PODENGOS DA FLORESTA
"Podengos of the Forest"
JOURNAL of the "I" Litter:
WELCOME TO OUR "I" LITTER JOURNAL
Our hope is that you might enjoy watching this rare breed of dog grow and develop through our photos
and comments. We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about this breed or these puppies
or wish to share any comments with us.
Aurora da Floresta, better known as "Rory",
with her 4 new puppies a few hours after whelping
At dawn on
February 23, 2010, we welcomed in our "I"
Litter ! Actually, the name "Aurora" in
means "Dawn" - a wonderful coincidence ! Rory started mild labor at 7:15 AM and "finished up the job" by
We welcome our new litter with awe and wonder that these bitches can produce
such beautiful small puppies
which, within days of being in the "outside" world nursing, grow to a size that you wonder how they ever fit inside
their dam such a short time ago.
FEBRUARY 23, 2010: Day 1
Puppies arrived and began immediately to learn about the world on the
First things first, though. Locating a nipple and getting warm milk is first on the
"to do" list.
Momma's smell, touch
Warming up in Momma's wiry hair
and body heat
Can you find the 4 puppies in this picture ? >
It may be cold and wet outside, but inside the whelping box it is 82 F degrees
with the heat lamp and Rory's body heat helping pups to keep their body temperature up.
Puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature for the first two weeks of life.
Puppies' weights several hours after birth are:
#1 Puppy (bitch) - 5.5 ounces
#2 Puppy (bitch) - 4.2 ounces
#3 Puppy (dog) - 6.9 ounces
#4 Puppy (bitch) - 5.5 ounces
FEBRUARY 24, 2010: Day 2
Today we are having a snowstorm. Not a problem
for the puppies who are in a
heated room with a heat lamp on them. However, poor Rory has to go from an
overly warm whelping box out into a snowstorm with many inches of freezing snow
and more falling !
|Puppies are "creeping" around slowly||
Oh, yes, they have
located the "milk bar" and
visit it often !
FEBRUARY 25, 2010: Day 3
|A tiny puppy paw|
We lost the electricity tonight due to
the "roaring" high winds (68 mph) and rain
which caused the snow in the trees to become heavy. Branches and trees were
falling all around. Definitely not a night to want to walk poor Rory. However......... !
The newly purchased generator came to our rescue after waiting an hour and having
the indoor temperature start to drop in the puppies' room (our bedroom).
FEBRUARY 26, 2010: Day 4
A quick look at 4 day old puppies' life in the
|Filled with Momma's milk & in "dreamland"||Sweet puppy face|
|Rory resting from her cleaning & nursing chores||Cleaning to help develop the "plumbing"|
|Snuggling for warmth & security||The more, the "merrier"|
|Warm enough to sleep by herself||Rory, VERY ACTIVELY, "readjusts" her nest !!!|
FEBRUARY 28, 2010: Day 6
Due to school vacation and visiting their
"other" grandparents, two of our grandsons
were a few days late in handling the new puppies. Our other two grandchildren, who
were home, had been around a shelter dog for over 24 hours so we "held back" in letting
them handle the puppies right away, too.
However, Nate and Nicky came over today and here are a few pictures of the
being handled ever so gently by young children at 6 days of age:
|"Ooooooooooooh, new puppies !"||Nicky holding the puppy ever so gently.|
Nate, older & more "experienced", holds this
pup with much confidence.
|She's quite comfortable in these hands|
**Note: Many of the pups are starting to show
black lip edges and a grayish shade
of skin starting in the whisker area as well as the front of the lips and nose.
Many PPP's have gray skin under their wire hair/coat.
