Have you visited Olive’s newborn babies yet on the Warrior Canine Connection cam? Not more than two days old, these pups are already well on their way to being future service dogs for wounded veterans.
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Have you visited Olive’s newborn babies yet on the Warrior Canine Connection cam? Not more than two days old, these pups are already well on their way to being future service dogs for wounded veterans.
Posted 1 week ago
Can you guess how many puppies are in Warrior Canine Connection’s next litter of service dogs? If you can guess the correct number from Olive’s x-ray, we will mail you a prize!
To enter the contest, post your guess in the comments section of this blog post. Happy counting, good luck, and Dog Bless.
Posted 2 weeks ago
Thanks for joining last week’s Live Chat with Warrior Canine Connection! We hope you’ll join us again tonight at 7:00 pm ET.
crowie Quick question Molly, will Lundy need his cateract removing at some stage?
WarriorCanineConnection No, the cataracts are very small and will not change. These are very different than human cataracts.
crowie Oh good had to have mine removed in both eyes so that’s great. Thank You
mhennan Molly, which of the HHD gals are still having a slumber party at the PEC?
WarriorCanineConnection Abby and Ruby.
WhatUp How long does a heat/season last?
crowie Has Cadence gone back to the original pp and if so does that mean Ruby will go back with her original pp?
WarriorCanineConnection No, Cadence will remain with Ruby’s former Puppy Parent and Ruby will stay with us for a few more weeks (until she finishes her heat cycle) and then she will go to a new Puppy Parent.
AgataZommer How is Olive doing? :)
WarriorCanineConnection Olive is great. She is huge!
WarriorCanineConnection We will do an x-ray the last week of her pregnancy.
mhennan Is it my imagination or did Olive get more curly, too?
WarriorCanineConnection I do think she has more curls right now.
Paws2luv Can you give us an update on Sandy’s training? How is she doing?
WarriorCanineConnection Sandy is doing great. She hasn’t been able to go to the VA yet because she hasn’t had her shots. We have to be very careful in exposing them to things that could make them sick until they are fully protected.
WendyH Molly, did Lucy finish her heat cycle?
WarriorCanineConnection No, Lucy is still in heat but is spending the week with her Puppy Parent.
luvthemall Molly, how do you pick Puppy Parents and know they will be good for the pups? Do people sign up to be their Puppy Parents?
WarriorCanineConnection People apply to be Puppy Parents and we carefully screen, do phone and in person interviews and home inspections.
sandydogs Now that you’ve had all the HHD girls together for a good long visit, are you surprised by any of their personalities? e.g. you had a strong sense about the type of dog Twister would grow to be, are the personality of the HHD girls what you expected?
WarriorCanineConnection I am really liking the HHD girls. Each one is very different but all good stuff. They do have things we are working on as well.
sandydogs Is Levi being trained at NICoE? He had everyone swooning on Saturday…..dang, he’s a handsome boy – a real man’s man if you will. We’re going to have to pry Mary Anne away from him at the Pawty!
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, Levi is being trained at NiCOE. He is an AWESOME boy. I think he might be the nicest dog I have ever had the pleasure of having in my training program.
chelsie’s mom Molly do you keep the dogs when they are in season so that they don’t get impregnated by accident?
WarriorCanineConnection No, I keep them here if the Puppy Parent works during the day. They are not allowed to go out in public while in season and I can’t have them home alone for 8+ hours a day either. That is why Abby is here.
Smittysmom Sorry if it’s been asked but any word on Twister?
WarriorCanineConnection You know, I have been so busy I haven’t asked. I have heard he is doing well but didn’t ask that particular question. I will though.
Tootie Am I right in thinking this is Olives first litter?
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, this is Olive’s first litter.
WarriorCanineConnection I posted a photo of her on the EPW FB page yesterday. She is looking rather plump.
mhennan Molly, were the girls given a chance to go swimming in the creek? And, if so did Ruby go in? Btw: LOVE Mia’s new pool!
