Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jack's pictures & stats as of Sunday, 4/26/2009

Jack's weight today is 32 lbs. He will be 5 months old on May 5. His shots are up-to-date and he is AKC registrable.

Here are some pictures I took of him this morning.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


     I've heard from several people who followed the puppies on this blog requesting information on how everyone is doing. After all these months I'm amazed that so many became attached to Mindy and the pups during the relatively short time that the blog was active.
     Tanner is living the life of Riley up at Huckleberry Mountain Bassets. You can see some cute pictures of him taken shortly after he moved in at their web site under the "Our Males" section.
     Mackenzie is in a good home about 20 miles away, and by all accounts she is a happy, healthy, and spoiled young lady. We wouldn't expect otherwise, now would we?
     Lucas Jackson has moved back in with us until we can find another home for him. If anyone would like to take him on, please contact us at the e-mail link at the upper-right side of this page. We would like to place him in a good home ASAP; three dogs in our house is 1 1/2 too many.
     Mindy and Schuyler are doing well. Since Mindy spends most of her time with Jack, Schuyler gets the bulk of our attention and he loves it.
     Thank you for all the notes and gifts you have sent. We're happy that we touched so many people's hearts.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Day 51

Notice something missing? The live feed is no longer up because there is no further need for it. Tanner's new owner picked him up around noon today and at 1:30pm we met Mackenzie's new family at about the halfway point to turn her over to their care.

Please feel free to continue checking this blog because I fully intend to post more videos as well as a slide show of most of the pictures we've taken over the last seven weeks. But not tonight. For some reason I do not feel like working on anything like that tonight. Mindymom and I are spending time with Mindy and Schuyler.

Thanks for watching. Thanks for your support. Thanks for your comments.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Day 50 Update

Jack came by for a visit tonight. I took some video footage of what was probably the last time Mindy and the puppies will be together. It will be posted online. If things go as scheduled, Mackenzie and Tanner will leave tomorrow, and to tell the truth, neither of us are looking forward to it. It's been very difficult to not get attached to these puppies. I guess if we were dog breeders who have done this more than once, we'd have no problem. Truth to tell, we have a strong emotional attachment to the puppies, but we've committed ourselves to the new owners. At one time we discussed keeping Mackenzie, but came to the realization that one big and strong basset in the household is enough. As long as we have Schuyler the dachshund and Mindy the basset, these two dogs will be enough, and as Jack is still in the family we will be seeing him regularly as the years allow.

Whelping this litter and watching them grow has been more than rewarding. It has added an extra dimension to our lives that we will never forget and will always fondly remember, but it's time for them to move on. We're still planning on getting Mindy spayed. We won't put her (or us) through this again.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day 47 Update

I spent a little time tonight rerouting the network cable drop so that the camera can now see into the playpen. We've separated the pups from Mindy and it seems to be working out without too much anxiety from anyone.

The pups had their checkup and first round of shots at the vet's office yesterday. She was very pleased with the pups' development and pronounced them all healthy.

You'll notice Lucas Jackson is no longer in the brood. He left today to go live with his new owners, who happen to be my son and his family. LJ will be our granddaughter Natalee's puppy. Tanner is scheduled to leave Saturday morning and Mackenzie some time that weekend. I've taken some more video that I'll get up on the blog. Even after the pups leave the blog will stay up, but without the live feed. I'll probably rearrange the posts so all the video clips will be at the top.

Don't worry, this isn't the last post before Tanner and Mackenzie leave. I've got some more to say before that sad time comes.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day 45 Update

No, we have not fallen off the end of the earth. Yesterday our Comcast (Camcost?) service was out until almost 11 pm and today the laptop that drives the MindyPupsCam is on the fritz. I'll try to get it going tonight so stay tuned. (UPDATE: It's fixed!)

We've found a home for Mackenzie. She's going to live with one of my students' girlfriend's family. We're thinking that next weekend will be when all three babies will leave for their new homes.

