February 2007 Litter
Papa Derwood and Momma Chloe
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February 26, 2007
We brought home 11 gorgeous pups, 7 boys and 4 girls. Four are beautiful brindles, two boys and two girls. We believe the rest are fawns. We are not sure if we have any apricots yet, too early to tell. Mother and babies are all doing well. And so is Der!!!
Just 5 hours old...
For those of you who have met Don, you can really appreciate this shot! The whelping box measures
4' X 5' and Don is 6' 2"!!
Above, the kids are napping after their "happy meal" while mamma is out for a potty break. Chloe is a remarkable mom. She will go out for her potty breaks and to eat, but she flies through the house to get back with her babies when she is finished making sure they are all there, safe and sound!
Above, they are 24 hours old...all lined up and vying for a nipple!
I couldn't resist sharing this behavior of Chloe's. After she is let outside for her meals and potty breaks she scrambles back through the house to be with her pups. I swear every single time she counts each and every one! This is so fun to watch and this time I was ready with the camera.
Some of her pups are in the whelping box above and some have been moved to an "isolet" (individual bed) so they will not inappropriately suck on their siblings! Their time in solitary is just temporary and as soon as Chloe settles back in, they are all placed back with her.
It wasn't long before we had to assign eating shifts, like we have had to do with the pups from our last litters because there are more pups than nipples! First we divided the litter into two shifts. These pups got the first shift this time...
And then it wasn't long before they all got so big that they needed three shifts!
Chloe continues to be a fabulous mom. Above, she is licking her pups clean, which was a task her mother, "Grandma" Hedy of this litter, so graciously allowed us to do for her! Yes, we all know that Hedy is the princess around here!
Here are some of my favorite shots so far of a couple of pups from this litter.
I found Don cuddled up with Green Boy. This is our first litter of brindles, so I am sure you can imagine all our enthusiasm! Below, my grandson is beginning "early socialization" with little Pink Girl. Frankly, I have never seen my grandkid wash his hands so fast when we was told he could hold one of Grammy's and Don's pups!!!
More puppy pics...
Weigh-ins have gone very well...each pup is gaining on an average of 2 ounces or so each day.
Here are more pics of them resting after a satisfying meal.
|Some of you might see a repeated pattern in our pictures. Admittedly,
both Don and I have been bit by the brindle-mania bug!!!