Puppies born on Tuesday, exactly as I had expected. Only 5 of them, but they make up for it in size, all weighing 14-16 ounces. (My pups normally weigh in at about 12.) It was not an easy whelping, and had I not been there to assist we would have lost all/most of them. Once they were breathing (and yelling) they were all ready to nurse. Nena was terrific throughout, including a visit to see Dr. Jim at the vet clinic for an ultra sound.
We have 2 black boys, 2 black girls, 1 liver boy, all born with most or all of their nose trim and eye rims, which is a good way to start. Dew claws will be removed on Saturday morning, then we sweat the hearing until 14-16 days. Once I know they all hear I will relax and start to enjoy the pups! No names for anyone until I know their hearing status.