That’s right, my pride and joy, Zoey (Ch. Uziduzit Second Amendment JC, CC, CM) gave birth to TEN puppies on 9/12/12. So expect the occasional “pupdate” on this blog, everyone loves puppies right? This is Zoey’s first litter.
The whelping went very smoothly. She went into labor around midnight that night (this is normal for dogs to have their puppies at nighttime when it is dark and quiet). The first born came into the world at 12:08am. After an exhausting night for all involved, the last pup was born around 6:40am.
I’ve been asked by many, does the stud dog know those are his children? My experience with this situation has lead me to the conclusion that, yes, the daddy dog knows his babies under certain circumstances! One circumstance that I have encountered was actually with the litter that Zoey was in: The dam (Zelia – BISS Ch. Amala Zelia at RFR CC, CM) was bred to the sire (Joey – Phenix Firecracker Joe CC, CM) in the same household that she spent her pregnancy in and the same household that she whelped in. All night (during the whelping) Joey sat in a nearby chair watching the entire process. When the pups got older, Joey would bring them dead squirrels from the yard to play with and even regurgitate for them!
With this litter, Zoey spent most of her pregnancy at a different household than the one she was bred at. However, she whelped the litter at the same household she was bred at. Again, Jude (the father) watched the entire night and even tried to get in the box a couple of times! It will be interesting to see how he interacts with the pups as they get older
So these guys are now about two weeks old. What does that mean?
1. Their eyes are open! Depth perception not very well developed yet, learning what each other and mom look like.
2. They are ALWAYS hungry and attack the “milk bar” with vicious squeaks and kneading.
3. Schedule: Eat, sleep, eat, sleep, repeat.
4. Motoring around the whelping box (crawling, but almost supporting weight!).
Zoey, being the avid hunter she is, demands daily morning walks for the possible rabbit chase (which she has achieved on multiple occasions). All hardworking moms have to get away for some “me” time every once in a while after all.