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Family dinners

Green Boy visits with Kate and Jane

Green Boy visits with Kate and Jane

We built the Puppy Palace yesterday, and Joe and Kate came over last night to set up web cams. They brought the grandkids and we all enjoyed Paul’s great cooking afterward, especially the braciola (say: bra-ZSHOOL).

Of course, the main attraction was enjoying grandkids, and grandkids enjoying the puppies. Ted is 3 now, and Jane is 1. Although the puppies are still not quite ready for real socializing, they do have their playful moments. As Ted and Jane aren’t quite old enough to tolerate tiny puppy teeth and nails, we let Jane enjoy Green Boy since his teeth haven’t broken through yet, and she adored the way he sampled her fingers. Ted sat on the floor and puppies tried out his lap for size. He definitely enjoyed them a lot more than his first visit when they were only 3 days old.

Mom Daisy handled the visit with great calm, watching the human kids meeting her babies for the first time. She usually spends these family visits downstairs with George and Chase in the crates, but she had special privileges last night.

Puppies had their own family dinner, as you can see. They are now sampling solid foods with moderate gusto, still preferring Mom’s Milk Bar after the gruel appetizer. Compare the photo with mom with this one, taken just 3 weeks ago. Huge difference, huh!

The appetizer

The appetizer

Siesta time after the main meal

After dinner siesta

June 21, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Playtime

June 18 playtime album

Playtime slideshow

I’ve loaded up photos of today’s puppy play time to my Flickr account.

The little guys are expanding their universe, discovering the fun of play, exploring random objects that roll, make noise, and have different textures, and realizing that the furry brown beings around them make great playmates.

Daisy just looks on with maternal patience. There’s not much mischief or trouble they can get into at this point.

Also, for the first time, we had neighbor kids Will and Jack come meet them. Unfortunately the puppies were more interested in sleeping, so they didn’t have a great first impression. Will and Jack, you just wait and see, they will be double cute and double fun before too long.

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Soggy bread

Back here, you may remember Daisy’s “place mat”, which was a training tool I picked up from the Control Unleashed program.

It’s in the laundry room now, where Daisy can park herself for puppy breaks. It’s a wonderful, plush faux fur. A few times while changing the box sheets, the puppies will wander about and then join her on her mat for a snack.

Here’s the weird thing. The little guys are hog wild about the faux fur on the mat. They take to it like it’s mom and they’re famished, nuzzling for a teat to latch on to in a frenzy. It doesn’t look, smell, or feel like mom, but they are bound and determined.

That sight reminds me of when I was a kid growing ant farms (do kids do that anymore?). The food was slices of bread soaked in milk, which would get covered by ants sucking up the nutrients. Ants sucking on sliced bread have become puppies sucking on a furry place mat.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Life->Death->Life watch

This is how Nature works.

Animals have no opinion on Death. My dogs may be curious about the flattened squirrel out on the street not far from our house, initially at least until it gets too funky for even them. They may be hell-bent to snag those aggravatingly tempting chipmunks, going so far as to demolish the yard in the attempt (a recent discovery: to discourage digging holes in your yard, sprinkle the spot with dog poop. If it worked for my dogs, it will work for anyone’s), but when the little critter is finally nabbed and dies of shock, the dogs quickly lose interest, leaving it in the driveway for me to find later in the day.

That reminds me of the time one of my dogs carried a seemingly dead opossum to the back door while we were watching TV. He was so proud of the feat (to be honest it was the one and only time we’ve seen an opossum on our property). But he then faced a dilemma. He had to walk over the seemingly dead opossum to come into the house, and he was curiously¬† loath to do so, walking around it instead. The sliding door being right next to us, we had a perfect close-up view of it arising from its dead, first twitching, then looking around carefully, then slowly getting his composure back, then scurrying off.

We tried to point out the on-going transformation to the dogs, but they were totally uninterested.

That chipmunk should have taken a lesson from the opossum. Play dead, and those fool dogs would have dropped you like a hot potato. As it is, it is now resting in the doggie waste trash can. RIP until trash pick up day.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tight quarters

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Rub-a-dub-dub, 5 puppies in a tub.

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While the linens get changed, the puppies are put into this plastic container. They looked pretty cozy and comfortable tonight, when I grabbed the opportunity to switch sheets while Daisy ate her midnight snack.

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"Hey, come back. I was all ready to settle in with you."

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Daisy has no sense of size, as you can see. She thought it was a new whelp box, and took to it right away. I had to rush the puppies back to the big box, before things got more than just really silly.

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Stimulating

We’re applying the “Super Dog” or “Bio Sensor” program that was first described by Dr. Carmen Battaglia in his article “Early Neurological Stimulation“. You can see a demonstration of that here.

I wish Dr. Battaglia was more clear identifying his source of information on this method. He states the US military developed the Bio Sensor program in “an effort to improve the performance of the dogs used for military purposes”, but doesn’t cite his source in the article’s bibliography, and I have been unable to find any 1st-party references to this program (a lot of 3rd party sites have lifted Dr. Battaglia’s original article verbatim).

