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Honey’s update and litter dates

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Honey seems to be expecting.  It is soon to tell, but there are subtle hints.  She is 100% my husband’s dog, but when she is having pups, she knows that I am the one who takes care of her and her babies.  She starts following me around and laying at my feet, wanting attention from me instead of staring at Rich and waiting for their next, exciting adventure. 
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This will be her last attempt at motherhood, he likes her by his side.  They are true besties and he doesn’t like to go anywhere without her.  It was almost too much for him when she had a sleepover at Anette’s for her date with Felix.

Free State Pedigrees has a great, organized set up and you can tell that Anette loves her dogs.  Honey was in good hands, but the moment we drove off and left her, Rich was asking when we could go back to get her.

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She only has had one litter (she is Sugar’s mother).  And one false pregnancy, which kept us guessing til the due date.  
Rich was ready to have her spayed at that point, but we held off for one more attempt. But this will be her last, he cannot take the worries about his girl.

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The expected litter (F1) will be ready for new homes probably the week of November 15.  And if Sugar has a batch of babies (F1b), they will be ready Thanksgiving week. 
Stay in touch for updates, and if you’d like a doodle to snuggle, we will take deposits after they are born.


My house might soon be Doodle paradise

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Well, guess what?  Not only did we take Honey to Free State Pedigrees to be bred by Felix, we dropped off Sugar there for a date with her previous beau, Wally. 

Oh my.

 Am I of a right mind?  Two litters at once?  And later in the year?  I always said I would never have winter puppies, because we have a perfect set up for summer pups.  And I believe the babies need fresh air and a place to run (as well as for housebreaking themselves).  

But November, when they are old enough to run and wrestle and play outside, can be mild in KS.  And I have worked out a plan for keeping them in our garage, with a dog door to get in and out if needed, when it is chilly and at night.  Then in the daytime, they will have access to the fenced yard with a bed in the breezeway for their nap times. 

And with the two week age difference, I will be able to provide the needed attention at the appropriate growth stages.  But I sure will be busy doing it!

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Which is just what I need.  It has been two months now since my son died.  Two months of missing his hugs and the kisses on top of my head.  Two months of missing our walks and our laughs together.

An armload of furry sweetness won’t replace Ryan’s hugs.  But it will be a very welcome distraction from heartache.  Plus, even though both of our dogs were taken to meet their boyfriends, it is never guaranteed that they will have successful dates.  It would shatter my hopes if we’d decided against taking Sugar in to see Wally and Honey ended up not having pups after all.

I decided I would rather double my odds.  I need some puppies in my world right now.  
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This is Wally, the father of the Sugarbabies.

And I think I am not the only one suffering.  With the state of the virus spreading now, I am sure there are many people who would love to have a doodle to cheer them up.  
We will be offering a discount on pups to families who have been directly affected by Corona. 

If you are interested, please check back here for updates.  Sugar’s babes will be ready possibly the week of Thanksgiving and will be small to medium F1b goldendoodles.  Honey’s will be ready approximately the week of November 15 and will be medium F1 goldendoodles.

 

 


Possible pups?

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He is a handsome poodle, a tad smaller than his leggy, blonde date.  If they have a love match, pups will be due mid September, and will be small to medium sized F1 Goldendoodles. 

He seems to be a friendly, young man who loves his mama.  I was alone with him for a bit while his owner was checking on something and he was happy to have me pet and talk to him, but his eyes never left the direction where she walked away to.  I’d say he has a loyal soul.  

Honey adores my husband, she is a loyal pet too.  But she is also constantly starving for affection from anywhere she can find it.  She is a dog who has never met a stranger.

 Felix was sweet and appreciative for attention, but I could tell he was glad when his mom returned.  He was a gentle guy, not hyper or jumpy.  Honey is the alpha at our house, but is pretty laid back and is a good listener, not hyper at all, either.

I think the combo of these two will make some pretty nice babies.  

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Speaking of good looking pups, these two are from past litters he sired.   

We should be counting on reds and red with white, like these beauties.  Oh my, how will I ever part with them???

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Honey’s daughter, Sugar is also in heat.

I am debating whether to have her bred too.  Her babies would come about a week later than Honey’s.  Which cuts too far into my rule about not having pups during chilly weather, so I am not sure if I will follow through with her or not.

We have an excellent set up for fair weather pups, not having them go to their new homes until November is a little more challenging for me.

Breeding Honey this late in the year is already a stretch for me.  But the thought of being knee deep in furry, little cuddlers is worth the extra trouble.  My son, and dear buddy, Ryan, has recently passed away.  I can’t imagine ever recovering from his death, but if anything could help my heart, it would be having a litter of puppies to devote myself to.

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Ryan loved our pups too.  He and I would linger over them after feeding them dinner, and would hold them on our laps while we watched TV together in the evenings.  Ryan would tell me goodnight and leave to go to his apartment on the side of our home.  Later, I would go check on pups and would find him still playing with them, not up in his place at all.

 It won’t be easy to have puppies without him around to share the joy (and work) of raising them.  But it might be just what I need.

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