I've been asked why the MindyPupsCam is never pointed to the new puppy playpen I built a while back. The playpen is across the room from the laptop/webcam setup and the cables simply will not reach. I promise I'll get some videos up showing them romping around in it before the week's up.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Basset Rules

Paige sent in this list of The Basset Rules
  1. The basset is not allowed in the house.
  2. Okay, the basset is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
  3. The basset is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
  4. The basset can get on the old furniture only, but has to stay off the new couch.
  5. Fine, the basset is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans.
  6. Okay, the basset is allowed in the bed, but only by invitation.
  7. The basset can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
  8. The basset can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
  9. The basset can sleep under the covers every night.
  10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the basset.
Thanks, Paige!

Day 37 Update

It's hard to believe that the pups are 5 weeks, 1 day old. They can be very active as regular viewers have seen. Jumping in and out of the pool is no big deal for them. They are all eating solid foods at least twice a day and have become real chow hounds.

Tanner is still our laid back one, Lucas Jackson gets more rambunctious everyday, and Mackenzie has really come out of her shell and is very playful with her brothers, her mom, and us. They all like it when we roughhouse with them.

Mindy and Schuyler are back to being full-time best buds again. They actully lay together when we have them upstairs.

Lucas Jackson and Tanner have found homes and will probably be moving on and out within the next 2-3 weeks. Mackenzie is still available for sale. Contact us if you are interested.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Basset Beatbox

Found this on YouTube.....

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Day 31 - Another video clip

Here's another clip. Lucas Jackson is indeed speaking on command in this one.

Day 31 - The Pups' To-Do List

Frequent visitor and commenter doodlebug sent in this list of things they need to before lunch. Well done!

Lucas Jackson
My List of Things to do Today Before Lunch.
1.) Mosey up to the Milk Bar for a bite (or two)
2.) Turn myself into a barnacle
3.) Sleep (so tie- tie)
4.) Whine, grunt and maybe a grrr (I have to pace myself)
5.) Bite Mackenzie
6.) Grunt & Whine
7.) Sleep
8.) Lunchtime!!!!!

My List of Things to do Today Before Lunch.
1.) Whine
2.) Eat my nummies like a good girl.
3.) Sleep
4.) Back to back whine session
5.) Bite Lucas Jackson
6.) Whine like I’m in excruciating pain
7.) Find mommy’s ear and hide
8.) Play peek-a-boo again with mommy’s ear using my stealth maneuvering
that’s always fun.
9.) Did someone say lunch?

My List of Things to do Today Before Lunch.
1.) Check out the Pina’ Colada Bar
2.) Chill
3.) Sleep
4.) Learn words to Margarittaville (no hurry)
5.) Is it lunch? Yawnnn

Day 31 - A quick video

Here's a short video clip taken Saturday 1/3/2009 when the pups were 4 weeks, 2 days old. The little human is our granddaughter Natalee and she's 3 years, 3 months old. Listen closely as she spontaneously started singing to the pups without any coaxing, although I did ask her to sing it again.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

The pups tried to stay awake until midnight, but at four weeks old, they're lightweights when it comes to partying...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2009 be better than your 2008.

Day 27 Update

The big news around here is that not only are Mindy and Schuyler back to being best buds again, but Mindy is actually letting him be around the puppies when we let them out for a romp. He is still very cautious, but it's as if he knows his boundaries and does not want to cross them.

The kids all have developed personalities. Lucas Jackson is to the pups as Moe is to the Three Stooges... he thinks he's the boss. He's also the Indiana Jones of the tribe as he is the one most likely to try to scoot away under a chair or behind someone's feet in quest of a great adventure if we don't watch him. Mackenzie looks sweet and timid but she can hold her own when LJ wants to pick a fight. She can get things started too if things are too calm. Tanner is the laid-back one. I can picture him on a beach chair sipping a rum and coke, listening to Jimmy Buffet music on his iPod and watching the girl puppies go by. Not much bothers him.

We're starting to introduce them to semi-solid foods. I'll let you know how that is working out. So, what do you you think: is it time for another video?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A new version

Hollywood has announced that the latest movie adaptation of an old television series is currently in production, and one of us here at Mindy's Puppies WebCam has a major role in the film. Look for the movie version of the NBC series...

Starring our own Lucas Jackson!