MARCH 1, 2010: 7 days old
** Notes: Weights at 1 week of age:
Puppy #1: 12.0 oz. - bitch/girl (second from left)
Puppy #2: 9.6 oz. - bitch/girl (top left)
Puppy #3: 14.8 oz. - dog/boy (third from left)
Puppy #4: 12.6 oz. - bitch/girl (far right)
Sammi and Tyler come for their "first" visit of the "I" Litter
|Gentle petting by Sammi||A close-up of #4 Puppy|
|"Little Boy" being cuddled by "Young Man" !!!||A close-up of #2 Puppy|
MARCH 2, 2010: Day 8
~ puppies have been on 7 different surfaces already
(important for optimum mental and physical development)
~ puppies' toenails clipped for first time
~ heat lamp off permanently - much to Rory's relief - pups adjusting well
|All is well !|
|Nursing, sleeping, and growing......|
MARCH 4, 2010: Day 10
Rory is eating a great deal now as the puppies are really nursing "hard" !
Look at how much they've grown since Day 1 !
Day 1: ABOVE Day 10: BELOW
MARCH 7, 2010: Day 13
|Outside the whelping box||Too young to move around much yet|
Rory is looking pretty good for all the
work she's had raising her pups.
|A "pup pile"|
Grandsons Nate & Nicky brought their cousins,
Ally and Anthony to see and hold the puppies.
|Ally holding the "little girl" ever so gently||Anthony holding the puppy dog|
MARCH 8, 2010: Day 14
Weights at 2 weeks of age:
#1 Puppy : 19.3 ounces (bitch/girl)
#2 Puppy : 15.5 ounces (bitch/girl)
#3 Puppy : 24.3 ounces (dog/boy)
#4 Puppy : 20.2 ounces (bitch/girl)
Puppies' eyes are starting to open !!!!
Lips, mouth, nose all getting darker pigment.
MARCH 10, 2010: Day16
Miscellaneous puppy pictures.......
|Tired out from eating and growing !||
"Oh, man ! There's not
much space left for me !"
says "Momma" Rory.
|Sucking it up BIG TIME !||This is "chewy".......|
|A nose "study"||"Nose Pose"|
MARCH 12, 2010: Day 18
The puppies have started to "wobble-walk" now -
that is, they stand on their front
legs and work at getting up onto their back legs and move forward. Sometimes they
end up moving backwards more easily than forward.
Also, all of their eyes are open and they are starting to see the world around them.
Mostly, though, they are nursing and sleeping many hours a day.
Momma Rory & puppy snuggle up head to head.
|Sweet sleeping sisters||A "pup" pile|
Sammi & Tyler's
friend, Jake, comes
to visit the puppies.
MARCH 14 , 2010: Day 20
First day puppies out of the whelping box and onto the carpet.
Their ears are "open" and they are noticeably reacting to voices and sound.
Puppies are climbing on each other and starting to "play".
|Rory watches over her "loose" puppies.||The pups are VERY cautious in their new surroundings|
|Back in the whelping box & "piling" for comfort||Hey, World ! I'm ready to get out !!!|
MARCH 15, 2010: 3 Weeks old
#1 Puppy : 28.6 ounces (bitch/girl) Idalia
#2 Puppy : 21.4 ounces (bitch/girl) Ivana
#3 Puppy : 33.9 ounces (dog/boy) Ignacio
#4 Puppy : 29.9 ounces (bitch/girl) Isadora
*Puppies moved out of whelping box and into children's small
plastic pool to give them and Rory more room.
*Puppies FINALLY named their formal "I" names.
|Puppy "play" in the whelping box||Getting braver in the "outside world"|
|A lot of room to play and explore||
"FINALLY !" says Rory as she stretches out
in the pool.
Puppies are worn out from playing on the carpet.
|Ivana||Idalia and Ignacio|
MARCH 16, 2010: Day 22
* Rory chased a chipmunk out on her mid-morning walk ; "motherhood" has
not diminished her hunting desire at all !
* 6:30PM - puppies out of pool and playing, barking, growling; whining as they
explore distant points in the room and suddenly miss their littermates;
chewing on each others' muzzles !
MARCH 17 - 20, 2010: Days 23 thru 26
* Much more running around room and exploring on their own
* Watch us (from their pool) when we come into the room
* Starting to bark and growl for attention from "Momma" Rory or us humans
* Starting to sniff at toys - "talking" Winnie the Pooh; Moose slipper
Ivana playing with
"Momma" Rory while Idalia & Isadora
relax, and Ignacio watches his sister.
|Whispering a secret||"Mmmmmmm....you taste good !"|
|Tired out, Ignacio sleeps on "Poppa's" arm.||Having a "free-for-all" in the pool !|
worn out from playing so she rests
on Winnie's leg with his arm
wrapped over her neck !
