|08-22-2013 11:39 AM|
|pyratemom||So cute - I love those little pink puppy paw pads. I WANT!|
|08-22-2013 10:57 AM|
Wanted to update w/ some pictures. Sunday = 1 wk
All the girls are the Heavy weights (all pups are over 2 lbs, but the girls are on the top half while the boys are on the bottom & most of the girls just LOOK big compared to the boys - maybe it's b/c of having a lean mommy & a stocky daddy - not sure, but i find it amusing )
Girl Red was the first to have her eyes open. Her eyes are all the way open now... soo cute!
Boy Blue is slowly becoming my favorite - he's very calm & "cuddly". Doesn't have a puppy "siezure" lol, if you pick him up out of sleep. Just yawns & cuddles back up to you
Boy Green / Black (depending upon which collar type he fits in) is one of the "blenders" he has yet to come off over cuddly or over whiney - just kinda chill:
Boy Brown / Yellow - is very vocal. Do NOT wake this one out of his sleep unless you want a fit! lol, also if he wakes on his own & mom isn't around, he will have something to "say" about it...
Boy Orange is another vocal one - although usually he's just vocal when food isn't w/in reach LOL -
5 out of 7 Pups are lapping milk out of a cup & last night I tried a runny puppy chow / milk / water mix & most seemed to like that. (there always seems to be 2 not nursing at any given time, so I like to try them & gauge where they are). One of the pups - i forget which one, WILL NOT HAVE IT. lol, you can put anything in her (i think it's a girl) mouth & she'll lick / suck it off - but refuses (litterally swings her head away as to say, "no... you can't. make. me!) to lap. I'm sure she'll come along.
Hope Y'all enjoyed the update. I'll try to do something often, but w/ the pups + my online schooling starting up this wk + my kiddo starting kindergarten & my regular 40 hr work wk - i can't make any promises LOL. message me if i don't post for a while & i'll send some pics!
I have super cute vids too! one of my mini dac trying to ignore a "whiney" blue... all the while trying to figure out what that "thing" whining is??? LOL
|08-13-2013 06:23 PM|
|08-13-2013 06:04 PM|
glad i could brighten your day - these lil guys/gals sure brighten mine LOL. (and my daughters - she gets to hold 1, every morning after it eats & before she goes to school!)
Yup, all 7 already placed (w/ back ups if any fall thru), all but one is local & we've established a fb group to keep up w/ each pup as they grow!, i'm very excited to keep up w/ these lil ones - as This was Dixies only litter & we will not be keeping any for ourselves (much to my daughters dismay LOL)...
|08-13-2013 05:52 PM|
|pyratemom||Love looking at the puppy pictures. I needed a happy thing today and this was it. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to seeing them grow up. Do you have homes for all of them already?|
|08-13-2013 05:04 PM|
great. i was thinking 3 or 4 wks, but wanted to be sure. aside from being unusually wet, we are having great temps here this yr - mild but muggy. 'course in 3 wks, that could change - this is Arkansas LOL.
we do live in the country but we don't see too many wild animals thanks to the "cattle" dogs around here & my matriarch (lab) keeps any other dogs but our own clear from fence post to fence post.
I can't wait to see the lil guys & gals wrestling & playing with each other!!! cuteness.
I'll try to keep y'all updated as they grow ! Thanks for all the input!
|08-13-2013 04:51 PM|
Gosh, it is hard to say. I have a doggy door in the whelping area, and the puppies start going outside on their own, usally late in the second week or early in the third week if the weather is nice. You do need to consider predators both from the ground and from the sky. So far my bitches have been awesome and I have never lost a puppy to a snake or hawk/owl/Eagle, but it does terrify me. If they will go for a rabbit... But then they are right up against the house and wild things usually want to stay farther away.
If you are right there with them, there is no reason to not take them outside if the temperature is good, and the area you are taking them to is not run over by wildlife. You do not want them to get sick. Once they reach a temperature where they could survive an ordinary fever in dogs 103+, I think you can take them outside. I believe that it takes them to week three to get to their regular temperature. Right now, they have trouble regulating their heat and need their mother and litter mates, and possibly extra help from you to keep their body up to 96/98 degrees. This is why canine herpes, which usually goes unnoticed in adult dogs -- a fever of 103 kills the virus, can kill a whole litter of puppies. Their bodies cannot build up or support that type of heat, and it will devestate them.
What I have is a concrete puppy pen that the doggy door leads to, which is within a fenced yard, so no wild things are shedding diseases like lepto, or canine herpes, etc.
Outside in the front yard, I set up a series of x-pens, well before the litter is born. Then I carry them out there and let them enjoy that area while I watch for anything that might be an issue. But that is usually when they are a minimum of 3 weeks, maybe four. It depends somewhat on the weather.
|08-13-2013 04:21 PM|
|kare71913||Question: when is a good time to introduce them to the outdoors - obviously i'll be waiting until they open their eyes & whatnot, but haven't seen anywhere where it points out when is TOO early to do so & i don't want to risk them getting sick or something... (my husband thinks i'm too "worrisom" w/ them but i just tell him i feel like these are MY kiddos LOL and i'd rather be overly cautious than flipant|
|08-13-2013 04:14 PM|
Thats a beautiful mama!
And duh cute widdle puppies..
|08-13-2013 04:12 PM|
She got a tablespoon of full fat vanilla ice cream after each pup (i don't recall where i read that or the amt but she definately enjoyed it). she did eat all the placentas (most pups she barely let hit the ground before she was handling business - i was planning on doing the cord myself since i'd seen so many / heard about how excited they could get while chewing the cord - but she did great). . . I've incorporated any meat scraps we have into her diet. she wasn't very hungry at all up until about yesterday afternoon - i just chalked it up to her not wanting to leave the pups. and she was having #2 bathroom issues (but i completely understood that, as i've had a kid myself LOL - i remembered being TERRIFIED of that part ... okay TMI, but that's how she seemed, shed squat several times... re adjust & after about 3 attempts, whine LOL) but she's finally gotten that handled & it's definately dark & goooey! lol
i'll have the hubs grab a kitchen scale tonight. i found one, but it's measurments are broken up to largely to get an accurate reading. I also stood on the scale & got my weight - then weighed w/ ea pup in hand & all seem to be over a # as of about 36hrs - but we all know how reliable digital scales are LOL.
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