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Lab Tails of Kingridge
|Posted on October 27, 2013 at 7:09 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! It is so hard to believe that we have been busy enjoying Eden's puppies for 3 weeks now. This past week all of the puppies opened their eyes, and they also are able to hear the sounds around them for the very first time. The puppies are still completely dependent on their mama for all of their physical needs, but that will all be shifting soon. This week we will begin teaching the puppies to eliminate in a specific area of the whelping pen, and soon they will be experiencing their first meal of softened puppy food.
They sure have come a long way in just three short weeks! They are starting to crawl around the pen, and soon they will be investigating this great big world. For now however, they are still in the comfort of their whelping pen, close to the security of their mom. It is so exciting to witness the blossoming of each of their personalities, and we are eager to watch the development of the subtle differences that exist from pup to pup.
We will be having our first visitation for all of the families who are expecting a puppy from this litter on Saturday, November 9th. The first visit to meet the litter is always much anticipated and really enjoyable for everyone. These puppies are so sweet, not to mention absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait for their forever families to meet them. In the meantime, you can see other close up pictures of each of the puppies on the "Current Litter" page of our website.
|Posted on October 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM||comments (0)|
Praise God for a relatively easy delivery and the birth of 5 very healthy puppies! We would love to introduce you to the litter, so feel free to check out the Current Litter Pagewhere we have posted a formal litter announcement. We will include many more pictures within the next few days, but we wanted to share some of the details with regard to each puppy's weight, ribbon color and gender. We will be updating this website, our blog... Lab Tails, and Facebook. So, please join us in welcoming these new puppies into the world and into your hearts. We hope you enjoy celebrating the excitement of new life along with Eden and our family.
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM||comments (0)|
Everything went just beautifully with the delivery of Eden's litter. She whelped a total of 5 puppies. There are 4 girls and 1 boy who are all nursing well and seem to be doing great. Please continue to keep Eden and her pups in your prayers during these next few days, because these are the most critical ones as far as health is concerned for both her and the puppies.
I will be posting more details concerning the labor, and each puppy's birth, within the next few days. For now, we are helping Eden acclimate to life as a new mom, and watching each puppy with diligence. We are so thankful for a successful delivery and pray that each pup will grow stronger every day. Birth is such a miracle, and we feel privileged to have witnessed that miracle again today!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM||comments (1)|
Two girls have arrived and are happily nursing with Eden. According to the X-ray, we can expect at least 2 more puppies tonight. Everyone is doing great!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM||comments (0)|
We just welcomed Eden's first puppy into the world. He is a big, healthy, male and he was born at 6:14 pm. Eden is doing a phenomenal job as a first time mama, and the little guy that she delivered is beautiful. He is the largest puppy that we have ever delivered here at Kingridge, and I'm hoping he paved the way for the rest of his brothers and sisters who will soon follow!
I'll be updating, either here or on Facebook, throughout the labor to let you know the gender of the puppies that are born. We are praying for a successful easy whelp that results in beautiful pups!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM||comments (0)|
The puppies will be arriving soon.Eden is entering into a more active labor pattern, and we know that it will be just a matter of time before we will be welcoming her puppies. She is panting heavily, shivering a bit, and preparing her nest. Toward the end of labor, she will begin to arch her back in an attempt to push the puppies out. This is the next event that we will be waiting for with regard to labor. I am pretty sure this will be the day the puppies are born... We are all filled with such anticipation!
|Posted on October 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
We have been busy preparing for the arrival of Eden's litter with Miles from Sunnydaze Labradors. At the vet's office this past week, we discovered that she is carrying 5 sweet puppies. We have been monitoring her temperature over the past several days, and this morning we noticed that it has dropped. This temperature drop is a definite milestone that marks the onset of labor in canines!
So, this means that labor should begin with 24 hours. We are keeping a close eye on Eden and will post more details concerning labor as they unfold. For now, she is panting a bit more than usual, but she is showing no signs of being in active labor just yet. We are hoping for a safe natural labor for this first time mama and really appreciate all of your prayers for the health of her and the puppies. We are SO excited to meet each one of them!
|Posted on September 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM||comments (3)|
We are anticipating the arrival of not 1, but 2 litters of puppies! We confirmed the pregnancies using ultrasound this past week and are so excited about the arrival of these wonderful pups. They are already so loved by so many people and we just can't wait to meet them.
