Camelot Litter Weekly Email Updates

These are the weekly updates that are emailed to the new puppy owners each week.

Week 5 Email
February 9, 2021 3:12 pm

Beckett's puppies have turned 5 weeks! They are super cuddly and we're just starting to see their playful sides as they chase each other and even bite their own tails. Their photos were taken yesterday and are uploaded to the website so you can see how they are growing.

 
All of them are still gaining weight beautifully. They weigh between 7 and 8 pounds each! :)
 
Beckett isn't feeding them much at all anymore but still visits to clean them off and play with them. They're getting fed 3 times a day with raw goat milk and raw ground beef and are getting all their nutrition from that. This week we start adding a couple of pieces of puppy food kibble to this slurry as well. And a few of them are eating the kibble that Beckett drops. 
 
They begin their clicker training this week. We learned from our last litter, that liverwurst is a favorite treat and so we will start with that. The first goal is to teach them how to properly eat from our hand. They don't usually figure it out right away and poor Jade gets quite a few sharp puppy teeth injuries. But they'll figure it out  - they're pretty smart. :)
 
Normally we would be starting to introduce them to the great outdoors. But we are having a super cold snap and don't want to risk them getting chilled, so that will have to wait. But they are exploring their room in the dog barn and are learning quite a lot. Sometimes the big room can be a bit scary and we are patiently helping them to get over the fear of the unknown. 
 
They also have been introduced to more of our adult dogs. They like the adult dogs, and some of them think that Cara is Beckett and try to nurse from her. Interacting with adult dogs is only ever done on a supervised basis. I'll be honest - they've not gotten a lot of interaction with the other dogs because we would normally do this outside when the adult dogs can leave if they don't want to interact with the puppies.
 
They continue to be challenged with new toys and new "obstacles". They are learning how to get out of the open door of their pen by themselves. I try to avoid stairs with young puppies so their hips and joints develop well, but climbing over a low obstacle is good problem solving. They've not all mastered it yet, but they're getting there.
 
They've met a few new people and continue to be exposed to people of all ages and both men and women. All the puppies interacted well with the new people. There was a little bit of hesitancy at first and then they warmed right up! That's exactly what we expect to see when meeting strangers at this age.

The puppies go to the vet a week from today at 2pm. After that, we will start the matching process. It will go in order of how the deposits were received. This can take up to a week as I reach out to everyone in order. With this litter, everyone is choosing their puppy online. We will schedule a time to do a live call so you can see the puppies and we can help you make your choice. I will notify the last male and last female deposits of who their puppy is as soon as I know who they are!!

But please remember that there are no bad puppies. They're all doing so well and growing great and they're all so affectionate and friendly.  You're just going to love having them at home with you!

As always, please let us know what questions you have.
PJ

 

 

Week 4 Email
February 2, 2021 10:27 am

Hi,

I have a very long email for you this week with lots of important information and required responses from you. Please read through the entire email carefully.

Beckett's puppies have turned 4 weeks! So hard to believe they're so big already. They're halfway to when they're ready to join you! Their photos were taken yesterday and are uploaded to the website so you can see how they are growing. You can see the photos here: https://gmsdogs.com/camelot

All of them are still gaining weight beautifully with no signs of diarrhea at all. They are getting fed 3 times a day with goat milk and raw ground beef. Plus Beckett feeds them whenever she wants. They aren't getting much nutrition from her any longer.

We will eventually introduce kibble with grain in it, but we prefer delaying the introduction of grain a bit. Our goal is for them to gain on average 5% body weight per day. We don't always meet this goal (which is ok). We definitely don't want them growing too quickly because too rapid growth can cause health issues later in life.

We've continued to introduce new sounds, sights, and smells to the puppies this week. They've listened to trucks, tractors, wheelbarrows, cars, hair dryers, brooms, clapping, yelling (by my grandson), and lots of other sounds. They've also been introduced to several different people as well.

They are walking really well and we keep expecting them to start running around a little bit any day. They are exploring on their own somewhat and we have just started to introduce toys (which they are so far ignoring). All of the puppies are curious and inquisitive. And they are very friendly. There is not a timid one in the bunch so far. They come and snuggle in your lap when they want. Each of them does this at different times.

As a reminder, the daily Facebook live videos can all be found at https://facebook.com/groups/gmsdogs

They continue to pee and poop everywhere, but we are introducing their litter box this week which will start to help. They won't be potty trained when you receive them, but they'll be close.

