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06-10-2014 08:16 AM
LaRen616 Reading your posts is exhausting! I don't know how you do it!

Good luck with everything! I hope all of the home checks go great!
06-09-2014 06:24 PM
N Smith With two litters, I am constantly exausted - going to bed around 11pm and getting up around 4am. AND they are both completely looking after their litters - I can't even imagine how someone who has an abandoned litter or sick mama do it! I hope to never experience that...ever....

I am back at work, so I get up - let the girls out for their potty break, get them both breakfast. While they are eating, I play with the puppies, clean paper, bedding etc. Then I get myself ready to be at work by 6:45 am. At 11am, I drive back home (20Kms) and check on puppies, let Ironhide out to potty (My Pom and her litter come to work with me), feed both the girls lunch, eat my own lunch, train for 30-40 minutes with my male Shepherd, let the other 3 dogs out for a potty break, pack the Poms up again and head back to work for 1pm. When I am done at 4:30pm, I head home and do it all over again!

I am SO LUCKY my moms have been amazing!! I have not gotten any sleep in weeks, but its due to my own paranoia, the girls have been fabulous moms. I am the creep who keeps waking them up in the middle of the night to check that the puppies are ok - which they always are

The next two weeks will be incredibly challenging for me - I have a 3 day dog show this weekend, followed by an agility seminar next week, then a UKC Trial next weekend.

In between all that and looking after the puppies, I have home checks to do, buyers who pass the interview and home check then get to come meet the puppies, so I have one buyer this week coming to meet them, and two home checks. Next week, so long as the home checks go well, I have 2 more families coming to meet the puppies.

I have 4 dogs to groom before Friday, a raw food delivery to pick up mid-day on Thursday, a Kennel Club meeting (I am on the board), set up for the dog show and training for the UKC trial to prep for.

I just need to make it through the next two weeks....If I break down and cry randomly, just go with it...
06-09-2014 06:02 PM
N Smith So we just started week 4 today with the puppies! They are doing fantastic. I weighed them last Wednesday (so just over 2 weeks old) and the smallest 4 were all weighing in at 3lbs 13 ozs and the next largest (M&F) were 4lbs 4 ozs and the biggest male was a whopping 5 lbs!! They are just big babies, they are not "tubby" puppies by any means.

Last night was their first tast of "real food"! They had ground turkey carcass, made soupy with some warm water. Two were not super impressed and preferred mom, the other 5 dug right in and the big male ate almost two muffin cups to himself! I had to stop him from eating anymore, I was worried he would make himself sick.

So tonight we will try again and see how they do! Here is the video of them trying their turkey last night.

First meal - Turkey - YouTube
06-06-2014 12:47 AM
N Smith Here are the videos, as promised:

Puppies 2.5 weeks:

Puppies 2.5 weeks - YouTube

Puppies Wrestling:

Wrestling #1 - YouTube

Wrestling #2 - YouTube

Puppies at the milk bar:

Shepherd Babies eating - YouTube
06-04-2014 12:04 PM
N Smith So at 2.5 weeks, the babies are still doing SO well. Ironhide is just the best mama and is keeping them well fed and looked after.

I am still not having to do much, I make sure they are held every day, check everyone's collars to make sure they are not too tight, clip nails (seems like every 3-4 days!!) and cuddle and maneuver them around, so they are used to being handled.

They are all hitting the 4lb mark - a few have surpassed it! And all have their eyes open! They have begun some light barking and gumming each other, and will actually run to the edge of the whelping box when I say (in my super girly high pitched voice) "Puppies!!"

Eyes Open:


Wrestling:


They have started to want to solicit interaction from me and will climb on me, gum me, lick me and follow me around the box. A couple of the larger ones are almost big enough to follow me out of the whelping box, so we will be expanding it next week most likely.

I started their potty training last night - I got an end roll of newspaper and have put that over half the whelping box and a sheet over the other half. From yesterday evening at 5:00pm to this morning at 5:00am - so 12 hours - only 1 pee on the sheet!! Everyone else hit the paper! It is so amazing they just knew what to do. Hopefully I haven't jinxed it by telling everyone and I hope it will continue LOL

Potty training:


I have some really cute videos of a couple of them "playing" with me. I will try to get them up to youtube so I can share. I will also try to get a couple more of them tonight!
05-27-2014 03:40 AM
Alice13 These are just soo cute

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05-27-2014 03:29 AM
SummerGSDLover Oh my gossshhhhh. They're so cute!!!

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05-26-2014 11:53 PM
Alena Gonzalez
Oh my

Adorable! Congratulations. I remember when I bred my Yorkie. Big difference but such a joy!
05-26-2014 11:49 PM
N Smith So the pups are now a week old and doing very well! Ironhide is an amazing mama and takes very good care of her babies.

The puppies are all now over 2lbs with a few approaching the 3lb mark - they are only 7 days old! LOL

Mom has been doing a good job cleaning them, so the whelping box has been easy to up-keep, I expect that to change in the coming weeks I am still sleeping in the whelping area, but only have to get up once a night or so to let Ironhide out to go to the bathroom. On occasion a rogue puppy starts to cry because it has "lost" mom, so I will observe and see if it finds it's way back - after giving it a fair chance, I will help the pup get back to mom if needed. The pups have come a long way since the beginning of the week and are getting around the box well enough that 9 times out of 10 I don't have to intervene and they will get back to mom.

My Pomeranian had her puppies Saturday night - the puppies are all around 3-4 ounces, so there is quite a difference in the puppies size, I think it is hilarious!!

Here are some puppy pictures of the Shepherds:













05-23-2014 08:11 AM
Shade Awww they look healthy and happy and doesn't mama look proud!
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