With their eyes open now, pups begin to explore their environment
Pups seem to grow overnight! They are beginning to notice each other and want to play together. All are walking better even if they still tend to tumble now and again. Deja continues to be a good mommy keeping close tabs on the pups although is now spending some time away from them, but never too very far away.
Looking forward to meeting everyone soon at the “puppy party”! No worries if you can’t make it, we will set another date so that everyone has the chance to play with the puppies!
I love how the pups are noticing each other and beginning to “play” with each other. This is the beginning of great socialization between littermates that everyone will need to continue when puppy goes home.
Photos of puppies (and other dogs) taken during pups first week.
Puppies are one week old today; this week seems to have flown by! I’ve talked to a LOT of people, answered a LOT of emails, monitored puppies (and mom)! Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of help too! Today is hubby’s first day back to work (half day) so someone is always here with mom and pups (and to help take care of the other critters too!)
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!
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!
Well actually 2 weeks and 3 days! Miss Deja is definitely carrying more than a few puppies!
Hubby was joking this morning about his new way to “exercise the dogs”. All he has to do is get up from his chair in the study and walk into the bedroom. Or the kitchen. And everyone gets up to follow him! LOL! Sitting at my desk now, I have a sea of gold surrounding me! Goldens definitely like to “hang out” with their people!
We are keeping a very close eye on Deja now (well, we keep a close eye on everyone, really). The “big day” is getting closer!