Join Date: Jul 2014
Dogs Name: Vanya (Miniature Pinscher), Nadia (Doberman Pinscher)
Titles: SD CSAU ATT IBAR SPOT CGN WAC BH BSA G1a
Dogs Age: 17/03/09, 26/02/15
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Thank you for your kind words LadyDi, I will definitely think about it someday!
And thank you to everyone else for everyone else's thoughts for our little lost boy. In some sense I suppose being confronted to that reality with my first litter was a sobering reminder that no matter how well you think you've prepared and how you supposedly do "everything right" mother nature and lady luck still get the final say.
I didn't get a ton of sleep last night but Nadia eventually started to relax and fall asleep, pups were tucked in against her belly so I went to bed. It's funny how tuned in I am to their sounds. If the pups or if Nadia start crying I immediately go check on them.
I weighed everyone at their 24 hour marks and everyone had gained weight, so that was very pleasing to see. The Nøkk who had been the most lethargic of the pups and the most worrisome after his arrival was also starting to show some excellent neurological signs in his sleep, powerful twitching and head jerking (which in neonate puppies is something you want to see, because they are so underdeveloped one of the nervous system's first jobs after coming into this world is to self-stimulate - which is why in videos of sleeping newborns you'll often see full body spasms).
My heart hurts a little every time a puppy chirps and Nadia doesn't know why. She nudges them with her nose and licks them and tries to push them close to her chest then 'hug's them with her head and looks at me with sad little eyes. She usually brightens up and relaxes when I tell her she's a good girl, and it's ok, and that she's being a good mum. It's normal too I know, I think most new mothers feel overwhelmed and concerned for their offspring, and maybe insecure about what to do when they sound distressed. We had to negotiate for her to go potty yesterday as she doesn't want to leave their side, even though she is free to go wherever she wants. This is important because dams should always have the opportunity to 'escape' if they feel overwhelmed or if they need a break. Yet in spite of this Nadia has only left 2 or 3 times total since having them to potty. I keep her water in an elevated dish just outside the whelping box so she doesn't need to get up to drink, just reach over, and I keep her food dish inside the box. She's been good about eating everything offered.
The litter has already been registered with the Canadian Kennel Club as of yesterday, their new online system meant I got my litter's registration number almost instantly. Parallel to taking care of everyone, now is the time to start ordering things like microchips, Embark DNA tests and making appointments for tail docking, ear cropping etc. Now that I know how many puppies I have it's easier to finish getting everything I need.
I'm no longer trembling
Here I am
I've come so far
You are the answer I've waited for
All of my life