Another week has passed and in only one more week the plumpies will be officially old enough to leave. Did you know that in many states it is illegal to "transfer" a puppy before eight weeks old? Some specifically state that the puppy may not be removed from his/her mother before eight weeks. This does not stop some breeders -- even in berners -- from doing it, but it is an example of a regulation that makes sense -- for puppies and for their future homes.

This is a time when puppies are learning so much from their social environment. I have observed that there is less painful screaming before a puppy is released by an offending sibling, and I rarely have to intervene now because they are so much better at responding to the cues from each other. They gain confidence from each other in new situations -- a puppy alone was initially unsure but apparently there is safety in plumpie numbers because siblings are reassuring. Now they can be alone in new situations and are fine -- confidence is gained by mastery, as I have said before -- and not fear and anxiety. This is a lesson I hope new plumpie owners will take to heart.

In the next week I am going to include Plumpie 101 in the Blog -- this is primarily for the new owners but I know from emails and comments that others might find it interesting. The first Plumpie 101 lessons are from this website -- under the Resources tab you can find "Training Articles" -- that is the first Plumpie 101 homework assignment :) Tomorrow we will talk about vaccinations -- always a fun and controversial topic!

This is a very fluffy litter -- and most of them are going to turn gray! How do I know? You can already see the gray at their roots  -- I will try and take a close-up so you can see what I mean.

Halo (grandmother to these puppies) was my first gray puppy -- she looked like someone had sprinkled powder sugar on her, and I was alarmed, never having seen that before! But it is just a puppy coat thing and the adult coat comes in very black -- some say gray puppies are even blacker than non-gray ones as adults but not sure if that is true or how you would even know?! Anyway, most of these puppies are likely to be gray for a while. Here is a little crew of them on the ball...

We can just make London the Chief of the PlumpieVille Police right now because she is already doing it. This morning she stood on the ball and barked out her warning to two plumpies who were arguing -- she looked *just* like Mrs. Maize -- it made me laugh out loud. And then she pounced in the middle and broke it up -- this is a picture of her barking her warning (and glaring) at them before the pounce...

Squeaker watching Sydney jump on the couch...

One of many little Fight Club matches from this morning...

Cute Heidi just chewing and chilling...

I also took individual pictures for the collage so that will be coming later today. Tomorrow is the temperament test; it will be videotaped and shared. Final puppy placement for the girls will not happen for another week, and it will be almost two weeks for the boys. There is behind-the-scenes jostling going on as we look at the plumpies and say, "oh crap -- that is a very, very nice puppy" and then we have to figure out what that means for placements. Bottom line -- it ain't over 'til its over...

But this morning's Blog is over -- have a funtastic day!! Collage when Terri has a chance to do it and video/pictures tonight...

11:00 a.m.

Collage! Thanks to Terrific Terri! (remember -- click to enlarge)

6:30 p.m.

Auntie Heidi suggested some polls -- well, her idea involved high stakes gambling but I tempered it a bit so starting tomorrow look for a new poll every couple of days. Galen informed me that the website/Blog has received over 7200 hits this month alone -- that is a lot of voters!

So watch this short video -- sorry about the quality but the light was not as good as we thought -- and get ready for the first poll tomorrow...


by Jennifer G. on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 07:24

I've never heard anyone say "Oh crap" when they have a very, very nice boy plumpie or two or three! Just kidding! I know this is a very hard and stressful time for you so I hope all goes well and I hope you know how much everyone appreciates the enormous amounts of time and care you put into your puppies and this decision making process.

by Barb on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 07:55

Aww I think it's interesting that Mrs. Maize's personality has skipped a few generations. Lucky person that gets London!! There is no more p.p. (practically perfect) dog than Maize-except for Zaida of course ;-)

by Alex's Dad on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 08:30

...the assistant Chief, would have her hands (paws) full if she lived at casa del Cooper. Coopie could find something fun in a root canal and I'm sure would drive London crazy.

by cindy Heintzberger on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 09:14

We've waited this long - we can wait 1 more week - sigh:) We can just pretend the gray is snow sprinkles from Montana.
The training articles are great, it is always good to review...
Can't wait for the collage!

by Toby E. on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 09:58

Can't wait to see the videos from the temperment tests!

by Lois on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:14

I am echoing all the other comments and excited to see and hear how all of the placements turn out. And watching the plumpies on the Bosu has made me think that I better get working on my core too! what good plumpies!

by Lisa K on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:29

Sometimes the adorableness (new word?) is just way to much to handle!!!

by Erin on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:52

I remember when Levi turned gray and we called him Don King bc he had all this crazy fuzzy sticking up gray fur! These puppies are gorgeous. Can't wait to watch the temperament testing. Thanks!

by Terri Zimmerman on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 14:38

Zaltana was a gray puppy. A few of his littermates were too. I took him to a fun match when he was quite young and the judge commented on his coat and wondered if he would turn the proper black. Whereas I don't know if it is true, one thought has been spoken in that the gray haired puppies end up having a very thick coat. Thick coat he had...not real long but very thick. I see him everyday in Zed and he certainly came thru in some of these babies.

I think the girls have been bullying the poor boys. Heidi and out,,,it's on.

by Lori Simidian on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 18:31 the plumpies! Can't wait to see the temperament tests tomorrow. I just loved watching them for the Glitter litter. I'm just wondering how those of you who will be getting one of these plumpies are managing to remain patient and calm - I'd be jumping out of my skin!

by Toby E. on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:05

I'll plead conformation ignorance here....but looks like London is a natural! Love how Squeaker holds his tail straight out!
Yes Lori,....patience is a virtue, but I'm feeling kinda unvirtuous right about now! T minus 11 days and counting......

by Jill Evans on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:34

The A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E Plumpies make me smile and I enjoy watching them develop. Thanks for sharing a peek into PlumpieVille - and previous litters, too! Give them a little snuggle from me.

by Lisa K on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:40

Best use for a kitchen counter top if I ever saw one! Tail schmail, ahem, M-A! ;-) I see some rockstars!

by cindy Heintzberger on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:47

these plumpies even did a great job of stacking!!!! Is there anything they can't do:) The collage was beautiful!
That Z already looks like a champion - I second Lisa - great use of a kitchen counter!!!!

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