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Litter A 
Litter B 
Litter C 
Litter D 
Litter E 
Litter F 
Litter G 
Litter H 
Litter I 
Litter J 
Litter K 
Litter L 
LitterM 
LitterN 
Litter O 
Litter P 
Litter Q 
Litter R 
Litter S 
Litter T 

 

Litter "S" Information:
 

Benelli / Jack

Litter ID:

S-BJ_2017

FDSB Litter #:

Whelp Date:

March 22nd, 2017

103478

Take Home:

May 10th, 2017

Litter Count:

5 males / 2 females

 

Benelli

Jack

Dam: Hickory's HOPE for Birds

Call Name:   "Benelli"

Whelped: January 21, 2011

Coloring: Tri-belton

Bloodlines: "Hunting w/ Hank" Bondhu

FDSB #: 1625703

Hips: OFA Good

OFA #: ES-8955G30F-VPI

Owner:  Hickory Hollow Llewellins

Sire:  Cash's Single Barrel Jack

Call Name: Jack

Whelped: December 7, 2011

Coloring: Tri-color

Bloodlines:  Bondhu

FDSB #: 1642112

Hips: OFA Good 
OFA#: ES-8999G24M-NOPI

CERF: Clear ES-EYE20/29M-NOPI

Owner: Jesus J Garcia Jr.

Breeding:

We are very excited to offer a fourth litter out of our youngest dam, Benelli (daughter of HOPE) paired with Cash's Single Barrel Jack. Their first three litters contained many belton pups and they all turned out simply amazing and so we're doing it again!

Click here to see their previous litters: (Litter N/Litter O/Litter Q)

Benelli is a great-grandaughter of Hank from "Hunting with Hank" and is of Advie & Dashing Bondhu lines. Being the daughter of Advie Tuck, she is extremely birdy and loaded with natural field instincts. She is heavily ticked Tri-Belton colored setter and has the potential to produce great coloration in her litters from white/orange, to tri-colors and chestnuts. Can't wait to see what their next litter looks like. Benelli has been certified as OFA GOOD (hips) and OFA certified Clear (eyes)!

Jack is also from Dashing Bondhu lines although not related to "Hank". He has spent a lot of time training in the fields this spring and summer and has turned into a hunting machine. He is currently working with a trainer toward his Master Hunter's Certificate. Jack has been OFA certified GOOD (hips) and OFA certified Clear (eyes)!

Check out the PEDIGREE.

 

Protocol: These pups will be raised in our home and spoiled rotten on a daily basis with multiple doses of cuddles, hugs and kisses. These pups will be well socialized by the time they are taken to their new homes and will be accustomed to strange noises and other animals including both dogs and cats. The pups will be wormed regularly from weeks 2 through 6 and will be ready for their new homes at 7 weeks of age.

 

Pricing: $950 each (male or female)

 

 

 

Reservations

Male or Female

Reservations

State

Puppy

1st female IA

Skylar

2nd male Graack IL

Sully

3rd male Mork MN

Sawyer

4th either Hulen IL Snickers
5th male Marchiano NY Skeet
6th male Pifher MI Spencer
7th female Kent IA

Shiloh

* Status codes: D=Definite, P=Preferred, H=Hold spot

All reservations are secured with A $150 deposit.

Note about Status Codes:

D=Reservation is definitely set for this litter only.
P=Reservation is preferred on this litter, however a pick hold is also placed on another litter so one of the two reservations will be going away.
H=Reservation is holding pick position on this litter, however a different litter is preferred, so this reservation may go away.

Once reservations are finalized to "D" for definite, preferred or hold reservations for other litters will be eliminated and other reservations will move up.


This litter is SOLD OUT!

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We are expecting another litter
due in early June 2017!

Check out "Litter T"

Hickory's Hunting with HOPE
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P U P P I E S

Status

Puppy #:
(according to birth order)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Call Name:

Shiloh

Sawyer

Skeet

Snickers

Skylar

Spencer

Sully

Gender: Female Male Male Male Female Male Male
Date/Time: 4:40 am 5:09 am 5:26 am 6:25 am 6:28 am 7:26 am 8:45 am
Birth Wt: 12.3 oz 14.8 oz 13.4 oz 14.8 oz 12.2 oz 14.2 oz 15.5 oz
Color: Tri-Chestnut Tri-Color Tri-Color Tri-Chestnut Tri-Chestnut Tri-Color Tri-Belton
Markings:

Click on any of the photos to super size them. Hover mouse over photo for caption.

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Week 7

photos

coming

soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Video Clips -  (hosted by YouTube on the Hickory Hollow Llewellins channel)

Flurry of Activity
 04/04/17 @ 7:19 am

Mealtime at Milkbar
 04/07/17 @ 7:43 am

Embracing the Newness
 04/11/17 @ 8:13 pm

Begging for Breakfast
 04/15/17 @ 8:39 am

Gone in 60 Seconds
 04/18/17 @ 2:40 pm

The Great Beyond
 04/28/17 @ 10:06 am

Game of Tug Anyone?
 05/04/17 @ 8:50 am

Playtime in the Great Beyond
 05/07/17 @ 5:09 pm

Playtime with Mom
 05/19/17 @ 6:11 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Miscellaneous Photos - Birth Week (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Miscellaneous Photos - Week 1 (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Miscellaneous Photos - Week 2 (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Miscellaneous Photos - Week 3 (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Miscellaneous Photos - Week 4 (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Miscellaneous Photos - Week 5 & 6 (Click small photo to enlarge)
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Puppy Profiles
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Shiloh

A sweet, docile and somewhat reserved little pup, but is a happy little tail-wagger. With a soft personality, she is content being snuggled on her back in your arms and is mild tempered and easy to handle. She is the one that sits back and watches others play until a littermate gets her involved and then she's usually on the bottom of a tackle. She is not a high strung pup and will tend to easily go with the flow. Can be a talker, especially at mealtime.

