This is Wiley (GRCH Topaz Second Chance Wile E. Coyote at Stargazzer). He fell in love with Haven right away and the feeling was mutual. He is a great Siberian with a terrific temperament and movement, to boot!
Wiley, with his dad, Larry, getting Best of Breed in September 2016.
This is Wiley’s pedigree WS 46801003. He has passed his genetic clearances for his eyes and hips.
Haven’s AKC certified pedigree. She has also passed all her genetic clearances: hips, eyes and thyroid.
So, there are 5 little pups coming! Very exciting for Amarok Siberians!
I love this sonogram pic of one little pupplet already showing his front leg reach! He (or she) can not wait to get out there and show their “reach and drive” and they are practicing!
All the pupplets have a good strong heartbeat!
The whelping box is set up and preparations are happening about a week prior! I want all the Siberians in the house to know about the upcoming special delivery!
This is Haven at about day 56. She is up 12# with this litter and basically no additional food! She gave a little yip in the middle of the night last night- probably got a kick from one of the pupplets!
She is doing a lot of chillaxin these days! But, who can blame her as it will become pretty busy for her right soon! And very busy for me, too!
A tisket-a tasket, check out what is in MY basket! Doc says they were more than ready to get out and were yelling before they were out of their sacks!
Safe landing has occurred! 10/9/2017. 3 boys and 2 girls are now part of Amarok’s pack and mom and the pups are home! The first few days are quiet days with just lots of mom and puppy bonding. Ash, Quista and Magic are getting used to all the new puppy smells around the house!
Welcome little Siberian pupplets! I am glad to have you aboard!
This grey boy has a beautiful mask. He weighs in at 15 oz. Every pup is just about the same weight- right around 1#; give or take.
The second grey boy is a lighter grey and has a wider white stripe on his face. He also has a white v on his back. Beautiful! He is a hefty 1# 1 oz.
Here is the first gal and she is a light grey. She weighs in at 1# 1/2 oz. Everyone will get weekly weigh ins from now on.
The second gal is dark grey. She also has white on her shoulders which sets her off! She weighs 15.5 oz.
…And last, but never least is our one red boy! He weighs in at 15 oz. So that is our new gang. Stay tuned as we all grow and grow!
This is a closeup of the mark on the back of the dark grey gal It is like a little upside down triangle. So cute and distinctive!
…And this is the mark on the back of the little grey guy. It is a little V. Another very distinctive mark that sets him apart!
It must be the bedding isn’t quite enough for him, so he has found his own pillow! Very creative for a 2 day old! But, truly, they are all already scooting around and locating mom when she is feet away from them.
Now, Kayta is Haven’s mom and she always slept like this. Both Haven and her brother, Ash sleep this way as well. All of Kayta’s kids sleep this way as do all her grandpups. I wonder if these will follow in Kayta’s odd sleeping position, too?
Today is the first big road trip to have dew claws removed. The pups only have their front dew claws and it is no big deal for removal at 3 days old. Here is one of our fav vets, Dr. Carroll, with a few getting ready to send us off back home. All the pups get lots of love and socialization at the vets so it is a very good thing to visit!
So, we are home from our big first road trip and everyone is hungry and tired. Some of the pups want to sleep first, others want to fill their bellies first! But, regardless, all did very well after their first big trip with momma along for support. They will sleep well, no doubt!
The pups are growing like weeds. At the vet yesterday each is now WELL over 1# @. You can see the difference in this photo! What a difference a few days makes, huh? Mom is taking great care of them. They are all scooting all around the whelping box and finding mom without any problem. Each pup got a foot massage from me this morning…the learning process begins-
Just a few days ago, I snapped a pic of Haven catching a few zzz’s on her back like her mom. Well, here is her son doing the same thing in just about the same position. Genetics! I just love it!
No doubt, I just love those little pink puppy pads and there is your shot of them with the red boys little white tipped tail. As a side note, I have given all their registered names as they will be preregistered with the AKC. They all have to do with Autumn and Fall since they were born in October. That is all for now…Stay tuned~
As you know Siberians are in the working category for the AKC & these pups ‘jobs’ are eating & sleeping! And they get a great A+ rating for their work performance in each area! Everyday, each one is held, cuddled & loved. Each is getting used to being handled by close & trusted friends & me! Tomorrow they are 1 week old & they will be weighed & have individual photos done.