Coming soon to a multiplex near you!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Day 21 Weights

We've not weighed the pups since Wednesday. Here's their weights as of tonight, 3 days later:
  • Lucas Jackson - 4 lb, 12 oz (11 oz gain)
  • Mackenzie - 3 lb, 15 oz (8 oz gain)
  • Tanner - 4 lb, 11 oz (12 oz gain)
Whew! And they're not even weaned yet!

Day 23 Update & "Marley and Me"

Things have been hoppin' around the ol' Basset Ranch the last last few days. The pups are all walking fairly well. I'll be building a bigger pen for them within the next few days so they'll have more room to move around. Yes, it will be web cam friendly.

Went to see "Marley & Me" last night. Not a bad movie, but be warned: it's not what I would call a kid-friendly flick, especially the last half-hour or so. I won't go into too much detail at the risk of spoiling the movie (if you want to know what happens, that is if you haven't already guessed, you can certainly find out from other websites), the key dramatic scene is brutally honest, truthful, and emotionally touching. Oh yeah, and wait until you see Kathleen Turner as a dog trainer. I turned to Mindymom and whispered, "Holy ****! What happened to her?"

We enjoyed it, but then we didn't have to explain it to any little ones. As we left the theater we saw that scenario being played out at least three times that we noticed.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Day 21 - Another Christmas Video

This was shot this morning (Christmas Day!). The nippers will be 3 weeks old around midnight tonight.

Day 21 - Merry Christmas!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! Here's a short little clip taken about 5 days ago. I'll get some more more up later today. Left to right: Tanner, Mackenzie, Jack.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Day 20 Stats

It's been awhile since I posted their weights. As of 12/24/2008 @ 2:55pm EST:
  • Lucas Jackson - 4 lbs, 1 oz
  • Mackenzie - 3 lbs, 7 ozs
  • Tanner - 3 lbs, 15 ozs
Everyone gains weight over the holidays. Even puppies.

Herding puppies is a lot like herding cats

Well, I've just spent the better part of a half hour trying to get some decent Christmas pictures of the Basset Bunch and it's been... how shall I put it... have you ever tried to juggle confetti? I'll have to wait until Mindymom gets home to help me corral them so I can get some good pictures taken. None of them would hold still for a good shot. Mackenzie is so quick she almost walked off the edge of the couch at least three times. Mindy was just as hyper as the pups. I felt like that poor schmo taking baby pictures at (insert name of el-cheapo discount store here) trying to get a crying, screaming, drooling toddler to get his thumb out of his nose and perhaps smile or at least not look like Jack Nicholson after he fire-axes the door in "The Shining". But at least the puppies were cute.

The owners of the sire have pick of the litter and they came by yesterday and chose Tanner. He'll probably be a stud dog at Huckleberry Mountain Bassets. As the Canadians say, lucky dog, eh?

We've not forgotten you winners of the name-the-pups contest. As soon I can get a good picture taken I'll send it along to you.

Just in case we don't post again today, have a Merry Christmas! We's gots puppehs ats ouws howse!

(My New Year's Resolution: never talk or type or post like that again. As God is my witness.)

Day 20 - Christmas Eve Update

A quick post for now... a more detailed one will follow later with updated stats and pictures. The big news right now is I can't log in to the Ustream account to get the video feed going. I'm trying my best, after all, what would would Christmas Eve be without without puppies? Stay tuned.....
EDIT - Got it going. Password issue.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Day 17 Pictures

Here's some pics taken today when the Basset Bunch are at two weeks, 2 days old. First up is LUCAS JACKSON...

Next, the lovely but loud MACKENZIE...

Last but not least is TANNER...

More pictures coming!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Day 16 Picture

OK, just one....

Day 16 Update

Just a quick update for now... at two weeks and 1 day of age, here's today's weigh-in...

  • Lucas Jackson - 3lb 5oz
  • Mackenzie - 2lb 13oz
  • Tanner - 3lb 3oz

I'll definitely be getting some updated pictures posted, and I've been shooting some video footage as well that will be put on Youtube. At this age they're not too active, but once and a while one of then will yawn or stretch. Stay tuned….