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Beta X Dollar Litter Page 2 **4/2/2011

This page is dedicated to the Beta x Dollar litter from age 2 1/2 wks to 5 wks, or as many days that will fit! We will be posting multiple picts of individual pups along with commentary in regards to each pups’ personality.

3/15/2011 ~ All of the pups are now walking (stumbling) along and they are starting to mouth each other while play growling.  They will also thump their back legs when getting their ears scratched while wagging their tails, just like the big dogs!  Teeth buds are just under the gum surface and will start appearing any day now.  First up for individual photos and blog is:

Green Collared Yellow Male– This pup is a very mellow fellow, loves to sleep and cuddle right now.  He also likes to chew on his siblings and play fight.  Fairly steady on his feet, he is short coupled (square built) and will most likely be a smaller dog.

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.Next up:

Green Collared Black Male- Black pups are terrible to photograph, especially ones that are active and hate the flash on the camera. Then I realized that the black background was NOT going to work with the black pups so they had to set through another photo session, which they all slept through!  Green black boy is an active boy, very chunky and heavy built.  All of the black boys have a thick lush coat which I really like.

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Blue Collared Yellow Male- This is the largest pup of the litter.  He is up on all fours (took the longest to do so) and has been progressing fast with his ability to walk. He is also the most likely to wag when being petted, and he likes to snuggle.  Very thick coat, he is lighter yellow than the other two boys.

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Blue Collared Black Male- He is the largest of the black pups, second biggest in the litter.  Very people oriented, he will walk to you at the sound of your voice and likes to be held and petted.  He is a favorite of my daughter’s. He is also the steadiest on his feet.

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.Up Next:

White Collared Yellow Male- This is the darkest yellow in the bunch, he will most likely continue getting darker “red/orange” as he gets older.  He has a slightly slicker coat and is longer bodied.  He will most likely get taller than some of the square built pups.  This is the pup that my son likes, he calls him Krypto.  He loves to eat and has no problem pushing the larger pups off his favorite nipple.

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Orange Collared Black Male- This pup is the smallest of the blacks, not that he is small by any means, but he is the most squarest built.  Nice lush coat and cute “squishy” face makes him one of my favorites.  No loud noises seem to phase this guy either, he can sleep through anything!

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Orange Collered Yellow Female- “Ginger” is the easiest to spot (other than her collar) since she has a chocolate nose.  Both Beta and Dollar carry the chocolate gene, ironically we didn’t get any chocolates, so she got a double dose of chocolate which eliminates having the black pigment gene.  She is a really nice dark yellow that will most likely get darker as she gets older and her coat is nice and thick.  She has a longer body and will most likely be the same size as her mother at maturity.  She loves to eat and will beat most of the boys to momma every time.  Since she is the only female of the group, she will also most likely have a more dominant “attitude” which works well for hunting dogs since they need to have the drive and tenacity to handle rough weather and cover.

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3/21/2011~ I can’t believe it has been so long since I updated this page!  The puppies are right on track with their milestones, right on que,  they started climbing out of the pool on their 3 wk “birthday”.  They are currently running around in the kitchen with their mat for potty breaks.  They will be introduced to a litter pan on Wednesday with pine pellets and I will be picking up some hardware cloth for surrounding the inside railing of our deck so that they can use the kitchen door to go outside to play and potty during the day.  I have not taken any individual pictures for this installment (I had the flu all weekend) but I did get some cute photo shots.

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3/26/2011~ The pups are getting fat and VERY sassy.  Lots of play fighting, posturing, and growling and barking going on, sometimes in the middle of the night which makes me really wish for them to grow up and go to their new homes! That and nicer weather so that they can burn off some of that energy playing and exploring outside!  It would make “poop patrol” easier too!

The pups have started eating solid food.  I have taken the advice of a very knowledgeable breeder and skipped the whole mushy food part.  This litter is thriving on the extra time with mom (she generally weans her litter when mushy food is introduced at 3 1/2 wks, stops cleaning up after them too) and she is still cleaning up most of their messes.  She is suffering for it with the sharp little teeth though so they are being reprimanded often for biting, which is where they learn to be careful with their teeth which is a good thing.  They also learn the pack hierarchy and how to behave around adult dogs.

