Kitty meets the puppies! She doesn’t know what they are??
Deja is SUCH a good dog! Even though the pups are less than a week old, she is not bothered by “guests”! Kitty, on the other hand, does NOT know what these squeaky toys are! All I can say is… Investigate NOW kitty because soon, they will be the same size as you! And their “squeaks” will soon change too!
As we are making our way through the first week of the puppies lives, I almost feel like celebrating… ALMOST! That first week is so criticial for the puppies; I feel like we are “watching them” constantly! And mom too!
First the puppies:
All are gaining weight each day; a very good sign!
All are very mobile moving all around the whelping box (and have no problem finding the “milk bar” when mom is in the box with them
And all survived having dew claws removed yesterday (day 3); sites look great today!
And then there is mom, Deja:
It is hot here, Deja is panting constantly (the “up side” of this is that the puppies are definitely NOT chilled!) We have the AC on for Deja but are making sure pups are not in any drafts. Regardless, I have now removed the heating pad in the whelping box… Pups are all spread out indicating they are definitely NOT cold!
Deja’s incision looks good; is healing well. We did pull out 4 staples that were “falling out” but the incision where these staples were has healed; is looking good.
Milk has “come in” as evidence by the puppies all gaining weight.
The “bad news” is Deja has Hot Spots on both thighs and her groin. More shaving for Deja, drying out of these areas, and treating the area w/ topical medication. Poor mama! We are keeping a very close eye on these areas!
Thanks for all touching base with me!
I will be putting together “puppy packets” that I will send to everyone via email (in the next few weeks). This will give everyone a chance to read over info and get questions asked/answered long before puppies go to their new homes!
The “theme” for this litter’s registered names will be names that signify a journey (because it certainly has been a journey for us!) Preceding this name will be our kennel name, “Jema”. The “call name” for your puppy can be anything you want and what you will call your puppy/dog on a daily basis. An example of what I’m talking about will be one of the boy’s names: Jema’s Journey To The River; call name: “Fischer” (I hope I got that right, Terri?!) It is nice if you want to have the call name be part of the registered name but you do not have to do this. Coming up with names is a fun, family activity we usually play on long car rides or when anticipating puppy’s arrival.
As always, if you have any questions of me, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
It’s amazing what sleep can do for a person! Thinking straight is a biggy! For the folks who realize I am cross-posting, please understand I just don’t want “puppies” to get buried in “other stuff”! Literally and figuratively!!
So, we have 9 puppies: 5 girls and 4 boys! I couldn’t ask for a better break down of sexes! Mom and puppies are all doing well; pups are healthy and CHUNKY! Pups were marked with “vet wrap” at the vet clinic after being weighed; first thing coming home is to change their collars.
Blue: 1 lb
Black: 1 lb 0.6 oz
Purple: 15 oz
Green: 15.2 oz
Hot Pink: 1 lb 0.6 oz
Lime Green: 12.4 oz
Red: 14.8 oz
Yellow: 13.0 oz
Orange; 12.2 oz
Pups will be weighed every day for the first week then weekly thereafter. As an aside, I really like these new collars I bought for this litter. They are made out of parachute cord in bright, different colors. They expand as the puppies grow and include a matching set for when pups are much larger. I’ve tried several different ways of “marking” pups over the years and so far, I really like these new collars!
We sleep with mom and puppies for at least the first week to make sure there are no problems. It is easy for a puppy to get on the “back side” of mom and have problems finding their way back to the “milk bar”. That is where we come in… we “fly them” to the front side. Yeah, sleep is a valuable commodity around here with all the squeaks from the babies throughout the night! And for those not used to raising puppies, the “pig rails” on the side of the box protect puppies from being laid on. There is space under the rails that they fit under that mom does not. Even the best mom in the world can lose track of a wandering puppy!
It took a while for Deja to wake up from anesthesia from her C-section. Poor girl wakes up groggy to 9 squeaky puppies! Before leaving the vet office, we made sure every puppy nursed from mom that does a few things. 1. It stimulates the maternal instinct in Deja and 2. each puppy receives colostrum from mom that boosts their immunity. Again, for those who may not know, puppies are not born with any immunity; they get it from mom first starting with that colostrum.
For folks “on my list”, I haven’t had a chance to go back to see who wanted what gender. And I need to make sure these puppies will be a right match for the lifestyle each person described in their questionnaire. Right now, my priority is Deja and the puppies; more info forthcoming as soon as mom and pups are taken care of!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos; there will be more 🙂 Off to take care of all of the dogs! I hope everyone has a Golden Day!
LONG NIGHT for both Deja and I as she progressed through labor in preparation for puppies. Knowing this was a large litter, we had opted to do a C-Section today, 6/11; one day from her due date (6/12/18).
When Deja’s temp dropped significantly (97.1) last night at 8:30 p.m., we knew she was having puppies today anyways, with or without a C-Section! And when Deja started having early contractions at around 4-4:30 a.m., we knew puppies were coming!
Phone calls made and Deja’s CS was moved up to 7:00 a.m. (was scheduled at 11 a.m.). Unfortunately, I got stuck behind a train that then stopped; CS postponed until 7:30 because the main star was late (LOL!) when we finally arrived at my vet clinic.
Hectic time and too many to thank but… Deja and her NINE PUPPIES are all doing well. While I am disappointed she didn’t have 10 puppies as originally thought were saw on her x-ray, I AM GLAD we did the CS (because at home, I would be still waiting and worrying about a supposed 10th puppy!)
Deja is home, recovering nicely from her CS, and is bonding with pups. All are good sized (which may account for the miscount?) and doing well.
More to come but I am going to go take a nap! My puppy sitter is keeping a close eye on Deja and the pups. I feel truly blessed with such a gorgeous litter of pups thanks to Mr. Journey and his wonderful owner, Shannon!
Okay, folks… I’ve been going over and over this x-ray. The goal is to match up skulls and spines (that also have ribs) to get an accurate puppy count.
I went in predicting 10 puppies and that is what the vet confirmed with this x-ray! Why ten? Because Deja has the length to hold puppies and she is “overhanging quite a bit! She is enormous! Weighing in today at 69.5 pounds!
Everything is ready at home for the big day! We are now taking temps waiting for that temp drop to signify her progesterone drop (the beginning of labor). Puppies 12-24 hours after that (significant) temp drop.
Getting clean for upcoming puppies means… BATH TIME!
Six days to go before… PUPPIES!
Puppy pen is set up and ready; supplies disinfected and waiting. Miss Deja had a bath over the weekend with disinfecting shampoo… WHEW! Special care was given to her belly/nipple area to clean all the cracks and crevices. The last thing I need to do is shave her belly to make it easier for pups to find the “milk bar”.
Deja’s ultrasound appointment is tomorrow, June 6th. We’ll get a “head count” (literally) to know how many puppies to expect on the big day! This will help in the throws of whelping to know whether she is done or not with delivering the puppies. (And if she acts like she is done but we know she still has undelivered puppies yet to go!)
It’s sort of funny… She doesn’t look overly big in these photos or when wet? In reality, she is HUGE!