Dam: Glenyarra Golden Artemis
Sire: Glenyarra Emperor
Torah has amazed us all by having 10 beautiful babies; 5 girls and 5 boys. Mum and pups are doing really well after having a caesarian delivery.
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 monitored. 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 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.
Torah had 10 active little pups, a big job for a grand old Mum, so we have moved two puppies over to Nudge to rear as she had just 5 puppies and a big heart to love 2 more! These pups, a very golden girl with white collar (Tor) and a beautiful boy with brown collar (Rah) will be registered as Torah's and included in the chosing day as Torah's.
Torah 's babies have showed a steady weight gain and good growth. You can clearly see the difference between the Newborn photos and the I week pictures.
Eyes and ears of pups are closed at this stage but they use their sense of smell to locate their next meal! When puppies are born their skin lacks pigmentation...Can you notice in the pictures that skin on the pads of their feet and around their faces and their weeny nose has gone from pink/red to black?
The puppies are now 2 weeks old. Torah is a beautiful Mum and her pups are showing wonderful progress. A close look at the photos shows little fat bellies. The pups still spend all their time drinking or sleeping. Torah's milk supply has been established and she no longer needs to feed so often. She spends time out of the whelping box resting or outside rolling on the grass or enjoying a meaty bone outside. The puppies' eyes have just opened although they are still cloudy and sight is not clear at this stage. Ears are still closed, so they are not hearing as yet. Their ear flaps have folded down now. Coats are getting longer and the color is starting to come through...as it will continue to do up to 2 years of age. They pups have had their sharp little nails trimmed and had had their first worming dose. They are just starting to try and take weight on their paws, but are very unsteady and end up rolling over and over! It is interesting to look at the photos and see how much more room they take up in the whelping box.
The puppies are now 3 weeks old. Torah's puppies are an active little bunch. Born smaller than Nudge's litter, because there were 10 ,they are always after a feed. As soon as Torah is close they all run around bumping into each other trying to track her down for a drink. They are so quick she doesn't have time to sit down before they latch on to a teat and suckle her as she is standing up...quite a feat of strength and balance for them! So patient old Torah stands quietly while the feed happens and then gets out and sleeps on her mat and the contented little ones pile on top of each other and snooze till she dare puts her head in to check if any housekeeping is required.
In the first few weeks Mum cleans up the wee and poo in the whelping box so she is constantly checking to see if she needs to do any cleaning. The puppies' teeth have errupted through their gums so it will soon time for me to introduce some tiny amounts of food...once that happens, Torah stops cleaning up and it becomes my job!
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!
Torah'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 and 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.