move). So then Sutter and I spent time correcting Ruby when she went after Sherman until she grudgingly accepted his presence and let us both shower him with affection. So this socializing little playdate was wonderful for both of them. By the end of the afternoon, she seemed to get over her jealousy, she had to share her mom and me - what a tough lesson to learn - and they were playing nicely and having fun. I think a couple of more playdates is definitely in order for both of them. I hope all of you are able to find other dogs for your pups to play with. This is the best time for them to learn how to get along with other dogs and what is expected of them during playtime. AND it has the added bonus of wearing them out so you can cuddle and snuggle with them without getting chewed on!

This is Ruby mid-afternoon wondering when that fluffy boy was finally going to leave

Good times, nothing like a little tug of war with mom!

Ruby hiding under the kitchen table, she wanted no part of that. Especially after she got in trouble for being mean to that boy getting all of HER mom's attention.

I think this was the one time Sherman took a little break. He was tireless, like an energizer bunny. He might have taken a nap, but I think everytime he started to settle down, something distracted him (a kid, a toy, Sutter, anything) and he didn't want to waste time sleeping when there was something more exciting to do. Sleeping is for when he is home alone, not when there is somebody around to play with!

Here they are playing nicely....

Here he looks like the demon pup! It really wasn't that bad, it was actually pretty funny.

Once Sutter had him where he knew she was the one in charge, she let him climb all over her, chew on her, anything he wanted. He got a little carried away a couple of times and she had to remind him how to play nicely, but he did really well overall.

Look at the teeth from those crazy dogs!

Sherman certainly didn't hold a grudge against Ruby. He was trying to kiss up to her and begging her to play with him.

And she did. They had a great time (when he wasn't trying to mount her - male hormones!)

What a sweet boy. We were so happy to see him and can't wait to have him over again. Nancy is going on vacation in a few weeks and we are hoping to help out with puppy sitting. Sherman is supposed to be staying with his dad, Sam and Penny, but I hope they won't mind sharing him.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Second Set of Shots are due by Saturday 10/24!

I got Rubicon's second set of shots yesterday. She weighed in at a whopping 17lbs! Anybody else out there get their pup's 10 week old weight checked yet?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Puppy Bjorn

We are supposed to expose them to new noises, people, places, and situations BUT we can't put them on the ground because their shots aren't complete. And they are getting a little to heavy and squirmy to hold! So I put her in a backpack and wore it in front when we were at the races last weekend and she loved it. She even fell asleep! I might need a bigger backpack soon.

Puppy Pictures!


Dana and Kylie!

Dana again! She still looks like a stuffed animal to me!

Rubicon at 9 weeks

Everything is going great with little Rubicon. She loves her bed and always takes her naps on it. It has been a lot easier than I expected having her join our family. I was worried Sutter would be jealous or feel neglected since she has had us all to herself for 3 years now. But Sutter loves her the most. Sutter actually stares at her and waits for her to wake up when she is napping so they can play. We have been very careful to do the things that have been suggested in books to make sure there aren't any dominance struggles, we always greet Sutter first, let her out the door first, feed her first, etc. Ruby doesn't seem to mind at all and Sutter doesn't feel threatened. Before, when we would sneak pups upstairs to our room to snuggle (before they went to their new homes) Sutter didn't really want them on our bed, or her dog bed. Those were "her" areas. Now when Ruby is on our bed, Sutter jumps up and joins her and they end up wrestling and playing and both getting kicked off. And Ruby is always welcome on Sutter's dog bed (of course that usually turns into a wrestling match as well, but allowed on the floor)

Here they are in action. Sutter acts like more of a puppy now than Ruby does. I think she has regressed to about 6 months old. She is hopping around and always smiling and just can't wait to play with her new best friend.
Playtime. Maybe that is why Rubicon is so easy, she is always tired from playing with mom!

I think she needs a trim, can't even see her eyes anymore!

I have a feeling I won't be trimming Ruby's hair nearly as much as I trim Sutters!

Hey, she actually looks at me now! And she has been sleeping in her crate, with the door closed in our room for the last couple of nights without waking up at all through the night. I think she will get moved into one of the boys rooms tonight. I can't believe I actually have a crate trained puppy! It is a miracle. Now if we could just get the potty training down.......

