Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter and puppy news
I know I haven't written much this past week and apologize for that as I know that everyone is interested in how the pups are doing. Please do not be afraid to ask about the pups; it is nice to know that people care!
It has been such an up and down 2 weeks. Once the birth was done and Crufts was over I thought it would be plain sailing for the first two weeks. Usually the first two weeks are the easy ones for the breeder! Unfortunately the little girl had other ideas and she has had us on pins and needles. There were so many days that I just thought we should stop working with her or, even worse, bring her to the vet to be put to sleep. But, I just couldn't give up on her...I may regret that decision as I do not yet know if she will be normal or if she will even make it. I still do not understand why she is having trouble gaining weight.
I do not have rose-tinted glasses. I know I may regret sticking with this puppy. I know all the stories about pups who were kept alive and then had issues. I know that I should just let mother nature take her course. I know all of this; but I just couldn't do it.
This weekend she seems to have turned a corner and has gained a little weight. She is now a whopping 8 ounces. She is nursing off the puppy bottle much better and we are even hand feeding her mushed up puppy food. I remember with "One" (our singleton pup from 4 years ago) that we put him on puppy food very early and this helped him gain weight and thrive whereas he had previously been lagging. "One" was different though; he always showed an extreme drive to eat and this little girl is not as keen.
So that is where we are at right now. Slightly more positive but still cautious. I still am not sure that she will make it. But I have already made the decision that I will probably hold onto this pup for longer than the others and make sure she is normal before I place her. The last thing I want to do is give someone a pup that I am not sure about.
As for the other pups...well they are just scrumptious! Their eyes and ears are now open and they are just starting to wobble about and make little growls and barks. So cute!
Here are a few photos taken today by Dennis. He stayed home all day yesterday and today to feed the little girl every two hours while I went off to a local agility show. I will try and get more photos tomorrow of the two girls.
This is the "Fat Head" who had us all worried about Zen during the birth!
This is "Linford" named after a famous british runner.