I can't believe how quickly this weekpassedby. So far, they have been a quiet litter, which indicates Tulip is feeding them well.As I mentioned previously, they are all strong and healthy puppies.
It takes a lot of coaxing for Tulip to leave their side for the first few days. As a result of such a long labor, she spends much of her time nursing the puppies and sleeping. I'm certainly glad about that since I could use a nap after being awake for 40 hours!
It wasn't long before Tulip began spending more time outside the whelping box as the week progressed.Digging a den for her pups outside is one of her favourite pastimes.She dug a hole big enough for herself before having her pups under out spruce tree!Still, she is determined to dig a den, so we always keep an eye on her outside.
Each day, Tulip consumes four meals and approximately four pounds of fresh food.In order to produce milk, her body requires extra nutrition and calcium supplements.
Tulip developed mastitis, which is now under control.Infections like mastitis can be extremely painful.Resulting from bacteria entering the nipple and traveling up to the mammary gland.Fortunately, it was caught early and has cleared up, but it can recur at any time.
Puppies are now moving around, and by next Monday their eyes will be open.Occasionally, during the day or overnight, I hear a puppy crying, which usually means it's lost its litter mates and cannot find them.As a result, I lift it back along with its siblings and the crying stops. Stay tuned.....
Tulip very pleased with her new family! Welcome to the world! A total of nine puppies were born in a 10 hour period. Three handsome boys and six adorable girls. Born Thursday June 15th (our anniversary). Miss Dahlia (Orange ribbon), Mr. Hosta (Green ribbon), Mr. Bulrush (Brown ribbon), Miss Baby's Breath (Beige ribbon), Mr. Sunflower (yellow ribbon), Miss Lilac (Purple ribbon), Miss Bluebell (Blue ribbon), Miss Hibiscus (Red ribbon) and Miss Hydrangea (Light Blue ribbon). In the early hours of Thursday morning, Tulip entered stage one labor. Approximately 10:30 am yesterday morning, she began having contractions, and the first puppy arrived around 12 pm, and the last pup around 8:16 pm. She took her sweet time delivering these puppies! The two of us are exhausted from being awake for 37 hours! Puppies weigh around 1 lb each. Tulip is a wonderful mother. She immediately embraces each puppy and won't leave them even for a bathroom break. During the next week, T
“The Milk Bath” What a week! The action began one afternoon between shifts, when our caregiver leaves for the day and we arrive to take over. In the ten minutes that the pups were unattended, it seems that piece of trim around the entrance to the whelping box that holds all the slats in place got compromised. We arrived to find every single puppy had exited their dwelling. They were all around the sunken living room and even a step up in the kitchen area exploring this new territory – even Olivia’s water bowl in the kitchen was being used as a swimming pool. A quick repair allowed order to be restored and everyone to be returned to their quarters. As the weather got to be somewhat messy throughout the week, we did legitimize kitchen playtime with the gang by setting out some mats, their play station and their favourite: a tub of balls! The action ramped up in no time as some were bashing the play station with their paws, batting balls around the kitchen and “swimming” in their ball poo
Who is the cutest? 😘❤️💋 “A Good Education” Day by day, this group is becoming more active and playful. They’re spending much more time awake and when we’re in proximity, we can hear them bouncing off the walls of the whelping box as they engage in play with their siblings. This action continues well into the evening in between numerous rest periods. The play station is extremely popular and it allows the pups to hone various skills. When we walk up, they freeze and twelve little heads pop up in anticipation of a little petting or a cuddle. Of course, it’s not all just fun and games. A good education is necessary so the pups spend some of their time in seminars with (the mechanical) Mr. Owl who is teaching them English. The gang is also doing some science experiments on their own. For instance, is it possible to stuff a large plush ball into the mouth of the water bowl? The answer is yes! You’d think that with all the fun being had in the whelping box, that the pups would be conte