Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oops! Too close! A little too close.
Hello to everyone!

I'm pleased to announce that 3 of Bagel's puppies have gone on to their new homes!  I have mixed feelings about this, as I'm sad to see the little ones go (I miss them so much!), while at the same time I'm also overjoyed to know that those puppies have found wonderful new homes!  We are still looking to find homes for 5 more puppies, so if you know anyone who may be looking for a furry new addition for their family, please pass the word about these babies.  Also, keep in mind that Bagel Bailey needs her own forever home!

At 9 weeks old, the puppies are rambunctious, outgoing, and curious.  They constantly play and explore everything on their jaunts outside of their kennel and I'm amazed at how fearless they are!  I will say, the unfortunate side-effect of their wanderings, coupled with their keen searching ability, is that they are very skilled at finding stinky things - and right now, everything goes in the mouth.  (Green girl found a dead mouse today and enjoyed playing a lovely game of keep away from me. YUCK!)  Luckily, the puppies aren't always so gross.  In fact, most everything they do is just SOOOO stinkin' cute! (No pun intended.)  They run, tumble, and wrestle nonstop, constantly putting a smile on my face.  They beg to be held, roll over for belly rubs, and when they finally tire themselves out, they snuggle with me and each other.  Is there anything cuter than a puppy?  Check out the following pictures and I'm sure you'll be asking yourself the same thing!

Searching for new homes...





How can you resist this face?





Congratulations to the following puppies who have found their forever homes!





Additional pictures to put a smile on your face!

Green boy and Yellow boy
Green boy and Green girl

Green boy and Yellow girl (now Turquoise)

Green girl and Yellow boy
Pink girl and Green boy (is he a camera hog or what?!)
Pink girl with Buddy and Blue boy
Yellow boy and Buddy
Green boy and Yellow girl (Turquoise)
Puppies on the run with some of our beagles.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

8 Weeks Old! Bailey's puppies can go home this weekend!

Beginning this weekend, adopters will be able to bring their new puppies home!  For your planning purposes, here are some suggestions for the big day.

As you prepare to bring your new puppy home, you will need to start assembling supplies.  The most important item you will need to purchase will be a wire crate.  I recommend a Medium-sized crate with dimensions approximately 30” x 19” x 21” with a wire divider that allows you to make a small space in the crate for while puppy is little and widen the amount of space in the crate as puppy gets bigger.  The MidWest iCrate can be found at most local pet stores and is perfect for crate training a beagle from puppyhood to adulthood.

The puppies are fully weaned and have been eating Purina Puppy Chow.  All puppies will be sent with enough food to last for a week and I will send instructions for feeding and for transitioning to a new diet, should you decide you would like to switch to another puppy food.  Puppies will also have be sent with their health record, which documents any exams, treatments, and vaccinations the puppies received while they were with us.  

The Big Day: Bringing Puppy Home
The day you finally get to bring your puppy home is an exciting one – you’ve probably been eagerly making plans for the big day and running those plans over and over again in your mind.  Just keep in mind that your new puppy is totally unaware of all the great things you have in store for him or her and will be easily overwhelmed by all of the new sights, sounds, and sensations he or she is about to experience.  Hopefully the following information will help make the transition from our kennel to your home as easy as possible.

The Car Ride
When you come to pick up your puppy, you should make sure at least two people come along for the ride – one person to drive and another person to hold the puppy.  This will make sure to keep the driver from being distracted and allow the passenger to concentrate on the needs of the puppy during the ride home.   If you are going to be traveling a relatively short distance, this will be the one time when you will hold the puppy for the entire car ride to help keep him or her feel safe and secure.  If you are going to be driving a distance of over an hour, you may want to consider bringing a carrier along and having the puppy stay in the carrier during the drive.  Either way, make sure to bring at least two towels – one for wrapping the puppy up in or lining the carrier, and another as a spare, in case the puppy has an accident.  You might want to also bring a plastic bag to put soiled towels in and baby wipes to aid in clean-up.

For a short drive, the puppy is unlikely to have an accident if he or she is allowed to use the bathroom before getting into the car.  For a longer drive, the puppy obviously is more likely to have an accident.  This time only, in the event of puppy’s first trip, resist the urge to stop off at a rest stop to allow the puppy to relieve him or herself.  You don’t want to potentially expose the puppy to infectious diseases at a time when he or she is both under stress and does not have full immunity.  If puppy has an accident, merely change out the soiled towel and provide him or her with a fresh one.  Potty training can start once you get him or her home.

Bathroom accidents aren’t the only mess your puppy is likely to make in the car.  It is not uncommon for puppies to get sick to their stomachs when they travel in the car due to the unfamiliarity of everything, not to mention the overwhelming sounds, vibrations and other sensations.  To help make the trip a little easier on puppy stomachs, we will withhold a puppy’s food in the hours prior to the car ride home and you can feed puppy once he or she gets home.

Finally Home!
To start things off on the right foot with your new puppy, you should plan to set aside plenty of devoted time to spend with him or her,  Once you get home with your puppy, take him or her directly to the area you have selected as the designated potty area.  Once he or she uses the bathroom (probably just urine), praise puppy and bring him or her inside your home.   Initially, you will want puppy to get limited access to the house.  (Allow him or her to get acclimated to an area before expanding access little by little over a period of days.)  Introduce puppy to the crate.  The crate should be placed in a location where the family spends most of their time and should be covered with a blanket (except for the opening) to make it cave-like.  Place the blanket with his or her mom’s and littermates’ scents inside, along with a toy or two.  Let puppy explore the crate, but don’t lock the door behind him or her.  You can also offer a few kibbles of food or some treats in the crate to begin to form a positive association.  Now you are off to the right start!  Please refer to other resources to get more details on proper crate training.  (I can provide copies of some of my favorite articles to each of you to help out - just let me know.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

6 Weeks Old! Latest update and pics for Bagel's puppies

Hi Everyone!

I know it has been way too long since you've gotten an update from me on Bagel Bailey's puppies and for that I apologize.  Puppies are big, bouncy, and so full of energy and personality!  Although mom occasionally still allows them to nurse, puppies are now eating dry puppy food and drinking from water bowls with no problem.  This is good for mom, as she finally is at a good body weight and her coat is starting to look fuller - having a large number of nursing babies puts a huge nutritional demand on a mother beagle and for the first several weeks after having a litter, moms may look a little ragged.  I'll bet some human mothers could empathize with this!

At six weeks old, the puppies are less than 2 weeks away from being able to go to new homes.  While we have a couple homes lined up, we still need homes for many more of these little cuties.  If you or someone you know might be interested in taking one of these beagle mix puppies home, please contact us and we'd be happy to send you an application for adoption.

BLUE BOY - Very outgoing and playful, this one is truly a social butterfly!

PINK GIRL - Very people-oriented, she loves to be snuggled and held!

GREEN BOY - Somewhat shy at first with new people, he warms up quickly and begs to be held!

GREEN GIRL - Roly poly and full of energy, this one plays til she wears herself out!

ORANGE GIRL - Laid back and sweet, the family who found Bagel Bailey is in love with this little girl!

YELLOW BOY - This boy is GORGEOUS and, yet, very rough and tumble!

YELLOW GIRL - This fluffy baby can be a bit wild at times, but she settles down nicely for cuddle time!

Comm'on lady, I'm trying to sleep here!
ORANGE BOY - My little buddy is such a good boy.  He loves his chew toys and wrestling with our indoor dogs!

A few more pics for your viewing enjoyment...