WarriorCanineConnection I dont like to let the girls swim while they are in season. Their cervix is open and I don’t want to allow for any infections. That might be an old wives tale but I have just never let my girls swim while they are in season.
Aly14 Not sure if this is the correct language, but are you excited for a natural whelping since the last couple were c-sections?
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, Aly14, that is the correct language and I am looking forward to it. Not looking forward to being up all night but looking forward to the process.
luvthemall I think WCC is such a great organization! Can you give us any idea how many wounded soldiers have been helped by these wonderful pups of WCC?
WarriorCanineConnection luvthemall – I don’t have a firm number but I can say hundreds at least.
Brinsmom Did I miss the news on the eye exams – did all go well? I just love seeing HHD, Molly – what a gorgeous and handsome group!
WarriorCanineConnection All of the dogs had normal eye exams except Lundy who has very minor, non-vision impairing cataracts. He will be able to be placed as a service dog and they will never change or get bigger.
rockyryan – AZ Will you be doing an Ultrasound on Olive before she delivers?
WarriorCanineConnection Olive will have an x-ray the week before delivery.
KaseyL79 Assuming very excited EPW’s during the Pawty. Will there be any restrictions with the pups or bigger dogs?
WarriorCanineConnection I am making arrangements for dogs to be here but it isn’t going to be a free for all with all the dogs running loose. There will probably be shifts of dogs here so we are not over crowded with dogs.
WarriorCanineConnection what do you mean by restrictions?
KaseyL79 Dogs we can’t approach etc. I was picturing all the dogs and all the epw’s and a bit of chaos LOL.
WarriorCanineConnection I just am not going to have 20+ dogs running around off leash having a free-for-all around a large crowd of people. They will need to be on leash and greet people appropriately. No jumping on people, etc. We will send out a list of rules before the event.
Brinsmom Do you have a title picked out for Olive’s litter?
WarriorCanineConnection No, I don’t like to think of themes or names until the pups are here safe and sound.
Nika’sMom Hi Molly, it was so nice of Alice to get video of Rech training. he did so good! How are all the others doing with their training?
wasatch How is our Miss Bea doing? Where is she training?
WarriorCanineConnection The dogs are all doing great in training. Bea is with her Puppy Parent.
PatC What is the biggest litter you’ve ever had with a golden?
WarriorCanineConnection The largest litter I have had is 11.
Nika’sMom How long are female dogs typically in season?
mhennan Molly, when you identify pups with color coded ribbon is there a rhyme or reason to the colors or is simply for identification?
WarriorCanineConnection If a natural whelp the color is birth order.
WarriorCanineConnection If I retired colors I’d probably run out. No, Pink and Black will be in the rotation. Black is first born male.
wasatch color = birth order. hmmm. I order colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Like that?
WarriorCanineConnection For males the colors are: Black, Mocha (brown), Purple, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Green, Lime Green
WarriorCanineConnection Girls: Silver, Yellow, Gold, Pink, Rose, Red
WarriorCanineConnection For c-sections I just grab colors and don’t pay attention to girls or boy colors.
WarriorCanineConnection Olive’s litter we might eliminate colors due to it being harder to find certain photo props in colors like silver or something.
sandydogs The 60 Minutes segment on NiCOE & learning about Mr. Fisher’s commitment was heartwarming and amazing. Wonder if WCC has been gotten bump in support (from non-cam watchers) as more and more of these stories make the news and folks learn about the org.
WarriorCanineConnection No, Sandydogs, sadly no.
texasundog My son’s doc recommended he get a service dog (Ft Hood doc), and the “kennel” he was referred to was charging soldiers $600.00 for dog and “training”. This isn’t right is it?
WarriorCanineConnection texasundog – Your son should find a program that is accredited by Assistance Dogs International. They are legit organizations and do not charge for their dogs. Email me if you need more info.
sandydogs Will Mia get to experience the whelping? And I’m assuming you’ll have someone on hand to help with pups and a Mia wrangler?