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Sawyer

A little go-getter, full of energy, inquisitive, outgoing and people-oriented.  He is also quite the little busy-body, getting into everything if allowed. He plays well with his siblings but does tend to be the instigator most of the time. He is very similar in personality to Spencer in his level of attentiveness and craving for human attention and affection and will quickly come to you when he sees you are near.

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Skeet

This adorable boy has a sweet and gentle nature. He's people oriented, but balances that with aloof time and exploration. He's laid back and times and rambunctious at others. Slightly more aloof than the other males but does seek out attention when he's ready to snuggle. He's quieter than the rest of the males at this point and doesn't seem to complain about things like the others. He plays hard, romping and exploring and is one of the first to cuddle up in the corner for a nap after playtime.

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Snickers

A well-rounded pup, with a middle-of-the-road personality that is not the most outgoing of all the males, but also not the most reserved or laid-back. He's a little snuggler and lover when you want him to be and he plays well with his siblings. He instigates play but does not seems to be aggressive. He can be quite the talker at times, demanding attention or a meal, and is quick to settle in your arms when snuggled.

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Skyler

A full spectrum pup who's personality swings from being completely docile, sweet and somewhat reserved to being the aggressor during play and will pounce on siblings always getting the upperhand. She will not tolerate being on the bottom of a scuffle and can hold her own during play. She is a complete baby doll when cuddled on her back and doesn't complain one bit. She listens intently to your voice when speaking as if she's already trying to figure out what you're saying to her. A smart pup who is already well on her way to potty training, returning to the playpen to do her business.

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Spencer

Probably the most personable and outgoing of all the pups, he doesn't let the fact that he is deaf stop him from anything, especially vocalizing.  He is very people oriented, craves attention and is usually the first to seek affection when he notices you're near. He is explorative and when out in the grass had his nose to the ground, plays hard, and is usually one of the first back in bed for a nap after playtime. Another of the pups who returns to the playpen during playtime to do his business.

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Sully

The most laid-back of all the males, and probably the most docile of any male pups we've had in our past several litters. He sits back and observes before deciding whether or not to become involved, doesn't make a fuss about anything and seemingly just goes with the flow without complaint. When he decides to engage, he's a happy puppy and just as playful and energetic at the other pups without being a bully.

 

 

BLOG pUpdates
 

Friday May 19th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 58)

    In the evening this past week I've been brining the two remaining pupper doodles in the house for a while to explore and play with new toys as well as the big dogs.  Tonight Benelli got into the game and played with the two pups which I caught on film.  It was neat to see her playing with the pups instead of growling at them to stay away -- which she does during the weaning process. I uploaded the video to YouTube called "Playtime with Mom".
     

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 56)

    This evening we were having severe thunderstorms and when the tornado sirens started blaring I ran out to the Puppy Cottage, retrieved the two little pups and headed back into the house and to the basement.  I had three adult dogs and three "little white wonders" (what John calls our cream colored kitty) with me - Fozzie the cat, Snickers and Skylar.  The pups were great, they settled down on the couch with me and were patient while we watched the weather reports on TV.  We were only in the basement for about 5 minutes before the 70mph straight-line winds hit.  The sky was green and debris was flying sideways across the back yard. We lost two more trees in the storm but luckily there was no other property damage.

    Once the storm was over and we were able to go back upstairs the pups had a heydey, romping here and running there, chasing each other and pouncing on each other, around and under the dining room table, in and out of the puppy room, back and forth until they wore themselves out! Then they found the puppy toys on the living room floor and were flipping and flopping those about. The entire evening was quite entertaining. 
     

Monday May 15th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 54)

    This morning John and I took Skeet to the airport to fly him off to his new life in New York.  He will have an older Llew brother from Litter B and will be called Spencer.  His parents had suggested the name Spencer during the Name Game and so wanted to use that as a permanent name for him. Reports after arriving are that he and his new Llew brother were chasing each other around the dining room table just having a ball!  I love to hear stories like this!  

    Now we're down to only two pups left, Skylar (our girl) and Snickers who will be leaving this coming weekend.  At least Skylar will have a companion in the puppy cottage for a few more days.
     

Saturday May 13th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 52)

    Today is Spencer's day! His new parents drove all the way from north of Detroit (10+ hours) yesterday, fighting a 3 hour traffic jam coming through Chicago during the already long drive. His new dad is extremely knowledgeable in training deaf dogs and retraining rescue dogs with behavioral issues.  The plan is that he will be trained to be a service dog as well as a hunting companion and it gives me great pleasure to know that he is in such great hands! They plan to continue calling him Spencer.  
     

Friday May 12th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 51)

    Sully's new parents arrived bright and early today traveling from a campground only a couple hours away where they've set up for the weekend. They were eager to return to their campsite where an entire group of folks are waiting to meet the new little guy. What a fun weekend they have ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast, and I'm somewhat jealous that we cannot be camping there in a site close by with our little girl Skylar (I used to love doing that every weekend, it's so relaxing!). Sully will be keeping his litter name too! 
     

Thursday May 11th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 50)

    Sawyer is the next pup to go today. This is the second visit by his new parents to Hickory Hollow as they came at 4.5 weeks to pick him out of the litter in person. They are planning to call him Dax.  Their two daughters will be so excited to meet their new puppy when they get home from school today.  I wish I could be there to see those moments!  
     

