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2012 - Ivy's latest and last litter

Week 6-7:

These are really terrible shots - Cliff is not a photographer! I will try again when we do temperament testing at day 49

Red

 

Green

Yellow

None [no collar]

 

Day 42- week 6 - pups got their shots today - they weighed:

red: 8lbs 2 oz; green: 7lbs. 9 oz; yellow: 7lbs 6 oz; none 7lbs. 1 oz. - afterwards -we stopped at a small park - it was a warm sunny day - pups expereinced the outdoors and grass for the first tiem - ran around - explored - did not go in the water - Ivy went for a swim.

Day 28 - pups are in the x-pen downstairs during the day - lots of toys - it is cooler there too - still loose but getting better - on purina puppy chow now - at night they are still in the whelping box - Ivy is no longer nursing - is happy to visit them briefly

 

Day 25 - pups are colicky - crying- have diarrhea - they are on special low calorie food - yuck!

 

Day 17 - Ivy doing much better - pups are steadily gaining - we are supplement feeding them 2x a day - mornign and night [so we can all sleep] Pups have started to explore their environment, they know us and when we are in the room. They are becoming dogs - we have stopped the bio stim exercsies - today they range in weight from 42 to 36 ounces. The little one has caught up. Here is a video Cliff made http://youtu.be/4qUt1Mb8I50


Day 13 - almost lost her - mastitis - massive infection - toxins released from the infection - gangrene was setting in - Late night emergency surgery - removal of infected mamamry gland - the tissue was all slimy and bubbly and filled with pus - she was instantly better - recovered from her second massive surgery in 13 days. Was nursing the pups the followign morning. only has 3 nipples per side now - cannot feed all at one time.
Day 12 - not so good - Ivy has incredibly high fever - pups are still nursing but she is fighting massive infection - I'm injecting her with lactated ringers through a catheter - temp was 105 - she is gettign massive doses of penicillin, is still on clavamox . Have started to supplement feed the pups. came back from vet- more penicillin and gentomycin. She is really feeling bad.

 

In the wee hours of Nov. 8, Ivy had a C-section. One pups was alone in his horn of the uterus - was huge and breech to boot - the other horn had one malformed- mummified pup [underdeveloped] first, then a very small pup and 2 other pups also breech. The vet speculated that the pups were the result of very disparate breedings. There are 4 males - one twice as big as the small one.

The first few days were rough. On the advice of my acupuncture vet, I gave Ivy lactated rigners, subcutaneously 3x a day on day 3 after the surgery. I credit this advice with the successful outcome so far of both her recovery and continued well-being of the pups. Ivy was in danger of dehydrating, all the anesthesia, toxins from stress, her hysterectomy, need for lactating, she needed fluids to flush all this from her system. Much more than she could get drinking water, which she really wasn't doing. The LR made a huge difference to her well-being, and really turned a bad situation around.

Day 3

 
 
     

Here are some quicktime movies - they are not very good

Day 7- pups have gained weight -are nursing steadily - have almost doubled their weight. She is better at nursing this time and I have not had to supplement feed them as yet.

Day 9
     
more quicktime movies      
     

 

 

 

 


2010 - Ooops litter

 

Ivy is a much better mom this time around and the pups are gaining weight steadily. Perhaps because we are both more experienced in the puppy business, it seems to be going better than the last time. In general, the pups seem to be much more vocal than last year's - they make constant chirps, squawks and tiny barking noises. They are not as mobile though - perhaps because they are more content - all they do is eat and sleep!

Day 25 - pups have personalities - they became individuals at day 19 - started questing and looking upwards - interacted with each other - they are really developing quickly now - am supplement feeding them since day 16 or so - they have teeth and Ivy really doesn't like to nurse anymore. "no collar" has lost most of her white markings - yellow still has a bit. In order of size - they are pink, yellow and red, no collar and blue.

See video here

 

Day 8 - pups doing well - very hot here - Pink and Red are still bigger by far - the puppy without a collar has white markings on its chest and is the smallest. Pink and Yellow are the males - the rest are all females - Red and "no collar"were born by C-section. Pink seems to be the biggest so far - tried a few shaky steps today! They have almost tripled their weight from birth - born at 10 -12 oz. they now weigh 22 - 29 oz.

 

 

 


 

Ivy's 2009 litter


See pictures of Havoc and Ivy here


"Twist" aka Green

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Darla - aka "red"

Darla is Gracie's half sister As you can see, she's totally adorable, and like a typical active puppy, she's all about the teeth. The teeth must touch everything - perhaps I should say must bite everything, most especially our fingers and arms, and sometimes our noses and ears and hair. But she's learning to have better manners already. Gracie and Violet are slowly allowing her closer, but mostly they growl and snap at her - they're better at teaching her manners than we are!!!
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Mud - aka "orange"

Mud is getting along with our other dogs and has been retrieving too. Likes the wings and little bumpers we have. has been walking around decoys in the yard and over all doing great. Yesterday we trained down the road Mud had a very busy day for him. He is retrieving short little throws. and took long walks and checked out some ducks and weeds along the shore line. He earned his name you can tell by the pictures. All is well he is a great puppy and as I said earlierĀ  majestic.
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Spice - aka "pink"

Little Spice is sacked out right now. She was very tired last night! She had soo many new things to see and check out she was a bit overwhelmed. Kari, the Lab puppy immediately thought "Great! New playmate!". Spice was more ready to play with her today. She thinks Sugar, the Pug looks like a good playmate, she is a bit smaller than Spice. They are all settling in, the big dogs just accepted an addition. Spice was a bit intrigued by the cats! My old guy just sits there, and she thought that was weird. When she is feeling a bit more at home she will probably join Kari in playing with the young cat! The cat invites it. I think she is going to be Kaotics Hot 'N Spicey.


Kaos - aka "yellow"




Day 8

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First Day outside - day 24

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8 Weeks old

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7 Weeks old

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6 1/2 Weeks old

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6 Weeks old

Pups are carrying toys, following me on short walks and know no bounds - still trying to nurse

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Pups playing inside trailer video [please excuse my bum in frame]


More playing video

5 Weeks old

Pups are biggger, playing, barking, growling and finding themselves

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Week 4

pups in whelping box only at night - after 2 days indoors due to torrential downpour - pups playing with each other and toys

playing - video

 

Week 3 -

21 days old today!

Pups are mobile, walking, exploring their environment and each other -

pups playing - video


Day 6

Click here for short video clip
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or if that file doesn't work - try this one

 

Day 7

one week old Pups not gaining enough weight - too hot some are stronger than others

see short video

Day 8

pups noticeably stronger - some are starting to almost walk

see short video - sometimes it's hard to get a place at the table!

 

Day 9

Pups still eating & sleeping mostly

short video

 

Day 10

Doing poorly - back to vet - Mastitis!

Day 11

better- enforced nursing helping

Day 12

better still - Mom went for a swim!

Day 13

Eyes starting to open - pups gaining weight

short video - dinner!

Day 20

nursing is becoming problematic as Ivy doesn't like it very much - i'm starting to supplement feed them - they were de-wormed today

video -nursing

Day 24

pups outside for 1st time - explore lots - very tired that night
free feeding now! Ivy really doesn't want to nurse anymore - puppy teeth
Pups know me - cuddle with me - know that I provide food!

food time - video