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Such as the life of a breeder care taker… When we picked up Sabina and went through our first puppy raiser orientation our PPM told us to add 30-45 minutes to everything we do when you have a puppy in tow. We planned accordingly sometimes we needed an extra 30 sometimes I could have used an hour. Then they grow up and pretty soon you still leave a cushion but it is really a matter of convenience rather than need. It stands to reason then if you have 8 puppies you need way more time!

I have already told you that being a breeder caretaker is the best gig at CCI. Don’t get me wrong we love puppy raising, number three will be home in a week or so, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE breeder care taking. Thinking about being a breeder caretaker Here is a day in the life.

  • wake up to assess the damage from the overnight partying
  • resist the urge to go back to bed and pretend it never happened
  • feed the pups – stand back they are little hoovers don’t want to loose any fingers
  • start cleaning the puppy potty area and any misses
  • stop cleaning because, yes you have to move them to the holding pen if you want to get it done
  • dump the potty pans, refill the potty pans
  • wipe up the water that they are supposed to be drinking not using as finger paints
  • clean out the water pan even though it is an exercise in futility
  • vacuum the whole play pen
  • collect and wash the toys
  • put down clean bedding
  • start the extra 2 loads of puppy laundry
  • put the puppies back in the big play pen
  • check each collar on their way back in
  • complete the weekly CCI exercise
  • depending on the day weigh and clip nails
  • when old enough start crate training
  • take break and snuggle the pups

I am still in the glow of being the queen of the universe and the bigger they get the more they love their kibble. The more they love their kibble the more they love me (or whoever is feeding them). Our time is getting short with them and I start to wish they could stay here forever! Then I remember that tomorrow I will have to

  • wake up to assess the damage from the overnight partying
  • resist the urge to go back to bed and pretend it never happened
  • feed the pups – stand back they are little hoovers don’t want to loose any fingers

…. I am guessing you get the picture. It is a labor of love, but it is labor none the less. We split up the tasks between the breakfast and dinner feeding. The rest of the time is spent socializing and handling the puppies. They get time being crate trained and other time exploring the house and yard as appropriate. We have them out with the TV on, radio going, dishwasher etc – anything we can think of to get them ready for their puppy raisers.

It is sort of like the movie ground hog day, but the beauty of this is that the pups grow and change a little each day. Puppy breath and the curiosity to see how they have changed today is the real reason it is easy to get up each morning and start it all over again, and again, and again.

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