Wednesday May 10th, 2017 (Week 7, Day 49)

    Week 7 Developmental Milestone: Pups Leave Hickory Hollow

    It's here! Time for pups to leave Hickory Hollow and head out into that big Great Beyond and experience what it feels to be truly living the good life. We have chosen families that are the best of the best, so as sad as it is to see the pups go, it's comforting to know they will have a great family and wonderful life!

    Shiloh is the first to head out today. Her new dad and a mini-van full of her extended family came with great excitement and open arms to welcome her into their lives.  It's so wonderful to see the bright and smiling faces of the new family. I love meeting everyone and getting to witness the first few moments with their new pup. Shiloh welcomed them in her own way, giving plenty of puppy kisses and tail wags. They are thinking of calling her Gracie. It was a great day!   
     

 

Monday May 8th, 2017 (Week 6, Day 47)

    YAY! I'm FINALLY done assembling puppy packets to send home at puppy pickup appointments, WHEW! Pups start leaving this Wednesday already, and none too soon.  The pups are being extremely naughty lately, they are so bored in the playpen and are becoming very destructive. Today I caught them ripping up the rubber floor liner.  Usually I have this buried with as much pine shavings as possible and anchored down as best I can with lawnscaping bricks that are too heavy for them to move, but they've ripped a new seam which will now need to be repaired. UGH! I hope you all have your homes puppy proofed by now in preparation for bringing home your new little bundle of joy (and energy!)

    For those of you who have been watching the LIVE Puppy Cam and are wondering about the little rubber ball play toys in the puppy playpen, those are called HOL-EE ROLLERs and can be found for sale from many online retailers. Just do a Google search for "Hol-ee Roller" and you should find them.  The pups LOVE them because they are easy to pick up and carry around, they are made of soft squishy rubber and are light weight.   

    FYI, Week 4 and Week 5 & 6 miscellaneous litter photos are now posted for your viewing pleaseure, ENJOY! :0)~

    Tonight when I went to bring the puppies in from their all day playtime in the cottage and outdoor puppy run, you could tell they were WORN OUT! They were moving much slower than normal and when I put them back in the playpen into the fresh and fluffy pine shavings most of them just flopped and cashed out! Snickers took his favorite spot flat out underneath the water bowl, head propped up on the little round stepping stone, Spencer flopped right in the middle of the pen and was out like a light, and two more were zonked in the puppy bed. The three that were still left sitting near the door were droopy-eyed with exhaustion like they could fall over any minute. In comparison, usually all the pups are jumping at the door and whining and crying with desperation because they aren't ready for playtime to end, but not tonight.  There was no fussing or complaining, just calm and quiet.  It was a successful day at Hickory Hollow.
     

Sunday May 7th, 2017 (Week 6, Day 46)

    Lots of folks have been asking questions about the food I'm feeding, how much and what is their schedule, etc. so I'm going to answer here to help out.

    1. Food: Pups are being fed Native 4 by Kent (which I get at our local farm and feed store). You should be able to find it wherever the Kent brand foods are sold.  Ideally I would recommend "Native Level 3 Puppy", but I cannot get that formula locally anymore.  Here is a link to the Native Dog Food website specifically for Native Level 4:  https://www.nativedogfood.com/energy-level-4/.  The website also can help you find a retailer near you.
       
    2. Amount: I feed seven puppies all at once, so the amount I feed is not relevant to one puppy.  Please consult the instructions on the bag for the feeding schedule for one pup.  Here is the link to the Native Dog Food website which includes the recommended feeding schedule: https://www.nativedogfood.com/our-formulas/
       
    3. Schedule:  Pups are fed two to three times daily while they are in the weaning process until they are on solid food, then I always leave dry food available at all times for them to self feed throughout the day.  If you would like to feed your pups in meals at certain times, I completely agree with that. The recommended schedule is three times per day up to six months and two times per day until one year of age per the suggested feeding plan provided on the bag.
       

Saturday May 6th, 2017 (Week 6, Day 45)

    Where there are puppies, poop happens and LOTS of it! I pick out the playpen daily, but do an entire change out of the wood shavings every 1.5 days. Pups are now going through an entire bag of pine shavings every three days.  If anyone ever said raising a litter is easy, I would tell them to come visit Hickory Hollow for a day to see what all is involved!  Meal and playtime in the cottage is completely chaotic at this point, with pups running here, chasing another one there, running into walls and gates, spilling food, chewing the walls or anything else within reach including ankles, pooping and peeing, sliding around in it, and then coming to jump on you to say "Hi" with poopy puppy feet, it's just wonderful! Anyone want to visit?
     

Friday May 5th, 2017 (Week 6, Day 44)

    The weather was absolutely beautiful outside today, it was sunny and 70 degrees so we took the pups out in the yard for a photo session.  My wonderful sister (who is an amazing photographer) usually tries to come out at 4 or 5 weeks to take puppy portraits for litters that are fortunate enough to have warm weather during these weeks. Well, we were lucky again for this litter, she took time out of her busy schedule to come take photos before she headed off to work.  I am always so amazed at how she can capture such beautiful images of the pups when they are bouncing around, zigging and zagging at 100 mph!  I hope you enjoy this week's puppy portraits, I am so excited for you to see them!

    The pups also had an opportunity to visit the "Great Beyond" (see video above). Many of them figured out the "portal" and were able to get through it to the other side.  We took several photos of the pups playing in the outdoor doggy run, they were having a blast! Anything new at this point is a blessing for them as they are quickly tiring of the indoor playpen and are ready for new adventures.
     

Thursday May 4th, 2017 (Week 6, Day 43)

    Momma Benelli is no longer nursing the pups and her milk is all but dried up already. Pups are now eating dry food without canned mixed in anymore, and are just getting over a spell of diarrhea I think caused by deworming medication or possibly the rich puppy food they are now eating.