We match individual puppies to their new families after they turn 6 weeks old. Since this time will be here shortly, I need you to email me with the following information:

  1. Are you close enough that you will be visiting the puppies after they turn 6 weeks? Or waiting to pick them up at 8 weeks?
  2. Will the puppy be sleeping inside or outside?
  3. Is your puppy in a home situation or farm situation? Who are the people who will interact with your puppy on a daily basis? (Example: a toddler, a teenage boy, an adult male, and an adult female.)
  4. At what age are you planning to spay or neuter your puppy? Do you already have a vet chosen?
  5. Will your puppy be attending puppy classes or working with a trainer?
  6. Will you be picking up the puppy in person?
  7. What three traits (and 3 words only - not sentences) are most important to you in your puppy? Please think carefully about this before answering, as this information is crucial for us to help you choose the puppy that will best fit into your life. (Examples: friendly, happy, independent, smart, trainable, etc.)
  8. If you have not already told me, do you want AKC registration for your puppy? (This costs an extra $200)

Beckett and the puppies are going to the vet on February 16th. If you would like to come and meet the puppies before pickup, please give me 3 dates/times on or after August 12th that work for you. We ask that only members of your household come to this visit. Because of the pandemic, we will require you to wear masks when visiting.

Also, if you already have dogs, please let us know if they are up to date on their shots. Please consider carefully if you have young children, whether or not to bring them to this puppy meeting. We often find that you are more concerned with your young child and his/her behavior toward the puppy than actually being able to spend time interacting with the puppies and getting to see their personalities. And know that if your child is not gentle enough with the puppies, we will remove the puppies and end the session early.

There is a free online course that is available for a short time period. I don't know how long it will be available for free. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE watch the videos. She is a bit wordy in the videos, but the information is excellent and will truly help you to integrate your puppy into your lives as smoothly as possible.

One of the main reasons that dogs end up in shelters is because they were not properly trained and become too hard to handle. You are committing to this puppy and you have a window of opportunity to train them easily and successfully. I can't stress how important this is and these videos will be a HUGE help to you.

The link to the videos can be found here: https://gmsoap.co/3gHLTvZ

When you are done watching the video series, please let me know 3 takeaways from it.

You have 2 options for paying for your puppy. Our preferred option is cash at pickup. If you would prefer to pay with a credit card, you can do that at 6 weeks. There is a 3% processing fee (5% for American Express) if you pay with a credit card. Please also reply to this email with which payment option you are choosing.

And as a reminder, the puppies will be ready to go home the weekend of February 27th and 28th. Please also let me know if you are coming on this weekend or if you have other plans. We recognize that most of you are traveling and we will make ourselves available for what timing works best for you to pick up your puppy!

I will list the questions that need answers again below so you have them all in one place.

We are working so hard to give your puppy the best start to his/her life. Please let us know what questions you have.
PJ

  1. Are you close enough that you will be visiting the puppies after they turn 6 weeks? Or waiting to pick them up at 8 weeks?
  2. Will the puppy be sleeping inside or outside?
  3. Is your puppy in a home situation or farm situation? Who are the people who will interact with your puppy on a daily basis? (Example: a toddler, a teenage boy, an adult male, and an adult female.)
  4. At what age are you planning to spay or neuter your puppy? Do you already have a vet chosen?
  5. Will your puppy be attending puppy classes or working with a trainer?
  6. Will you be picking up the puppy in person?
  7. What three traits (and 3 words only - not sentences) are most important to you in your puppy? Please think carefully about this before answering, as this information is crucial for us to help you choose the puppy that will best fit into your life. (Examples: friendly, happy, independent, smart, trainable, etc.)
  8. If you have not already told me, do you want AKC registration for your puppy? (This costs an extra $200)
  9. What payment method will you be choosing?
  10. Will you be picking up your puppy the weekend of 2/27 and 2/28? Or do you need a different date?
  11. After watching the videos, what are 3 takeaways you've learned.

 

Week 3 Email
January 25, 2021 1:53 pm

Hi,

Beckett's puppies have turned 3 weeks! Their photos are being taken today and will be uploaded to this page today or tomorrow: https://gmsdogs.com/camelot

We had our first missed weekly photo this past week. :( Emery is our photographer and takes the puppies' photos each week. He was gone this past week to volunteer for Samaritan's Purse in Texas to rebuild homes from Hurricane Harvey. He asked Brett and Jade to take the weekly photo for him. They agreed and put it on the calendar to remind themselves. They just discovered that they put the remind on the wrong date - this week instead of last week!! And so we missed last week's photos. We're so sorry about that!

All of the puppies are still gaining weight beautifully and are all over 4 pounds! 

As I mentioned last week, they had some diarrhea, but were all treated with Albon and it all seems to have stopped.

