Join Date: Sep 2014
Dogs Name: Maverick and Kya
Titles: GCH, BH, Dock Diving, Agility, Rally, and of course Supreme bed destroyer
Dogs Age: 4 years and 20mo
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Sorry guys, it's been crazy. The puppies are all doing VERY well. Some interesting things.
Now this could be because they were born C-section but our mentor acted like it was a normal thing for a first time mom. She did a great job of licking them and activating them but the momma would have them all over the dang whelping box. And they would be whining because they wanted to be near her and she would be whining because they were whining. So then Joannah and I were freaking out but we didn't want to call our mentor because we wanted to do it on our own, but we also didn't know what to do.... Come to find out we had to kind of help momma and puppies by picking them up and putting them around the nipple so they would try to latch on. Then they would be quiet and momma would be happy again. I'd say it took about 2 days for the momma to start relaxing around them and laying her head down. I just assumed momma and puppies would know where to go and what to do.
I was also a bit surprised at how often you give the momma calcium, in my mind it was like once a day or so but it's like every few hours. Makes me wonder how dogs in the wild do it? She also drinks a TON of water. Makes sense because the puppies are eating so much but I guess I just didn't think much about it.
I also realized that I'm addicted to picking the puppies up. Our mentor had to get on us saying, "The puppies don't need to be eating or sleeping near momma 24/7 if they are sleeping and happy and away from her it's fine.
We all know that these puppies are perfect but I'm surprised at how well they're getting around, considering their eyes and ears are closed and all.
Last night we did dew claws. It was very interesting to watch. I, of course, was on puppy duty, so I got them out of the whelping box and then once done put them in the warming box. Since it wasn't my litter I refused to hold the cuties while they were being declawed. They yelped a little when the clamp was on but immediately stopped as soon as it was over, hardly any bleeding, if any at all. Kind of cool.
Today is tail docking day, I'm not looking forward to this. I've heard it's much harder than cropping day, which I've attended one of those last year. Because of all of the AR crazies I won't go into detail on the thread but if you're interested in details you can message me.