Welcome to Our Puppy Blog!

Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 4 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.

Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We are so excited for our Spring litters that are arriving in June. Now is a great time to get on the Waiting list.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Introducing Coco and Jet!

Hi my name is Coco, I am the smallest girl in the litter. 
I feel that our two little white girls have not been given their moment to shine.  So I wanted to share some special photos to introduce each one.

Hi I am Jet, I look a lot like Coco.

This is me, Jet....I know, Coco and I are like twins!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Puppies First Solid Food

Today the puppies had another first...we started giving them their first solid puppy food.   I took the dry kibble and soaked it in water for several hours to make it mooshy and then put it in a low bowl for them.  They weren't overly enthusiast about this new food...but they did try a few nibbles.
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(This is Lola)

I had learned from last year that potty time gets a lot messier once solids are introduced.  So I have a second puppy pen that I keep in the garage.  When the weather is nice, its a good place for them to be.  It measures 2' X 6' rectangle, so I can put their bed at one end and newspaper over the rest of the floor.  The puppies instinctively walk to the far side of the pen, away from their bed to do their business.  This is the first step in potty training.  We clean up their messes as soon as possible so that they learn to keep prefer clean living quarters.  When they are sturdier on their feet, we will let them run out of the garage for potty breaks.  But right now they are a not yet strong enough for running out doors.

Coco is on the left, Lola on the right.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 weeks old

We've been calling this one Max...
Its a little hard to see the face with all the black going on!  But he's still soo cute.
The newest change for  the puppies over the past few days is that in the late afternoon the become very active and star play fighting.  We are hearing their cute little barks a lot more as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

3 weeks old

The puppies are starting to explore the world! Here Chloe is thinking she can escape the pen. She can just barely squirm over the 3" barrier. 
Here's Pepe.  He is  now walking, but he's still not real solid on his feet.

They still spend most of their day sleeping...and growing!
They love to have the warmth of someone near.
Although their eyes are open, they still have a little ways to go.
See how they half crawl, half walk.
When they aren't sleeping, they are usually eating.  Upside down is not a problem!
Chloe still prefers to sleep on her back!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Puppy Quarters

In case you were interested, we were able to move the pups out of the basement nursery after the first 3 days.  A kind friend brought a sturdy pen over for me to use.  It is a perfect size for the new puppy quarters.  We put it in our home office and it is convenient for us to check on the pups throughout the day.  The gate is easily opened to let Dixie in and out with ease.  Best of all, the fence is sturdy enough that our baby, just turned one year, can toddle about and peek over the top, but can neither open the gate nor poke the pups.  So while I type on this blog, the pups give me their two bits in the corner near by...Oh and I should mention, they do occasionally let out little growls or squeeky barks.  Its adorable.  Thank you Annette and Jane for thinking of us!   The puppy pen is perfect!

A few new pics at 14 days.

I wanted to take pics of all the pups yesterday evening, but after the first few pics things started getting busy and I had to be a Mom to the kids.  So I only got a couple of the pups here....two pretty girls.(Oops... no, the white is a boy...I can tell by his cowlick)  Sorry friends....I'll get pics of the others next time!
We call this pup Chloe. 
Don't you love that tuft of black fur on the tip of her nose!

We call this pup, Pepe.
He is  such a darling. 

The Costs of Owning a Dog.

The first question most prospective owner ask when they inquire about puppies is how much they cost.  And they usually are wondering about the purchase price of the puppy. 

A Quality Puppy ...Your best bargain
But there is so much more to puppy costs than purchase price alone. Considering the quality of care at the breeding facility should be as big a question as the cost.  If there is any question in your mind, it is worth making an appointment to view the breeding facilities.  The importance of buying a very healthy puppy can not be over emphasized.  A strong robust puppy will be much more able to withstand illness.  You are unlikely to have unforeseen veterinary bills.  Remember  a sick puppy can easily eat up much more than the purchase price of the pup.

I hope that this blog will assist you in the peace of mind of my breeding practices.  I keep our puppies quarters exceptionally clean.  I feed Dixie the highest quality puppy food, and when the pups are ready to eat, they get the same all natural puppy food.  Additionally I have their health confirmed by the veterinary before I send them home. Thus far the pups I have raised have had excellent health records, and I do everything I can to keep it that way. My hope is that the puppies have the optimum care possible so you will have the best puppy for your family.