The puppies all finished their early neurological stimulation this week at 16 days. After the 16 day mark, it is no longer effective. They received it from day 3 to day 16 of their lives.

We introduced the puppies to raw goat milk today and they loved it! Soon we will add some raw meat to it as well.

All of the puppies now have their ears open and we are playing classical music for them daily. We are also playing a youtube video (for the audio-only) that has common sounds like lawnmowers and fireworks for habituation. This will help them not be scared by those sounds in the future.

They are all walking around very well and climb all over me when I snuggle with them.

They are just beginning to play and mouth each other and make quite an assortment of sounds from yips to growls to barks. If you watch the facebook live videos, you will experience how loud they can be! Their teeth have also been breaking through this week.

The daily Facebook live videos can all be found on this page if you want to see their daily progress: https://facebook.com/groups/gmsdogs

We will be introducing the weaning pen this week which includes a litter box. They will learn very easily how to use it. We recommend that you pick up a bag of these pellets (link below) for when you take your puppy home.

When you pick up your puppy, they can only hold their urine for a few moments. Having a litter box will give them a designated place to potty indoors if they can't make it outside in time.

You can also put some of the pellets outside where you want your puppy to potty.

The pellets will help you transition and potty train your puppy to go to the bathroom where you prefer. It may not prevent all accidents, but it should make a big difference for you. Once your puppy is larger and can hold their urine longer, you will no longer need the pellets.

Litter Pellets: https://amzn.to/2TIUh4r (note that this is an amazon affiliate link)

I am preparing to register Beckett's litter with the AKC. Please let me know if you do or do not want to register your puppy with the AKC. AKC registration will not come with breeding rights.

Your puppy is doing great and we're doing everything we can to raise your puppy with every advantage!

Let us know if you have any questions.

PJ

 

Week 2 Email
January 18, 2021 8:23 pm

Hi,

The puppies are already 2 weeks old! Two weeks is when I start to stop worrying about fading puppy syndrome so it's a great milestone to reach!

All of them are gaining weight, but not quite as much as I would like. We are seeing some diarrhea and so we started them on a treatment of albon. This is a dewormer and not uncommon to give at this age. I don't like giving it to puppies that are under 2 weeks old, but it should  clear up the diarrhea we're seeing. We've also given them some pedialyte just to be on the safe side, but haven't really seen any signs of dehydration problems from the diarrhea.

Their feedings have lengthened from every 2 hours to every 2-4 hours.  And Beckett is leaving them for longer stretches.

All of the puppies have their eyes open and are starting to toddle around on their legs instead of pulling themselves along on their bellies. 

Over the next weeks, we'll continue to share their progress and give some tips for preparing for their arrival. If you're looking for any books to read, we recommend this book by Ian Dunbar. It can be found at this Amazon Affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2WSUowa

We strongly recommend getting the audio version and listening to it together as a family. Particularly if you have children, it's a great way to discuss how to raise your puppy and what to do (and not to do) to raise an incredible puppy. My family listened to it out loud and we still quote the book in his accent. It's been a great learning and bonding tool for our family and I hope it will be for yours as well!

Your puppy is doing great and we're doing everything we can to raise your puppy with every advantage!

Let us know if you have any questions.

PJ

 

Week 1 Email
January 12, 2021 4:51 pm

Hey Everyone,

I have a quick update for you on the puppies! 

We lost one puppy this week to Fading Puppy Syndrome (a girl - Magic). But all of the other puppies are doing great and are eating well!

The puppies have been named as follows (and obviously you can change them once you take them home)...

  • Excalibur (male) - red collar
  • Lancelot (male) - green collar
  • Merlin (male) - brown collar
  • Pendragon (male) - purple collar
  • Arthur (male) - blue collar
  • Gwen (female) - neon collar
  • Camelot (female) - pink collar
  • Morgana (female) - white collar

Our "Camelot" litter has been reserved as follows:

  • 1st pick female - retained by owner
  • 2nd pick female - Caroline B.
  • 3rd pick female - Rachel B.
  • 1st pick male - Ben M.
  • 2nd pick male - Brittany D.
  • 3rd pick male - Joseph O.
  • 4th pick male - Glenn G.
  • 5th pick male - Rubyana S.

You can see the individual puppies here: https://gmsdogs.com/camelot-litter

And you can watch videos of them once you've become a member here: 

https://facebook.com/groups/gmsdogs

The puppies will be ready to go to their new homes on Monday 3/1. But I will be happy for them to be picked up the weekend before on 2/27 - 2/28.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

PJ