- 18-23 July 2010
- Olivia bred to Hubert (CH Newmiller's Handsome Hubert owned
by Dr. Elaine Miller). Day 63 from first breeding is Monday
- 28 August
- Weight up 1 lb, noticible tummy bulge
- 2 September
- Reduced daily walk distance by half
- 5 September
- Weight 12.07 lbs
- 9 September
- Weight 12.14 lbs
- 13 September
- Weight 13.09 lbs
Olivia checks out her whelping box
- 16 September
- Weight 13.90 lbs, x-rays show four puppies
- 18 September
- Olivia refuses breakfast. Puppies will come in next
- At 11 pm Olivia starts to have contractions.
photo4 Nesting between contractions
- 19 September
- At 1 am and no puppy I realize that there is a problem
and we head to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Veterinary Clinic.
While Olivia has strong contractions, one of the puppies
is stuck (and breach). Olivia has four puppies by emergency
In order of birth there are Green (male, 144 grams), Pink (female, 148
grams), Blue (female, 154 grams), and White (male, 158 grams).
Green is the one that was stuck. Pink is the slowest to
revive (and the one the surgeon is most worried about).
- photo1 photo2 Home from the hospital
- 20 September
photo 3 Olivia is being a good
mother. Note the shaved area on Olivia's right leg where she
had an IV inserted during her C-section.
The puppies first visit to the vet. In spite of the hot water
bottle in the box used to transport the puppies, Olivia does not
believe the puppies are warm enough or protected enough, so
she climbs into the box, covering the puppies but careful
not to step on the puppies.
photo 7 White crawls up
on top of the water bottle. (You can just seen the blue
photo 8 Blue, Pink, and Green.
photo 9 Olivia watching over
The vet said that
Pink's suck reflex was only half the strength of the others.
photo 10 Back home from the vet.
White is behind Olivia's leg, trying to crawl in. Note the blood
stain on the mat in the whelping box. Olivia will pass clots
as she heals on the inside from her C-section. Dark clots are
ok, bright red or white are bad. The amount of clots passed should
decrease over time.
- 21 September
- 22 September
- 23 September
Norwich terriers are a dock-tailed breed. Tails came off
today - for Green, Blue, and White. While Pink's weight
is showing a slow but steady increase, it is not as much
as the others and Pink now weights approximately 30 grams
less than the others. So I decide not to stress Pink with
cutting off her tail. I am not a big fan of tail-docking.
This may be the last litter that I dock. While I could
dock Pink's tail later, I do not plan to do so.
- Many breeders also remove dew-claws. I do not remove
front dew-claws as I believe they are part of the structure
of a dog's front feet. Only Green had rear dew-claws (on
both legs) which were removed. Rear dew-claws are known
to catch on things and get torn, so it is better to remove
- 24 September
While Olivia will lie down to let the puppies nurse, many times
she sits up and the puppies crawl underneath to nurse - laying
on their back while they suckle. Note that you can easily identify
Pink by her tail.
photo 18 Puppies sleeping.
- 26 September
Green weighs 284 grams, Pink 243 grams, Blue 293 grams,
and While 300 grams. Everyone - except Pink - has about doubled
their birth weight. Pink continues to be a worry.
photo 2 The puppies just
eat and sleep.
photo 3 Two puppy butts!
photo 4 A very full Blue.
- 27 September
photo 5 Olivia laying down
nursing a puppy.
photo 6 Blue is a porker!
photo 7 Olivia licking a
puppy to stimulate the puppy to pee and poop. Olivia cleans
up any puppy poop by eating it.
- 28 September
Second trip to the vet. She says that they are
all beautiful healthy puppies, although Pink's slow
weight gain is a concern.
- 30 September
photo 12 Everyone in a row.
Note how much larger the puppies are.
- I have to leave the puppies with my pet sitter because
of a judging assignment 1-3 October. I take them over
in the morning and get them settled in before heading to the airport.
We cut the puppies nails. Blue opens her eyes for
the first time and looks at me before I leave.
- 3 October
- Green weighs 466 grams, Pink 389 grams, Blue 460 grams, and
White 487 grams.
- 4 October
Thank you Michaela for taking good care of the puppies while I
was away judging!
- 5 October
Green and White each have one eye crusted shut. We visit the
vet who recommends warm compresses (a cotton ball
soaked in warm water) and some eye-antibiotic ointment.
