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Old 12-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #101 (permalink)
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your doing a fantastic job. hang in there..
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #102 (permalink)
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OMG ... I haven't been on this thread for a bit ... and WOW ... what an update and a half!!!

Congratulations on your puppies LOL ... I can just imagine how freaking shocked you were to see a puppy! OH BOY!!!!

Thank god for the internet ... what wonderful guidance you have received on here ... it's so nice to know there's a wonderful place to go when you really need help!!!

Hopefully 7 is it, but I guess at this point, another one or two won't really make a difference LOL

Keep up the great work, and have lots of fun with puppies ... OMG ... you are going to have puppy breath ... I'm so jealous!!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:29 AM   #103 (permalink)
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7! Wow. You are doing great. What a surprise!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:47 AM   #104 (permalink)
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My poor husband is so tired. I was worried I'd wake up to 10, but there are still 7. They are adorable. All appear to be healthy *knock on wood*. We have a few friends/family who have said they want one. Plus we are thinking of keeping one if there is a boy. We are crazy. But first have to get thru the next 8 weeks. At what point should we start holding them to properly socialize them? I can't wait to see how the vet visit goes.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #105 (permalink)
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Wow. Now I can say it - this is why shelters/rescues should spay/neuter every dog before they leave - I cannot imagine having this happen. And with these puppies --- you will need to be sure that they are also spayed/neutered. Poor puppy girl having puppies - so unfair to her.

I think you should start a new thread in the breeder section about new unexpected litter with questions like that, about taking them or mom to the vet (?), etc.

Unreal. Please take care.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:03 AM   #106 (permalink)
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The dog wasn't from a shelter....she got her on CL.

I agree with Jean, please start another thread or maybe Jean can copy/paste the last page to that forum for advice on the puppy raising now that the whelping is over.

Wishing you luck pinklady! The holidays are going to be very different for you now!
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:10 AM   #107 (permalink)
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Ah! I get confused with the terms! Thanks, Jane.

Yes - I can move it over - this is just ridiculous - that poor puppy!

ETA - all moved over.

In sum - 9 month old female from Craigslist - suspected to be in heat, attacking the resident female, then suspected to be having a false pregnancy but wow, it was real and now there are 7 puppies with this first time dog litter human family (and still the resident female who should be kept away).

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #108 (permalink)
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What I do with puppies is, I put a little piece of rick rack around their neck. Yarn gets too stringy. The rick rack works pretty good, and that way I can tell them apart and keep track of their weights. I use a notebook and write it all down.

Again, if the puppies are gaining weight, the dam is doing good.

So each day, twice a day, I will pick up each pup, look at the umbilical area, and check under the tail -- I just want to make sure Mom is doing a good job of keeping them clean. Then I weigh the puppy and check the rick rack to make sure it is not too tight, or too loose. I like to be able to get a finger under neath it. Then I give it a pet and play with the paws, and set it down next to the
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I pick them up and put them in a box when I go to clean their area.

And watching puppies is almost hypnotic or addictive. Sometimes it just cannot be helped, and one must pick one up and rub it up under one's chin and let it lie on one's chest, warm, and breathing softly.

For the first week or two, this is plenty. It is good your husband is a dog person because that will be helpful too, to have people of both sexes handling them.

As for the kids. The dam is young and you have not had her long, so be cautious with them. I would it your child on the floor outside of the puppy area, and hand him a 2.5 - 3 week old puppy. Let him pet it gently. Then you pick it up and put it back in the box.

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:51 PM   #109 (permalink)
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WOW. what a thread to read. Nothing to add, but she is a beautiful girl. I can't imagine if this were to happen at my house. I would've lost it by now. :O I admire your calm, collected, and positive outlook to everything that has happened. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:05 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Wow, what an update! No wonder this bitch was acting so crazy! I don't have anything to add as far as puppy raising, except that you might want to contact a rescue close to you in order to help place the pups when the time comes.

I know it will be terribly tempting to keep one of the puppies. Don't do it. Love them all like your own until they are old enough to go to new homes, but always keep in mind that they are NOT yours. You will become very attached to them and you will cry when they leave. But you already have a full plate with two bitches that don't like each other, although that may improve when all the hormones settle down, having a puppy on top of it all will make life extremely challenging to say the least!
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