I think she is trying to tell me that it wasn't her who chewed up the edges of the deck, it was all those other pups that left already. Right!
She really is a sweet little girl. When people come over to visit, it is Sutter that I have to contain and is jumping around like an idiot greeting them. Rubicon quietly sits there, watching her mom act like a freak and waits for them to greet her. And I said I wasn't going to use treats for training....well that didn't last. I am using treats in a little plastic container with a lid. You get them used to the sound the cup makes when you shake it and they learn to respond to the command and the noise of the treats in the cup and it is working great. She is learning her name and to come when she is called. And we are teaching her the names of everybody in the family - Sutter is usually around and getting her nose in on the training times, so maybe the old dog will pick up some new tricks too and start acting like the 4 year old lady she should be! The only place we are not having a break through is on the leash training. She does not like being lead around by the leash. So we will keep working on it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


And yes, Dungey did find a new home. His new name is Marlin (you know, like in Nemo?). He went home with a wonderfully busy family with 2 boys and 1 little girl from Roseville. I think he will fit right in with them and always have somebody to play with. Just perfect for him, and those kids too!

Exciting times!

Almost everybody has gone to their new, wonderful homes. I am a little sad, but it really does help that I love every single family that these pups went to. I know they are all going to have wonderful lives and I am so grateful. So now it is your turn to start taking pictures and sending them to me. I will post them so everybody can see how their pup's littermates are doing, and growing and what they look like. I will post pictures and updates on Rubicon and Sutter too. Hopefully we will see Sherman at puppy classes in January, we are going to try to get them in the same class and I will let you know how that goes for us. Should be interesting. I am having my boys do the obedience training on Ruby, after all, she is THEIR dog. Or so they keep telling me. I wonder how long that will last?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Puppy pick-ups this week

I know many of you are coming this week to pick up your pups. I think they are fine to go home anytime this week, but most of you have planned to pick them up between Wednesday and Saturday. I am going to be busy most of the day on Tuesday (at a field trip with Josh's 3rd grade class) and then I have to do my "real" job and set up a wedding Saturday morning. I should be done around 11am, but call me and I will confirm the timing. The rest of the week I am pretty flexible and should be available whenever you are. But give me a heads up, especially those of you that have a long drive so I don't let your pup have a big meal before you put them in your car. It is really quite common for them to get car sick at this age and most of the time they outgrow it before they are a year old. But it helps to take them on an empty stomach as much as possible. And don't leave without getting your copy of the information from the vet, your CD of puppy pictures and the signed puppy contract. If I get distracted or emotional saying goodbye to these little guys, I might forget!

More Pictures!

They aren't liking the corral as much, they want to be free!!! All the time. The minute they see me, they beg to be let out. So I am spending a lot more time in the backyard with them. Good thing we have been having such nice weather.

Sutter is loving this part of motherhood. She is acting like a pup herself. She is constantly letting me know it is time for them to wake up and play (even if they are still asleep, SHE thinks it is time for them to wake up)

Dungey and mom.

Dungey taking a break.

Don't those two coats look alike? And who else is bold enough to go up and grab mom's tail? Only Irish.

Here is the little stuffed animal posing for pictures.

And here she is playing queen of the stump in the backyard.

Here is Kona, playing upon the retaining wall in the rocks. She wasn't brave enough to venture up there a couple of days ago, now......anything is possible!

I was trying to get a picture of the curls on her ears, can't really see them here, but I promise, they are cute!

Sherman and Kona, who would have thought a wood pile would entertain them for so long?

Here is CC and her little bottle brush whiskers.

Here is Chase playing with Garfield.
And here he is doing his staring thing. "If I just nicely stare at the door instead of jumping on it like everybody else, maybe it will open"

And check this out, this is Ruby and she looks like poor our old yellow lab, Shasta, back when she was in her prime and pointing out a pheasant in the field. See I told you I ended up with a lab, not a goldendoodle!
But she is little and lean and can curl up really small to sleep, just like Sutter. That will be good for traveling in the motorhome!
But she is cute, in her own way! Even is she if eating the bushes.