    My husband John loves to go out to the Puppy Cottage to visit the pups every morning and today he took a video on his phone that I have uploaded to YouTube, we called it "Game of Tug Anyone?" The pups got a hold of one of John's work gloves and had a hay day playing with it! By the way, this is NOT how to train your bird dog, LOL!
     

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 (Week 6, Day 42)

    Week 6 Developmental Milestone: Eye color changes from blue to brown

    This week, the puppies eyes will start to transition from their current baby blues to their final adult color; gold (chestnuts) or brown (tri-colors). It's too bad they have to lose those beautiful baby blues so soon... The transition takes about a week or so and the color mix during the transition is neat to see.

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 6 weeks old:

    1 Shiloh 8 lbs 9.5 oz 5 Skylar 7 lbs 11.0 oz
    2 Sawyer 9 lbs 5.0  oz 6 Spencer 9 lbs 0.5 oz
    3 Skeet 9 lbs 2.0 oz 7 Sully 8 lbs 13.0 oz
    4 Snickers 10 lbs 6.5 oz      

    Pups were microshipped today!
     


Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
(Week 5, Day 41)

    The pups are so big now that they no longer need the stepping stool underneath the automatic water dish, so it was removed today. Smaller stepping stones were positioned on the floor beneath it so they can put their front feet up on them to reach the water bowl.  These pups are so adaptable, they picked up on the new way to drink right away, no problem.
     

Monday May 1st, 2017 (Week 5, Day 40)

    This week I've really concentrated on noise desensitization with the pups. During each mealtime and the following playtime, I try to find different and unique noises that might get their attention. I've rapped and tapped on so many things now that nothing seems to phase them, even me clapping and calling their names. Sometimes I think this is a bad thing as well as a good thing, I want to be able to get my pup's attention when I clap or call the name, but they are so distracted with playtime that there are not many noises that cause them to stop and listen anymore.
     

Sunday April 30th, 2017 (Week 5, Day 39)

    My apologies for my lack of day-to-day blogging lately, I've been working feverishly on invoicing, puppy documentation, and preparation of puppy packets to hand out when you come get your pups and that has taken priority over website updates. It's a whirlwind time for sure, I appreciate your patience.
     

Friday April 28th, 2017 (Week 5, Day 37)

    During playtime tonight many of the pups were interested in the doggy door and why momma would disappear through it.  Out of curiosity Snickers kept pawing at it and falling into it as the plastic door would swing. After finally making it through the first door, he kept going and was determined to get through the second door to see what was beyond. Momma Benelli kept peeking her head in as well almost enticing the pups to follow her (although I knew she was just checking on the status of the food bowl and whether the pups were done eating or not so she could come in and lick the bowl clean, haha!). I did take a video entitled "The Great Beyond" which I will post to YouTube.
     

Wednesday April 26th, 2017 (Week 5, Day 35)

    Week 5 Developmental Milestone: Puppy Selection / Noise Desensitization / Puppy Socialization

    This is one of the most anticipated weeks for many because Puppy Selection finally happens. All the folks on our reservation list can now choose the pup they want to make a part of their family and take home in a couple weeks.

    Now that the pups are old enough to have visitors, they will have lots of opportunities for socialization with our big dogs, adults and children. I will also continue to concentrate on acclimating them to noises of all varieties including rapping on pans, opening and closing of doors, blenders, christian pop music on the radio, and whatever else we can think of to condition them for life after Hickory Hollow.

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 5 weeks old:

    1 Shiloh 7 lbs 3.0 oz 5 Skylar 7 lbs 3.0 oz
    2 Sawyer 7 lbs 5.0  oz 6 Spencer 7 lbs 5.0 oz
    3 Skeet 8 lbs 0.0 oz 7 Sully 7 lbs 11.5 oz
    4 Snickers 8 lbs 1.5 oz      

     

 

Tuesday April 25th, 2017 (Week 4, Day 33)

    I'm feeding the pups a nice mixture of about half canned food and half dry kibble without any water added now.  As the days progress from here on out the ratio will be more dry food and less canned food in preparation for week 6 where they will be on solid dry food and no more momma's milk in between meals.

    I've also noticed after mealtime all the pups are going back into the playpen to potty and have not had any accidents on the concrete floor for a couple meals now, how exciting! Self potty training, gotta love it!  

    I've also got them conditioned to come to me when playtime is over.  I simply step inside the playpen and call them, they come running for attention and are quick to jump up on me, pull my pant legs and chew on my ankles, but that sure beats having to pick up each pup one-by-one to put them back in! Once they are all in, I slide the door back in and Voila! playtime's over. The pups either continue to pounce on each other and roughhouse for a while or find a quiet corner to curl up and sleep off the full belly.  I noticed that Sawyer has found a favorite spot where he likes to camp out, up on the limestone brick in the corner under the LIVE Puppy Cam (which is holding down the rubber mat). He perches on it so pretty with his front paws crossed (typical Llewellin trait), like a lion watching over his kingdom. So cute!  
     

Monday April 24th, 2017 (Week 4, Day 33)

    In preparation for Puppy Selection to happen later this week, I have posted Puppy Profiles above which provide details about each pup to possibly aid in the decision making process. If you're on the fence about a particular pup, please feel free to give me a call to discuss personalities over the phone. I'll be happy to help talk you through things.
     

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 (Week 4, Day 32)

    Spencer update... I have had an overwhelming response to the ads on Facebook for Spencer.  Several applications have been submitted from folks who are interested in making him part of their family and I am currently conducting interviews with those applicants.  I am very encouraged by the qualifications of our applicants and am confident we are going to be able to place him with a family that will be able to provide him with the best opportunities to live and thrive despite his defect.

