4.16.2006 - Happy Easter Everyone ! Two puppies made their initial journey home this weekend. The remaining youngsters got to enjoy some nice weather on Sunday. They through a tantrum Saturday night on honor of their departed littermates. Poop tantrum! AKKKCKCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We took some portraits of the five that are still with us this week. They are under Week 9.
4.9.2006 - New 8 week photos - last batch. This coming week will be our last week with the whole troop of puppies. They start going home on the 15th and trickle away in the weeks following. They are sweet and adorable, we've enjoyed raising them and will be sad to see them go. Our weather turned better over the last two weeks and they've been able to make excursions outdoors several times a day, sure makes cleaning up a lot easier. Jubilee has rejoined them now for these outings and they no longer bother her for cocktail hour. A favorite game of Jubilee's is puppy hide n' seek under the living room sofa. The puppy scrambles under the sofa and then darts in and out biting at Jubilee, they start barking and shreiking at each other - fun for doggies, bad for human ears ! We have two sets of photos, portraits and stack photos. Links are at the right.
3.31.2006 - New 7 week photos. Click here.
3.29.2006 - A late update. I went out of town this weekend for a dog show
and didn't get to do portraits. LaRita did have the opportunity
to take everyone outside for the first time and get some candid
photos. They were not easy. She said it was a little like "trying
to capture a photo of a single chocolate chip in a blender!" The puppies are very much the opinionated little Weimaraners this
week. Jubilee visits with them every now and then, she wants to
check on them but can't stand the toothy mob after a few minutes
! I don't know that anyone would blame her!!!! Many of the puppies
got a bath this week. They were pretty good about getting wet, though
they got a little bored with the drying off part. See Week
6 for the candids.
- New 5 week photos, both portraits and candid shots. This
week's theme was "support our troops". Please click on week 5 to view.
The same warning from last week stands, though I think they're even
cuter this week. Week 5 is always a lot of fun. They are mobile,
opinionated and ready for all kinds of trouble. We've had two escape
from the pen in the last two days. Jubilee was removed from them
almost completely this week. She loves them enough that she won't
tell them "no" even if it's just one visit a day. In another
week she should be dry enough to play with them outside of their
3.13.2006 - Jubilee goes into the pen to just nap (and
not necessarily nurse) her puppies. She has a bed to lay on in the
den, but squarely prefers sleeping with her chicks. They are very
respectful of her and she is still so patient.We have some pictures
from nap time over the last few days. Click
- Tomorrow the puppies turn 4 weeks old. In honor of their 1 month
birthday and of upcoming St.Patrick's Day, please see their first
portraits under week
4 ! Beware! Cute! This week has brought more firsts. They have
a 6x9 pen now, they are wearing actual doggie collars and they graduated
from puppy gruel to mushed up puppy food. The puppies are getting
three meals a day and we are proceeding with the weaning process.
Jubilee has been above-and-beyond patient with their sharp little
3.5.2006 - Today the puppies turned 3 weeks old.
In our opinion it is going by far too quickly! Everyone has their
eyes open and they're all in full toddler stage. Last night they
had thier first cereal meal with milk replacer and it was a big
hit (and a big mess). See new photos under week
2.26.2006 - More 2 week photos added to the week
2 section. Almost everyone has their eyes open as of today.
Blue-collared boy seems to be the lone hold out but he won't be
keeping his secrets much longer! We have a show-prospect male available
from this litter. Please visit our information
page if you'd like to learn more.
2.22.2006 - Lots of cute photos are coming from week two,
we decided on a mid-week update. Click at 'week 2' at the right.
2.19.2006 - Week 1 - Today the puppies are 1 week old.
They are chubby, happy and growing like bad weeds in the spring.
Jubilee is also very much into the groove of motherhood. They are
generally a squeaky bunch of puppies but sleep pretty quietly at
night. There are a few new photos under 'week 1' at the right.
2.15.2006 - Introducing an actual blog: I've always contemplated
chronicling the life of a puppy in an online blog that would continue
after this page is retired to the archive. We are planning on keeping
a female from this litter. Here is the blog that will chronicle
life from her point of view. http://weimlife.blogspot.com
2.16.2006- Jubilee is getting to be in a better mood.
2.14.2006 - A few more new photos. Click here.
2.13.2006 - New photos posted. Click here.
- The first puppy arrived shortly before noon on Sunday, February
12th. There are now 3 girls and 4 boys, weighing 11.4-13.2 oz. with
one big boy weighing 15.8 (OW!). Everyone is doing great and gaining
weight. Jubilee is a wonderful first-time Mom. The first delivery
was difficult for her but after that, she fell right into the groove
of things. I will need to send emails and make phone calls --I know
there are a lot of people waiting to hear from us! Tonight, the
puppies get their tails docked and a vet check, then they will look
like true little Weimaraners. Photos coming soon!
