Thank you so much everyone. We didn't expect it and it was one of the hardest things we've been through, but we wouldn't have felt good about doing it any other way (keeping Heidi and raising pups til the 8 weeks). I feel good that all are in good homes. We have told people if they can't keep their puppy for whatever reason, return them to us because we still have interested friends who would like one, and I'd rather them come back to us than go to a shelter. Considering most are friends, I know they won't go behind our backs. Just hope it doesn't happen!!!! People have been telling me the pups are looking maltese. Our little guy is almost 20 pounds, so he's not small, that's for sure.
Selzer, I'm glad you told me the realities of keeping two littermates. Watching the remaining puppy run around with the one we kept last night, I was glad we didn't keep two. Two puppies are much much naughtier than one. My rugs can attest to that. Sigh. All the puppies seem to be confident, so I do feel pretty good about that. I knew they were ready to go to their new homes, mostly because they were so thirsty for our attention, it's hard to give it to so many at once, especially when working full-time and with kids, etc. So we tried our best. Not many people can say they raised a litter of puppies so I will always remember this time and look back fondly, but also glad to never do it again!!!!
Here's our little guy. Although he's not so little. He and Sasha have been getting along very well, I'm happy to say. It's still the honeymoon period, but I'm more hopeful than I was with Heidi. Sasha has done the play bow with him, so I take that as a good sign.