Posts Tagged ‘Tooey x JJ puppies’

Today we had the great good fortune to visit with Linda and one of Tooey’s puppies, Finn, the former Mr Green (Tooey x JJ). Finn is a delightful dog, very friendly and affectionate. Although… not with Tooey so much. He kept just barking at her until finally she showed her teeth and snapped at the air next to his face. Maybe kinda sorta like a mom would do with an unruly puppy.

Once that little bit of correction was in place, we were able to get a photo of Tooey and Finn together. And then, once Tooey was escorted to the car, we were able to get a shot of Finn himself.

Just for comparison, here’s a photo Linda sent us just over 4 years ago, just after getting Finn home.

Now, here are mother and son today.

And here’s the boy himself, years later.

I don’t think they look much alike, except for the widow’s peak at their foreheads, similarly shaped eyes, and their horizontal mutton chops (Tooey’s are currently clipped off). Their heads, coats, and body shape are quite different.

But Finn has something that Tooey doesn’t have. Something Tooey would dearly love to have. Finn has a cockatiel roommate. Whenever the bird chirped or squeaked (just like a squeaky toy), Tooey ran over to the bird’s cage and just stared at the bird, eyes shining. You could just see the speech bubble over her head: “A bird! They have a bird! Oh, I want a bird!”

Finally, we pulled ourselves away and drove home, us to be grateful to puppy people who invite us in for awhile, and Tooey to dream of birds.

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This weekend we were lucky. Professional photographer (and Dear Husband), Russ Dodd, took the following portraits of each of the Tooey x JJ pups.

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Mr. Blue

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Mr. Red

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Ms. Pink

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Ms. Yellow

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Mr. Green

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Mr. Teal

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Mr. White

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Ms. Lavender

Some notes on these photos:

  • The puppies’ eyes are not green. They’re still blue, but since the photos were taken over lawn, their eyes are reflecting the green of the summer grass.
  • The pups had just had their first shave. Colleen had gotten out her very quiet portable clippers, and clipped their muzzles up to just under their ears. Some of them were happier than others with the whole idea. Mr. White expressed his opinion throughout the procedure, “Get this over with. I have other things to do.” Mr. Green was, “Oh, you want to clip my muzzle? OK.” Ms. Yellow was ready to move on to other fun after just a few seconds.
  • As in all the blog posts, I’ve put the pups’ pictures in birth order. I know some folks do this by sex, but since when do I necessarily do what other folks do?

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Such cuties, these Tooey puppies. But they didn’t stay very still, so even though I took lots of pictures of each puppy, I still didn’t get them all in focus. Wonder if the the iPhone 5 is better than the iPhone I have…

Anyway, here are today’s photos:


Mr. Blue


Mr. Red


Ms. Pink


Ms. Yellow


Mr. Green


Mr. Teal


Ms. Lavender


Mr. White

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The puppies are just over 3-1/2 weeks old. Soon I’ll post the somewhat more formal photos, but here are just a few candid shots that I liked.


A tired-looking Tooey doing the Lo-o-o-ng Sit, propped up by feeding puppies


Puppies eating puppy food, 4 to a bowl


Brave puppies exploring the tunnel


Mom and Mr Green, napping

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Today the puppies got their first real food. Needless to say (Colleen said), they thought this was a grand idea. Tooey enjoyed the cleaning up after them.


All eight puppies crowd around the food bowl


Yum! (Foot for scale)


Ms. Yellow climbing over Mr. White to get another big morsel

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I am not an expert on this topic. This is only my second litter, and I’m not the main point person for puppy buyers — Colleen’s been doing that, having way more experience than I.

But I’ve been listening to what people have been saying about wanting an IWS puppy:

  • The best all-round comment so far was a mom replying to her child, who said she wanted Ms. Lavender: “We want the best dog for our family, not the one with the prettiest rick-rack.”
  • One person wants an “IWD”. I had to think about that one, but then, oh! I realized she meant Irish Water Dog.
  • A fellow who wants a “top show prospect”.
  • Several people who had IWS before and want that experience again.
  • Some who have an IWS now and want another one.
  • A fellow who has had other gundog breeds, and remembers meeting an IWS that loved to plunge into icy waters to retrieve ducks.
  • Some who remember a friend’s or relative’s IWS from childhood.

I haven’t heard yet of anyone wanting a performance dog or a hunting dog. I hope that comes.

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Colleen reports that the pups all got their real dog collars today.

Ms Pink was first to pass the 4-pound mark yesterday, and today, I hear that many are already over four pounds.


The lucky puppies also got their first dose of worm medicine.

All this and they will be only three weeks tomorrow!

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Already the pups are walking (actually, kind of lurching) around. Not to be outdone by Mr. Green, who was first out of the whelping box last week, this week Ms. Yellow was first to make it out the dog door and to the outside. The whelping box is gone — I mean what’s the point? Mr. Green or Ms. Yellow would just show everyone the way out. But the dog door is now blocked so Tooey can get out, but not the puppies — they are still too young to be outside.

