Day Two (Collage Added!)

Things are going well here at Puppy Central. All puppies are growing nicely, Syd is happy and well, the other dogs are settling down a bit, and the humans have slept (Dear Husband is sleeping now since he had the night puppy watch shift) -- what more could we ask? Pictures, maybe?

During the day I will update this Blog entry with all Day Two pictures and news. I will note the time of the update so you can scroll past if you have already read/seen it.

We start with this 7:00 a.m. update. All dogs are fed, whelping box cleaned, puppies weighed and individual pictures taken for a collage (if Terri can swing it today), laundry started (puppies = lotsa laundry), and so all is well here. Squeaker continues to squeak and squawk, Pippi likes to go on walkabouts, and Syd continues to really only have the cats and the two perfect dogs, Maize and Zoey, on the approved visitors list, which is a little challenging but we are managing.

This first week is very stressful. Any health issues with the puppies are likely to show up during this time and so first week mortality is higher than other weeks in a puppy's early life. We watch weight gain and activity, and so far everything is well. I thought you might like to see what our weight sheets look like...

You will note that we do not have collars or other markers on the puppies at this point -- I just worry about having those on babies. I quickly learn to recognize the puppies, and what helps is to note the small differences between puppies, as I did with Heidi. It is not a matter of learning all seven at once -- gender allows me to sort and then recognize from either three (boys) or four (girls). I did mark Squeaker because I was so worried about him and needed a quick way to recognize him -- his mark, which was green and is now gone, magically appears in pictures as a yellow spot -- how strange is that?!

Here is a pile of contented two day old puppies all cuddled up against Syd...

And here is a picture of the little family -- Syd closed her eyes so no red eye!

Who is missing from the family picture?? Daddy ZED -- I think we will all want Zed here at some point in the next two months so we can get a real family picture! Seriously - how cute would that be?!

Thank you for your comments and emails -- I really enjoy sharing this experience, and so it is fun to hear from you. I will blog/post pictures from Puppy Central during the day -- and Galen is working on a Puppy Cam! Hope you have a terrific day!

8:30 a.m.

Cold is the enemy of puppies -- it slows them down and then they do not eat well; too cold and a puppy dies. It is easy to just turn up the heat but there are other ways a puppy gets cold -- look at this:

 and this...

The mom keeps them clean and stimulates (and cleans up) all pottying -- by licking. It doesn't take a Ph.D. to figure out that when mom is cleaning (and puppies are peeing), things get wet. Pretty soon the area where puppies spend their time (in front of the dairy bar) is wet, and bare baby bellies on a wet surface is not a good plan.

This is one of the reasons why whelping boxes require vigilance. When the moistness is minimal and it is not time to move everyone around, I use wash cloths over the wet spots...

Another way that we keep them warm is to move sleeping puppies to the area that has a warming pad -- they then take a nap on that. That is why in some pictures you will see just 3 - 4 puppies nursing -- I prefer to do a lot of shifts so that everyone gets their fill. And we have milk! The puppies are now making that cute little, "uh uh uh..." sound when the milk lets down and they are swallowing as fast as they can :)

10:30 a.m.

Puppies nurse every 60 - 90 minutes, and in between they sleep. Syd also tries to get some rest, as you can see...

See how quickly we accumulate washcloths? I have a big pile in the whelping box. I did not intend to be so patriotic but when I looked at the picture I saw that I was :)

How do we get stuff done? By having the whelping box in the living room and being all set up with laptop, camera, iphone, ipad, etc. I just finished a conference call with a grant review panel I am on -- while also making sure all seven puppies were visible at all times and answering work-related emails -- it is just a little multi-tasking ;)

Look at how the nose pigment is starting...

I call this stage the "Smudge Puppies" as it looks like their noses are smudged...

Official Day Two Collage -- thanks to Terri Z.!

1:15 p.m.

Syd getting comfortable and taking a break...

Pippi apparently missed the "On a Break -- Come Back Later" sign....

Puppy Love...

3:30 p.m.

Another reason why whelping boxes require such vigilance...

The very adventuresome Pippi crawled under the towel. Our rule is that you count puppies BEFORE stepping in the whelping box -- for obvious reasons.

Like mother, like son/daughter (not sure which :)...

Lining up -- anytime is the right time for milk!

Cuteness Alert!

7:00 p.m.

The last post of the evening. Whelping box is clean and sporting a bright orange fleece for the night -- just in case of hunters ;) Weight gain is awesome! Everyone is doing very well and starting to march around the whelping box -- okay, maybe not march but crawl/drag with purpose. Sydney is happy and being just a great mom -- and she doubles as a pillow!

Nose to nose...

Finally, a Day Two puppy pile...

Thanks for enjoying the H Litter's second day of life with us :)


by Lisa K on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 07:33

Thanks so much for including us all in this journey! It is so fun to watch and to learn as well. Syd looks very good! I think I would be a little cranky too! Try to get some rest when you can!

by cindy heintzberger on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 08:35

These puppy updates sure make waking up in the morning a pleasure!!! I love it! What a great way to start the day - can't wait to see all of the individual pictures... Such a lucky litter to have TWO wonderful 2 legged grandmas!!! The care that goes into Kaibab babies is incredible - thank you!

by Lois on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 09:02

And I am just in heaven seeing all the pictures and reading the updates. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us all.
Go Syd and babies...grow, grow grow!
So, I am wondering how Cadi's litter is doing during all of this?????

by Elizabeth on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 09:09

It will be EXTRA exciting to either hit "refresh" or "Get RSS Feed" and see something new for Kaibab! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait for Karma pictures with puppies!

by kay morrow on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 09:36

What a beautiful bunch of pups. Congrats to Syd. I look forward to seeing their progress. Thanks for sharing.

by Marianne on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 10:08

So neat to wake up and run to the computer to check out the latest goings-on at Puppy Central. Mary-Ann, your updates
w/the puppies always make my heart smile! I bet the other BMDs wish they were Kaibab Berners...what a safe and fun place to
be born.

by Roxanne Minor on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 10:11

How do you find the time? I love the blog and enjoy seeing them each day. Great way to have my coffee. I just have not figured out how you get it all done!

by Marti Simons on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 10:22

I am stuck at home waiting for deliveries and the washing machine repair man. Love rewarding myself for doing the yucky chores by getting a cup of coffee and checking the blog! Thanks! Syd and the puppies all look great. Trying to find little things about each puppy to watch for as they grow.

by Terri Zimmerman on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:13

I am bias as know it's true but they really are adorable. I am so happy Syd is doing well.

by Jennifer G. on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:13

is definitely super (relaxed) mom Syd! With those two cuddling babies a close second.

by Lisa K on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:28

Not sure how this blog and pix can get any cuter, but they are!! Dang! Now I have to fix my makeup!! ;-)

by Lynn on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 19:25

A person I know was avidly watching her first litter change from minute to minute and described the crawling with purpose like watching drunken spiders try to walk. Somehow, that descripion worked for me and created a very vivid mental picture even though I've never seen puppies at this age move around...

by Carmen K. on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 19:54

I love reading about what is going on at puppy central and seeing all the fantastic photos! Several times at work today I wondered what was going on in the whelping box. I look forward to seeing how the puppies develop and what personalities will emerge :) Thank you for sharing the joy!

by The Other Heidi on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 08:31

I cry on each new day of pictures. They are simply SO beautiful!

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