WarriorCanineConnection Mia will not be involved in the whelp. I need the room to be quiet, calm and Olive to have the perception that everything under control. Mia and control do not work in the same sentence.
grlsctldr Molly, thanks for letting us see the eye exam, is this the only one they have, or is it an annual exam
WarriorCanineConnection Eyes are checked yearly.
Brinsmom Molly – Are any WCC dogs specifically trained for soldiers who have lost their hearing only – no mobility problems?
WarriorCanineConnection No, we do not train hearing dogs.
DaisyDog I am sure that Olive’s delivery will be quiet, calm and no camera, correct ?
WarriorCanineConnection We will not be live streaming the whelp but we will be posting frequent updates and the camera will be on them very shortly after birth.
prec0ci0us How do you determine which dogs will deliver naturally and which one will have a C-Section?
WarriorCanineConnection I typically let all of my girls go naturally unless there is an emergency or a need to schedule a section.
Nika’sMom Molly, I have a beagle/black lab mix. She was wonderful to train until about a year ago…the beagle kicked in and she decided that she can hear me, but ignores me. Any suggestions?
WarriorCanineConnection You need to be better than anything else she sees/smells. Yummy treats.
texasundog Since freezing semen is so widespread these days, will Levi have the best of both worlds and be a service dog and a stud dog?
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, we hope to freeze his semen.
Posted 3 weeks ago
This week’s live puppy chat with Warrior Canine Connection’s Molly Morelli was full of updates and other insights unique to Molly’s expertise. Thanks for joining us; hope to see you next Tuesday at 7:00 pm ET.
crowie Molly, when will Derecho have his stitches removed?
WarriorCanineConnection Derecho will have his stitches in until his head grows enough that his eyelid no longer rolls in. I am taking him in sometime this week to have them checked to be sure all is well.
Puppy Fan Molly, how is Olive doing? Thank you :)
WarriorCanineConnection Olive is doing great! I still don’t know if she is pregnant or not. We will know one way or the other next week. All fingers crossed pleased.
mhennan Molly, are you still planning to crate Sandy in the house if she is cleared of UTI, or after treated for?
WarriorCanineConnection I could crate Sandy…but I like going to bed early and not worrying about staying up to crate her :-)
lynnesky Which WCC dogs will be Menlo Park?
WarriorCanineConnection We have one dog already in Menlo Park. A black lab named Sonny. I am trying to decide if I will send someone from here or if I will get another puppy to send there. Probably one of Olive’s (or whatever our next litter is) will go there as well.
doglove How much would you say Sandy weighs?
WarriorCanineConnection Sandy is around 10lbs.
Maxi Hi Molly. Has Macy taken to Ruby, Lucy and Penny more now that they are a bit older?
WarriorCanineConnection Macy just doesn’t like dogs in her face. She happily coexists with other dogs if she can pretend they are not there. Once the pups are bigger and ahve more sense about them they read her body language and stay away.
crowie So how much has Sandy gained since she arrived then, approx?
WarriorCanineConnection I don’t know. She was 10 lbs when she went to the vet. She might be more now.
lynnesky Are you enjoying having HHD “girls?” It seems very lively there!
WarriorCanineConnection Lucy went back home today. Penny as it turns out is not actually in heat so she is going back to training tomorrow or Thursday.
WarriorCanineConnection I don’t mind the dogs but this many can be overwhelming when it comes to the mud.
mhennan That reminds me…do you prefer regular towels to microfiber-type towels for drying off the dogs/pups?
WarriorCanineConnection We just use regular bath towels.
brandy’smom Do you agree with some of us that think Sandy will make the perfect Service Dog, or is she still too young to tell?
GoldenGirl1950 Molly I love how you embrace Macy for who she is. I have a soft spot for older goldens.
Maxi I have a soft spot for Macy too and that’s why I always ask for her.
PegSharp Is there a time frame for how long Sandy will be @ WCC?
