Finally the big day arrived when the new families came to collect the babies. Everyone was SO excited! They had all their equipment ready and set up and plenty of toys waiting.
All the homes have been chosen carefully to provide loving, caring environments, with the right amount of stimulation and space. Most of these homes already have a border collie (or two), so they know what to expect!
I am sure they will keep in touch and let me know how their puppies grow and develop. Of course if they have any problems they know they can call on me for help.
I wish these puppies all the very best life with their new families. I know that they will be loved and well cared for and bring a great deal of happiness. What a fairytale ending to the first part of their lives!
PS: We kept one! Busy stole our hearts from the minute she was born – we think she is rather special. Our last chance to have a daughter from our wonderful Sunny. Breeders always say that the hardest part of breeding is finding the homes and parting with them. I had not planned on having another puppy now, but it seems she just decided to stay.
They look like proper dogs now don’t they? Isn’t it amazing how quickly they transform from guinea pigs? They can do stuff now – they wake up and run outside to do a wee (mostly) and they come in and out when they’re called (mostly). They are eating regularly now and sometimes practise eating on their own.
They have had their microchips done. Their hearing and sight were tested – all clear, which is good news.
All that is left for me to do now is get them ready for their new homes, making sure I’ve done all the paperwork and packed up their bits. Oh and I need to have a few more cuddles…
And they’re off! Finally we have some nicer weather and they can play in the garden. Mind you, they need strict supervision, if I want any of my new shrubs to remain in one piece 😉 They are helpful if you need any holes dug for planting, or really any tidying up done.
Last weekend all their owners visited again. They are getting really excited about bringing their new family member home and most of them had been shopping for toys and other equipment.
It’s been fantastic having so many visitors to see these puppies – I reckon around a hundred people have been into the puppy palace over the past six weeks and most of those have been more than once! I believe that this makes sure that these puppies will grow up to be people loving, friendly, confident and outgoing dogs.
Those of you following me on Facebook (Pen Dent) will know that the puppies love sleeping under our kitchen unit and one day last week I had one pup in the run and six under the unit – I thought I’d lost them! I leave them safely in the run when I’m out, but they love to come out and roar around the kitchen.
So we have two weeks left. This is the time for them to play with each other and with the older dogs, understanding what makes a good game and when to respect the other dog. We also start to teach them that their teeth are sharp and can be painful.
They also start to learn that there are preferred places for toileting, so hopefully that process is easier when they get to their new homes. During the next couple of weeks they will be microchipped and have their hearing and sight tests at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket.
Five weeks old today and they are growing fast. They are moving around confidently and can even run about, although they often fall over or crash into each other.
Going outside is becoming more of an adventure and less of a terrifying experience – it won’t be long now before they start helping with the gardening 😉
They have become more playful, with each other and with toys. They are also starting to learn that not all big dogs supply food and that some are not as friendly as others. It is important that they learn to be polite to other dogs at an early age.
Sometimes though, they just need a bit of time with their mummy. They are tucking into plenty of real food, but they still love milk, if they can get it!
Answer: For cuddling and making people happy! What could be nicer than a snuggle with a bundle of fluff? I am so lucky that I know people with children who come round when the pups are at this stage, as it really makes a difference to how well they behave as adult dogs.
This week they have been having a pretty exciting time. They are properly up and about and much more active. They are playing with each other (lots of growling) and having a go with some of their toys.
They have even been outside! They didn’t like it though, it was much too cold, so they huddled together after a few minutes, waiting to be let back in 😉 I think the puppy palace is a bit warm and I need to toughen them up a bit – well maybe later..
Most of the time they still just eat and sleep, being well cared for by Sunny (and me). See you next week!
This week we have started the weaning process and they are certainly enjoying it! It is amazing to watch them grow. They are just beginning to find their way around and to play. They make plenty of noise, squeaking, but also growling and barking! If it ever stops raining they can go outside…
Domini brought Taboo over on Saturday so that he could meet the other owners when they came to see their babies. Sunny was surprisingly fine with him being there and he was intrigued to meet his sons and daughters.
This weekend Chris and I are hoping for a bit of quiet time, but if that is the only time you can come then do ask! Next week is half term and I am hoping we will have plenty of children popping in for cuddles and play – they need that experience.
Well they’re starting to look a bit more like dogs and less like guinea pigs. Their eyes are just beginning to open and they are up on their feet, staggering around, drunk from all that milk they keep guzzling (especially Goblin, he just keeps gobblin’ 😉
The best news is that they all have homes! I am so delighted with my seven prospective families – they are coming to meet their puppies this weekend, so hopefully we shall be all sorted. This means that we can all relax and just enjoy them. We’ve had over 30 people through the house in the first fortnight, many of them staying, so they’ve had lots of interest and cuddles so far. I expect this to continue – visitors are always welcome, just do please contact me first as we may well be booked up already?
This week, all they’ve done is feed, sleep, squeak, wriggle and of course, be cuddled and admired. They’ve had quite a few visitors and already have a hefty fan club. Sunny has continued to be a perfect mother, despite being completely exhausted at times. She has now started to see a few gaps in between feeds, so has time for a short walk and a bit of playtime with her toys!
I am a very proud breeder today, announcing the arrival of my new ‘Fairytale’ litter, Westirene Sunshine at Dentbros x Borderlair Taboo Too. Sunny is the most amazing mother; she is calm and confident, totally focused on caring for her babies, but completely relaxed about showing them off and coping with attention. We have 3 girls and 4 boys and as you can see, we have some chocolate and white and some chocolate merle, with boys and girls in both colours – clever Sunny!
Most of these gorgeous babies have homes already, but if you would like to be considered for one, please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Visitors are an essential part of the puppies’ development – the more cuddling they have the better! So please do try and find the time to see them, particularly after the first couple of weeks, when they are up and about?
I am so excited about the imminent arrival of 8 puppies from Sunny and Taboo. They will be chocolate and white or chocolate merle – delicious! Taboo works ‘ticket’ in obedience so both parents have great drive and motivation for working. Ideally I would like these puppies to go to homes that will keep them busy, either competing in obedience or agility or being involved in family life.
They are going to have fantastic temperaments, being cuddly, loving pets and will be fully socialised by the time they leave my puppy palace. Both parents have had all health tests done – Taboo’s hip score is 4/5, like Sunny’s and their hearing, sight and DNA tests are all clear.
I have several homes already, but please contact me if you would like to be considered for one of these babies.
NB: These puppies will not be pedigree border collies and will be registered on the Kennel Club activity register. They will not be eligible for showing.
Beautiful, brainy Border Collies, bred for better temperament and health