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Mango and Steele Litter

Mango, Day 53 days (pre-parturition)
As we head into the home stretch, our beautiful girl is losing her figure and the look on her face tells us she knows it! Mango is slowing down and prefers to observe her canine playmates rather than participate in play.

There isn’t much room for food in Mango’s tummy these days. The puppies have grown so much that we are feeding her smaller meals throughout the day. She is rather picky in the mornings, but we can usually entice her to eat by adding some roast chicken to her breakfast.
This past week, we set up the whelping box for her to get used to, however it seems that everyone has tried it out with the exception of Mango. She is still determined to have her babies outside under a spruce tree she has chosen!
We are just trying to make these last ten days as comfortable and stress free as possible for Mango. She will continue to have light activity and of course, carry her ball in her mouth just in case we can play a little game of retrieving…

Maddie and Jazz Litter

Maddie, Day 53 (pre-parturition)

As Maddie heads into the final ten days of her pregnancy, she is definitely slowing down and there is certain calmness about her.
She continues to enjoy everything that life has to offer, but just in moderation. And she sure has a waddle in her walk these days! The one thing about Maddie that isn’t slowing down is her appetite. Typically as the puppies grow, there is less room for larger meals so we provide smaller meals throughout the day. However, Maddie hasn’t followed the norm; she is eating slower than usual but other than that, she has a great appetite!
This is about the time that Maddie will focus on nesting. She will begin to seek out that perfect spot in the yard where she intends her puppies to be born. In the evenings, she continues to “demand” constant belly rubs and now we can feel the puppies when she is flat on her back.
At this stage, the puppies’ coats of fur are fully developed and they will gain in size in preparation for their birt…

Mango and Steel Litter

Beautiful Mango – 46 days (pre-parturition)

It’s hard to believe that in just over 17 days, Mango will have her babies. She continues to treasure her ball and usually carries it around in her mouth all day long.She still enjoys retrieving and playing with her canine pals but we do notice she is taking more breaks and spending time just relaxing by herself.
Mango’s waistline has expanded to 77 cms. While her appetite is increasing, Mango is eating less at each meal, but is eating more frequently as we move closer to her delivery date. As always, she is receiving the most nutritious food possible.
At this point in their development, the puppies have all their features. Now they will begin to grow rapidly until they are born. Several days prior to Mango giving birth, we will have an x-ray done to see approximately how many puppies she will have.
This week, we will prepare the whelping box and introduce Mango to it. She will probably not be too keen on it as she has already begun to sear…

Maddie and Jazz Litter

Loving Maddie - 46 days (pre-parturition)
Maddie hasn’t skipped a beat with this pregnancy. Her appetite certainly hasn’t suffered and she continues to polish off her meals and look for more food! We don’t want her to gain unnecessary weight so we are monitoring her food intake.
Maddie’s waistline has expanded to 77cms. She is becoming increasingly more affectionate and is demanding more belly rubs as you can see from the photo above.  Her activity level has remained about the same but over the next couple of weeks we expect she will be slowing down.
Pre-natal period: It is an interesting fact that a dog's tactile perception develops before birth, therefore unborn puppies can detect touch when the mother is petted from the outside of the abdomen. This establishes the basis for puppies to tolerate being touched, when compared to puppies born to mothers that were not petted. Pregnant dogs that are exposed to stressful events tend to release hormones that can be detected by the fetuses w…

Mango and Steele LItter

Mango and Steele Puppies - Day 39 Pre-parturition

We were happy to confirm last week that our sweet girl Mango is indeed expecting! It is hard to believe that she is already past the halfway mark and is due in only 24 days (approximately).
If Mango had it her way she would be content to play ball all day long then cuddle and have her belly rubbed all evening long. She has always been a very affectionate girl but she is in overdrive now. She is in great spirits and is still very active with her favorite sport – retrieving her ball.
Mango has been a little picky with her breakfasts lately but we embellish with roast chicken, fresh veggies and apples and that seems to do the trick. Nutrition is very important at this stage as the puppies grow so rapidly over the next few weeks.
At this stage the puppies eyes and spinal cords have begun to develop and the face is also forming. Fetuses are approximately 1.3 cm. This may seem small but they will triple in size in just one week. Between days 2…

Maddie and Jazz Litter

Maddie and Jazz Puppies - Day 39 Pre-parturition

We had some terrific news this past week: an ultrasound confirmed our sweet, beautiful girl Maddie is expecting!  This is an exciting time for all of us as it seems like an eternity since we have had puppies in our household.
Maddie is in great spirits, active as ever and is becoming increasingly more affectionate.  She never seemed to experience morning sickness, which is certainly not the norm for most expectant moms. Diet is so important at this stage as the puppies will begin to grow rapidly over the next 24 days. In the coming weeks as her abdomen grows, Maddie will obviously begin to slow down.
At this point, the embryonic sacs are a little over 4 cm.  Although several sacs were detected during the ultrasound, it is still difficult to determine exactly how many babies Maddie will have. Their heartbeats can be easily heard and they are developing toes, whiskers and claws. Their canine features are becoming more pronounced.
The gestatio…