MARCH 21, 2010: Day 27
* Gruel (moistened, softened ground kibble) introduced to puppies:
"mixed feelings" among puppies over this new type of food
* Introduced "balance disc" with towel covering it
pups not at all bothered by the wavy motion
* Rory getting really bored being in bedroom 24/7; we went out for
a walk/run around the "short circuit" in the forest.
* Pups running around the bedroom exploring, climbing, barking, and
yanking on each other's ears and skin !
|Starting on gruel........||
isn't so bad."
"If you say so. I prefer Mom."
|Really getting into it !|
|"Kill that Moose !"||Puppy playground|
|Bring Pooh "down", Ignacio !||SUCCESS !!! Pooh's down for the count !|
|Is this a "show pose" on the move, Ivana ?||Isadora stands still momentarily !|
MARCH 22, 2010: 4 weeks old - 28 days
** Weight of puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 34.3 ounces
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 27.7 ounces
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 41.4 ounces
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 38.3 ounces
** Puppy toenails clipped (third time - done each week)
** Premolars and "fangs" (canine teeth) coming in; no sign of incisors
erupting yet !
|Ignacio lays on Rory's head to sleep !||
Truly, "payback" can be a bitch !!!
(Rory now takes her turn.) :>)
MARCH 23, 2010: Day 29
** Puppies loose (out of pool) driving Rory "crazy" trying to keep
track of where they are. They are going off in all different directions and
then "squawking" because they're not sure how to get back to her.
** Puppies walking over balance disk covered with towel with ease.
** Almost every tooth in Isadora's mouth erupted today all at once !
Other pups have various teeth starting to come through - all have their
fangs erupting first in this litter !!!
MARCH 24, 2010: Day 30
** After only 9 days, pups have to go into x-pen loose as they are climbing
over the sides of the pool already !
** Puppies still not eating much gruel as they prefer to nurse.
|“Ring around the Rosie”……¯||Can you believe Ignacio is as big as "Moosy" ?|
MARCH 25, 2010: Day 31
Lots of chewing by puppies as they are teething.
|Pulling the blanket over himself - a new action !||Chewing on a new stuffed dog toy|
MARCH 27, 2010: Day 33
** Tufts of hair noticed at lip fold on two of the puppies
** Puppies introduced to a 13" (diameter), 24" (length) cat tunnel
that was anchored so it would not roll ("baby" agility ????)
** Puppies eating a little gruel occasionally
|"Look at me, Mom !"||Gaining courage......||Brave Ignacio "runs" it|
|Tunnel now a major attraction for puppy play|
|Darlin' Dahlia (Idalia)||Adorable Dora (Isadora)|
Note "TUFT" in the above picture. This shows early on
that this will be a puppy with wire hair.
MARCH 28, 2010: Day34
** Buffalo tag tug introduced to pups (beginning of a "tug"
reward for use in Agility and obedience work in the future)
** x-pen closed at night to Rory; gruel left in for free feeding
|No room for me, Momma !!!||
Standing to nurse....the only way to fit them
all under !
|Sometimes we just wait in line for a turn !|
|Thirty-four days old and "carrying" the tug||Playing "tug-o-war" with the buffalo hair tug|
It's my turn to carry it now.
Note the puppies wrestling in the tunnel.
|Dora climbing the tunnel walls|
We are WAY behind as it
is now April 28th
haven't posted anything !!! MUCH has been going on with
the puppies and we've been VERY busy working with them.
Hopefully, we can catch up today !!!
MARCH 29, 2010: Day 35 (5 weeks old)
** Rory not allowed to nurse pups at night
(Rory standing to nurse pups as they are so big)
** Pups being fed gruel, but not "gung ho" on eating solids yet
** Weight of puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 2 pounds,10 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 2 pounds,1.5 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 3 pounds,1.8 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 2 pounds,12.4 oz.