Here is a rundown on temperaments on the pups, pictures will follow this evening:

#1 in the pack goes blue collared yellow male.  He is the biggest, but not the “baddest” .  He uses his size and attitude/demeanor to enforce his own brand of “justice” to the rest of the litter.  Not really a fighter, he likes to patrol and play, loves to sleep and eat, but when he is needed to stop a fight, he is the first one there to keep the others in line.  Not your typical Alpha dog, this pup is more of a “lets just all get along……or else!” type of Sheriff.  This pup will do well in a working home because he is an obvious team player, loves to please, and gentle enough to be a great companion in the off season to a house full of kids.

#2 in the pack is the blue collared black male.  He is the tallest and leanest of the bunch, some may even claim that he is the “black Bart” of the group.  He is often the first into everything, he doesn’t let anything or anyone get in his way, and he doesn’t let a scolding stop him from doing it again just as soon as your back is turned.  A constant trouble maker, he often starts fights between two other pups and then sits back and watches the other two get into trouble.  As ornery as he is, Ol Bart and the Sheriff are good pals, kind of like those old west stories where two kids grow up on opposite sides of the law, yet remain true friends to each other.  You will often catch the two pals side by side exploring, and they never fight with each other.  This pup will do best in a serious working home where he gets plenty of exercise, a job that he loves, and consistent discipline.  He will not do well in a home with no training or a home where training is done and enforced by only one member of the family with the other (wife and/or kids) let him get away with bad manners.

#3 in the pack is actually a three way tie between the white collared yellow male, the green collared black male, and the green collared yellow male.  These pups are often duking it out for the title of  the sheriff’s right hand man, often causing him to have to break up the fights.  They are rambunctious, playful, and they are also the most vocal when something doesn’t go their way.  They love getting into things, shredding their potty pads, going after shoe laces and pant legs, chewing on toes and fingers, etc…. They are not as inquisitive as their two other siblings above, but would rather go exploring as a group (safety in numbers!).  This gives them the added security and also gets them into more trouble since they tend to take on more daring adventures because they are in a group.  They love to taunt out retired stud dog who likes to lie by the baby gate.  Them seem so ferocious on their side of the fence~ AL doesn’t seem to be too worried though.  All of them are similar in weight and size, the green collared yellow is more stocky built though, the other two are a bit longer bodied and will most likely be bigger sized dogs. They will do best in working homes and will need a firm but fair hand in training.  Given an outlet for their energy, they will do well with the whole family.

#4 in the pack belongs to the lone female, orange collared yellow female.  Although in reality she belongs at a higher rating due to her sex alone, she does not have any real competition for the spot so she has not had to really fight for the position, so her attitude and temperament is really that of a most submissive female than the top “bitch”.  She loves her food though, and woe to any other pups who get in her way to the food bowl! She has no problem pushing the others out of the way and literally laying in the dish to prevent the others from getting any food.  She will do well with a firm but gentle hand in training, training should be done with the whole family and be consistent!

#5 in the pack is the orange collared black male.  He has a very laid back manner, loves to wrestle with the rest, just not as often.  Loves to eat and sleep, and is content to snuggle in your lap.  Nothing seems to bother this pup, loud noises, being picked up and held, strange new toys, etc…. If he doesn’t care for something, he just goes to sleep! This little opossum would do best in a house with older kids and a weekend warrior type of hunting home.  We will see how he reacts in a couple of weeks to the pigeons, this may just be where he shines!

Here are some candid camera shots of the pups:

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4/02/2011~ The pups have been enjoying the warmer weather this weekend, they get to stay outside on our deck with a small grassy area to “do their business”.  The fresh air and larger area to romp and play is making for much quieter nights!

Tomorrow, Beta will be staying going out to the big dog kennels with visits to the pups 3-4 times a day for an hour or two.  She is doing a great job with weaning the pups, but is having to be a bit aggressive at times to get her point across to the pups that they don’t need to nurse all of the time.  In order for them to be socialized with an older dog, we will be introducing them to Molly, our British female who loves playing gently with pups.  Molly will be moving into the house since she will be whelping her own litter in May.

Pups will be introduced to gun fire tomorrow, and next week they get their first live pigeon!  They have been wormed (fecal was negative, but we worm them twice regardless) and have been given a Neopar shot which is a Parvo only puppy booster.   I have an appointment set for them to have their eyes checked for their first CERF certificate on April 9th.  They will be getting their tattoos on Wednesday April 6th now that their ears are big enough.  These next couple of weeks are really busy times for the pups, there is so much to see and learn!

We did a little photo shoot today after the pups had played a bit in the sun, I was hoping that they would be tired, but not too sleepy!

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. Go to page three for more updates.