Paws for Puppy Tales - November 2022

Updated: Nov 19

11-14-22 Dolly's puppies are 1 week old today and all are doing well. Dolly is SUCH a good mama always wanting right back with her babies after a potty break. I am thankful now that with her having only 3 babies because just yesterday I decided to periodically bring in one of Skye's puppies to feed off of Dolly. The smallest of Skye's pups, Minnie as I call her is still under 1 lb at 4 weeks and just seemed a bit off and her weight gain was not what I like to see. With 5 hungry mouths to feed and the fact that I don't think that Skye necessarily gets in to feed her puppies during the night as she should, I think maybe Minnie was needing more nourishment. Dolly accepted Minnie with no problem, so I will continue to put her with them off and on during the day for some extra TLC & nourishment. Skye is a good mom, but not nearly as attentive as Dolly is. Since last night I will be setting an alarm to get up at some point during the night to make sure Skye gives her pups at least one feeding. That's really about it for now, nothing else much new.

 

11-9-22 Pretty much exactly like the first time, Dolly had her pups on day 59 past her first breeding, which this time meant on Monday, November 7th. This also happened to be her x-ray day. X-ray appointment wasn't until 1:30 in the afternoon and as the morning wore on I began to wonder (and hope) if we would even make it there. Thankfully she did hold off so that we could get the x-ray done and see that she was carrying only 3 puppies this time. No indication was given by Dr Rhine that the pups would be to big for her to whelp, but still with one less puppy and just as big as the last time, I was just a tiny bit concerned. It wasn't long after we got home from the appointment (about 2 pm) that I knew Dolly was at least far enough into Stage 1 of labor that she and I went to our room for the duration. Her first pup was born at 5 pm, the second one shortly before 6 pm, and the last around 6:30 pm. She had 2 females and 1 male with weights ranging from 5 ounces to almost 6 ounces. Dolly did great and had no issues at all, in fact I'd even say that these births went more smoothly than her first litter. The pups all have quite a bit of white on their bodies, but enough black in the right places making them possible show prospects, and all of them have a white blaze of some size and white on their muzzles. I am looking forward to see how they mature. Nice healthy weights means less work and less worry for me and once again Dolly is being an awesome, attentive mama.

Skye's pups at 3+ weeks now are getting much more mobile and growing like weeds. With there being 5 of them, it makes me wonder when they might start to over power their mama at feeding time. The idea to introduce semi solid foods to them a bit earlier has crossed my mind to hopefully ease the load for Skye.

Oh my gosh, Julie's craft P-ART-y was awesome. She purchased/supplied each of us with a large door or wall hanger decor, some for fall, some Christmas. She also ordered dinner food to the house for us from Vincenzo's, and as always had snacks and drinks galore. Such a blessing to have such giving nieces willing and able to share such fun with their aunts.

With Dolly's pups born with healthy weights, I was able to go to brunch with Marilyn and Mary from high school. It was a nice visit, reminisced a bit about Linda whom we lost just last month, and whether it was because there was one less of us or what, but I felt I was able to contribute just a bit more to the conversations, feeling "not there" just once or twice when Mary & Marilyn's conversation was not familiar to me. Idea was brought up to meet again possibly next month at Marilyn's new home in Elkhorn.

 

11-1-22 Nothing to much to report, just saying hello to a new month and all that it will bring; the birth of Dolly's puppies, a fun day/evening doing crafts, dinner, and chatting at Julie McNeil's lake house, Jesse's birthday, and Thanksgiving. October fizzled out with a very low key Halloween. Jim said we had a total of 10 trick or treaters!!!! The weather was as perfect as it can be so I don't have a clue as to why this was. Really weird

I've got a fairly busy first week or two of November; Julie's p-ART-y on Wednesday, taking Matt to his eye appointment on Friday, the following Monday is Dolly's x-ray appointment, brunch with the high school friends on Tuesday, and well anytime after that we could be welcoming Dolly's litter at any time, as they are due certainly by the 13th which is that weekend. She seems to be about as big as she was the first time, so I'd guess at least 4 puppies again, and again kind of hoping for 5 so that maybe they will be just a tad smaller than 5 oz., and of course wishing for a day whelp and praying for a trouble free labor & delivery of healthy live pups.

I think that's it to get the month started....


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