The Day After

Posted: January 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Our beautiful Lois puppy went to her new home yesterday. She settled right in as if she had been part of the family her whole life of¬†8.5 weeks. ūüôā I was so happy to see how comfortable she was in a new environment, what a gem of a girl. Bulhaven’s Lois Lane! I am excited for her to grow and develop into a Big Bullmastiff Girl and for now, while she’s still only¬†20 lbs,¬†she can cuddle with her new mom, Donna. Congratulations Donna and the rest of the Craft family (including “Diesel”). This new addition will bring many years of joy!

Bulhaven's Lois Lane

Bulhaven's Lois Lane

Today has been a melancholy day, one less puppy. One less little body. One less baby to cuddle. Clara has been quiet as well. I don;t think she “misses” Lois but she seems as if now she can “get some rest”. She took out all the toys and napped amoung them all day. She spent a few in-between-naps playing with Polly and chewing on bones but most of the day was The Day After… Clara slept well!

Bulhaven's Clara Haute

Bulhaven's Clara Haute

Bulhaven's Clara Haute with Polly

Bulhaven's Clara Haute with Polly

Polly will be with us for another week, then it’ll be “back to the shows” for Bulhaven Adults. We look forward to getting out and seeing friends again. Let’s hope winter stays as mild as it has been…

Stay Tuned

Mary at Bulhaven

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The storm rolled in overnight, wind, rain, sleet and .. the white stuff… SNOW! This morning schools were delayed for a an hour due to sleet, snow and icy conditions. Meanwhile the Bulhaven Dogs slept in. Peaceful Beautiful Morning…

Bulhaven's Snowy Fence

Bulhaven's Snowy Fence

First snow is something¬†every puppy tends to REALLY enjoy. Pouncing,¬†rolling¬†and running with joy in the “white fluffy stuff” is always a moment for laughter¬†as we watch our puppies react to this new winter experience. Unfortunately,¬†our unseasonable beautiful weather changed overnight and our sweet, happy puppies were welcomed by cold, wet, wintery conditions as they ventured outside for this morning duties.

Bulhaven's Lois Lane, cold and wet in the snow (9 wks old)

Bulhaven's Lois Lane, cold and wet in the snow (9 wks old)

Not so much fun for 9 wk old Lois Lane

Not so much fun for 9 wk old Lois Lane

“The White Stuff” this morning is more appropriately described as “The Wet Stuff”. The VERY wet stuff!!

Bulhaven's Sweet Polly Purebred, 9 wks old, making it thru the sleet and snow

Bulhaven's Sweet Polly Purebred, 9 wks old, making it thru the sleet and snow

Bulhaven's Sweet Polly Purebred, not so fun in the rain!

Bulhaven's Sweet Polly Purebred, not so fun in the rain!

After playing for a bit outside (and working on “housebraking”)¬†we dried off two cold puppies with warm towels and gave them each a marrow bone before napping in their cozy blankets….

Sweet Polly, napping

Sweet Polly, napping

sweet (warm) dreams baby girls

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Mary at Bulhaven

We like pretty names, with unique meanings and history behind them. All of our beautiful Bullmastiffs have a name that generally has a story within.

Our gorgeous puppy, “Nocello” was born in Norway in June of 2011. She is the daughter of Cassanova, our lovely male. We brought her here to the US¬†in October and have since enjoyed every moment she has shared with us. When considering adding this puppy to our home, we were asked to name her with the litter’s theme in mind. Nocello’s breeder, Old Manila Bullmastiffs, used the theme of “cocktails” for this litter.

Our minds went crazy with all the names of drinks that we could chill with as a name for our new addition. Her lovely fawn coat added nice spicey ideas… but what “drink” would we want our beautiful new girl to be “called”?

Dean’s ancestry is from Italy which sentimentally connected us to the sire of Old Manila’s previous litter, from Ferdu Bullmastiffs in Italy. Our brindle male,¬†“Oslo”, is out of this mentioned litter. So when our second Norweigan puppy was on her way, we started brainstorming “Italy”, linking us to Dean’s¬†(and Oslo’s) ancestry. We laughed our way thru many names of “cocktails” but in the end the smooth, walnut liquor… “bisque” in color grabbed our final attention. We would name our puppy “Nocello”.

Smooth, Italian, bisque colored, walnut flavored liquor.. Nocello

Smooth, Italian, bisque colored, walnut flavored liquor..

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Mary at Bulhaven

Happy New Year!

Veterinary visits surely¬†don’t sound like the best thing to do on a beautiful sunshiney day or a pleasant way to start off the New Year, but we always make the most of¬†our “road trips to the vet”. Yesterday we took some of the girls (¬†“Nocello”, “Ilsa”, “Polly” and “Lois”) for their 2012 veterinary¬†updates. It’s over an hour drive to our veterinary clinic, but well worth the drive to see the “right” veterinary doctor¬†for the few times a year that we need to go.

Sweet Nocello had her 6 month exam and follow up vaccines.. she weighed in at 80 lbs!

Old Manila's Nocello At Bulhaven

Old Manila's Nocello At Bulhaven

The average female weight is something close to the age they are. For example; a four month old female¬†puppy should weigh between 40-50 lbs. At five months, she should weigh 50-60 lbs. So at 6 months, she should average around 60-70 lbs. You can certainly see why we were surprised when our young athlete “Nocello” tipped the scale at a lean 80 lbs! Her little, well muscled body will continue to grow into her second year.. this is only the beginning for “Noci”.

All of our dogs eat a Naturally Raw Diet without any commercial dog food. Our Newest litter out of Clara is our second, fifth generation Raw Fed litter. We vaccinate our puppies only¬†for the first year of life, following up with yearly “Titers” to determine proper immunity. Due to the continued health of our dogs, we are fortunate to spend very little time¬†at our vet clinic, only for the necessary yearly updates…

Stay tuned…

Mary at Bulhaven