MARCH 30, 2010: Day 36
|Getting into trouble !||An interesting smell in here....|
|Playing with "Poppa"||Racing puppy (Dahlia)|
MARCH 31: Day 37
*** Journal notes:
** Puppies not that interested in wet gruel but nibbling dry kibble
that Rory dropped out of her bowl for them
** Pups introduced to an "old" knuckle bone
|Ivana has her first bone "chew"||Smallest gets the top "bunk"|
|Establishing "pecking" order|
APRIL 3, 2010: Day 40
|Oooooooooh !!! Look what I found to chew !||Climbing the towel ramp "Big Momma" made us|
|Rory and Ivana "enjoying" each other in the sun|
APRIL 4, 2010: Day 41 (5 wks.+ 6days old)
*** Journal notes:
** Puppies are moved into the kitchen for daytime hours. Much more
room for play. Weather is too cold to put outside for any amount of
time yet. The quarry tile on the floor is hard and cold, but they adjusted
fairly quickly after "Poppa" and "Big Momma" lay on the floor to play with
with them. All their toys, blankets, crate, towel "ramp", tunnel, and "pee"
"pee" pads were brought in and set up.
** Nursed 3X today; are eating moistened kibble and cottage cheese well now.
APRIL 5, 2010: Day 42 (6 weeks old)
** Puppies being weaned this week very gradually starting today
** Weight of puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 2 pounds,15 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 2 pounds,7.2 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 3 pounds,11.3 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 3 pounds,1.6 oz.
|Lots of room for us to play now||Ivana "steppin' out"|
|Climbing up the ramp and looking for the others||Warm and comfy in the tunnel|
APRIL 7, 2010: Day 44
*** Journal notes:
** Collars on for first time today !
|Hangin' out......||Scratching and chewing on the new collars|
A lapful of puppies !!!
Grandson Nicky is enjoying
playing with three of the four .
| Grandson Nate has
the fourth one,
Ignacio - better known as "Natcho" !
|"Big Momma" & puppies|
APRIL 8 - 11, 2010: Miscellaneous Pictures
|Pulling dinner plate over for dinner in bed !!||Sisters sleeping sweetly|
|Dahlia plays with Grandson Tyler||Dahlia gives Dom a turn|
|Emmy takes a turn playing with puppy||"Please play with me, Sammi," says Dora.|
|Posing on the rug ramp - Dahlia & Natcho|
APRIL 13, 2010: Day 64 (7 weeks + 1 day)
** Puppies taken outside on front lawn for first time. Weather
had been too cold previously. They adjusted to the grass
within 10 minutes.
** Puppies given their first raw knuckle bone with small pieces of beef
still attached. (The marrow was removed first.)
|Dora tastes her first raw bone & beef|
Sharing a GREAT chew !
|Racio playing with his||four puppies.|
APRIL 19, 2010: Day 56 (8 weeks old)
** Weight of puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 4 pounds, 1 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 3 pounds, 4 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 5 pounds, 3 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 4 pounds, 2 oz.
APRIL 20, 2010: Day 57
** Went to vet today for first exam and DHPP vaccine.
Puppies rode in crate in car without getting car sick or upset.
|Hey ! What's going on ? Where are we ?||Dr. Wes Chapin examines as Brandy records.|
Still sleeping - early in morning in x-pen located
in the living room.
APRIL 22-25, 2010:
** Lead training started all around yard - 2 puppies at a time
** Big pen set up in front yard for pups to exercise, play, and
to start "potty" training
WOW !!! What is all this ?
What's going on over there ?
Front yard offers pups "action" and noise from the
road and our driveway. There are 2 horses across
the street that also make "weird" noises.
|Group play.....||Nice stand.....Natcho !|
|Dora taking a "breather" from hard play....|
|Natcho back in the kitchen|
|Some more playing in the cat cube.......|
|....and then, finally, some sleep.|
APRIL 26, 2010: Day 63 (9 weeks old)
** Lead training each puppy individually - walking around agility yard,
across driveway, through garden area, up woods road, through short
woods path, and back to pen. Many different surfaces and surroundings
(and smells !!).