Here is the light grey boy at 1 week old and the time has certainly flown by! On the scale today he is 1# 13 oz. and doing great!
This is the 2nd light grey male just catching some zzz’s on this nice cool fall afternoon. His weight today is 1# 11.5 oz. ~ coming along fine!
Here is the dark grey gal with the white spot on her back. You will note she had to have a few spots shaved when mom became a little exuberant with her when she was still under sedation. No worries, she will be just fine, just waiting for a little hair to grow back. Her weight at 1 week is 1# 12.5 oz.
The second dark gr. gal weighs exactly the same as her sister…1# 12.5 oz. You know what they say about sisters!
…And, last but never least is the red boy who weighs in today at 1# 9 oz. Everyone is gaining at a nice even pace and doing just fine. In a few days, Haven gets her stitches out and the pups will get more vet love and socialization time and another road trip!
Just as human babies fall asleep with a pacifier, pups often fall asleep with a nip in their mouth, too!
Quista is always first to go all around the whelping box looking for a way “in”. She will stand up and just smell the pups. Here she is getting her first look. She just loves them!
Ash and Quista are both interested in the pups. They both just quietly watch…kind of in awe of these little ones! Haven is not far away keeping a watchful eye, though!
The next 9 pics show how I do toenails with the pups. First get them on their backs. Initially, they are a little tight and rolled up. Back position is new and a submissive position that needs to be done early. Be calm and slowly rub their chest.
They will start to relax. Some take longer than others and you may get a yawn or two as this feels good as they start to relax. Notice the head is starting to go down and the front legs are not as high.
Here the pup is really in relaxation mode and I am starting to massage his pads. His head in totally on my lap and he is calm, calm, calm.
Still more front and back paw massage that feels SO good! Pup even shows a nice calm relaxed expression on his face.
Now, I start trimming. I use just regular nail trimmers as their nails are so tiny. I only take just the very tip off where the trimmer grabs the hook. It is a quick snip. Usually, at 1 week, only the front need it, but I check the back, too.
The pups had their dew claws off at 3 days with Dr. Carroll, so there are only 4 nails to do on @ front paw. There were no dew claws on any of the pups back paws.
Now that nails are done, I spend just a few minutes on the face…massaging cheeks, chin, ears, etc.
The pups need to know that humans can touch them anywhere and that touch is good. The sooner this is started the better for the pups. If the pups are used to this, s/he will be much more accepting for nails and grooming in general as s/he grows into a beautiful adult.
And if you are lucky you will be rewarded to one huge happy Siberian Husky yawn to let you know this was a positive experience for both hearts involved!
Now that the pups are over a week old it is time to start socialization. This is a process that needs to be continued for the life of these dogs. I start with very close and trusted friends, 2 of my besties and my next door neighbor!
All of these folks are people that Haven knows and feels comfortable with. Therefore, she knows that they will take good care of her puppies, too. That is important, as she, like all moms, is protective of her pups!
During this process, Haven is out with us visiting and just relaxing and making sure all is well. I am doing toenails on 2 more puppies. Everyone is relaxed and calm, as you can see!
It is a good introduction to socialization and a nice relaxing time for everyone involved. The process continues.
First thing this morning I grabbed the camera as I saw the Light Grey male sleeping stretched out. This is a good position we like to see out pups sleep in. I have seen some of them start to sleep in this position but it was the first time I have been able to snap a pic of it. Also, starting to see some personality come out in the pups and fur is starting to thicken up. Changes everyday. A busy time going on inside these little pups!
The pups are moving around so well now and taking big alternating steps. They are starting to climb up and under mom as shown in this and the next photo. She is tolerant, as any good mom should be!
Today was road trip.2 day. We went to the vets and had Haven’s stitches out and had all the pups rechecked. Every pup is doing great and the dark grey girl is healing up beautifully, too. Everyone got a thumbs up from Dr. Bache with lots of love and more socialization. We are getting so big, BJ had to use the biggest basket she has!
