Pupdate – Six Weeks Old

The puppies are now six weeks old! They are all doing wonderful and yesterday was our chance to take six week old stacked photos. This allows for everyone to really see what the puppies are looking like conformationally. I am really pleased with how this litter is looking and I think it is very consistent in terms of conformation. Here are some photos of a few of the pups:Zoey has now decided that she is mostly done with being a mom! All she really cares about is food, food, food! Because she has lost interest in being a mom (i.e. not really nursing or spending time with pups anymore, and also has stopped cleaning up after them) she is now back home with me.

We plan on decreasing her food intake, taking her out in the pasture more to exercise her, and start hot packing her to help dry up her milk (she still has a lot left!), in order to prevent possible mastitis.

Anyone else have advice on how to dry up a bitch once she’s done with nursing? 

Puppies, puppies, and wait…more puppies?!

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 proud father, Jude (Santana’s Hey Uziduzit Jude CC, CM), also his 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!).

5. And climbing/falling off the Mt. Everest that is their mom.

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.