WarriorCanineConnection I think Sandy is doing fantastic. I’d say for another one to two weeks. Once I have date I will announce it and where she will be going.
Beagleluv Does Derecho have a FB page yet?
WarriorCanineConnection I need to set D’s page up. I will do that tonight.
Paws2luv Do you know if the Menlo Park location will be having Puppy Petters? A few of us live not far from there.
WarriorCanineConnection No Puppy Petters there because there will not be litters born there. We will be looking for Puppy Parents and Puppy Sitters.
lynnesky Has Sandy had an “official” WCC picture taken yet?
WarriorCanineConnection We did Sandy’s photo on Friday and I need to get that to Miss Zazzle.
doglove Cadence seems to be doing great from the photos posted on her FB page…how is her progress?
WarriorCanineConnection Cadence is doing great!
WhatUp I see Sandy still has a harness on, does she have to have on all night ???
WarriorCanineConnection I think Cheryl forgot to take Sandy’s harness off. I’ll head out after the chat to do that.
KathyMacKnight How’s Mia?
WarriorCanineConnection Mia is on the mend. I am tired of colds but happy she is a healthy kid otherwise.
Jersey Girl I notice Sandy doesn’t eat all her food at one time….I never saw a puppy do that, is this normal?
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, she has no competition so she doesn’t feel the need to inhale her food. Also, she is gets SO many training treats she simply isn’t hungry.
Puppy Fan Any good advise for getting thru the 9 month - 1 year phase?? My pup is a handful!
WarriorCanineConnection Group obedience classes. They need the socialization and extra structure during that age.
pj Are you seeing any signs that Olive may surely be pregnant?
WarriorCanineConnection pj – I am surely one of the most superstitious people I know when it comes to breeding. I don’t like to look at or talk about signs because I fear it will jinx things. I know, silly.
mhennan Molly, with the PEC in full action how long would new puppies remain inside in the whelping box?
WarriorCanineConnection The pups will sleep inside in Mia’s room (with me next to them) for at least the first 3 weeks. Once Puppy Petting starts they will be brought down to the PEC into a whelping box down there.
Puppy Fan Didn’t you say at 1 point that those ‘teenage years are the hardest??’
WarriorCanineConnection Yes, teenage years ARE hard.
Gayle M – MA Molly, what is the success rate of these inseminations?
WarriorCanineConnection I’d say 95%…pretty high. You just don’t often have a good reason for a girl to miss. Just like you don’t always have a good reason for a human to miscarry or miss.
WarriorCanineConnection So far only Grace has come into season.
puproar What about Penny?
WarriorCanineConnection I was told Penny was in season but when I picked her up she wasn’t.
doglove Has Grace done any training in any of the facilities?
WarriorCanineConnection Grace comes to WCC about every other week for training.
Gayle M – MA Molly, Is there a waiting list of veterans for your dogs?
WarriorCanineConnection We don’t keep a waiting list because we don’t have a ton of dogs that are old enough to be placed. We don’t want people sitting around for years waiting for a dog from us.
Puppy Fan Can you update us on what Levi’s up to these days?
WarriorCanineConnection Abby and Levi are both doing great.
WarriorCanineConnection Levi is working on walking on the leash without pulling. He gets excited and wants to pull so we are slowly teaching him that isn’t acceptable.
mhennan How is Miss Breeze doing? I know for legal/privacy reasons we won’t see photos & I don’t always catch the trainings.
WarriorCanineConnection I think Breeze will be here Thursday.
doglove Is there a significant difference in the progress of those dogs in facilities for training daily then the others?
WarriorCanineConnection Not really. They all get training it just is different people training them. All dogs will be at different levels just because they are different dogs.
Gayle M – MA Molly, will you be training the trainers for Menlo Park?
WarriorCanineConnection We hired a very experienced trainer for Menlo Park.
Puppy Fan How do you teach him not to pull?
