The puppies are enjoying themselves in the pen, with frequent ‘escapes’ to run amuck and chase each other around the kitchen/family room. Sprocket, Black, Sky_Blue and Yellow are all pushing themselves forward as ‘top dog’. This results in some barks, growls, nips and tussles. Purple, being a fraction of her siblings’ size and weight is very much the diplomat, avoiding their ‘attentions’ for the most part. She does however like to mimic the yaps, growls and occasional paw swipe/nips tho’ more tenuously ;) For her protection she has been given more liberty, spending the majority of her time outside the pen, cozying up with mum Sephie when she’s not helping herself to Sephie’s dinner and water supply. Sephie ‘instructs’ with guttural noises when the pups get over rambunctious or, dog forbid, infract on her dining.
The toy selection has been expanded to give more variety of textures and format, however the occasional cardboard boxes placed in the pen as ‘tunnels’ don’t last long before being chewed to pieces by the teething tempest.
We moved the puppies downstairs yesterday as they are teething and playful. Yesterday was also the first try at puppy mousse; Sprocket was most put out and sticking with mum, but Black and Yellow were happy to give it a try. Sprocket tasted some today instead and was reasonably happy with it - which will be a relief to Sephie shortly as he has a lot of sharp teeth already!
The other hit were the toys: a squeaky black ball and a red/white rope and ball. Black thought the black ball made a good head rest; Blue enjoyed sneaking up on it and pouncing; whilst Yellow performed some rather impressive dribbling techniques and nose flicks.
We placed some 'curtains' on part of their pen so they could feel more secure and private. However, we later spotted Sprocket had pushed part aside and was settled with his legs outstretched through the bars watching 'Ex Machina' on the TV!
All puppies have eyes opening now and Puckle (Purple) has made it over 1kg! Today was the second day of worming with Panacur. We have a system of weighing the puppies in a vetbed lined plastic bucket hanging from a luggage weighing device. This makes it easy to pop the wormer in their mouth afterwards when they are in the bucket on the ground. We found that many of the scales didn't cope with wriggles and size growth or just weren't accurate. This system works well, gives quick and consistent results with a decisive weight, and is safe. Yellow continues to make great progress with her walking. The others are pulling up on their front legs and pushing with their rear legs but have not yet managed to get up on all fours.
Well, the puppies are into their second week and have all managed to double their birth weight, nearly triple in some cases. Sephie has lost quite a lot of bulk and feels much thinner as she eats round the clock trying to keep up her milk supply. The room temperature is fairly balmy as the puppies can’t yet regulate their body temp. We are getting excited as the puppies’ eyes are due to start opening at any time: Luna’s started on Day 13 and were open on Day 14. They will start hearing sounds also, and I suspect that Sky Blue has been tuning in already.
The puppies are born deaf although they are able to detect sound vibrations. They are also born with their eyes shut, so they rely on smell and touch to locate their mother and her teats. For the first few days, the puppies feast on colostrum which contains the vital antibodies passed on by mum. They have four primary reflexes: burrowing (to find warmth); suckling (to feast); perineal response (mum licks their bellies and under their tails to stimulate urination and defecation); and carrying response (stiffens when mum grabs the neck). The pups can bear weight on their forelegs and pull themselves about, dragging their hind legs; gradually, they begin to draw up their hind legs to help with propulsion. Their main concern is finding mum’s milk followed by snuggling up for a snooze in a cozy spot. Mum becomes a feeding factory and has to learn to sleep on the go whenever she gets the chance. Sephie still likes a cuddle with her less furry family and eats firmly for the team.
Ubhalo is a family-focused creative home that occasionally produces a litter of Catalan Sheepdog puppies from a much-loved dam, Sephie. We are not large commercial or kennel-based breeders; we aim to keep small and create a safe and nurturing environment for the developing puppies. We have created this website so that the people who want to have a Catalan of their own can start to form a bond with their puppy and follow its development. In turn, we hope that the socialisation will continue when the puppy leaves us and that we can follow its progress in these pages as well.
Moire is the main carer in a family with two secondary school-aged boys and she has a background in publishing that often involved exacting standards and lengthy elastic hours. This was a good apprenticeship for puppy-rearing, needing abundant patience and good humour. Raising Sephie was a learning curve for us and richly rewarding – having multiple pups is constant entertainment! Rob is an IT guy who delights in finding phone apps that enhance his time with Sephie, like tracking and analysing their walks. The boys teach Seph cool moves and we all love our daily cuddles.
We aim to spoil those who take home one of our puppies. We want you to treasure them and help promote a healthy, secure future for the breed. As much as we can, we shall aim to ensure that you will home the puppy in good faith, according to the KC Code of Ethics. You can be confident that we uphold and exceed our status as Assured Breeders. Furthermore, we shall pass on the advice that we get from our mentors and from our ongoing experiences.
Here at Ubhalo we have obtained recognition from the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme so that you know that we’re good people who care for our animals and their environment.
Our reason for having puppies was that we so very much love our Catalan Sheepdog, Persephone (Seph for short) and as she is such a loving, intelligent and loyal member of the family we wanted to provide that experience to others. The Catalan Sheepdog is quite a rare breed in this country so we elected to do our part to ensure there are more of them here. Additionally we thought it would be a fantastic experience to share with our family.
We are located in a very scenic and reknowned part of Norwich near Norwich Cathedral.
There are many green areas and/or entertaining walks in the vicinity and the area has a good sized dog population with which to socialise.
Being in the heart of the city means that the pups are aware of all manner of noise and disturbance.
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