    Puppy portraits and Week 3 Miscellaneous Litter Photos have been posted for your viewing pleasure.  ENJOY! :0)~
     

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 (Week 4, Day 31)

    It was a beautiful day here today and so we took the opportunity to have some of the pups outside in the grass for the first time. They played and skipped and hopped around and seemed so happy to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs and the cool grass under their feet.  The pups also had some special visitors, the Mork family came to meet the pack in hopes that one male pup would stand out from the rest to help make their decision easier.  I think maybe they have a good idea now, we just have to wait and see when puppy selection week starts on Wednesday!

    The weaning process is still going well. Today was the first day that I started adding dry kibble to the watered down canned mixture.  Since they now have to actually chew the food instead of just lapping it up and swallowing, it has slowed down mealtime quite a bit, dinner is no longer Gone in 60 Seconds!

    Pups were dewormed today.
     

Thursday April 20th, 2017 (Week 4, Day 29)

    Pups are now being fed canned food meals three times daily and are doing well. It won't take long on soft food before they will be ready for the kibble to be added in within a week or so. They are still nursing and now momma Benelli no longer lays down to nurse, she remains standing and the pups nurse by sitting up on their hind legs.  SO CUTE!

    Also, wanted to point out that I have added a STATUS row to the puppy stats above.  Most pups are marked as PENDING until puppy selection happens starting next week.  I have already marked the little female pup we want to keep, so Skylar is reserved as BREEDER PICK.  The folks with the "first pick male" reservation came to visit on Monday and have their hearts set on Sully, so I have marked him as RESERVED for them. Since Spencer was diagnosed with bilateral deafness (deaf in both ears), no one has indicated they will take him, so he is marked as currently AVAILABLE.   
     

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 (Week 4, Day 28)

    Week 4 Developmental Milestone: Rough Play / Weaning Begins

    Play behavior started last week, but this week it will turn rough and rowdy with pouncing, pinning, biting, head shaking, chewing and growling. By the end of this week I will lovingly refer to them as "my little monsters", because they will bite and chew anything they can get their mouths on, including their siblings, show laces, toes, ankles, fingers and long hair. A play session on the floor with the pups can be painful at times and sensitive areas of the body need to be protected! As their little personalities emerge this week, I will be posting puppy personality profiles in preparation for Puppy Selection starting next Wednesday!

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 4 weeks old:

    1 Shiloh 6 lbs 3.5 oz 5 Skylar 6 lbs 1.0 oz
    2 Sawyer 5 lbs 15.0  oz 6 Spencer 5 lbs 6.0 oz
    3 Skeet 6 lbs 9.0 oz 7 Sully 6 lbs 4.0 oz
    4 Snickers 6 lbs 13.5 oz      

     

 

Tuesday April 18th, 2017 (Week 3, Day 27)

    It really hit home with me today, how hard it can be sometimes to do what we breeders do...  Amidst the joy, sometimes this job can be heartbreaking.

    I had been keeping a close eye on Spencer for the past week because he has been acting slightly different than the rest of the pups, not reacting to noises, not waking up with the rest of the litter upon entry into the room and other auditory-type things. I had my suspicions that Spencer's hearing was not what it should be and today those suspicions were confirmed.  

    We took Spencer to Iowa City to have a BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential) hearing test done.  The test confirmed bilateral deafness (both ears).  I'm so bummed it's hard to bring you this news.  Other than his deafness, Spencer is healthy and is just the cutest, most cuddly and lovable pup with tons of puppy kisses to give and a great attitude.  He cracks me up with his quirky antics and is really just the sweetest little thing. John said he should make a fine hunting dog because he won't be gun shy and he will still be able to scent a bird from a mile away. I appreciate his words, he can always put a smile on my face, even when I am down.

    On a happier note, weaning has begun. The pups had their first meal of canned puppy food and it was literally "Gone in 60 Seconds". I captured a video which I will share with you by the same title.  

     

Saturday April 15th, 2017 (Week 3, Day 24)

    Momma Benelli is now standing to nurse her puppies! They are getting so big, (Snickers is almost 6 lbs today) that they practially maul her if she lays down to nurse. I took a cute video of the pups this morning before Benelli went in to feed them entitled "Begging for Breakfast" which will be self explanatory when you see it.

    Also, Sully's ticking is FINALLY coming in enough to predict that he is a tri-belton (white/black/tan). I have closely evaluated a spot on the top of his head and the ticking coming in thickly on his ears and I'm pretty sure it's black and not chestnut.  We'll see for sure in within a few more weeks.  
     

Wednesday April 12th, 2017 (Week 3, Day 21)

    Week 3 Development Milestone: Play Behavior

    This is my absolute favorite time with the pups. Their eyes and ears are now open and they are becoming playful and inquisitive about their surroundings. This week the pups will really start playing with each other, play bowing, yipping, pouncing and chewing on each other. Their individual personalities begin to develop and they will begin to do some of their natural doggy behavior for the first time.

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 3 weeks old:

    1 Shiloh 4 lbs 7.0 oz 5 Skylar 4 lbs 8.0 oz
    2 Sawyer 4 lbs 7.5  oz 6 Spencer 4 lbs 4.5 oz
    3 Skeet 5 lbs 2.0 oz 7 Sully 4 lbs 8.5 oz
    4 Snickers 5 lbs 2.5 oz      

     

 

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 20)

    If you've been faithfully watching the LIVE Puppy Cam, you'll already know that this evening I moved the pups from the whelping box to the puppy play pen. I usually do this around 4 weeks of age, but decided to move them a WEEK early because they are growing so fast and were quickly outgrowing the capabilities of the whelping box (a couple of the pups are approaching 5 pounds already). The floor carpet was getting soiled way too quickly and I just didn't feel like I could keep their living space as clean as I would like. The fluffy pine shavings should do a better job at this point.