Socialization is a continuing process that happens everyday and our circle widens today. You want the pups to be exposed to not only each person’s different smell, but their own individual way of handling the pup.
Everyone’s voice is different and the pups are beginning to hear things now. Eyes are still tightly closed, though.
The pups are really starting to walk. Some are taking their first tender steps on their feet. A few are even taking notice of mom’s food bowl when it arrives in the box! It is a very exciting time in the whelping box.
All the pups totally accept being on their backs now and find it so relaxing. They just let their front and back legs just flop and enjoy the time. It is a delight to see!
There is just no place better to take a little nap than under mom’s tender loving front leg where she can watch over and protect me…
Peek-a-boo! The eyes have it and they are starting to open today, just 1 day shy of 2 weeks! Here is Shyla (that is the call name that I will use with her while she is here) with her eyes open.
The light grey boy with the white shoulders opened his eyes this morning, too. Right now, they are not too wide and everything is pretty blurry to them. But, day by day, things will clear up for them and I will get a better idea of their color.
The dark grey girl, Nakai (Nah-kai) is the 3rd and last to open her eyes today. The other two are still closed. Everything is a process and fun journey. They are just a motoring all over the whelping box, rolling over, and climbing up and down Mom. Getting busy in there for short bursts of time, with much rest in between.
And to celebrate his 2nd week old birthday, the light grey boy decided it was time to view the world! Hello there! Now, we are just waiting for the red boy and everyone will have eyes open, and that will be good! Tomorrow will be a busy day, as it is nail trim day again and first wormer day!! Whoohoo! I have also given everyone a call name for their use while they are at my home. I will let you know them as soon as the red boy opens his eyes, too.
Pups sleep in bunches, bundles, rows, in pairs, triples, quadruples, spread out all over the place, on each other or under each other! But, no doubt, they SLEEP, probably 90% of the day at this point in time.
Pups are now not just doing their first wobbly walking, but their first wobbly standing. Here is Shyla standing for her mom.
Now, here’s another one sleeping just like mom and grandma. Genetics, I see it again and again…not only in sleeping position, but in temperament, glances, noises…all over the place. I just love genetics!
At 2 weeks you can just barely see the very start of teeth starting to make an imprint on the gums. Big changes are happening just about every day now and it is very hard to keep up with these little guys and gals!
Once eyes are open, the pups actually begin to see they are not the only beings in the world. Exploration begins! In fact, their first game is being played here! “I’ve got your nose!” Such fun!! As soon as the red boy opens his eyes (VERY SOON), I start clicker training and you will know their call names while they are here.
Everyday, the pups get a meet and greet with someone new! Women, men, young, old, all ages and kinds of folks. We meet and like them all!
…And guess what? The red boy greeted me with eyes today! And, as promised tomorrow will reveal all call names with meanings and updated weights.
The light grey boy, Amarok’s Falling Autumn Leaves has been given the call name Kaede, pro. Cade. It means “Maple Leaf”.
Kaede’s weight is 3# 12 oz. today and he continues to do very well. He shows much interest in mom’s food and can not wait for Monday when he will get a taste!
The light grey boy with white on his shoulders, like his dad, is Amarok’s Rising Northern Wind. His call name is Ta`te. That means “The Wind”,
Ta’te weighs exactly the same as his brother- 3# 12 oz. and also is showing interest in his mom’s food. It will be interesting to watch them get their first taste! That will be the first video! Stay tuned!
The dark grey gal, Amarok’s Unknown Blessings, shall be named Nakai…the “One who wanders”. Her little sore spots are all healing up very well and will be totally absent when the fur grows back. Nothing is holding her back!
Nakai is 3# 6.5 oz. and is no slouch in the food department, just like her brothers.
The other dark grey gal, Amarok’s Autumn Harmony is Shyla which means Daughter of the Mountains.