Well, unless I can find proof it doesn’t work, I’ll be applying it to the puppies. Interestingly, they have all reacted differently. Some are being quite tranquil and cooperative, some have been very put out being subjected to such indignities.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Puppies | Leave a comment

Long tails short-lived

These photos were taken when puppies were 1 to 3 days old.

A rare moment of quiet

A rare moment of quiet. Daisy is doing some tidying up, which is why the bedding looks so clean.

The line-up

The line-up. From the left: Blue Boy (Thunder Too), Pink Girl, Yellow Girl, Green Boy, and Red Boy

Thinking of making a break for it.

"I'm taking a break. There are bunnies to hunt."

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Keeping an eye on things

Keeping an eye on things

This little guy was up to something.

This little guy was up to something.

Sleeping buddies

Sleeping buddies

A bushel of babies

A bushel of babies

The puppies were put in this bushel basket while I changed the whelp box bedding, when Daisy was out stretching her legs. Unfortunately she came hurrying in just as I finished spreading out clean sheets. Even though she watched closely as I put each back in the box, she had to inspect the basket thoroughly afterward just to make sure none of her babies had been left behind.

Tonight Dr. Nancy came and docked tails and removed dewclaws. So these are the last photos showing the long tails.

She likes how well they all look.

I had put the puppies in this bushel basket to change the bedding of the whelp box while Daisy was out stretching her legs. Unfortunately she came racing in just as I finished with the bedding, while the puppies were still in the basket. Even though she watched closely as I put them back in the box, she had to inspect the basket thoroughly afterward just to make sure none of her babies had been left behind.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

First photos

I did manage to grab the camera a few times and get some quick shots of The Arrivals, and here are 3 of the better ones.

First-born, first-suck

First-born, first-suck

Puppy No. 1 was born at 2:07 am, 3 hours after his water broke. I was getting worried as Daisy was stressing for a good long time, and sure enough, when he was born he was limp a short while until mom cleaned him up and he made his first gasp for air. That was a great relief to see, believe me.

I’m momentarily calling him Thunder (Kathy M. will understand; that was the name of her dog) as it was thundering outside.

This shot was taken about 12 minutes after he was born, cleaned up, weighed, and collared with his own dark blue zig-zag ribbon. Being a brand new mom, Daisy had no clue what to do next, and being a big whelping box and a bigger laundry room, human mom (me) expedited the natural process and directed her to the box and put Thunder to her teat. It was a great AHA moment for her. Dang if she didn’t suddenly realize this little fuzzy squirmy and noisy object that just came out of her rear and attaching to her teat was a Good Thing.

Each succeeding hour brought another littermate, and by the 5th, Daisy was a pro and handled the delivery well and calmly. She even picked it up herself and carefully carried it into the whelp box to place with the others. Seeing that was extremely rewarding, to see that she accepted the whelp box, the litter, her responsibilities, and the welfare of her puppies.

Mother and first-born daughter

Mother and first-born daughter

Little girl #1 was born second. She was alert on delivery and wasted no time voicing her protestations for the rude ending to the peace and tranquility of womb life. She is getting cleaned up by mom in this photo, and later got the yellow ribbon, weighed in, joined her older brother in the box and helped herself to the Milk Bar.

As you can see, Daisy did her birthing on the laundry room floor for all of them except for one, which was an interesting delivery. Puppy #4 spent some of his passage dangling hind feet first (the sac had been broken), sliding out and in, forth and back, while mom was distracted tending babies. Once again human mom (me) expedited the situation and placed a puppy to Daisy’s teat and the sucking got the contractions going and out popped Boy #3 into the whelp box.

Rear-first deliveries are problematic, since the larger skull follows everything else and the mom’s contractions are more about delivering the skull than the rest of the body.

There was at least one other puppy born rear first, but he was one of the first and Daisy didn’t have the distractions of dealing with a lot of babies, and he popped right out like the others.

The Milk Bar

The Milk Bar

About an hour after the last puppy was born and clearly no more were to follow this photo was taken, everyone cleaned up and color coded. Everything is running smoothly with no quirks in behavior. Daisy is turning out to be a great mom now that she has met the kids. The kids are acting as they should: noisy, hungry, seeking food, nursing, and sleeping otherwise.

Later in the evening they were weighed again, and 3 gained noticable weight. The other two will be getting help from me finding good spots at the milk bar so they don’t fall behind.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | 1 Comment

Puppy watch, No. 7

6 am

Puppies started arriving! We have 4 so far, 3 boys and 1 girl.

I’m exhausted. Daisy and babies are doing fine.

8 am

Daisy delivered one more puppy, a girl. I think that may be all. The kids are busy nursing. Daisy is busy being a great mom. I’ll upload photos later.

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Daisy | 3 Comments

Puppy watch, No. 6

3:55 pm

Hokay. We’re at it again. Daisy is busy panting. Is this another drill? We’ll see. For now, we’ll¬† be chillin’ in the laundry room.

George is on his mat just at the door, with a good view for now. We may close off for privacy, depending on how she does.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Daisy | 2 Comments