Van Morrison Litter- Day One

Finally, it’s time!  The puppies have all arrived.  Melody has done a fine job cleaning them and letting them nurse for the first time as a litter while they all catch their breath.  It’s a special moment, a pause before the serious business of life, growth and motherhood begins in earnest.

Individual pup pics and profiles are coming, including other puppy goodness from previous litters, and the inside scoop on how we use the neonatal experiences a puppy has to condition them to be successful in later life.  Stay tuned!

 

Melody-The new mother and her litter, just after whelping.

Watch This Space!

Watch This Space!

Hi folks- This is Chelle Griffith, guest blogger and official Aria Borzoi Hound Hugger dropping in to share some exciting news!

There has been a new litter of gorgeous borzoi puppies born at Aria, and while I wasn’t there house sitting (darn it!) I get to be the one to chronicle their journey from itty-bitty speed jelly beans into a small horde of gleeful galloping goofhunds, ready to begin their lives with their new families.  We will be not only sharing photos, and updates, but also talking about the strategies and timetable of raising a vibrantly healthy, well-adjusted litter of puppies.  There will be fun flashbacks to other Aria litters, stories from the whelping box, discussion topics, candid photos, and a double helping of all things borzoi.  So, stay tuned!  Thanks for reading!

goofhund– (noun) Any of a breed of juvenile sight-hound puppies, gleefully bent on cheerful mischief and/or destruction.  See also galloping goofball, terror teeth, puppy Destructo.

This post brought to you by Author C.T. (Chel) Griffith, guest blogger, borzoi enthusiast and hound hugger.

 

The Fire Litter – Cast of Characters

After the pups three week birthday earlier this week, and all the scads of photos I’ve posted so far without identifying anyone, I thought it was high time I got going and took some individual photos.

To be honest, I’ve been putting this off.  I was looking online to see what other people were doing, and I was getting more than just a little bit intimidated.  I could see, time and time again, the neatly stacked, clean, beautifully presented youngsters on page after page of random searches I checked out.

There was just gonna be no way that could happen here!  For starters, it’s just me running the show.  Can’t do much of anything if you’re behind the camera, besides plop the pup down somewhere safe with a nondistracting background and hope for the best.  So, I beat down my inner perfectionist, and got to work.  Today I’ll have a picture of everyone below, and over the next few days I’ll share some candids and a little bit of what I’ve discovered about the personalities of each pup.

Rita intends to make this a “Fire-Themed” litter.  I can see why.  It’s not just the redheads.  There’s a lot of strength of will here.  These guys are just a trip to be around!

So, with no further ado…

Girl #1 “Red”IMG_20160726_124629IMG_20160726_124733

Boy #2 “Blue”IMG_20160726_124918IMG_20160726_124931

Girl #3 “Pink”IMG_20160726_125126IMG_20160726_125210

Boy #4 “Orange”IMG_20160726_125356IMG_20160726_125536IMG_20160726_125646

Girl #5 “Light Green”IMG_20160726_125718IMG_20160726_125749

Boy #6 “Light Blue”

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There’s always that one guy…

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Girl #7 “Purple”IMG_20160726_130231IMG_20160726_130317

Boy # 8 “Green”IMG_20160726_130517IMG_20160726_130558

and our last minute surprise..

Girl #9 “Brown”IMG_20160726_130931IMG_20160726_131058

I’ll be doing those candids and more details on each pup over the next few days.  Keep your eyes peeled.