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My dear friend just lost her Irish Wolfhound to bloat. To compound the tragedy she had just whelped her first litter, Tyra's terrific ten. The pups are only two and a half weeks old. Does anyone know of any lactating bitches in the Seattle/Bothell area with spare milk that could nurse these orphans? My friend is trying bottle and sponge feeding and is determined that these little ones should thrive. She has lots of support from the Wolfhound community but I just thought that I would throw this out here.

Please keep my friend in your thoughts. She got Tyra right when I got my boy Havoc. She was only four years old. My heart is breaking for her.
 

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they are close - a week - to being able to eat alone.....

Such a shame about mom.....

sorry

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I'm sorry I can't offer any help but just wanted to wish your friend luck with the puppies. I hope they make it. It must be like having a bunch of little echos of her beloved Tyra around. I hope she can keep one for herself to help her ease her loss a little bit.
 

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I started my Shepherd pups on whole ground beef carcass and warm water just before they hit the 3 week mark (they were scrambling for mom's meals already).

I would ask her if they are up and around, eyes open etc, you could just start them on some VERY soupy gruel? Either kibble or raw.

Hope it all goes for the best and absolutely horrible about mama.
 

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I heard about the bloat last night and when I called she had survived surgery. When I woke up this a.m., she had passed. It's like a kick in the gut. My friends are lovely people and very responsiible breeders. This was their first litter.
 

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I heard about the bloat last night and when I called she had survived surgery. When I woke up this a.m., she had passed. It's like a kick in the gut. My friends are lovely people and very responsiible breeders. This was their first litter.
So, so sad :(

My absolute worst nightmare would be losing any one of my dogs, even worse with a litter of puppies to care for. I hope they were planning to keep one back, a little piece of their bitch to help ease the pain.:hug:
 

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Yes, they were planning on one. I hope they keep two. They are starting gruel. I'll call later and see if they need help with a night shift.
 

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I am so sorry about the loss of Tyra. Sending wishes for the puppies to be ok. Cant imagine how hard this must be for your friends,
 

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When I go to nose work class, I'll mention it to the instructor.. He might know of someone who has a bitch that could help.

So sorry to hear about Tyra's untimely death and the orphaned pups.
 

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Quick update..pups are taking bottle--goat milk and supplements. I'm on my way to help with 2 & 6 p.m. feeding.
I'm wearing very old clothes and a smock!
 

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Quick update..pups are taking bottle--goat milk and supplements. I'm on my way to help with 2 & 6 p.m. feeding.
I'm wearing very old clothes and a smock!
Awesome! That should get you through the next couple of days, then they can be introduced to some soupy solids.

I used a muffin tin to feed the first few meals! Worked perfectly. I just used the outer cups and left the middle row empty. Almost no mess ;) Then moved them to individual bowls about 5 days later.

Please keep us updated on this litter! Would love some pictures if you are able to share.
 

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The owner of my training facility put the word out for lactating bitch. Things sound hopeful with bottle feeding, though. Please keep us up-dated. I hope the breeder is doing okay. So upsetting to lose her bitch to bloat....and to have motherless pups.
 

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So much goes into GDV that isn't always accounted for. They're extremely critical patients in all aspects. :( Sad to hear that she didn't make it. Surgery is only one part. It sounds like they have things pretty well underhand right now. Hopefully something will come through. I'm so sorry for her loss. It is one of the worst ways to lose a beloved friend.
 

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Her pups are so close to eating regular food. I have a bitch whose pups are eight weeks, and she is still feeding them, but Seattle is a long way away. By the time we got her there, the pups could be on solid food.
 

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Thanks again. I fed the pups tonight and they were good eaters and burpers. My friend is Belle McCluskey and she is on Facebook so if anyone wants to see the beautiful pups they should go to her page.
 
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