The problem clears up in a couple of days.
- 6 October
photo 5 Nursing.
- 7 October
On my bed while I change the padding in the whelping box.
Olivia licks the puppies bellies to stimulate them to pee
photo 8 My oldest dog Kate
(Olivia's aunt) wondering why she is not allowed in the bedroom.
Olivia growls if Kate comes near the whelping box and the puppies.
I have been sneaking Kate up onto my bed to sleep at
- 8 October
photo 9 Blue sleeping underneath
the pig rails of the whelping box.
photo 11 Nursing.
Notice how much bigger the puppies are from two weeks ago.
- 9 October
I temporarily moved the puppies out to the kitchen to catch some sun.
- 10 October
- Green weighs 622 grams, Pink 523 grams, Blue 638 grams, and White 636 grams.
Today is Montgomery Sunday - the day of the Montgomery
Kennel Club's terrier-only conformation dog show - the
largest gathering of terriers, and specifically Norwich
terriers, in the world. Because Olivia is being such a
good mom, I can leave her and the puppies for the day to
go to the show near Philadelphia. I had my neighbor check
on everyone in the middle of the day.
- I returned in the evening and offered
the puppies some food (ground up puppy kibble mixed with
Esbilac milk). The puppies took a taste but made it clear
that they still prefer their mother's milk.
Today the puppies are three weeks old. Unless something
unusual happens, I can expect that all the puppies will
survive. It has been a stressful and worrysome three weeks.
- 12 October
photo 1 Nursing.
photo 10 At the vet for a
checkup and first worming. Since the puppies are still
just crawling, I can put them down on a towel and catch
them before they crawl onto the cold floor.
- 14 October
photo 11 Olivia eating and
two puppies nursing at the same time.
photo 12 The puppies still only
take a lick or two of some (human) baby food. Olivia eats all
- 15 October
photo 13 A pensive Green.
photo 16 I put down an empty
shoe box to give the puppies a new surface (cardboard) to feel.
They are trying to walk on all fours.
photo 20 The puppies decide to see if
they all can fit in the shoe box.
photo 23 Sleeping in the shoe box.
photo 24 Taking a taste.
- 16 October
photo 25 I am happy to see
Pink eating. She is still smaller and lighter than her siblings.
However she only takes several licks before wandering away.
photo 26 Blue is the first
to climb over the barrier from the puppy play-pen to the
rest of my kitchen.
- photo 27 The puppies again
sleeping in the shoe box.
photo 28 I put a puppy-size
crate in the play-pen for the puppies to explore and use.
Olivia surprises me by (just barely) fitting inside. Olivia may
remember the crate from when she was a puppy.
Green and Blue decide
that the crate is a nice place for a nap, while Pink and White
sleep in the shoe box.
photo 31 All the puppies
in the crate.
- 17 October
- Green weighs 824 grams, Pink 692 grams, Blue 824 grams, and White 821 grams.
photo 1 White, Pink, and Blue
while Green tries to get some more food from Mom. Note that White
is sleeping on his back.
photo 5 The puppies first
exposure to grass.
photo 6 Pink went off exploring
on her own.
- photo 7
But Mom and her nipples are more interesting.
photo 10 The puppies try
to play bite Mom's ear.
photo 11 Pink play-biting
photo 12 I cut a hole in
two ends of a shoe box to make a tunnel. Pink was the
first who crawled through it.
photo 13 Olivia went into
the puppy crate ... so all the puppies crawled in to join her.
photo 14 All the puppies
asleep in their crate with Olivia resting outside.
- 18 October
photo 15 Blue stepping in
photo 16 Green investigating
what Mom is eating.
photo 17 I ground up some kibble
for the puppies, and Pink investigated it.
photo 19 Asleep in the crate
with Mom guarding.
photo 20 Mom's food is still
- 19 October
photo 22 Olivia sleeping
near the entrance to the puppys' play pen.