    If you've ever watched the LIVE Puppy Cam for prior litters, you will also see that for this litter I've changed up the play pen configuration so that when the pups are sleeping in their bed you can still see them on the camera. In the past, the bed was located directly under the camera so when they were sleeping they were not viewable. We will try this configuration out for a while and see how well it works.

    Just posted: Miscellaneous liter photos from Week 2, and a new video of the pups' first moments in the puppy play pen entitled "Embracing the Newness". ENJOY!
     

Monday April 10th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 19)

    The pups hearing is greatly improved at this point in their development.  I can lightly tap on the walls and get a response from them.  They are also becoming more responsive to voices and will sit, look and listen to you when you speak to them.  Also, they are cutting their little pirhanna teeth.  
     

Sunday April 9th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 18)

    I've been working really hard for you guys this weekend, editing and uploading miscellaneous litter photos from birth week and week 1, plus uploading videos for your viewing pleasure.  Also check out the newly posted Week 2 Puppy Portraits, they are simply adorable with those gorgeous baby blues sparkling.

    When I'm taking puppy portraits especially on Week 2 then going forward, I try not to take too many flash pics because I don't want to damage their newly-opened eyes. It's really hard to get good photos because it seems all the pups want to do is yawn, so in the majority of the photos I get pups with eyes closed and little tongues sticking out, but to get those little gems on film as you see each week in the portrait photos can be a difficult task. Thank goodness for my wonderfully patient hubby John who helps me with the portraits by snuggling and cuddling puppies, talking goo-goo to them and, oh yeah, holding them for the photos!  We hope you ENJOY the fruits of our labor of love!
     

Saturday April 8th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 17)

    Puppies are hearing better and better these days. Today when I walked in to check on them, they were all sound asleep and all I had to do was talk to them to wake them. Previously I had to clap my hands or make louder noises to arouse them from sleep, but not today! Knowing this, I will be very careful for the next few days so as not to startle them while they get used to their new hearing senses. The ambient noises in the room consist of Christian radio which is always playing, momma Benelli coming and going, doors opening and closing and sometimes the overhead exhaust fan.  Once accustomed to hearing normal sounds of the room for a week or so, I will begin noise conditioning.  

    Week 2 Puppy Portraits have been taken and will be posted soon.
     

Friday April 7th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 16)

    Puppies are now walking and "talking" like crazy! As I weigh each pup I give them some personal attention by snuggling and cuddling them, one pup (Spencer) didn't care too much for being on his back so he was actually growling at me to let me know his displeasure.  It's fun to start noticing their personality differences, two pups in particular have stood out already as being a little different from the others. Skeet, is going to be one of those FAST-and-Furious pups who never sits still for long, so as you can imagine taking his photo is not an easy task.  He's always moving a mile a minute when I am holding him or weighing him or trying to take his photo. Now Skylar on the other hand is one of the most sweet and docile of the female pups I've ever remembered. She doesn't complain about much, is perfectly content being picked up and cuddled or laid on her back, etc., is not easily startled, and settles down quickly after activity.

    I also took a cute video of the pups nursing today which I will post on YouTube soon, video title "Mealtime At Milkbar".
     

Wednesday April 5th, 2017 (Week 2, Day 14)

    Week 2 Development Milestone: Cutting Teeth / Ears will open

    Now that the puppies eyes are open, they will begin to see clearer and clearer each day. Supposedly they can only see shadows for the first few days, but pretty soon they will begin to notice me as I come into the nursery and will wander to the edge of the box for some love and attention. Just as significant as the eyes opening, the ear canals will deepen this week until they will become completely open and allow the pups to hear crisp noises and not just muffled sounds. Later this week, the pups will be noticeably affected by all the new sounds around them, so we must be very careful for the first few days to introduce them to noises gently and not harshly. They will also begin to cut teeth, first the canines will poke through followed by the incisors a few days later.

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 2 weeks old:

    1 Shiloh 2 lbs 15.0 oz 5 Skylar 3 lbs 2.5 oz
    2 Sawyer 3 lbs 5.5  oz 6 Spencer 3 lbs 0.5 oz
    3 Skeet 3 lbs 7.5 oz 7 Sully 3 lbs 6.0 oz
    4 Snickers 3 lbs 9.0 oz      

     

 

Tuesday April 4th, 2017 (Week 1, Day 13)

    The pups are starting to get around really well, they are walking more and more each day and their eyes are opening fairly rapidly.

    Here's today's "eye-opening" update:

    1 Shiloh 3/4 open 5 Skylar 3/4 open
    2 Sawyer fully open 6 Spencer fully open
    3 Skeet fully open 7 Sully fully open
    4 Snickers fully open      

    I also captured a fun video today that I will post on YouTube for you soon, video title "Flurry of Activity".
     

Monday April 3rd, 2017 (Week 1, Day 12)

    Here's today's "eye-opening" update:

    1 Shiloh 1/2 open 5 Skylar 1/4 open
    2 Sawyer 3/4 open 6 Spencer 1/2 open
    3 Skeet 1/2 open 7 Sully 3/4 open
    4 Snickers 1/2 open      

     

Sunday April 2nd, 2017 (Week 1, Day 11)

    Today when I was putting pups back into the box after changing the carpet mat, I noticed that the pups are starting to find their voices.  I actually heard the first true "bark" and also noticed that they are beginning to take their first wobbly steps, getting their little bellies off the carpet to move forward.  The first few weeks show the most rapid development, it's exciting to see how they change literally daily!