Shyla is just a hair heavier than Nakai, today at 3# 8 oz. Pretty close~
Amarok’s Autumn Eyes of Bronze is named after my Heart Dog, Kaho, His call name is Tiquana. The Q sounds like a hard K…Tikanna. Tiquana means “Adopted Son”
Tiquana weighs in at 3# 7 oz. All these names are Indian, Chucki (Eskimo) or Japanese.
It was an incredibly busy day for all the puppies today! Not only did they turn 3 weeks old and get weighed, but they also had face to face meeting with Aunt Quista and Uncle Ash, who were delighted to meet them in person! Welcome to the Amarok family!
They also had their first taste of food which I video taped (I hope to have it on the website tomorrow). It is interesting to see how they acclimate to it so quickly within 6 minutes. They also had their first taste of water and first playtime with me and toys and their first experience with clickers. As the Smilebox says…Everyday brings new experiences and this is only the start! Stay tuned!
This is day 3 of eating kibble. I don’t help them at all. Just put it down. They smell it and come right over. It is a gruel as their teeth are just popping through. I will get a photo today or tomorrow. I let Haven come in close to the end and help clean up. They also get water offered multiple times a day. As you can see, what goes in, certainly comes out (which is a good thing!)
Now, I want you to look at the arm of my couch. There is a little machine on it. That is the ICalm. I use it with all my puppies when I leave. It plays classical music, but has lots of sounds as background quiet noises. Noises that puppies will hear throughout their lives…sounds of life…computers, city noises, loudspeakers, honking horns, busses, babies crying, vacuums, everything you can think of. There are multiple chips you can interchange for different situations. Just another thing for acclimation.
Here is Tiquana showing off his milk teeth just popping through his gums. It won’t be long now until all the pups will start looking for lots of things to gnaw on. Get ready for toys!
We were fortunate enough to have visitors again today! And within that group were some great kids, so the pups got some special socialization time with some young people. When you socialize, remember all ages and stages!
The pups, and all the Siberians, liked meeting and greeting everyone. It will only make every pup more comfortable with all folks as they get older.
Here is Shyla, the little gal with the big voice just a howling away. She likes to make sure others know she is around! No doubt, personality is starting to come out.
Today was the first day I see some of the pups actually interacting with some of the toys, without me being involved! Big Whoop!! So nice to see that they are getting the hang of playtime! This is Nakai and the big bad wolf.
UH-OH! Pups are starting to get the hang of the door. Here Kaede is checking out the best way to broach the lower door. May be getting close to time to put up the higher or the two lower doors.
But realize, these are only temporary measures. In a few weeks they will absolutely broach the door and will need to go into their bigger digs. Time (and development!) does march on!
Here is just some perspective so you can see how much they have grown. The pups are nursing here at 3.5 weeks. Getting mighty crowded, but Haven is being quite the trooper!
Both gals LOVE the croaking frog! Nakai is taking her turn with it and giving her milk teeth some practice time. All the puppies are getting more and more interested in toys now and more interested in playing with each other!
Just a fun picture of Kaede with his Grandma. Each is equally cute. Gotta love them all! Oh, and need to tell you, I had to put the taller bottom door in today, as 3 are getting too close to broaching!
…And just a little photo of Shyla. All such cutie pattoties and little love bugs. Tomorrow, lots more big company so today was just a nice day to rest up. Then, Monday–4 weeks old! YIKES! Where does the time go?
More visitors today, several the pups had never met. So, it was a fun and busy day. In this photo, however, Tiquana is spending some time with Franny, who he has met before.
Just a pic of Tiquana, as a special request. Tomorrow, on their 4th week, nails will be done, as well as reworming and new pics for all!
Hard to believe these pups just arrived 4 weeks ago! But it is true. Here is Kaede who weighs in at 5# 3.5 oz. on the scale. Today, I started just mashing their food and all did just fine with it!
Nakai is 5# 4 oz. and all healed. She is looking fabulous, too! The pups are learning the sound of the clicker means good things and that is great!
Ta`te has gained the most this week and is 5# 9.5 oz! What a big boy! Everyone has learned to howl and expresses themselves when they are hungry. It is quite loud in here at feeding time between the pups and the elders!
Shyla is just a hair over her sister, Nakai, at 5# 5 oz. this week. So, she is no slouch either! Everyone is active, playing, eating, peeing, pooping and doing what puppies should be doing!
