More on the Leavings

I want to thank all Sparkler Friends for coming along side as we shared their first eight weeks. I appreciated and enjoyed your comments and emails -- like when Carol wrote to say that Zimmer appeared to be coming down with a case of the measles! I still laugh about that, and it is why Aysha has taken to calling him "Measles." He will soon have a more fitting name -- don't worry!

The new families understand the importance of sharing updates on the blog and so while their Chapter One with us is ending, the Story of the Sparklers is really just beginning.

Taylor left very early this morning with Lori and Katie - and so now there are eight. Jordan leaves with Dianne soon, and Aysha and Tweedy will be heading north to Canada early this afternoon. Alison and Chalice leave early tomorrow morning, and then the remaining five stay with me until Saturday when I drive them to Salt Lake City.

Please contact me if you want to be part of a Utah Puppy Party on Saturday afternoon!

I did not have time to update about yesterday's adventures.

The puppies had three separate vet appointments -- this allowed us to take just three puppies at a time. Luckily, the vet is only 2.5 miles away and I had willing/able helpers.

They all had health exams.

They weighed just under or just over 12 pounds, with Tolman the weight winner at 12.3 ounces, beating Chrome by an ounce. All were deemed healthy and the six who are flying with their new peeps have their health certificates completed.

The last appointment included the sampling of three puppies for the titer check. One hour before the appointment we slathered on the numbing cream, covered with saran wrap, and held this in place with vet tape...

...and then duct tape when the edges started failing.

What a good sport Dr. Jenny is! She studied up on the VacciCheck test kit and was ready to go...

The results -- identical for all three puppies as expected -- were not a surprise...

The puppies still have maternally-derived antibodies for Parvo but not Distemper.

The presence of the antibodies will neutralize a Parvo vaccination, rendering it ineffective. They could receive a Distemper-only vaccination but those are hard to come by, and the risk of Distemper is low. Therefore, Chrome will be tested again next Monday and each week until such time as the maternally-derived antibodies are gone. Since results are consistent across a litter, this is when Chrome and her littermates will receive a single DAP vaccination.

Two weeks later all puppies will be checked to ensure protection -- this is a blood test sent to an outside lab since few vets are actually using the VacciCheck kits (Hint: Use the UW-Madison lab!). After that, puppies should be checked annually to ensure immunity. Easy peasy -- and we avoid unnecessary vaccinations while still ensuring protection. (For a more complete explanation, see

The gradual leaving of Sparklers will help Sparkle adjust to the shrinking numbers, both physically (think nursing) and mentally. But I expect she will be fine, and Chrome will be here to allow her to keep mothering.

More pics throughout the day. Thanks again for your love and support.

Tweedy and Jordan...

The puppies will miss Dianne!

Belle and Zimmer...

Romping in the snow is a good way to wear out puppies for their travels...

Dianne and Jordan are on their way home -- and to new adventures...

And then there were seven.

10:05 am Update

The stool sample from multiple puppies went to Antech for a good look -- results are in: No ova or parasites. FYI -- the Sparklers have never been wormed. Why intervene if there is not an issue?

2:00 pm Update

It was getting that time and so we worked on wearing out another puppy...

And then she was ready to go...

And so they were six...



by Kris on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:25

Thank you for sharing your life and the lives of the Sparklers with us :)

by Jennifer Z on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:55

Mary-Ann, thank you for taking us all along on this litter adventure. I am so very happy for all of the new puppy parents. There is nothing quite like that excitement, full heart, and the dreams about the adventures to come with the new partnerships between puppies and their people. Jordan has been a favorite of mine all along, and I am so happy to see her going home with Dianne. She will undoubtedly fulfill her full potential and have a wonderful life as will all of the others.

by CA Heidi :-) on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:48

I am a little weepy watching them go. It's such a good thing -- such lovely puppies, and happy families with hearts full and ready to love them --but little tug on my heart, all the same. Sparkler Families, I covered your babies with kisses, so they should be completely inoculated with with being loved on by strangers :-D

Looking forward to seeing their happy lives!!!


by joan on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 16:40

no, you're not the only one!

by Chris H on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 07:58

Ummm, no! You aren't alone! I have to keep reminding myself how happy they'll be and how happy they're making their new homes.

by keli on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:16

As much as I am so sad to see them go I love seeing these puppies aireborne in the snow. please I hope the new mommies and daddies will keepus updated. hopefully on Bernese Friends WW on FB! I miss my Trinity so very much, but following the journey of the Sparklers has helped my grief!

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