    Here's today's "eye-opening" update:

    1 Shiloh just starting 5 Skylar not started
    2 Sawyer 1/4 open 6 Spencer corners open
    3 Skeet just starting 7 Sully 1/4 open
    4 Snickers corners open      

     

Saturday April 1st, 2017 (Week 1, Day 10)

    As predicted and right on schedule, the pups eyes are opening!! Today during weigh-in I noticed that on most of the pups the corners are just starting to reveal a glistening eyeball below.  Usually this process can take about 3 full days to complete, so it won't be long now before we will be able to see all the pups' little baby blues! I'm so excited.  This is one of the neatest transitions for the pups because their little faces take on a whole new look and personalities start to emerge.
     

Thursday March 30th, 2017 (Week 1, Day 8)

    Today my husband and I had a very "real" conversation about taking our breeder pick from this litter.  We have been searching for the right pup for the past several litters now, but eventually decided against keeping one due to timing and released our reservation, but I think after our discussion today we've decided the time is right so we are planning to keep one of the two girls. Hopefully one day she will pass her health testing and will become our next momma dog. We will wait until puppy selection at 5 weeks to solidify our pick so we have time to evaluate the pups appropriately.   

    Week 1 portraits were taken this morning and will be posted sometime this evening along with a bunch of miscellaneous pics from Birth Week. 
     

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 (Week 1, Day 7)

    Week 1 Developmental Milestone: Eyes will open

    During this week, the pups will reach an exciting milestone. We are anticipating the opening of their eyes. It should start happening around day 10 of this week and will take a few days to fully open. When the pups are born, their ears and eyes are closed to keep out the amniotic fluid and any bacteria encountered in the birthcanal. The eyelids are fused together but there is a crease that defines the upper from the lower lid. As their eyes start to open the crease starts to deepen and separate starting at the corner of the eye by the tear ducts and working it's way across the eye until they are completely separated. The opening process can take a couple days from the first peek of the glistening eyeball beneath to being able to entirely see those beautiful baby blues. Once their eyes are open, the precious little babes take on a whole new personality.

    Here's how the pups weigh-in at 1 week old:

    1 Shiloh 1 lb 14.4 oz 5 Skylar 1 lb 12.0 oz
    2 Sawyer 2 lbs 1.7  oz 6 Spencer 1 lb 15.4 oz
    3 Skeet 2 lbs 1.9 oz 7 Sully 2 lbs 5.0 oz
    4 Snickers 2 lbs 2.4 oz      

     

 

Monday March 27th, 2017 (Birth week, Day 5)

    The pups' freckles are really starting to develop -- like a poloriod photo -- slowly showing themselves and getting bigger and darker with time. They are also gaining weight at an unbelievable rate, usually 2 ounces is great, but some pups are gaining up to 5 ounces per day! My husband calls them "fat little toads", lovingly of course. They are just so stinkin' cute!

    Here's how they weigh in today:

    1 Shiloh 1 lb 9.2 oz 5 Skylar 1 lb 6.6 oz
    2 Sawyer 1 lb 11.6 oz 6 Spencer 1 lb 9.7 oz
    3 Skeet 1 lb 11.4 oz 7 Sully 1 lb 12.1 oz
    4 Snickers 1 lb 13.7 oz      

     

Saturday March 25th, 2017 (Birth week, Day 3)

    The first few days of life are so critical for little puppies.  Warmth and nourishment are the top two most important factors in survival.  

    Warmth is provided by a special heat lamp mounted on a stand that my dad built for me.  The heat lamp is really a metal brooder lamp with a ceramic warming bulb that only puts out heat, no light. The nursery is kept at a balmy 80 degrees for the first few days.  

    Right now, momma's milk is a thick creamy yellow color indicating it is rich in colostrum which is full of nutrients and antibodies giving the pups the immunity they will need to carry them through to the time when they can be vaccinated at 8 weeks of age. Eventually, once the colostrum is gone, the milk will thin out and become whiter in color.

    The pups are doing great and are growing rapidly. Here's how the pups weigh-in today:

    1 Shiloh 1 lb 2.8 oz 5 Skylar 1 lb 1.4 oz
    2 Sawyer 1 lb 5.2 oz 6 Spencer 1 lb 4.9 oz
    3 Skeet 1 lb 4.3 oz 7 Sully 1 lb 5.7 oz
    4 Snickers 1 lb 5.5 oz      

 

Friday March 24th, 2017 (Birth week, Day 2)

    Thanks to all who joined in on Facebook and played the Name Game!  You guys came up with some really great ones making it very hard to narrow it down and choose the final seven.  So with great pleasure we have made our decision and the pups have all been named.  I have also posted their birthday portraits above, ENJOY! :0)~

    Pups are doing so great, they are all very strong, plump and nursing like crazy.  I hope you all have had a chance to watch them on our LIVE Puppy Cam (link above). They have all gained quite a bit since their birth weights were recorded and here's how they measure up today:

    1 Shiloh 1 lb 0.0 oz 5 Skylar 15.6 oz
    2 Sawyer 1 lb 2.5 oz 6 Spencer 1 lb 1.2 oz
    3 Skeet 1 lb 1.1 oz 7 Sully 1 lb 3.2 oz
    4 Snickers 1 lb 3.0 oz      

     

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 (Birth Week, Day 0)

    Puppies are coming!!