** Pups eating on regular schedule (3X per day) and are "pottying"
mostly on the "pee pads" or old towels (for this purpose), so
"house-breaking"/"potty" training can begin in earnest.
** It appears that Natcho and Dahlia are wires; Dora and Ivana are
smooths. All 4 puppies have very hard coat textures !
|Idalia da Floresta (wire)||Isadora da Floresta (smooth)|
AGAIN WE HAVE GOTTEN WAY BEHIND IN THIS JOURNAL.
HOPEFULLY, WE CAN CATCH UP TODAY AND SEE ALL THAT
HAS BEEN KEEPING US BUSY WITH THE PUPPIES !
APRIL 28, 2010: Day 65
|3 pups in the "collapsed" cat house: Natcho, Dahlia, Ivana|
APRIL 29, 2010: Day 66
**Outside: All 4 puppies were taken for a walk loose in the woods as a small
pack. They showed much curiosity; dug up various piles of dead leaves and
pine needles; walked under and through lots of branches and bushes
that they came to as we went along.
**Inside: We started crate training by putting two puppies into
a crate together for a short time.
APRIL 30, 2010: Day 67
**Outside: Puppies walked individually on a lead for short woods and
**Inside: Puppies crated in kitchen - 2 to a crate - when adult dogs fed.
MAY 1, 2010: Day 68
**Puppies introduced to the verbal cue "cheese" as a reward for correct or
desired behavior when we practiced walking on lead individually.
We have been introducing noises slowly but
steadily into the puppies'
environment: dishwasher, metal cans dropping on the tile floor,
nearby lawn mower, grandchildren coming to visit, etc.
They are always praised for ignoring it or checking it out in curiosity.
MAY 3, 2010: 10 Weeks old
Weight of Puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 4 pounds, 12 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 4 pounds, 1 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 6 pounds, 8 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 5 pounds, 4 oz.
MAY 5, 2010: Day 72
"Poppa" is in the pen playing with the puppies
|Natcho > "Busy, busy tongues" < Dahlia||
(upside down), Dahlia (licking), Natcho,
and Ivana checking out shoelaces to chew
MAY 6, 2010: Day 73
**Inside: Added a "Step Up" exercise block to the puppies' play equipment in the kitchen;
they loved climbing up on it and played up there - several at once !
**Outside: After individual lead training, I walked all 4 pups loose on our "short" woods
trail - about 1/2 mile in distance. They explored everything !
|A wire and a smooth PPP face at 10 1/2 weeks of age|
|Ignacio (Natcho) and sister Isadora (Dora)|
MAY 7, 2010: Day 74
Two of our grandsons visit and play with the puppies.
|Nate having a talk with Dora||Nicky being greeted by Nacho and Dahlia|
|Nate getting "Podengo-ed" !||Nicky laughing at Dahlia|
MAY 8, 2010: Day 75
**Outside: Individual lead training continues on using "cheese" as a reward for desired
**Inside: After playing hard in kitchen, puppies put singly into crates for a nap.
|Puppies still like to "pile" into one crate|
MAY 10, 2010: 11 Weeks old
** Weight of Puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 5 pounds, 10 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 4 pounds, 8 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 7 pounds, 5 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 6 pounds, 4 oz.
**Pups in with adult PPP bitches one at a time in the living room
**Pups taking naps singly in crates several times a day
and all night long.
**Lead training continues; teaching pups to "come" on lead
and sit straight in front of my feet (preparing for puppy obedience).
**Starting some work on retrieve of "buffalo tag" tug toy
MAY 12, 2010: 79 Days old
**Pups put outside in big dog yard. They ran "top" speed all over for
**Lead training and "recalls" (on lead) continues
**Crate training going well. They nap for several hours at a time in
their own crate with no "complaints".
**"Potty" training seems to be progressing well. Still working on a
schedule, but much being done outside.