Our expectant females are both happy and healthy, although they are both showing the obvious signs of pregnancy. They are lazier than usual (which is pretty lazy), and eating like food is going out of style (which for a Lab is really not that uncommon). We are watching as their abdomens begin to swell and their mammary glands begin to fill out in preparation for all of the nursing they will be doing in the upcoming weeks.
Our lists for both litters are full at this point, but if we have any changes in the future we will be sure to post them. The puppies in these litters will be going to absolutely phenomenal homes! The Kingridge families who constitute our waiting list for these litters have been so patient, and they all have waited with graciousness for each and every one of these little much anticipated pups. Yay!!! The wait is almost over.
We will be announcing the number of puppies in each litter after we perform X-rays at the end of this month. As far as our family is concerned during the next few weeks, we will be preparing for the arrival of the litters while working extra hard to accomplish a great deal of home schooling. This will enable us to take off for as many days (or weeks) as we need in order to provide 100% of our attention on these special new little bundles of puppy love!
A laboring mama, and her resulting litter of pups, requires constant observation and assistance during the first few days after birth. Therefore, of course, 2 new litters will require twice as much work. I am so thankful for the flexibility of home education, because we will be able to adjust our schedule accordingly. As a family we are SO ready to meet these puppies, and we can't wait to pause from the routine of our school days to interact with the miracles of life! That is an education all in itself, one that can never be learned solely through the pages of a book.
|Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM||comments (160)|
It has been so warm here in Pittsburgh. Now, I know there are some kind of people who complain anytime the weather isn't 72 degrees with sunny skies, but I am not one of those kind of people. I love the variety of weather we get here in Pittsburgh, and it is one of the reasons why we choose to make this part of the world our home. Our family and Labs have lived here for our entire life, and I think we are all pretty spoiled.
Here in "the burgh" we get cold wonderful winter days filled with snow and ice, autumn days that are brisk and delightful with gorgeous changing foliage, and cool grey misty days that make us appreciate the days of bright sunshine and brilliant blue skies that come with summer. However, these last few days have been down right hot. The dogs are staying inside in the air conditioning, along with the kids and myself. We all enjoy a quick romp of play outside and then it's time to cool off indoors. Thanks God for air conditioning! We all have been enjoying the sprinkler and the pool. The dogs especially are delighted in the abundance of water during these scorching hot days.
As we have been enjoying our summer, we are also actively researching sires for the future breedings that will occur over the next several months. Our black female will be the first to enter into her heat cycle, and then we will breed an all chocolate litter a few months later. If you are currently a family that is on our waiting list, I have sent out a newsletter email highlighting our breeding plans. Please let me know if you did not receive that recent communication.
Everyone is so excited about having puppies in the house again, but we are lazily enjoying this warm summer with just our family and our Labs. I hope you and your families cherish this weather and the laid back pace that tends to accompany these long hot summer days. Take some time for what I plan to do for this afternoon... pour a big glass of lemonade and pick up a good book (one on dog training would be perfect) and just relax. Then, you can take some time to prepare for the arrival of your new Lab puppy, or appreciate the puppy, or full grown Labrador, that you already have in your life. Oh, how I do love summertime!
|Posted on June 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM||comments (103)|
Summer has begun. Oh, how we are all enjoying the start of this wonderful season! The fine chocolate litter that we had in our care was such a blessing to us all. We had such a memorable time raising each of those little puppies! They have all transitioned into their new homes, except for one stunning pup who we selected to add to our Kingridge family. I hope all of the families from that litter are having as much fun with their new arrivals as we are with our special little girl.
With the chocolate litter turning 10 weeks old today, we are now turning more of our attention to the arrival of Lily's litter. She is due on June 22nd, and we will be headed to the vet on Friday for an X-ray to determine the exact number of puppies anticipated in her litter. She has shown some emotional and physical changes of pregnancy, but the clearest way to see how many pups are in a litter is by X-ray. We will be posting the results as soon as we find out this Friday.
We are praying for a healthy litter of adorable little black and chocolate Lab pups. In the meantime, we will be enjoying the sunshine and beautiful warm weather of summer with our family and our precious new puppy. Likewise, we hope you are taking time to enjoy the beauty of this special time of year with all of those whom you love!