All have their eyes and ears are open, and baby teeth are making white dents in the puppies’ gums. Ms. Pink has made it past the 4 lb. mark at 4 lbs, 1 oz. All the others are well over 3 lbs. and some, except for Ms Yellow, at 2 lbs, 15 oz. Green has two distinct curls in his coat — one by his left rear hip, and the other by his left shoulder.

Mr. White and and Ms. Pink are content to be held. Mr. Blue and Mr. Green want to get down when I pick them up, though Mr. Red will let me hold him for awhile before wriggling. Mr. Teal will push anyone out of the way if another puppy is at the teat he wants. Ms. Lavender found my sandal, and tried pulling on it. All are peeing on their own, and except for once (that I saw), they’ve all figured out to pee at least 6 inches away from their mat.

Anyway, here are some pictures from Saturday, July 27:


Tooey feeding hungry pups


Mr. Blue


Mr. Red


Ms. Pink


Ms. Yellow


Mr. Green


Mr. Teal


Ms. Lavender


Mr. White

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A re-energized Tooey, thankful that someone has finally clipped the sharp puppy toenails!


Pile o’ puppies


Teal hanging on


Mr Blue (thought sucking my foot was a tasty idea)


Mr Red (he gets his without being pushy about it)


Ms Pink (only one to stay calm for her nail clipping)


Ms Yellow (like to sleep under the box rail or under the fleece)


Mr Green (1st to open eyes, 1st to get out of the box)


Mr Teal (perseveres — see picture above)


Ms Lavender (the big strong one of the girls)


Mr White (likes to sleep on his back)

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Squirmy fat puppies wouldn’t Stay (I guess they need more training), so some of the pictures are a bit out of focus. But here are the proud mama and the Tooey x JJ puppies at 4 days.


A tired but proud Tooey with her new short, sporty hairdo


Mr. Blue


Mr. Red


Ms. Pink


Ms. Yellow


Mr. Green


Mr. Teal


Ms. Lavender


Mr. White

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Born July 9
All have gained about 3 or 4 ounces, with Ms Lavender gaining the most at 5 ounces. They look fat and sleek at the same time, and Tooey is doing a great job keeping them fed and clean.

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Colleen specifically instructed Tooey to have three girls and three boys.

So yesterday (actually starting just before yesterday at 11:00 pm) Tooey delivered three boys and three girls, plus two bonus boys.


Sadly, she also had another little girl who was born dead after 5-1/2 hours of labor.

But the other eight are healthy and eating well. And Tooey is doing a great job, keeping the pups fed and clean. She’s eating well, too, which knowing Tooey, I’m sure is one of her favourite parts of having pups.

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Tooey had her ultrasound today, and the vet saw 6 puppies, more or less. Little beating hearts inside puppies lying on their backs. (Last time, the vet thought he saw 4 puppies, and she ended up having 10.)

Russ put together a video of the ultrasound images:

The sire this time is JJ (aka Ch Whistlestop’s John Jameson). He’s the son of HRCH Ch Whistlestop’s B All You Can B CD SH RN “Joey” x Ch Whistlestop Journey To Freedom CD RN JH “Journey”. Joey is one pass away from an AKC Master Hunter in the retriever world, and Journey is a real performance dog, most recently working in musical freestyle.

Here’s JJ in a photo taken at a dog show in January 2012:

JJ in January 2012

JJ in January 2012

And here’s a still from the ultrasound:

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Tooey ultrasound 6-10-2013

You can kind of see a little puppy, lying on its back with its head down. The vet tech told Russ that the bigger red area is the heart, and that the other colors were developing organs.

I’m sure that the best part, as far as Tooey is concerned, is that the vet said that she could have free range food. No more watching her weight for that girl until puppies are weaned.

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On the left is Ch Whistlestop John Jameson “JJ”, and on the right is my sweet Ch Stanegate Second Thoughts RN JH WD “Tooey”.

And yes, they are doing It. Clearly, JJ and Tooey both thought that today was the perfect day to try to start puppies.


Tooey went into season on April 23, so this would seem like the right time, just looking at the calendar. But there are no guarantees.

Tooey’s progesterone blood level has been checked every couple of days for the last week, and it is just not rising the desired levels. The vet said that it seems “stalled” at 3 ng/ml. Reading around on the web, I find a lot of variation on what the recommended level is for breeding, but most say that ovulation occurs at 5. So…

On the other hand, we can consider the analog method of making these determinations. While the potential sire is interested in the whole idea nearly the entire time the potential dam is in season, she is supposedly interested only when the time is “right”. Blood test? she says. We don’t need no stinking blood test.

Even so, another blood test will be done tomorrow with results available on Friday. So who knows? Maybe a mix of science and intuition will give us good news soon.


Note added on May 10: another tie today. Bloodwork be dammed!

Note added on May 13: another tie again today!

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