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Browsing Archive: May, 2014

E Litter - On the Move

Posted by Delores Smith on Thursday, May 29, 2014,
The E Litter is on the move..which makes my visits so much more fun.  Up until now the pictures have been of sleeping puppies...namely because that is what they did the first two weeks...aside from eating and pooping.  Their awake periods are longer and more frequent and they are in a frenzy when their mom walks by. 

My favorite moment so far was on Monday...they were awake and moving around in their box so I climbed in and got on my knees with head at their level....they looked at me and fou...
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E Litter 2 weeks old!

Posted by Delores Smith on Sunday, May 25, 2014,
Two weeks old!  Eyes are open...they are reacting to noise.  They are traveling across the whelping box and we had some escapees this last week. One of them was little Ms Red....so size has nothing to do with it - it's all about determination. Have raised the door to the box to keep them contained...too young to be venturing out of their safe area. And there's puppy breath...wonderful smelling puppy breath...nothing quite like it!

Weight gains have been mostly good...there's the odd day when o...
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E Litter Gloria & Duke

Posted by Delores Smith on Thursday, May 22, 2014,
How do you measure 10 days...by hours..by minutes...by visits to the puppies...that seems to be how I am measuring time and progress.  10 days old doesn't sound like much but then again May 11th seems a distant memory.  When the puppies get to 10 days I worry less about their well being - still attentive and observant - just not fussing over every squeak and whine.  They all feel strong and some are down right chunky. I continue to give Ms Red her special time with Gloria - when you're that ...
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E Litter 1 Week Old

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, May 19, 2014,
8 days have passed since the birth of the E litter and I'm very happy to say that everyone is doing really well.  Gloria has made a good recovery from her c section and spay procedure.  Was concerned at the beginning of the week but she has that gleam in her eye and spring in her step again.  Quite satisfied with all 6 puppies' weight gains.  Again beginning of the week it was a little concerning but now they all look like they've grown a lot.  Ms Pink weighs 694 grams; Ms Orange 612 grams; M...
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E Litter Gloria x Duke

Posted by Delores Smith on Wednesday, May 14, 2014,
E Litter is on Day 4 and all is well.  Last night weigh-ins showed weight gain by all puppies.  There are always some greedy ones that gain by leaps and bounds and then there are two where you are just happy they are doing some gaining.  I have supplemented Little Ms Red and Mr Green several times and that has made the difference - given them strength to fight for that spot at the milk bar.  With only 6 puppies there should be plenty of milk for everyone but the c section and spaying procedur...
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Happy Mother's Day "E" litter!

Posted by Delores Smith on Monday, May 12, 2014,
Well - they're here - 6 members of the "E Litter" made their entrance in the wee hours of the morning of Mother's Day.  Stage 1 labor started Saturday morning....my thought was - great, pups will be born during the day.  Hour after hour went by - lots of panting...glazed eyes...bathroom breaks....labor just didn't progress -sat with Gloria for most of the evening, waiting for the contractions to start.  By  11 pm I was very concerned...she should have been pushing by that time...I called the ...
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Waiting...for the E Litter

Posted by Delores Smith on Friday, May 9, 2014,
We are waiting...waiting for the birthing process to start and to welcome the E Litter.  Gloria gained another 1/2 inch putting her measurements at 39.5 inches or 100.5 cms.  She is the same size as Jazz with her Nov 30 litter.  Gloria is in good spirits - resting a lot - eyeing the shrubs in the backyard as well as under the deck...scouting out a good place to have her pups.  She'll have to be okay with a nice soft bed in the house for her puppies.  Today is the first time in a long time tha...
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Gloria's Last week Day 58

Posted by Delores Smith on Tuesday, May 6, 2014,
A bit of growth in the last few days - 39 inches or 99.06 cm...starting to doubt my prediction of 6 or 7 pups!  We're still going for slow short walks..Gloria is eating less at meals - occasional vomiting - all normal at this stage in her pregnancy - pups are taking up a lot of room.  This is my favorite time - love to feel the puppies, move, squirm and kick...validation that there is life in that large mid section.  Will start taking her temperature this week.  It will help me understand wha...
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Gloria Day 55

Posted by Delores Smith on Friday, May 2, 2014,
Lots of growth in the last week.  Gloria is measuring  whopping 38.5 inches around her girth.  Starting to look really "full"
Our walk today was half the distance and half the pace...she's still excited about the walk so we'll do it for a few  more days. Trying to be very careful with her to not get bumped by Dinnye - Gloria likes to go in and out a door before Dinnye...a hard bump could cause labor to start early...something we can't afford...puppies would most likely not survive being born a...
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