Can't believe how many pictures I have of this litter, but they are so incredibly cute! Between my regular camera and my cell phone camera, and the pictures that are forwarded by visitors, there must be thousands. A visitor yesterday took over 200 and posted well over 100 to Facebook!
There is no way these pups could be better socialized! We've had lots of company of all ages, and the pups are incredibly friendly. This weekend I started taking them up to the bedrooms one at a time, so I could observe them away from their littermates and stack them a bit in front of the mirror on my dresser. Again, all were brave and secure and comfortable exploring without the backup of littermates.
Tomorrow the pups will get their first car ride, going to visit Jess, Don, Cousin Meribel, and Simmie the GSD. We'll see how they ride, and observe them in a totally new environment which will tell us a lot about their personalities. AND we'll do formal pictures, stacked shots of each pup from the side, front, and rear. That helps us evaluate their make and shape, how they fit together, and to see their outlines - things that are very important to me. They'll have more room to move too, so we can observe their gaits more carefully. We'll probably decide from those pictures and observations which puppy will go where.
Maxwell continues to be absolutely fearless and so funny. Into everything, but so cute I can't resist picking him up and cuddling him. He's very handsome, a beautiful mover, and full of personality. Very glad I do not have anyone waiting for a top show male - guess I will just HAVE to keep him. Easy decision!
Melitta looks very nice too, moves well, beautiful black eyes and lots of angle. She has the "crabby face" like so many Rob kids did, and both Jess and I are quite smitten with her. As hard as it is to get extra good bitches, she will stay too. Maxwell and Melitta may not stay forever, but we'll probably run them both on for awhile and see how they develop.
Liver Sanka also looks very good. Beautiful face, great color, and a pretty shape. When I had her upstairs last night I was amazed at how much reach she had. Covers ground the way Maxwell does. She's a compact chunky girl with a lot of bone - more bone than Melitta has, and something that is nice to get in this breed. She already has green eyes which tells me she will have dark gold ones as an adult. Argus has been doing excellent eye color on most of his liver kids.
Britt is similar in type to Sanka, but with more skull and stop and a "stuffed toy" look to her. Incredibly pretty markings, expression and attitude make her extra cute. She's built similarly to Sanka with lots of bone, and a "pick me up" look to her, but she's actually the adventurer.
Vittoria is very pretty and we have not decided if she goes to a pet or show home. Have one of each waiting for and wanting her. She's a bit slighter and less mature than her sisters, and we may wait another week before making a decision on her. She was a quieter pup but really blossomed over the weekend.
Folgers is going to be the heart-breaker I suspect. Had no show homes waiting for black-spotted blue-eyed boys this time, and I do not believe in waiting for homes to show up if I have good pet homes waiting. It's too much work, especially in the winter, and not fair to the pups who deserve homes of their own. Folgers has almost perfect spotting, and sets up well. He's got a bit more leg than Maxwell, so an curious to see how he photographs. His people are not interested in showing, which is a bit of a shame, but it should be an excellent home.
And beautiful Gevalia, the patch, will go as a pet of course. This week we'll decide who gets her. Not everyone wants a patch, while others prefer them -and she's an extra cute patch. The party at the top of my list wants an unpatched pup - they already have a gorgeous black spotted Argus daughter and are waiting for another, but will continue to wait unless Vittoria is available to them. I've offered Gevalia to the person who is next on the list but have not heard back yet, but the person who is right below them is interested so we'll see. As I had expected, a couple of the parties for pets are no longer waiting. One adopted a mixed breed dogs who showed up on the doorstep, and another found a Dal pup close to home - so glad for the latter as they had been waiting since last June for a puppy!