Dam: Maizehill Nala Crystal
Sire: Crowlee Great Gatsby
Congratulations to Nudge who is now the proud Mum of 5 little Golden babies: 3 boys and 2 girls. Delivered by caesarian section Mum and little ones are doing well.
Our babies are now 1 week old. It has been a busy week for all of us. Ater a caesar the Mums must be watched very closely ...Temperatures are taken 2x a day, they are accompanied night and day to toilet outside, washed daily and discharge monitorted. Each Mum is fed 4x a day with a balanced diet of meat ,chicken necks, lamb hearts and liver, vegies and dry food. So as you can imagine, our mums almost think they are on holiday! Our pups are also watched very closely in the first week after a caesar. Each pup is weighed 2x a day and little chests listened to for any congestion. Both Mum and pups are kept warm in their heated whelping boxes after major surgery.
Nudge had 5 beautiful puppies that survived after the caesar and loads of wonderful milk, so she has taken on 2 of Torah's babies to rear... A very dark little girl with a white collar (little Tor) and a larger boy with a brown collar (Rah). These pups will be registered as Torah's but raised by Nudge... this allows each puppy in both litters to have the best chance to do well. Nudge has the softest nature and has loved and accepted these new charges that were introduced after a few days, as though they were her own.
This week Nudge's babies have shown good weight gains, almost doubling their birth weights. All puppies are well. Eyes and ears are closed and they are unable to walk. They drag their little bodies around their whelping box using their sense of smell to find milk from mum. When puppies are born their skin lacks pigmentation...Can you notice in the pictures that the skin on the pads on their feet and around their faces and their button noses has gone from pink/red to black?
Two weeks old now, Nudge's babies and her 2 adopted babies, just sleep and drink their life away! They are a very contented and quiet little litter. I think the only time that we hear any squeaking from them is when Nudge is cleaning them or gets into the whelping box to feed them and they all jostle for position to get the best nipple to suck on. The puppies' eyes are now open but their ears are still closed at this stage. The puppies are now soft and cuddly as their coats grow in lengthTorah's puppies are now five weeks old. As you can see from the photos they have moved to their outdoor home and have settled in well. They have space to run and chase each other. They play with the toys and enjoy running through the tunnels and climbing on the blocks. We have even had some sunny, windless days where the pups have romped over the grass and delighting in their freedom. Torah has weaned her pups and is no longer feeding them. Now, it is my turn and I am happy to report that the pups have done well and are now qiute settled on soaked dry food, rice cooked chicken mince. They also love their weetbix and lactose free milk.
A big thankyou to my hubbie for building our new puppy area it is fantastic
Once again I look forward to putting faces to all the lovely people that I have spoken to on the phone this weekend...don't forget your cameras.and their color increases. All puppies have had a pedicure and their first worming medicine. Nudge spends more time away from her babies resting outside the box or outside enjoying the sun.Hope you enjoy this week's photos.
Three weeks old our babies have changed so much this week. They stay awake for short periods. The puppies have found their voices and we hear squeaky little barks and soft growls coming from the box. They can now walk and sit up. Puppies' teeth have come through and they like to sit up and gently mouth each other to soothe their gums...much like a human baby likes to chew on a teething ring. All our puppies can hear and react to me vacuuming around the box. Nudge spends more time outside but still likes to lie in the box and snooze and the pups love to cuddle up to her and sleep. Nudge has started to sit up to feed her babies in an attempt to fit them all in as they grow larger. One of the photos this week has the tag of 'the letdown'It never ceases to delight me when I see the pups who start to suck while pushing gently with their paws ...suddenly the letdown comes and the pups' tails arch and quiver, in mid air as the milk gushes. I can clearly hear glug, glug glug as they swallow this richest of food sources...and then I watch them grow !!! (almost)
Hopefully, you have all received your times for our viewing weekend. Please try to arrive as close as possible to the time as there will be other families before and after you and we change exactly on the hour to accomodate everyone with equal time. The puppy care notes have also been sent...if you have any questions or concerns please ring me. Please don't buy any food yet as I would like to show you the kibble and advise where you can purchase at a reasonable price.
Please have a think about what time suits you for Pick up day as I will start to organise times on this weekend. Our puppies are 8 weeks old on October 31st and will able to join their new families from that day. Thankyou to all those people who have given me such positive feedback re the website updates... it is much appreciated!