Standard Dog Expenses
There are certain standard care expenses that one must budget for with every puppy.   You should research all of these items before you bring your puppy home so you can have the facilities and phone numbers on hand when you need them....

It is worth getting a veterinary recommendation from a friend and/or calling different veterinary clinics before you choose one.  The prices of veterinary care vary tremendously from one place to another.  It is very helpful when you find a veterinary who shares your philosophy of pet ownership and does not pressure you into unnecessary procedures or extra expenses.

Mini Schnauzers are generally known to be a breed with few hereditary health issues.  Additionally, since Mini Schnauzers are primarily an indoor pet so they are less prone to disease and other health problems.  Nonetheless, it is wise to have a budget in mind for unforeseen health issues that are always a possibility. 

Our puppies come with their first set of shots (at 7 weeks).  But in order to be effective, these vaccines must be given as a series of injections.  Ideally you should repeat these shots at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.(or as recommended by your vet)  When you bring your puppy for his boosters, do not have him run around the office.  Keeping him on your lap or in a crate will help protect him from possible viruses in the facility.  For this reason, a low-cost clinic with the volume of animals from the shelter could be a risk for a puppy....However after your pups first year such clinics are less likely to pose a threat.  One example is the Luv My Pet Clinic.  You can visit www.Luvmypet.com for information about locations and dates for a clinic near you.  I have no personal experience with this clinic

A word of advice:  Banfield at Petsmart offers Vaccine clinics (no charge for vet visit) but they push lab fees for stool samples and heartworm tests (your pup will have just been to the vet!) their vaccines are also more pricey than other vets I have seen.  You may leave with a larger bill than you would have expected. (Always call ahead to ask about the cost of your visit)

Spay Neuter:
Although, your veterinary is probably the safest option for Spay and Neutering of your pet, many people have good results from our local Virginia Kinchloe Clinic.  This is a very affordable option in Fredericksburg because you avoid the overnight hospital fee.  The current cost of a Spay/Neuter for a small dog is $80. The clinic also offers vaccines, heartworm medication and Frontline medication.  For more information visit http://www.kincheloeclinic.org/    There are many benefits to Spay and Neutering...and I urge you to find your best option and make an appointment for 6 months of age... as there may be a waiting list.

Frontline Topspot Medication:  $33 for 3 applications
Frontline is a flea and tick medication that you apply on the top of the dogs neck.  It kills fleas for 3mths and kills and repels ticks for the first month.  I use this every 3 months from the last frost until the first frost.  It is very effective for keeping fleas off the dog and out of the house.  Some veterinaries prefer to prescribe a pill, like Advantex, instead of a topical medication.  The choice is yours, but you definitely need a medication to kill fleas in Virginia.

Worming a Puppy:
Intestinal parasites are common in puppies.  They can become infested with parasites before they are born or though their mothers milk.  During the puppies first health exam with me, I ask the veterinary to administer a worming medication that is safe and effective against several of the common worms of the dog.  A puppy that is wormed, needs to be wormed again in about 3 weeks since the first worming kills adult worms but not the worms in the larval stage.  If you begin your pup on Heartworm medication 3 weeks after you bring them home this will be effective in keeping your puppy worm free.

Heart worm Medication:  approx cost $25/ 6mth supply
Heart worm medications need to be given to your dog every month throughout his life. This medication protects your puppy against heart worms which are transmitted by mosquitoes and can kill your dog.  This medication is given by prescription only.  Some veterinaries require a routine heart worm lab before they will prescribe the medication.  Others are willing to prescribe the medication if you have been diligent in giving your dog his monthly pill.

Food is a cost with a lot of variables, because there are so many varieties out there.  I choose to get a 40lb bag of California Naturals for about $43  and it lasts for several months...This is a high quality food sold at Booth Feeds on Rt 3 in Fredericksburg.

