NurserY

Starborn Mia at Bella Dulce

 &

Bella Dulce de Nobleza

 

had four beautiful puppies on November 20th, 2022

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The litter of four the morning they were born.

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Mia with her puppies the day following their birth.

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Our daughter Megan meets the puppies and sets them in place to nurse.

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Mia and Noble had four puppies on November 20th, 2022.

 

Mia is absolutely wonderful with the puppies.  She is calm and relaxed with the puppies.  She understands that she has to stay with the puppies and care for them constantly  instead of being with the family in the main areas of the house.  We spend a lot of time with her in the whelping room to keep her company during this time when the puppies have to remain in the heated whelping room.  

 

Mia & Noble’s puppies are one week old.  Mia watches over the puppies and observes us as we handle them, but is completely trusting of us as we assist with the care of the puppies.  She is very confident and relaxed while we handle the puppies.  She enjoys watching them when we handle them.  She trusts us completely but tends to observe during the weighing process when we weigh each puppy daily and remove them from the whelping box for a few seconds.  She sleeps with them, nestles them, and cleans them with much devotion.  She seems to enjoy it when we help clean the puppies and arrange them to nurse.

 

We have chosen a ‘Thanksgiving’ theme for the puppies.

 

The girl: Cranberry

 

The boys: Harvest, Pumpkin, and Pecan

 

The puppies began the early neurological stimulation “Super Dog” program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.  

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The puppies are two weeks old.  Their favorite activities … nursing and sleeping! 

 

Mia is absolutely wonderful with the puppies.  She watches over them, sleeps with them, and cleans them with such devotion.

 

The puppies are just beginning to open their eyes and attempt to walk. They continue to participate in the “Super Dog” program, the early neurological stimulation for newborn puppies developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.  They are exposed to a variety of music throughout the day.

 

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The puppies are three weeks old.  Although their favorite activities are still primarily nursing and sleeping, they are beginning to interact and toddle.

 

Mia is a fabulous mother and very attentive to the puppies. She enjoys staying with the puppies in the whelping box or sitting right outside the whelping box while watching them.

 

The puppies have all opened their eyes and getting more secure on their feet as they attempt to walk. Their ‘toddling’ is entertaining to watch as they work on learning to balance on all four legs. They are beginning to play with small toys, and also beginning to tug and nibble their siblings tail and feet, although the duration is very brief.  Many of them enjoy being ‘belly up’ while getting belly rubs, and some of them are learning to give puppy kisses.   

 

The puppies have all completed the “Super Dog” program, the early neurological stimulation for newborn puppies developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.  They are exposed to a variety of music throughout the day. 

 

The puppies will join us in the family room next week.

 

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are four weeks old.

 

Mia continues being a fabulous mother to the puppies.  She watches over them closely, cleans them and feeds them with much attention.  Mia has been very relaxed about the entire process.  

 

The puppies have all opened their eyes, walk like puppies, wag their tails, give puppy kisses, and play with their siblings and toys. They are progressing with potty training with the ‘Ugo Dog’, ‘Piddle  Place’ imitation grass mats, and ‘piddle pads’.  Although our pups hear many sounds with our family and adult dogs, the puppies listen to classical music, several ‘puppy sounds’ tracks, children’s music, and a variety of other music throughout the day.

 

There are many toys in the whelping box for the puppies to explore, soft semi enclosed mats, and crinkle tunnels that fit inside the whelping box.  Mia enjoys toys and tries her best to leave the toys with the puppies in the whelping box.  Many times, she chooses her favorites and insists upon removing them from the whelping box.  The puppies are introduced to new toys, objects, and mild obstacles each day, and they are also given individual time daily.  

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are five weeks old.

 

The puppies had their first taste of thickened goats milk, and they seemed to enjoy tasting it.  Mia is always happy to participate in ‘clean up’ since she also enjoys the goats milk.  She remains eager to continue nursing them. 

 

The puppies spend the day in the family room where they experience many sights, sounds, and family activity. Our  adult dogs are always enthusiastic about interacting with the puppies. Noble enjoys individual time with each puppy and often rolls over into a ‘belly up’ position in an attempt to play gently with the puppies.  Gracie and Joy enjoy sniffing them and trying to clean them.  Pearl, the baby of the group is enthusiastic to interact with them while we ensure that she is gentle since she is still young. 

 

We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

 

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are six weeks old.

 

They spend the day in the family room with us.  Mia is always happy to share her puppies with everyone including our adult dogs.  All the adult dogs visit the pups often and enjoy interacting with them.  Mia enjoys showing off the puppies and also being showered with attention.  She enjoys hopping onto a lap and snuggling up with a toy, and attempts to watch the puppies during ‘play time’  until they attempt to nurse. 

 

The puppies are quickly learning that Mia does not wish to nurse them full time and thus are having to eat ‘big doggie’ food.  They are all becoming very skilled at eating since Mia is starting to lengthen the time between nursing and encouraging the puppies to begin the weaning process. Mia is always happy to be part of the ‘clean up’ crew with any remaining puppy food.

 

Mia continues to be a wonderful mother to the puppies. She spends a lot of time with them and engages in games of ‘chase’.  They enjoy playing on agility equipment, tunnels, ramps, toggle board, and a large variety of toys.

 

We wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

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Mia shows our grandniece the puppies.

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are seven weeks old.

 

They continue to spend the day with us in the family room.  The puppies are exposed to many sounds throughout the day such as the occasional but loud bark of our Rhodesian Ridgeback and Doberman, a variety of music though ‘Alexa’, the television, and busy household sounds. The puppies enjoy playing with a variety of toys in their various play areas.  

 

The pups are quickly becoming experts at eating goats milk mixed with puppy food. They still attempt to nurse at any opportunity and many times Mia allows them to do so at times.  They are all progressing nicely with potty training. 

 

The puppies enjoy interacting and playing with the adult dogs.  They favor Gracie since she is very tolerant of their ‘puppy’ antics.

 

The puppies are a true joy for us!

 

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Pumpkin is eager to join Gracie in the ball pit.

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Harvest climbs on Gracie.

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are eight weeks old.

 

We have enjoyed this litter immensely.  Mia fills our lives with laughter through her antics, athletic nature, ability to problem solve, and intelligence.  She has been a wonderful mother to all of her puppies.

 

We are blessed with our sweet boy Noble.  He fills our lives us each day with joy with his sweetness, unmatched ability to fetch ‘balls’, mild manner with all of our dogs, kind nature and fondness with all puppies, and wisdom.  One puppy family long ago described him as a “wise old man”.  He seems to know what each person, dog, or puppy needs and delivers with such finesse. 

 

Gracie has been a wonderful puppy play mate.  She is a very good-natured girl that has been an excellent role model for the puppies. Zola (our Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Kalysta (our Doberman) have enjoyed providing the puppies stimulation through nudging, big dog ‘barking’ and big dog ‘antics’. 

 

The puppies have been a delight for us! 

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Mia and Noble’s puppies are nine weeks old.

 

It is hard to believe that the puppies will be joining their families. 

 

Pumpkin will reside in Virginia with his family and have two delightful children to share activities and adventures.  Harvest will reside in Virginia and have three sweet children to enjoy in activities and adventures.  Pecan will reside in Maryland with his lovely family and get to enjoy having one of Gracie’s puppies from a previous litter as a playmate. Cranberry will be staying with us.  We are excited to keep one of Mia’s puppies.

 

We feel blessed to have such wonderful families for our puppies!

 

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