We typically try to take new photos of the puppies approximately every two
Like many of you, we have times when we simply can't do things we want to do
because of other demands on time. Ball games, fundraising meetings for school
and 4-H, elderly parents with health issues, and other miscellaneous time
constraints mean that we can't always meet our goals for other things.
Due to unexpected situations that can arise on the farm,
with family, or just standard timely
farm work that can't be postponed (as well as inconsistent Internet access/speeds in rural Iowa, we do not guarantee a day/date or schedule that we can
have new photos taken, resized and cropped, and uploaded to the web site for
you. But, "in general," we try update pictures about every two weeks.
Pictures start soon after birth, but not until we feel the puppies are past the
initial days and they seem to be thriving. After their eyes open, we will often
take photos again.
When the puppies are 4 1/2 weeks or older, they finally get cute! They also
begin to get active...which makes getting good pictures more challenging!
Sometimes, we'll try and will simply give up, opting to try the next day if the
puppies are either too tired or too playful to get good pictures.
E-mail Updates: When new photos are taken, cropped, resized to web-ready sizes, put on the web
site, and uploaded, we will e-mail you to let you know that it is time to
revisit the Sold/Reserved Puppies page to see the new
Frequently Asked Question: "Will
you send new pictures to me? I want to see what my puppy looks like now."
Our answer is usually "not right now." Please understand that we can't/won't
randomly take pictures of individual puppies and send them on demand. We have
set up this photo-taking schedule to help us be organized, to hopefully prevent
us from mistakenly sending pictures to the wrong family, and to just have a
little control over our "spare time." Raising puppies, horses, dairy
goats, and chickens causes us to have very little control over our schedules as
it is! ;-)
It's difficult to take "on demand" photos for several different families that
are getting puppies from a litter, so we try to take pictures of the whole
litter all at once, post online, and then email the families to let them know
they can look at new pictures.
Examples of puppy photos and ages:
Newborn to 1 week
A video clip of a 6 week old puppy that also shows why we sometimes can't take
pictures "on demand." It takes helpers, because they have a LOT of energy
at this age!
Oh my, they change so much in such a short time! We send out e-mail
notifications to our puppies' new families each time we post new photos online,
so everyone can load their page and see the new pictures (and sometimes, video
A Note about pictures and watermarks...
ecause of the increasing instances of scammers stealing pictures from
web sites, then using the photos to advertise puppies for sale as if they owned
them, we may begin watermarking our pictures before putting them on the web
site. The pictures will be watermarked at the same time as they are cropped,
resized down to web-ready size, and saved, so we won't keep pictures that are
not watermarked. If we have watermarked a photo, it is unlikely that we will
have that puppy's pictures saved without a watermark.
Click here to read more about how those scammers
work, and why we feel we should protect our puppies' families and our own
reputation by watermarking. Now, I just have to get into the habit of taking the
extra time to put the watermark on!