Paige's 2014 Litter
Pregnancy and Week1
- 1-3 April 2014
- Paige (Shaksper Paige Morgan) bred to Brody (Abbedale
Ring O'Brodgar) owned by Nancy Wise. Nancy reported that
the "cacophony of howlers were in full tune" - meaning that
the boys in Nancy's household thought that the time was
right to breed Paige. Due date (63 days from breeding)
is around 4 June.
- 30 April
- Paige not finishing her food. Vet reports that
based upon palpation that Paige is pregnant.
- 26 May
- Noticed that Paige was having a green discharge (which
indicates placental separation). Rushed Paige to vet (Dr. Molesworth)
who did an emergency C-section. Four puppies - two dead and two
premature. This is day 56 since first breeding date.
- 27 May - 2 June
- The vet and his staff tube fed the puppies until they
could nurse on their own. I call every day to check on
how everyone is doing.
- 2 June
- I picked up Paige and her puppies in the evening. One
is dark red, the other light red. Weights are 162 grams and
137 grams, respectively. I only glance at their sex, wanting
to get everyone settled. I think both are boys.
- 3 June
- First pictures -
- Paige nursing puppies - pic1
- First visit to my local vet
In box There is a hot water bottle
underneath the towel to keep the puppies warm.
Light red - My vet
informs that the light red puppy is a girl, not a boy.
How embarrassing that I did not look closely!
Paige - As we are getting ready
to leave, Paige decides that the puppies are not warm or protected
enough and climbs into the box. You can just see
a puppy (underneath Paige) near Paige's right ear.
- 4 June
- I put the puppies outside in the sunlight for a few moments
to "ripen" - absorb some ultraviolet light so they can
produce vitamin D and not get jaundice. Paige does not
think this is a good idea and gets into the box to
- 5 June
- All the puppies do right now is eat and sleep.
- 7 June
- Paige spends a lot of her time panting. Making milk is
hard work! She also cleans
up after the puppies.
- 8 June
- The puppies can not see or hear yet, only smell.
It is amazing how quickly they can drag themselves
when searching for a nipple. After eating, they sleep. The girl (on
her back) is finally starting to look like a puppy.
Notice her nails.
- 9 June
- The puppies are
now two weeks old. The boy weighs 377 grams and the girl
285 grams. Notice how much the puppies have grown in just
- 10 June
- "My brother makes a good pillow"
- "It is time for another nap"
(Note the white fur on the boy's chest making an inverted V.)
- 11 June
- Today I noticed scratch marks on Paige's belly. When the puppies
are "kneeding" Paige's stomach to encourage milk flow, they are now
scratching her. I used my dremel in an attempt to
blunt their front nails - which was really hard as the
puppies' nails are so tiny.
- 12 June
- Today the puppies began to open their eyes. Interestingly, the
boy is first opening his left eye;
whereas the girl is first
opening her right eye.
- "Talk to the paw."
- Boy nursing.
- 16 June
- The puppies are now three weeks old.
pic1 pic2. The boy weighs 591
grams and the girl 430 grams. Now that the puppies are three weeks
old, there is a reasonable chance that they will survive.
- 17 June
- On the way to the vet for
a scheduled visit.
- Boy pic1
- Girl pic1
- "I get
visiting the vet."
- 18 June
- Today I registered the puppies. The boy is now formally
"Shaksper Titus Andronicus" (Titus) and the girl is
"Shaksper Tamora Queen Of The Goths" (Tami).
- 19 June
- "I have defeated the evil bunny and now it is time
for a nap."
- The puppies are standing on their front legs and trying
to coordinate their back legs. Here is a picture of Titus
up on his front legs.
- A little bit of "puppy play", but it only lasts
for 30 seconds or so before they go back to sleep.
- 20 June
- I brought the puppies from my bedroom out to the
kitchen for the first time. Mommy was no sure about this
idea, and had to
- 21 June
- I was laying in bed and Titus was being active. So I picked
him up and put him on my chest. A few minutes later there was
this bad smell. He had pooped on my shirt!
- 22 June
- "Hmm, maybe my brother's ear tastes good." (Note the teeth starting
to grow in Titus' mouth.)