Tiqaana is 4# 15.5 oz. so he is growing quite at a regular pace, too. All the pups come over for regular grandma loving everyday. Very soon we will start “7 by 7”! Stay tuned!
Lunch is over for the pups and they did a great job, as you can see. But, now it is sack time for everyone. Reminds me of Thanksgiving Day…
…everyone heads to their own little spots for an afternoon snooze – full, happy and ready to dream of big things to come!
Ears are starting to come up! Several of the pups are mid rise today, so that is very exciting! Here Nakai is showing off her 1.5 ears up! Both will be up by tomorrow, I ‘spect.
Pups are starting their 7 by 7 program now. That means that by the time they are 7 weeks old they will have walked or run on 7 different surfaces.
Really, today is the third surface, as they have already been on puppy whelping bedding and on carpet.
Two folks sit on the floor and create a diamond and do recall with the pups so they go back and forth. Each pup gets lots of love and husky hugs at both ends, along with a click! Yes, this uses clicker training, too!
Even though not every pup is photographed, they all had fun today with their time on the linoleum. Next week…ceramic tile…Whoopie! (As a side note, sorry for skipping yesterday. Had a washer blowout and flood. Today, had a water softener blowout and flood. OI!)
Everyone had their first time on the grooming table today. They were introduced to the grooming loop and had their first brush and comb out! Not even one of the pups disliked either the comb or brush, which is a good thing-. Haven came to watch with each puppy, but she is well aware of the routine! This is Kaede, as you probably know.
This morning after breakfast the pups were introduced to something special taking them back to their roots…ice! Ice can be noisy. It is ok for them to be startled when things are noisy. It is how they react after the noise that is important. You want them to be curious and interested about the noise and not fearful. Good curious interested Siberian puppies!
The pups are 5 weeks old today and as you can see we had company! We really had LOTS of company and LOTS of noise as the Culligan men came and installed the new water softener. They didn’t want to leave without some puppy love, so each got some from the Culligan men, too! These great gals are my friends Ann and Sue.
Sue decided to give Nakai a special hug and Nakai just ate it up. She is quite the love bug, as are all her Siberian Siblings!
Here is the gang all lined up for their weights and here they are…5 weeks old (L to R) – Nakai ~ 6# 3.5 oz., – Ta`te ~ 6# 15.5 oz., – Shyla ~ 6# 7.5 oz., – Tiqaana ~ 6# 2 oz., – Kaede ~ 6# 4.5 oz. Pups are eating twice a day and nursing between 2-3 times daily. All is well.
There is no doubt when you are tired, you are just tired and will sleep in any position. Now Ta`te was fast asleep, but the flash made him just open his eyes a tidge, but he had not moved a muscle. He was exhausted from playing long and hard with his littermates. Playtime, with toys and littermates, takes up much to their waking time now. Then-sleep!
Now here is Ta`te just stretched out for his mid morning snooze. I remember when I could do that…!
The next series of 5 pics are the 5 week old photos. Some are full face and some are side view so you can get a good selection of visuals. This is Ta`te.
Ears are still in process, some are totally up, some partially up, and 1 mid way up. Every pup is different and grows/develops differently…Hey! just like kids! This is Kaede.
They are getting used to having their pics taken, I think. Just check out this pose! Here is Nakai, very used to props and even the gobbling noisy turkeys behind her!
Shyla is quite the player and loves to romp with all her littermates! Don’t let her name fool you, she is not a wallflower, but she is a sweetie!
Tiqaana has a beautiful face and gorgeous stop. His looks fit his personality, too, he is a lover, but they all are. All the pups have become very people oriented and seek human attention! That is a very good thing!
Think Shyla is trying to tell me something? or is it a ‘cool’ place to rest and fits her just right. Only she knows for sure! One thing for sure, Siberians always do like cool places to lie and that does start early. Instinct…! Who knows?
Yes, I know! Hang in there, Monday is only a few days away and preparations are happening! I know it is getting crowded in there and you “little” (?) pups need more space. The countdown is on and it will be worth it!