October 2011

Day 12

Good Morning!

As expected, more eyes are opening and the ones who started already are opened just a little more. This is Austin, whose eyes started opening two days ago -- and this is as far as we have gotten...

Day 11

Every morning is like Christmas - I get up to find new surprises. Puppy growth and development is so quick that even 7 - 8 hours makes a difference. I will make a video later so you can see their increasing mobility and size, and hopefully see some of the beginning efforts at play.

Day 10 (Collage added)

Here we are in double digits! All is well but this will be brief and short -- I teach a grad research class in exactly 85 minutes and have a 35 minute commute!! Collage later -- just emailed Terri all the great pictures. Our Big News: Austin's eyes are starting to open -- more on that later. For now, just a few pictures...

Day Nine

Good Morning!

There is a big challenge of having a litter that I wanted to mention, and that is learning to live with the "un-done" things. The house is not as clean, I haven't ridden my bike in almost two weeks, I feel like I am constantly playing catch-up, and my other dogs have also had to give up normal life. I try hard to continue to walk and train them, but it is not the same and that is hard. I know it is temporary and everyone will be fine -- but it is challenging to look around and see (and feel) so much that needs doing.

Day 8

I woke up to an email from Kris Osojnicki with the correct answer -- she knew that the dogs in the picture behind Z from last night are Abra and Zaltana! And she did not even get the hint from Facebook! I am seriously impressed -- and she wins an imaginary prize for that -- a new car!!! (when prizes are imaginary, they might as well be good ones). Abra and Zaltana are the parents of Halo (grandma of this litter), and Zaltana is one of the Z's for which Daddy Zed gets his name and little Z also. So good job, Kris -- you have been paying attention all these years!

ONE WEEK!!!!! We Made It!!!!!

We made it! The seven puppies are safely at the one week mark -- that is a big milestone! And most have doubled their birth weight this morning, with the couple who have not doubled being so close that they should easily do it by the evening weigh in. There is, of course, one exception...

Day Six (Collage added)

Let's start with a special congratulatory shout out to Marti and Maverick (C Litter so great-uncle to puppies) -- after lots of twists and turns on their agility journey, Maverick got his first Q yesterday in Jumpers -- Hooray!!!!!!! Great Job, Team M & M!!!!! (click Read more or the title)

Day Five

Sometimes it is hard not to feel judgmental -- that sense that what someone is doing is wrong or bad, and thinking less of a person as a result. I think it is okay to judge -- which to me means to discern what we think about something -- but I am uncomfortable when I find myself being judgmental.

Yesterday I heard about someone who left newborn puppies at home with the neighbor checking in on them a couple times a day because she did not want to miss a trial (show) and justified it by saying that the mom does all the work in the first week. I never met the person but I assure you she cannot be in our club! And oh yes -- I was feeling extremely judgmental. (click Read more or the title)

Day Four

6:30 a.m.

Syd is the same -- temp about 103 and seems fine otherwise. She is drinking A LOT and we will work hard to get more fluids in her -- good ideas from the comments so thanks :)

Having a litter feels just saturating -- it is like house arrest with lots of laundry and not enough sleep! I think it is especially like this because it is the first week, and the need for vigilance is high. Those puppies feel like a treasure entrusted to us, and ones that need careful guarding (and protection from their own suicidal tendencies!). (Click Read More or the title)

Day Three (Collage Added)

6:30 a.m.

Another one of the scary, fragile days of Week One -- but so far everything is going very well. Puppies are gaining nicely -- the current chunk is Barcelona at 20.9 ounces, and Squeaker is second at 18.95. I still cannot get over Squeaker's miraculous comeback -- a good reminder not to give up and that panic can be a very good thing (right, Heidi?!). Note: Click Read more to see full entry.

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