- Jubilee's temperature was 98.6 this morning,
indicating babies will come soon. Jubes initiated some half-hearted
huffing and puffing this afternoon, but we can tell she is getting
pretty uncomfortable. It is still going to be awhile before the
puppies arrive, but the temperature dropping signifies that actual
labor is impending. Given these circumstances will most likely not
make it until the 14th for her delivery date. Any time is possible,
but I am going to bet she has them in the middle of the night, Sunday
- Jubilee has been the jolly pregnant dog for most of her pregnancy.
Though the physical aspect of the extra weight causes it's own issues,
she seems to be an extremely content character. This scene of her
laying on her back has been very common the last few weeks. She
enjoys laying on her back on the sofa as well. In a moment -- when
I did not have the camera (of course!) Hazel took up next to Jubilee
on the floor and rested her head on Jubes' belly. They just stayed
that way for several minutes. We are able to feel the babies doing
their gymnastics pretty clearly, cannot help but think Hazel knows
what's going on in there too. She is never too far away from Jubilee.
They were born in the same year about 2 months apart and are like
littermates. We are thinking Hazel will be 'first nanny' for this
litter if Jubilee will let her.
2.2.2006 - We are on the final countdown
to W day and Jubilee is showing signs of being ready for
the kids to come. Her activity has been reduced and she is really
waddling around. We can feel faint kicks when she is laying still,
obviously someone in there is already considering an agility or
hunting career. This evening we got the room ready, whelping box
and the supplies needed are all in place.
1.21.2006 - Here is a new photo of Jubilee, taken 1.21.06. She isn't getting huge very quickly. I hate to disagree with
the vet but I still think she is only going to have 6-7. They could be teeny-tiny puppies though, in that
case there might be more. Jubilee is getting protective of her tummy and really likes sitting in the chair
- Dah dah dah daaahhh... - It's a pregnancy!
Jubilee had her sonogram today @ 34 days and she is definitely pregnant.
We really didn't have any doubts because her girth is expanding
exponentially at this point. We are expecting 7-9 puppies. Jubilee
is generally cranky and pouty which is par for the course. I know
everyone hits this website pretty regularly and probably thought
we'd fallen off the planet!
Reclining in "the chair" 1.1.06
1.1.2006 - Two photos added of Jubes
reclining on a warm afternoon in our livingroom
12.30.2005 - A smll poosh has appeared in Jubilee's
belly region. It might be our imagination. We will get a photograph
this weekend ! Happy New Year everyone!
12.27.2005 - Jubilee has been snoozy and really hungry the last
few days. We've decided she's turning into her dam, Nell, who has
an unmatched lust for snatching baked goods off the counter. I was
putting homemade cookies in a bag last night when one of them slipped
off to the very corner of the counter. This mouth came from nowhere
and grabbed it like a great white shark breaching the surf for a
seal. My mostly, quiet, sweet, well-fed dog is now a foodie-monster!
It's a good thing it was an oatmeal cookie, at least they're healthy!
12.14.2005 - Another A.I., another Heart Attack - I take back
my statement, we've had a few AI's go without much fanfare but maybe
the ones that don't are more memorable for the amount of Tums I've
consumed in said 48-hour period. Jubilee was inseminated today and
the babies will be due on or around Valentine's Day 2006. Now we
get to play the countdown game to the sonogram ! Note, box is STILL
not in Cranberry Township - I guess it's lost in space.
Jubilee laying on the sofa. 1.1.06
12.13.2005 - Jubes is in Fort Collins scheduled
for her artificial insemination tomorrow. These things never seem
to go down without a hitch. I ordered a nice, brand-new shipping
container from Camelot Farms and it didn't get there in time for
the collection. Thankfully the extender did arrive and Rhett's owner,
Tom Wilson, had an old container that he was able to use for the
shipping. Yay! I'd also like to extend my gratitude to the people
at Animal General for their patience with all of my crazy phone
calls getting stuff arranged.
12.3.2005 - Jubilee is in season! We were relieved she came
in on time. One week later and we would have been sunk having to
mate the dogs on Christmas. At this point, it looks like the deed
will be done before the holidays. Puppies should be due the 3rd
week of February, 2006. All of the arrangements have been made and
we are excited about seeing what Jubilee's first litter of puppies
will look like.
11.16.2005 - This web site is just about ready to go. Jubilee
is expected in season before the end of November. We'll be taking
her up to Fort Collins for surgical artificial insemination for
this mating. Rhett lives in Pennsylvania so to avoid shipping Jubes
across the country, this is the best way to go! We have a crack
team of reproductive specialists standing by to get the job done.
We've had amazing luck with this procedure, hopfully our luck will
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