- 20 October
photo 23 "Mom likes it when we
step in her food."
photo 24 I let the puppies temporarily
have the run of the kitchen. Blue investigating.
photo 25 White found the dog bed
next to my table.
photo 26 Kate chastising a puppy.
photo 27 I gave the puppies some
tripe, which they thought was delicious.
photo 28 Invstigating Mom's food
- 21 October
The puppies in harnesses, attached to couplers, attached to the
seat belt. Preparing for their first ride as "big dogs" in
a car seat. On the way to Michaela's for another sleep-over
while I am away judging.
photo 31 My older dogs in
their car seats in the back - Bianca (Kate's daughter),
Olivia, and Kate in the background. Kate had to give up
her place in the front so that the puppies could ride in
- 24 October
- Green weighs 954 grams, Pink 818 grams, Blue 932 grams, and White 948 grams.
- 25 October
photo 1 The puppies are all now
photo 2 Pink discovers the
photo 3 My foot evidently
makes a great pillow.
photo 4 Eating.
photo 5 Olivia and three puppies
asleep on a dog bed.
- 26 October
photo 7 Playing on the tippy board.
photo 8 Four puppies asleep on
a dog bed.
- Between six to eight weeks of age, puppies look the most
like they will when they grow up. After eight weeks
different parts of their bodies grow at
different rates - like human teenagers - and they look all funny
until they get to be about six months old. Here are stacked
and head shots. Thanks Rachael for taking them.
photo 11 Green
photo 14 Pink
photo 17 Blue
photo 19 White
Green is the first to break the kilogram weight barrier today.
- 27 October
photo 20 Green asleep on
a green dog bed.
- White joins the "over a kilogram" club today.
- 28 October
- Blue joins the "over a kilogram" club today.
photo 21 The puppies
have a good appetite.
On the way to the petsitter again while I go off judging again.
- 30 October
- Green weighs 1123 grams, Pink 978 grams, Blue 1060 grams, and White 1089 grams.
The puppies are now little dogs who can run (they are fast), have sharp
puppy teeth ("ankle biters"), and are into everything they can reach.
Olivia to my surprise is still allowing the puppies to nurse.
- 1 November
photo 7 I gave the puppies a raw
chicken wing tip. (Raw bones are ok, it is cooked bones that
can splinter which should never be given to dogs.) A rugby match
ensued with the chicken wing as the ball and every puppy on their own
team. The puppies do not yet have the jaw strength to eat the
wing, but trying to and trying to hold onto the wing from the other
puppies tires everyone out.
- 2 November
photo 9 All puppies sleeping
on a dog bed.
photo 10 Puppy sleeping next to Mom.
photo 12 At the vets again.
The vet tech had to rescue the garbage can.
photo 14 Exploring the base of
the veterinary table.
photo 15 Untying my shoe laces.
photo 17 First thermometor.
photo 20 First shot.
- 3 November
- photo 21 Blue on the pig
rails in the whelping box. I hope this means she will be
a good agility dog!
photo 22 After the puppies
eat, I let Olivia in to clean up. The puppies always want
- When I came home for lunch and to take the puppies
outside to potty, I found only two puppies in the play pen.
Blue and White had escaped! They had climbed over the
barrier that was keeping puppies inside but letting Mom
enter and leave at will. I had a frantic moment going
through the house calling "Puppy, puppy, puppy" until
I finally found them both back in the bedroom. As I was
carrying them back to the play pen, I found Green climbing
out ... perhaps to show me that he could ... or perhaps he
had climbed out but then climbed back in again. I tried
making the entrance barrier taller, while still allowing
Mom to get in and out, but when I came home after work that
again Blue and White were out, on a dog bed in the kitchen.
So unfortunately no more access for Mom to the puppies
while I am away.
photo 24 Puppies always seem
to like to stick their head through this toy and wear it as
a hat. I remember Olivia doing it when she was a puppy.
photo 25 All puppies asleep
- 4 Nov
- At about 2 am I got up to use the bathroom and to take
the puppies outside to potty. When we came back inside, all
the puppies were wide awake and were not happy about being
back in the whelping box next to my bed. Green was especially
unhappy, and kept trying to jump up the side of the whelping
box to get to me. I finally picked him up and put him next
to me on the bed. He settled right down. I thought
I had put him back in the whelping box, but the next thing
I knew it was morning and a puppy was nuzzling my shoulder.
Green had slept part of the night with me! He was a perfect
gentleman and had not messed in my bed. But the puppies
are now trying to dismantel
the whelping box (with their puppy teeth), so next
week they will start sleeping in a crate. I predict that
not think this is an improvement!