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Browsing Archive: December, 2014

Merry Christmas from The Canadian Litter

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, December 29, 2014,
Christmas has come and gone...it was celebrated and enjoyed and is now in the rear view mirror.  Life is back to normal, other than I am on holidays this week.  Time to catch up on blogs and taking and posting pictures of the Canadian kids.

Scroll back a few days - specifically to Dec 24.  I had made a 4 week appointment for Ms Purple....I just wasn't happy with her growth, or lack of it.  The vet confirmed my fears - that she was afflicted with some kidney related problems...blood tests were ...
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It's getting messy over here!

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, December 22, 2014,
1st puppy mush was served up Saturday....and it was a messy one.  Don't recall a litter ever getting so dirty while eating.  The first feeding was a few days earlier than usual....the slower weight gains told me that it was time.  I'm not sure if Dion's milk supply is diminishing a bit...or the fact she is feeding while standing up and the smallest two cannot reach her when standing on their back legs.  They get their own time on mom - I am also giving them milk replacement formula which is b...
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3 weeks old

Posted by Delores Smith on Friday, December 19, 2014,
Sorry for the late post - this week got away on me. A few Christmas functions behind me, with a few to go.

Overnight, the puppies went from sleeping in piles for the majority of the day to walking around trying to bite(gum) someone's tail or ear.  Mr Blue is becoming my favorite - I am dubbing him "the clown" of the bunch.  I love how he stares at his front foot  - gives this mouth opened look of glee, then pounces on it with his mouth,trying to bite it or lift it and shake it. It's a new worl...
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Canadian Litter - We are growing!

Posted by Delores Smith on Sunday, December 14, 2014,
The puppies' senses have heightened during this past week.  With eyes open they are noticing more things, including me....Mr. Orange likes to find me and snuggle once he sees/senses I'm close by.  When I hold them close to my face I love how they look back in total wonder. Of course they try to sneak in a few licks on my chin and nose.

I've mentioned in several posts in the past year that I always learn or experience something new with each litter.  With this one, the plugged teat on Dion has ...
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Canadian Litter - 2 Weeks Old

Posted by Delores Smith on Thursday, December 11, 2014,
Well, it's been two weeks since the birth of the Canadian Litter and I'm happy to say that things are going very well.  Puppies are gaining weight nicely and all are on mom's milk only - no supplementing.  I make sure the 4 smallest ones get their own time with mom.  The big 4 are gluttons!

Their eyes are open and it's a new world....they are reacting more and more to noises and movement - of course they always know when mom is close by.

This next week the puppies will start walking on all four...
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Canadian Litter 2nd Week

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, December 8, 2014,
11 days have gone by quickly....the puppies are gaining nicely.  All but two (Ms Purple & Ms Green) have doubled their weights.  They are now all over 300 grams..Ms Green was the last to reach this milestone...I am still supplementing when necessary - she still seems to get tossed around when they're all trying to get a spot at the milk bar.

Their eyes are part way open - will be wide eyed in a few days.  They are moving around a bit more in the whelping box, especially when they're trying to ...
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Canadian Litter 1 week old!

Posted by Delores Smith on Thursday, December 4, 2014,
1 week already!  Wow, that went quickly.  I am happy with how the Canadian Litter is thriving.  The big 4 (Ms Orange, Ms Pink, Mr. Orange and Mr Blue) have been gaining at a fast rate from day 1.  Ms Yellow and Mr White had a slow start but are now gaining at a good rate...i supplemented for a few days and they are now good without my help.  Ms Purple and Ms Green are still needing me to supplement every 3-4 hours.  I am syringe feeding them about 60ccs daily and also giving them extra time o...
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