Callahan is a four month old Labrador Retriever. She was generously donated to the Helping Paws breeding program by Dr. Fran Smith, Danikk Labradors. Callahan, or Callie as she is called, has settled into her new caretaker home and according to the Michurski family she is smart, cute, affectionate and really, really good. She is having a great time playing with the other Michurski dogs, Tori, Tiga and Keeley. When Callie is two years old she will have her heart, hips, elbows and eyes checked and if everything looks good she will become a Helping Paws breeding dog. Helping Paws is very excited about their newest addition.
Four of the Maverick X Faith puppies were kind enough to take a break from class last week and pose for a picture.
These eleven month old service dogs-in-training are in the Awesome Adolescents class that meets on Wednesday nights. From left to right are Liza with Rob, Dande with Melissa, Cassie with Kirk and Hope (potential HP breeding dog) with Lori.
Not only are these four sisters beautiful, but their training is going beautifully too!
It is finally beginning to feel like spring and spring at Helping Paws means puppies are on the way. Three dogs in the Helping Paws breeding program were bred and we have two confirmed pregnancies and have our fingers crossed that we will be three for three.
Lola, a Golden Retriever, is expecting her first litter around April 16.
River, also a Golden Retriever, had an ultrasound last Friday which confirmed that she too is pregnant. This is River’s first litter also and she is due around May 4.
And last but not least, Sheba was bred last Friday. Sheba is a Labrador Retriever and if she is pregnant, this will be her third litter. Two of the puppies from her first litter will be graduating this spring. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that this breeding takes and as some of her puppies graduate and move on, her new puppies will take their place in the service dog training program.
Can’t wait to have puppy pictures to share with everyone!
This week Helping Paws honored two very special retirees. Cheers and Faith are officially retired as Helping Paws breeding dogs. It is appropriate that they retire together as they went through both of their pregnancies together also. Here is a photo of Cheers and Faith last spring, both about one week away from their due dates and looking a bit large and uncomfortable.
Cheers and Faith each had two litters for a total of 41 puppies. Between the two of them they added 35 puppies to the service dog program and 5 to the breeding program. Helping Paws is extremely grateful not only to Cheers and Faith, but also to their caretaker homes, the Coleman Family (Cheers) and Kim Pape (Faith). Both Cheers and Faith will remain with their caretaker homes and live the rest of their lives loved and pampered, just as they deserve.
The retirees: Faith (left) and Cheers (right)
When the Voeller family became a foster homes in 2006, Kyler Voeller desperately wanted to name the puppy Hashbrown. Well it turned out that Hashbrown was not a HP approved name and the puppy was named Jaydee. Jaydee graduated as a service dog and the Voellers became a caretaker home in our breeding program with Lola. This past Saturday, Lola had her first litter and Kyler finally has her Hashbrown. As a caretaker home, the Voellers can give the puppies temporary litter names. These are the names the puppies will have until they go to their foster homes and enter the service dog-in-training program. And it was no surprise to anyone that the first puppy born was named Hashbrown. And keeping with the potato theme the next seven puppies were named, Chip, Frenchie, Spud, Yukon, Tater Tot, Ripple and Sweetie. Six boys and two girls and all are healthy and doing great. Lola is proving to be a very attentive and loving mom. Congratulations to Lola, Sire, Maverick and the Voellers on their Potato Litter. (Just in case you were wondering, Hashbrown is still not an approved name).
For all of you who need a quick puppy fix, here is a video of Lola and her puppies. It is amazing how much they have grown and plumped up in just a few days.
The potato puppies are two weeks old today. Their eyes and ears are starting to open. They are sitting and walking. They are growing like weeds, and most importantly, they are really, really cute.
Lola is still being an excellent mother and Lola’s caretaker home is having tons of fun puppy watching and caring for their little potato patch.
And if these little guys aren’t enough cuteness for you, River, a Golden Retriever in the HP breeding program is due this Wednesday, May 4, and it was just confirmed that Sheba, a Labrador Retriever, is also pregnant and due June 1. Lots more puppies and puppy photos to come.
River now has the distinction of being the most efficient Helping Paws breeding dog. Yesterday was her due date and we waited expectantly all day for her labor to begin. Well she took her sweet time but around 9:00 pm she got right to business and had all seven puppies in under 3 hours and with absolutely no trouble what so ever. River is a very content, happy and loving mom and she , her three girls and four boys are all doing great.
The River x Ozzie litter has been dubbed the Circle of Life litter and have been given the temporary litter names of Morning Star, Turtle, Coyote, Spirit, Bear, Buffalo and Eagle. Congratulations and thanks to River and her caretaker home, Jane, for a job well done.
The Lola x Maverick litter (better known as the potato patch) has been growing like weeds and are absolutely adorable. Last week they added puppy food to their diet and this past weekend they ventured out into the world (or at least a small portion of the backyard and patio.) Thank you to the Voellers for these great photos.
Nothing is cuter than a litter of puppies playing outside. The weather took a turn for the better on Friday, giving the potato patch (Lola x Maverick litter) the opportunity to step out and expand their world. They were given the run of the backyard, which was more than enough room for them to run and play and chase Mom. A great time was had by not only the puppies but also the people watching them.