    Pup # Gender Color Time Weight Length
    Pup #1 Female Tri-chestnut 4:40 am 12.3 oz  
    Pup #2 Male Tri-color 5:09 am 14.8 oz  
    Pup #3 Male Tri-color 5:26 am 13.4 oz  
    Pup #4 Male Tri-chestnut 6:25 am 14.8 oz  
    Pup #5 Female Tri-chestnut 6:28 am 12.2 oz  
    Pup #6 Male Tri-color 7:26 am 14.2 oz  
    Pup #7 Male Belton 8:45 am 15.5 oz  

    Our final count is 7 pups, 5 males / 2 females.  All pups are strong, plump and nursing well. Whelp time is almost a record at a 4 hours, I'm so glad Benelli has a track record of quick deliveries instead of long drawn out ones like her mother, HOPE.

    Join us on Facebook if you would like to participate in the Name Game to help give names to the Litter S pups.

    Stay tuned for the LIVE Puppy Cam to come online soon!
     

 

Tuesday March 22nd, 2017

    Benelli has been hiding in her kennel all evening, rooting around and nesting. Took her p.m. temperature tonight at 11:45 and low and behold, she's right at the red line threshold. So that means we are officially on 24-hour puppy watch! My wonderful hubby Johnny has offered to take the first shift and sleep out on the couch with her in the living room where we have all our whelping supplies set up and ready to go. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for minute-by-minute play by plays as all the excitement unfolds. We may even try Facebook's new Go Live feature, we've never done that before!
     

Monday March 21st, 2017

    Benelli is getting HUGE. Yesterday was Day 58 of gestation which is the date after which pups can be born prematurely and still survive. Our target whelp date is this Saturday, March 25th. I have started to take her temperature morning and night to monitor her condition and better predict when whelping will begin. Stay tuned for more as it develops....

    Benelli refused dinner tonight  which is typical in the last couple days before whelping.  She might just go earlier than originally guesstimated.
     

Monday February 13th, 2017

    I have exciting news, we have confirmed pregnancy and believe Benelli is carrying Litter S!  Today I palpated Benelli's tummy and was able to confirm little whelps about the size of small chicken eggs.  I found at least two or three to confirm my hopes.  Pups should be due in about 5 weeks. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more information as it develops.
     

Friday January 20th, 2017

    Today we had our first breeding for Litter S between Benelli and Jack! YAY!! This is a great sign that Litter S will be on the way soon!
     

Sunday January 8th, 2017

    Benelli started her heat cycle today and with the buy-in of our current reservation holders, we've decided to move this litter up to Spring 2017.  This litter was originally planned for Fall 2017, however because Benelli's heat cycle history shows she's been cycling about every 8 months, that would mean we wouldn't have our next breeding until August 2017 with puppies going home at Christmastime again.  That was too hard on us this year with Litter R, so we decided to move this litter to Spring 2017.  This will also make it easier for us to ship pups via airlines with less risk of temperature restrictions and less weather related problems for those driving to pick up pups, not to mention it's easier to potty train puppies in warmer weather. Besides, everyone loves SPRING puppies!!

     

 

Pedigree:
 

  Litter "S" Pedigree - Hickory's HOPE for Birds x Cash's Single Barrel Jack

Parents

Grand Parents

3rd Generation

4th Generation

5th Generation

Cash's Single Barrel Jack

      1642112

Jack

Hand's Jake Bondhu

      1602905

Peterman's Levi Bondhu

      1562831

Lynnhill's Jack Bondhu

      1508292

Gladstone Wind'em        1475163

Lynnhill Bondhu Legacy  1467083

Ray's Blackeye Suzy

      1493237

Casebier's John              1474632

Debbie's Dixie Dew         1466312

Peterman's Misty Rose

      1577721

Kennedy's Bandit Bondhu

      1522699

Highway Dan                 1471561

Boone Creek Kate           1504140

Kennedy's Sugar Belle

      1567351

Lynnhill's Jack Bondhu    1508292

Schooner Sooner Bondhu 1519832

Hand's Ella Mae

      1602939

Will's Dashing Jake

      1525364

Straight Creek John

      1513839

Highland Boomer Bondhu 1347803

Huntmore Bleu Spice       1479179

Straight Creek Tweedy

      1520982

Dashing Iron Mike          1386582

Flying Flecker Cocoa       1348168

Wingshot Cassie

      1580721

Wingshot Beau

      1560791

Wingmaster Mack           1498238

Highway Beauty             1501332

Wingmaster Katie

      1498292

Highway Dan                 1471561

Pounds Miss Suzy           1464474

Hickory's HOPE for Birds

     1625703

Benelli

Advie Tuck

      1536371

Advie Tuck
Photo by Bob Bartz

Advie Lynnhill Scott

      1492469

Gladstone Wind'em

      1475163

L'Count Wind'em D'Hurlain Pre 0580061

N'Coccinelle Wind'em D'Hurlain 0465445

Advie High Beam

      1448691

Advie Scholar              1447925

Advie Charisma             1448001

Blue Water Dusty

      1504406

Adam's Spur

      1463711

King's Royacelle III        1334514

Lady Gladstonyo King     1365318

Missy's Star

      1490410

Blizzard's Lance             1463715

Tiskilwa Missy               1472500

Hickory's Hunting
with HOPE

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Hickory's Hunting with HOPE (click to supersize)

Sillman's Hank Boy

     1537270
Hank Jr on point

*** Hank ***

"Hunting with Hank"

 

Henry PrinceOf Pause

      1418013

Irishking Bondhu Ashly  1344011

Dashing Janette Bondhu  1252137

Chris Blue Babe

      1472747

King's Bomber III          1364461

King's Gladstone Moll     1400597

Duchess of Adena

     1537270
Duchess of Adena

Eastfork's Count Toby

      1519139

Awbonnie's Bull            1301328

Chappy's Little Ginger    1467564

Wind'em Grouse Lady

      1533282

Dashing Wind'em Sam   1510633

Chappy's Little Peg        1467565

 


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