Time out for Puppies

My friend’s Golden retriever is a CCI breeder dog. At six weeks Okeara’s pups need socializing. This morning I met her 7 puppies. I am very puppy deprived, and I enjoyed my time with these pups. Playing and taking photographs brought me to my happy place.

Lab/Golden boy fell fast asleep
Reddest pup looks worried. I wonder what is on his mind. Probably just his next meal!
Played hard, tuckered out.

I brought over my Fuji xt2 and started with my 18-55mm kit lens. After a little while I pulled out my newest lens to see what it could do when it wasn’t getting closer in macro mode. This may end up being a favorite portrait lens also.

Kendra takes care of Okeara for about two weeks before the pups are due. Then she takes on the job of caring for the pups until they are released to their puppy raiser at 8 weeks of age. “Canine Companions puppies are raised by volunteers who take them to puppy classes to teach them basic obedience and house manners. When the puppies are old enough to enter our professional training program, Canine Companions dogs come to one of our six regional training centers, located in Northern California, Southern California, Texas, Ohio, New York and Florida.” Information provided by CCI website.

Puppy Love

Wanda raised Okeara, and will now be raising Okeara’s puppy Ragu.

Ragu being cradled by Wanda
An upside down cradle to calm Ragu down
Such a big bundle of joy for a 6 week old
Lots of love coming her way!

Canine Companions for Independence is a worthwhile organization that does such good for everyone it touches! Over the years I have met some puppy raisers, photographed their pups and learned training tips from this organization. Thanks CCI for letting me in!

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Puppy Time Is Happy Time

My friend Jan has been raising CCI puppies for 18 years. Last week I again enjoyed some puppy time with my granddaughter.

Resistance is futile! I'm adorable.

Resistance is futile! I’m adorable.

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

These 4 Yellow Labs, “Litter D” are 6 weeks old.  Grandmother Keala, Aunt Sheba and Mom Emerald all live here and took turns playing with Dave, Delia, Dennis, and Damian.

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

I grabbed a couple of shots while they each went in their own direction.

Investigating

Investigating

Along with being a  perfect Lab puppy retriever, Alyssa also enjoyed the photo shoot. There is no better way to relax than to play with puppies.

Siblings Play

Siblings Play

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Is this all I have to play with?

Is this all I have to play with?

One of the boys from Litter D

One of the boys from Litter D

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Settling down for a nap

Settling down for a nap

Sweet Dreaming

Sweet Dreaming

Under or Over? Doesn't matter.

Under or Over? Doesn’t matter.

No Worries!

No Worries!

Next week the D’s are going to their puppy raisers. Jan always has a group picture taken. This is a relatively small litter, but it still took many hands to capture them all looking in the same direction.

Site of puppy photo shoot

Site of puppy photo shoot

Let's look in different directions!

Let’s look in different directions!

Sibling Rivelry

Sibling Rivalry

Let's Chat.

Let’s Chat.

Getting bored.

Getting bored.

There is always one. You said,

There is always one. You said, “Tongues out.”

Enough! I'm out of here.

Enough! I’m out of here.

Where did she go?

Where did she go?

I knew she would be back.

I knew she would be back.

Looking in the same direction.

Looking in the same direction.

Now I'm hungry

Now I’m hungry

Finally we are all ready for our group shot!

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Group photo with all the props.

Litter D ready for our group photo

Litter D ready for our group photo

I remember my first time taking group photo for the S litter of 8 pups. Trouble getting all pups together in one photograph.

Half of Keala's first litter

Half of Keala’s first litter “S”.

Other half of Litter S

Other half of Litter S

I always enjoy combining my favorite things. Puppies and photography!