Our puppies are now 4 weeks old. Today our puppies met the vet for the first time and were microchipped. Once again it has been a week of changes for our little ones. They have moved out of our house and have settled into their new indoor outdoor area where they have more room to move around and explore. They really look like little dogs now, as you can see from the photos. It is amazing to look back over the last 4 weeks and see just how much they have changed! It was fun trying to get the photos of each one as they do not sit still for very long and their coat colorings did not come out as well as I had hoped but you can get an idea of how they have grown and changed...and when you all view them soon, you will be surprised just how much they have changed yet again. Our pups have started to eat some soaked kibble and puppy milk twice a day and absolutely deveaour it. Vegies, chicken and weetbix will be introduced in the coming weeks. Our Mums have started the weaning process. We like to have our pups completely stablised on their own diet 2-3 weeks before they go home to their forever families. Torah and Nudge are looking to resume their previous pre puppy lives...as Torah's family is counting down the days till her return.
Our viewing weekend is all organised and I look forward to meeting each family...et's hope it is a sunny day and we can sit out on the grass and interact with the pups. I do apologies for running a little late this week and I have some more photos to post too. It has been brought to my attention that the link on the end of my puppy care notes no longer exists...I do recomend crate training and suggest you do some Googling!
Nudge's puppies are now five weeks old. As you can see from the photos they have moved to their outdoor home and have settled in well. They have space to run and chase each other. They play with the toys and enjoy running through the tunnels and climbing on the blocks. We have even had some sunny, windless days where the pups have romped over the grass and delighting in their freedom. Nudge is still feeding her pups once a day, at this stage . I am happy to report that all Nudge's pups are eating well and are now qiute settled on soaked dry food, rice cooked chicken mince. They also love their weetbix and lactose free milk.
A big thankyou to my hubbie for building our new puppy area, it is fantastic...you are so clever! Not to forget Mitch who helped with the concreting ... and of course I'm the ideas lady!
Once again I look forward to putting faces to all the lovely people that I have spoken to on the phone this weekend...don't forget your cameras.
Our pups are now six weeks old and were visited by the vet yesterday for their health check and first vaccination. I am happy to report that all puppies passed with flying colors and received their injection. I recommend that each family makes contact with a few vets over the next week scoping out costs for consultation and vaccinations charges. Ask about their puppy care programs if they have one... do they do a free puppy health check when your baby comes home? If they say "Yes" please carry your pup into the clinic NOT putting it on their floor or examination table, without a towel from your home underneath it. Ask about having only 2 vaccinations and when to have the 2nd one and how long to stay out of public places after having it. Please chat with me on pickup day if you have any concerns in this area.
Our viewing weekend was just delightful. The weather was beautiful and the pups, playful and engaging...I hope that you enjoyed this week's photos as much as I loved watching each family interacting with the pups. I do apologise for the lateness of the written update...I was just too tired to sit down after the vet left and start doing the website. Thankyou to everyone who made the effort to arrive on time...as you can see the hour goes very quickly and the next family is driving in before we have finished chatting. If anyone has any questions please don't hesistate to ring me. All emails detailing pickup times have been sent out. Thankyou for all the lovely replies and photos that came back.
And lastly, but most importantly, our pups. They were very quiet on Monday and Tuesday, knocked by the heat...they really enjoyed staying inside and scratched a large area in the mulch and laid on the cold concrete underneath! ( both litters did exactly the same thing) They drank double the usual amount of water, as you would expect. However, the heat did not diminish their appetites...our flying saucer bowls almost took off. Puppies have had their six week worming and their nails trimmed again. The photos that you received with your emails were some of the cute ones, from both litters, of our weigh in before worming. Puppy weights range from 4kilos, the large orange boy in Nudge's and Rah down to Baby Tor at 3.35 kilos...most of the pups fall into a range 3.5 to 3.7kilos.
Nudge's pups have now reached the 7 week milepost! We have had a lovely week and spent enjoyable time watching our little ones playing with the new toys and each other. The pups have enjoyed their grass time and have started to get very adventurous in their exploring, up the mounds, through the fence, going greater distances than previously. They are ready for some more individual loving with their new families! They are well settled on their food. Please remember to presoak a cup and a half of the dry kibble as detailed in the care notes so that you will have food at the ready when you return home. Weetbix, chicken mince, rice and a small amount of cooked pumpkin, carrot or broccolli, will mean that you will have everything you need to follow the feeding regime that your puppy has been used to.
Just a quick reminder to arrive as close to your allocated time as possible as there will be someone excited to see their newest family member after you. Well the countdown is on to your pickup day...please reread the care notes and don't hesistate to contact me if you have any concerns. Have a think about where your pup is going to eat, sleep and play ...is it safe? Is the whole family on board with how to talk, cuddle and play gently with your baby pup? Has the family discussed the House rules? The outside rules? A quiet consistent approach to your pup, from each member of the family, will ensure that in years to come you have a dog that you are proud of and who is responsive to each family member. Looking forward to seeing you all again, very soon.