After what seems like forever, the time has finally come for Freya to have her puppies! This is super extra exciting for me because 1. She is my 1st fur-baby and my sidekick & 2. She is having our 1st litter of MINI AUSSIEDOODLES!!!! Double the excitement and double the anticipation!
The normal temp of a dog is between 102-104. At noon today, she was sitting at 100, which means shes dropped a little. We've been monitoring her temperature and waiting for it to drop to 98 degrees. Once she drops to 98, labor normally comes within 24 hrs. Eeekkk!
She is definitely exhausted and ready to get these babies out. She doesn't run anymore and spends most of her time laying at my feet. She still has her appetite though! Her dad has been SPOILING her. He makes her 4 scrambled eggs and 2 cups of oatmeal every morning and she licks the plate clean! We free-feed so she has unlimited access to food during the day. In the evening, we've been feeding her a can of dog food, which she also devours. I'm thinking we will have some FAT little puppies. LOL.
I plan to go live on Facebook some during the birth. I've had quite a few people ask for me to and I think it is neat for you guys to get to see behind the scenes and be there when the puppies are born! I have attached a link to the Facebook page below so you better go follow it if you want to see these cute puppies!!!
If you’ve been looking at reputable dog breeder’s websites, you’ve probably come across the term “guardian home” a time or two. Most people are unaware of the term, which is why I have chosen to write this article.
So what exactly is a guardian home? Why do breeders use guardian homes? What are the benefits to being a guardian home? First, let me explain the term. A guardian home is a place where a dog that belongs to a breeding program resides. When breeders get to a certain number of dogs in their household, they simply can’t offer enough time and attention to each and every dog. This number is different for each breeder, but for most it is around 3-7 dogs, depending on other variables in the home.
A guardian family is one that is looking to add a puppy to their family, but may not necessarily have the funds to buy a puppy or might just want to get a puppy at a discounted price. Each breeder is different, but price cuts and even free puppies are common when you are a guardian home. Some breeders will pay for food/vet bills/monthly flea meds/etc which can be enticing for families. In return, the breeder technically still owns the dog and retains full breeding rights. The dog lives with the guardian family full time, only staying with the breeder when it has puppies. Most breeders will breed the dog 3-4 times, then spay and the dog becomes the property of the guardian family. Reputable breeders retire their females after a MAX of 4 litters.
In order to stay ahead, breeders need to keep expanding their program and replace aging females. This means that they will need to be finding/keeping back puppies from their litters to add to their program, which means more dogs in the house. This is where the guardian home comes in handy. Breeders can place these puppies with guardian families where they will still get the love and attention they deserve, yet still be able to breed when they come of age. Reputable breeders DO NOT breed females until they are 2 years old.
We use guardian homes, as do many other reputable breeders around the world. We want our breeding dogs to live life to the fullest and be a part of a family. Luckily, we have been able to utilize mostly family members as guardian homes since this is a family operation. My great-uncle and aunt have 4 of our females and my aunt and uncle have 2 of our females. Our other dogs are all spread out between my mom and sisters.
I hope this article has broadened your knowledge and given you a little insight into the guardian world!
**Throughout this article, when I say "our", I am referring to my mother's business (Riverbend Goldendoodles) as well as mine. In my head, they are one in the same, LOL**
Below you'll see a picture of Scarlett in her guardian home with one of her kids!
So I thought I'd give this blog thing a try. I have so much to say and this seems like the perfect venue to say it!
I can't promise that I will post on a weekly or even regular schedule, because, you know, life. I can promise that my posts will always been genuine and true. I hope to use this blog as an educational tool as well as a place for you all to get to know me as more than "that dog breeder lady". I would love to address any questions or topics you might have (I'll have to get some readers first). Until then, I reckon I'll just ramble on about random things and of course, DOGS!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by and please spread the word|! Things will probably get interesting!
P.S. Enjoy this picture of me and my cute husband.
P.S.S. I'm super excited for this blog, ya'll!!