Moxie (aka Miracle puppy)

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Miracle is our very special Oops! puppy. She was born just two weeks after we welcomed our very first litter, the Keepsakes. Talk about a whirlwind!
Because she surprised us, we had to DNA test all our boys to find out who the father was. It was determined that Sunny was the boy that bred her dam through the fence. Although accidental and unintentional, both parents were fully health tested.

Miracle's mother unfortunately had a very difficult labor and was not able to mother her and Miracle was hand-raised by my family from birth. It was touch and go at first and we weren't sure she would make it, but Miracle has been a fighter since Day 1. After several very long weeks bottle feeding and tube feeding, she finally seemed to be healthy and strong and was able to be raised with the Keepsake Litter part time and can be seen in some of the photos on their photo album.  However, due to the size and age difference she still very much singleton raised had many "singleton" behavior concerns and so we decided not to sell her and keep her back to continue training her and watching her mature. Singletons can sometimes develop behavioral problems as a result of not learning very important things from a litter, such as dog aggression or low frustration tolerance, among other things. In addition, her dam was not able to raise her and also teach her, so she also had developed some behavioral issues from the tube feeding she needed to save her life. We felt that we couldn't ethically sell a puppy with these behavioral concerns and that it was in Miracle's best interest to stay with us longer for more training.

The whole family participated and helped in her feeding, care and training from birth on up. It was like having a newborn again - up every two hours! My children and nephew took her to training classes. My daughter showed her in the Novice Puppy ring a few times! My sister was a tremendous help in the behavior modification we did to teach Miracle to accept people handling her face for face shaving! The longer Miracle stayed with our family, the more we grew attached. We are also pleased to say that Miracle has overcome her early challenges by leaps and bounds. She gets along great with other dogs now and accepts grooming and handling!

Needless to say, Miracle has become a very special puppy to my family and she has earned a permanent spot with our family regardless if she turns out to be breeding quality or not.

For several weeks, Miracle went every where I went for round the clock tube feeding care!
This puppy is a very loved puppy!
Who got to train Miracle was always a source
of cousin rivalry between these two!
This puppy is a VERY loved puppy!
First trip to the lake!
Target training at agility introduction class.
Enjoying a soccer game with the family!
We don't usually let puppies sleep in beds (allergies), but for this puppy, we made an exception. ;)
Socialization trip to Lowe's. 
First Dog Show
Second Dog Show - In Novice Puppy ring with my daughter.
Third Dog Show - more Novice Puppy practice
She also won Runner Up in a Halloween Contest. We chose the theme, "Happy Little Accident" ;)  My husband as Bob Ross, Me as the Canvas, while Miracle does her best rendition of a "Happy Little Cloud".
Miracle loves going to Agility classes!
Miracle earned her AKC STAR Puppy Medallion!

Moxie earned her first competition win at the Friday April 22nd 2022 at the Black Swamp Gun Dog Club show. She also earned her SPOT-ON and URO1 titles that weekend! So proud of our little miracle puppy! Groomed and handled by her owner, Tessa Tewksbury.