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.