For a $7.00 coupon, nutritional information, and to find a supplier near you go to the following website: ww.californianaturalpet.com

You could certainly find less expensive varieties...some have more fillers and you have to feed the dog more.  So read the label and don't just look at the cost alone.  At the very least, the veterinary recommends a NAME-BRAND FOOD made by a national dog company in a made for puppies formula.

I hope that this list will help you budget for the care of your puppy.  If you have any questions feel free to call or email me.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

--News Alert-- Puppies eyes begin to open!

The eyes are the window to the soul and so it is with great joy that we announce that on their 13th day, the puppies eyes have begun to open.    This is not a sudden occurance but one that takes place over the span of about 24 hours.  And even when their eyes are fully opened, they will still not see very clearly.  Research indicates that puppies do not see forms until they are 4 weeks old.  Additionally the pups hearing is developing rapidly as well.

Dixie is very attentive to the needs of her puppies.

This is the first big developmental step for the pups. It signals the beginning of a week of milestones in which the pups will begin to see, hear, walk, chew and improve their sense of smell.

The little salt n' pepper is nursing on her back.  She sleeps alot on her back too

Monday, August 9, 2010

The stresses of being a puppy....

It is widely understood, that human contact in the early days is important for puppy development.  It is part of what distinguishes a feral pup from a domestic pup.  In these early days, human handling is still a mild stress on a puppy.  The pictures taken on Day 4 capture the pups in a pose of quiet tranquility... but don't let that fool you!  It took several shots of each puppy to get the right pose.  They were squirming around so vigorously!  They were not so ready to sit quietly in the palm of our hand...small as they may have been! 

We certainly would not allow any traumatic experience to the puppies, but a mild stress of this kind is suppose to be very beneficial. I love to read The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete'.  This order of monks raise very highly sought after German Shephard puppies and are well known for their expertise in raising puppies.  Concerning early handling of puppies the monks write the following,

This puppy is so much more tranquil at 10 days old.
" Puppies exposed to mildly stressful experiences from a very early age (1-6 weeks) usually develop into dogs possessing superior problem-solving ability, with less emotional imbalance than their counterparts raised without such stimulation.  In the young pup, in addition to raising the heart rate, stress causes an involuntary hormonal reaction in the adrenal-pituitary system, a help in resisting disease and handling stress.  The overall effect of this is to prime the entire system, building it up and making it more resilient to emotionally challenging experiences later on in life. We find that at each specific stage of growth, specific types of handling enhance the development of pups and orient them in a positive manner to later life."    The Art of Raising a Puppy,  The Monks of New Skete
At 11 days old the puppies still spend most of their day sleeping.

It certainly would be easy enough to ignore the puppies early on, as the mother doggie sees to all their basic needs.  However, based on the monks advice, we are conscientious to keep a presence in the puppies lives, and especially holding each puppy every day.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reflections on the first week...

The puppies are doing very well! Cute little hamster-things! The first day Dixie gave me a scare...she didn't move from her whelping spot for about 12 hrs after the birth. She looked like she was glued to her spot.  We couldn't coax her toward the food or water.  I read my books through, and couldn't find any reason that she should be experiencing any postnatal problems...so I tried not to worry.  Finally, late that day, she jumped up and ran outside for a whole minute. Then hurried back to the brood as fast as she could run! She had no physical problems....she  was just that serious about watching her brood!

Now that the puppies are a week old I am definitely breathing a sigh of relief...I think Dixie is feeling more relaxed too.  My vet told me that if you can get through the first 48 hours without any visible signs of trouble, then the puppies are usually going to be just fine.  Dixie is now leaving her puppies for longer lengths of time.  The puppies are eating more and therefore, sleeping for longer stretches.  Dixie doesn't leave until the pups have fallen asleep on a full stomach, and then they seem to sleep quite nicely until her return.

The puppies are presently in 'the nursery' a large guest bathroom in our basement.  Its the quietest place in the house.  This is not so important for the puppies, but more for Dixie's peace-of-mind.  Her protective instincts are so acute right now, that she gets very uptight if the children hover about too much.  I do make a point to run down and look the pups over a few times throughout the day.  I also pick them up and check them over head to toe.  I need to keep close eye on their progress to make sure they continue to grow well.  This is also very important for the puppy development.  The human touch from the earliest days will have lasting effects in their personalities throughout their life.