- 23 June
- The puppies are now
four weeks old. Titus weighs 830 grams
and Tami 605 grams. The puppies are now starting to
be more active. They can "almost" walk. They still have
some difficulty coordinating their back feet.
- Titus sitting
- First prepared
meal - baby rice and goat's milk.
Paige - like all mommies - has to
the plate. But Mommy's milk is still
best. (Note Paige cleaning
- "My sister makes a great
- 24 June
- "Maybe my sister tastes good?"
- "Mommy tastes better."
- 25 June
- While Paige cleans up the puppys' breakfast - that they hardly
touched - the puppies begin some
of the kitchen.
- 26 June
- A patient mommy
- Tami's selfie
- Tami looking out at the world
- Exploring is thirsty work!
- 27 June
- Exloring a box pic1
- 28 June
- Tami wrestled the sheep and now uses it as
- The puppies are beginning to
- At verious times during the week, I have been
putting different foods in front of the puppies.
Usually they just take a taste and then go back to Mom
to nurse. The first food that seems to be a hit is
some shredded chicken.
But interest did not last long, and the puppies quickly
went back to Mom to nurse.
I did see Paige this morning pick up a piece of meat
from her breakfast, and put it in front of the puppies.
The puppies chewed on it for a bit, but then lost interest.
- Pictures taken by my friend, Rachael Toren -
Puppies nursing and
- 30 June
- The puppies are now
five weeks old.
Titus weighs 1004 grams (1 kg!) and Tami weighs 740 grams.
- "I love my sister!"
- Tami walking, and Titus
- "I can stand just like Mommie!"
- 1 July
- Tami meets grandma ("Jerusalem
Olivia Lenox") for the first time. Titus meeting grandma.
like mom, but Grandma does not have any milk.
- Three generations
(Olivia in forground, Paige in background)
- Olivia playing with Titus, while
- Puppies investigating Mandy's crate.
- 2 July
- Titus sleeping while squeezed between an x-pen
- Tami meeting the tippy board
- Puppies pulling on mommy's fur.
Tami biting mommy's tail.
- 3 July
- The puppies are still nursing.
- Olivia (grandma) playing with Titus while Oliva (mom) plays with Tami.
- Today Titus climbed out of the whelping box. Now the
puppies will have to be locked into the whelping box
at night. It will not be long before they transition to
sleeping in a crate.
- 4 July
- Titus on the tippy board
- Mom and puppies in puppy
- 5 July
- Titus sleeping on
- After avoiding the puppies like they had the plague, Mandy
(half-sister via father, aunt via mother) came out and
played with the puppies.
- 6 July
- I have been letting the puppies explore my kitchen.
Today Tami discovered that the kitchen connects to the
living room. Now have to block off the living room when
the puppies are loose and awake.
- The summer has been so hot, this is the first day
that I have taken the puppies outside to explore
- Tug of war
- 7 Jul
- Today the puppies are six weeks old. Titus weighs 1.235 kg
and Tami 0.900 kg. (Now I am weighing them on my big dog scale.)
- Tami going through the forest
- Mandy gets down on her
belly to play with Titus.
- At six weeks, the puppies look approximately like they
will as adults. After this, different parts of their bodies
grow at different rates, and the next time they will look
like they will as adults is at six months. So I asked my
friend, Rachael Toren - who is a much better photographer
than I, to come over and get some formal and candid shots
of the puppies. Here the puppies check out Rachael and
- And here are the pictures Rachael took:
- 8 Jul
- Today I decided to start crate and house training the puppies.
Paige left them alone all last night, so it is time. So I
dismantled the whelping box. Now my work really begins - getting up
(several times!) in the middle of the night to take the puppies
outside, and during the day every time they wake up from a nap.
- Titus eyeing me as he nurses.
- The puppies love playing on this
- 10 Jul
- Today the puppies followed the other dogs as they
came from outside into my kitchen through my doggy door.
I was particularly impressed that Tami is able to push open
the flap given
her small size. No puppy has tried to go outside - yet!
- 11 Jul
- Titus asleep in mommy's crate,
while Tami is asleep just outside.
- 12 Jul
- Tami when outside by herself.