WarriorCanineConnection Not letting him get away with it. If he pulls we stop and make him return to the heel position. A very slow process but it works.
mhennan Molly, for the pulling is that when you are using the gentle leader? I struggle with that with my girl as she is super friendly and can’t seem to help herself
WarriorCanineConnection We are using the gentle leader on Ruby and Lucy. we will are also teaching them to walk without it but just using it as a tool right now.
DaisyDog How is Sandy’s training coming along - she looks so bright during sessions?
WarriorCanineConnection We are really happy with Sandy’s progress.
EHealy We’re all hoping for the best that there will be Olive puppies this summer, so should those of us who plan to attend the ‘Pawty in the PEC’ fill out puppy petter applications?
WarriorCanineConnection No need to fill out puppy petter apps for just the weekend of petting.
holleylover Molly – a question about Twister? Do you keep in touch with his new family? If any thing were to happen would he come back to you?
WarriorCanineConnection Twister would come back here if for any reason he can’t stay with his family. I don’t see that happening though – they love him!
texasundog Do you think the gentle leader works better than a training (“Choke” chain) collar?
WarriorCanineConnection The choke collar teaches using pain. We teach their brains – we don’t want to hurt them to make them listen.
lynnesky Who else was born in litter that was same time as Mia’s birth?
WarriorCanineConnection There were only 3 pups in that litter and they were born while I was in transition between working at another organization. I gave two of the three pups back to that organization and kept Gabe.
Puppy Fan How is our Lundy doing? Growing into his fluffiness, from the looks of last pic.
WarriorCanineConnection We love Lundy!
KYbeagle Will you have someone on the west coast raising pups or will you keep that mostly in the east so you can keep an eye on the pups?
WarriorCanineConnection Depends on what you mean by pups. No pups will be born on the West Coast.
texasundog Has your friend that shows, Misty’s breeder, seen Twister yet? What does she think of him if she has?
WarriorCanineConnection I think he gets to meet Twister tomorrow.
Paws2luv Will you be accepting any type of donations for other locations such as Menlo Park. If possible, can we also donate to those locations as well?
WarriorCanineConnection You can donate money specifically for the Menlo Park location and once we get few more dogs there we might set up an Amazon Wish List as well.
WarriorCanineConnection If you donate for the Menlo Park location the money still comes here as it is our Head Quarters.You just have to notate it is for Menlo Park.
lynnesky Is Sandy doing better with potty box?
WarriorCanineConnection Sandy is doing great with the Potty box. About 98% success
DaisyDog Sandy sure seems to run until she drops - does she have extra energy or just her pup phase?
WarriorCanineConnection She is just a puppy.
CARCA Will menlo park have an explore cam?
WarriorCanineConnection No, there won’t be any pups there and I think getting a live feed in a government building would be a no go :-)
Janet&crew-VA So will Olive’s puppies be the start up puppies for Menlo Park? Or Sandy?
WarriorCanineConnection We have one adult lab in training now. I am not sure who else will be there just yet. Maybe Sandy..maybe not. Once things are certain I’ll be sure to let you know.
pj Are the potty boxes phased out eventually or are they also used when they become service dogs?
WarriorCanineConnection Once the potty boxes are phased out they are not really used as adults.
doglove Do you use anything like Frontline with your dogs? Would you recommend it?
WarriorCanineConnection We use K9 Advantix and would never think of not using it.
WarriorCanineConnection I am always the worrier and err on the side of caution. I’d rather be safe than sorry.
puproar I came in late, so forgive me if this is a repeat: has Olive’s ultrasound been scheduled?
WarriorCanineConnection Olive’s ultrasound is next week.
doglove Sorry one more…do you use the K9 Advantix all year or just the warmer months? Thanks for the advice.
WarriorCanineConnection We use k9advantix all year round. We can’t take a chance on any fleas on a military installation or hospital setting.
texasundog Sandy still seems small to me. Is she really?
WarriorCanineConnection Sandy is a normal size.
Posted 1 month ago