MAY 14, 2010: 81 Days old
"Hanging out" in the front yard puppy pen
|Isadora, Ivana, Natcho||Ivana and Dahlia|
|Look at Natcho's handsome ears !!!|
MAY 15, 2010: Day 82
| Yea !
Poppa's home from his fishing trip and can
play with us !!!
MAY 16, 2010: Day 83
**Lead training now includes rewarding pup for walking on left side (informally)
as well as "recalls" with pup sitting in front of me straight
MAY 18, 2010: 12 Weeks + 1 Day
**Weight of Puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 6 pounds, 2 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 5 pounds
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 8 pounds, 2 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 6 pounds, 12 oz.
MAY 19, 2010: Day 86
**Second trip to veterinarian for DHLLP vaccine and exam.
All puppies very "brave"; no one was carsick on the way to
and from the clinic. All pups in good health and growing well.
|Visiting the clinic for a "check-up" and a "shot"||
Dr. Linda Luther listens to Dora's heart while Lauren
(vet tech) and Cal stay close by
MAY 21, 2010: Day 88
|4 don't fit into 1 crate anymore !!!|
MAY 22, 2010: Day 89 : 12 1/2 Weeks old
**Puppies sleeping in separate crates at night now.
**Today puppies taken on a walk to our wildlife pond - about 1 mile in
distance - unless you are a puppy and are casting around for scent !!!
We introduced them to the pond and to swimming in the shallow water.
Dora jumped off the big rock (by mistake) and had to swim about
3 feet to shore ! They slept for many hours after we got home.
**Natcho's "new Momma", Debra, and her friend, David, came to visit him.
She took many pictures on our walk. See below:
|Ivana & Natcho check out the "big rock"||Poppa gives Dora some lovin'|
|Encouraging puppies to come into the pond||A little piece of cheese helps persuade puppies|
|Dora creeping down the rock slowly||Momma to the rescue|
|Quick kiss for courage||Dora fell into pond off rock and swam to shore|
|Walking home from the pond|
MAY 25, 2010: 13 Weeks + 1 day old
**Weight of Puppies:
#1 Puppy - Idalia : 6 pounds, 10 oz.
#2 Puppy - Ivana : 5 pounds, 8 oz.
#3 Puppy - Ignacio : 9 pounds, 2 oz.
#4 Puppy - Isadora : 7 pounds, 10 oz.
**Puppies staying "dry" and clean in their crates all night long now
**Individual training on lead continues including the start of "retrieve"
MAY 26, 2010: Day 93
|Ignacio da Floresta||Idahlia da Floresta|
JUNE 1, 2010: 14 Weeks + 1 day
**Puppies spent 30 minutes in big dog yard chasing a mini-tennis ball with "flaps"
They enjoy running a great deal now. I think several of them would enjoy lure
coursing when they get older. If only we had some rabbits in our forest !!!
JUNE 2, 2010: Day 98
Today Natcho left for his new home in Massachusetts.
We will miss him, but we know he will get all the attention he needs
from his new "Momma", her family, and her friends.
|Debra holding Natcho; David assisting||A happy new PPP owner|
SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
Much time has passed since we last "journaled",
and we have had an extremely busy
summer. The 3 "girls" are still with us and we continue to look for the "right" homes
All 3 are now "housebroken"; all 3 are crate trained; all 3 have received
all of their
inoculations - including their 2 Lyme boosters; all 3 are microchipped; and all 3 continue
to be socialized.
I've also been working with them in a low key, "fun" way in "beginner"
agility work -
which includes some basic obedience training. Each pup attends formal agility class
every 3rd week and I keep the other two "up to date" at home in our own agility
yard. They thrive on the activity as well as the individual attention.
Below are some up-to-date still pictures of "the girls" at 6 months of age.
AUGUST 23, 2010
|Isadora da Floresta - better||known as "Dora"|
|Ivana da Floresta - known||as "Ivana" (and sometimes as "Minnie Mouse")|
|Idalia da Floresta - better known as "Dahlia"|
like to share some videos with you on YouTube of these
girls working in our agility yard. They were taken on Aug. 21, 2010:
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