Saturday, August 23, 2014
Pups Are Here!
I was hoping for weekend pups arriving on day 61, but Fern had other ideas and the pups arrived Thursday night on day 59. Although I love raising pups, I really dislike whelping litters, and it's a chore I never look forward to. I particularly dislike dealing with stillborn pups, cords that are cut too short and bleed when mom continues to fuss with them, and wondering if everything is OK or if I need to put a call in for veterinary advice. You'd think that after 45 years I'd be immune to the pain of losing a pup and have all the answers to whelping difficulties, but that's never the case. Fortunately we had none of those this time around. Thank you Fern!
Eight pups, all delivered healthy, only one requiring some extra work (he was "juicy" and took some massaging before his breathing was normal). Fern cut the cords perfectly, tore the sacks off the puppy heads in a timely fashion, and accepted the pups right away. She got a bit nervy between pups four and five and had some trouble staying organized. Dal girls don't like their pups taken away for safe keeping and insist on having them in the whelping box, so I had to keep them out of her way when each new pup arrived. Some bitches lay quietly on their sides when the new pups arrive, but Fern was up and about, pushing hard and rearranging blankets. Although I missed whole night's sleep, pups were delivered promptly with no long gaps in between. Whew.
4 boys and 4 girls, 5 blacks and 3 livers. Originally thought there were only 2 livers, but the boy I was unsure of ended up being liver. P:ups are a day old now, and all are doing well. Several pups were rather thin at birth, but all have plumped up a bit already. Fern is doing a good job, and keeping them clean. She doesn't tolerate the heat lamp though and get stressed when it is on. I've used heat lamps for 40+ years, and this is the only time its been a problem. She wins, of course, and I'll just keep the basement warmer. Good thing most of my fish are TROPICAL fish.
Still haven't checked back on my list of "puppy people". Guess I'd better do that this weekend. Have a number of inquiries I still need to respond to as well.
Fern's cousin "Gemma" also has 8 new pups, 2 boys and 6 girls. They live with my daughter Jessica and are co-owned by Gemma's "other mother" Heather.
Both Fern and Gemma are show dogs as well as beloved family members. Both are Champions in the breed ring, were bred to top quality Champion males, and all four adults have their CHIC #s because they have had all of their appropriate health testing (hips, elbows, eyes, hearing, thyroid). Both litters will be raised in our respective homes, properly socialized, be BAER hearing tested, will have thorough Vet check ups and first shots, and will be sold with comprehensive written guarantees.