Maggie Litter Three
January 30th, 2021 - Maggie came into heat mid month and was bred on January 28th. We go back in 4 weeks for her ultrasound to verify pregnancy.
March 1st, 2021 - Maggie had her ultrasound today and the vet sees seven pups. Of course there is no gurantee at this point. It's a plus/minus kinda thing. Her due date is March 28th +/- a day or two.
March 20th, 2021 - Maggie is doing great but I think as any expectant Mom is at this stage she's about had it. Time to get on with the birthin' part. Her bellie is huge and you can see the pups moving around. There is a party goin' on in there!! One week to go. She goes for x-rays on Monday so maybe we will get a better count on how many pups to expect.
March 23rd, 2021 - Maggie had her vet visit yesterday to get an xray to get a fetal count. Looks like we have seven confirmed.
March 26th, 2021 - The wait continues... just two days to go. Maggie is enjoying this beautiful sunny day as she relaxes before her work begins. She is becoming increasingly needy as her time approaches. So far the only 'nesting' activity has occurred in my bed as that is where she usually sleeps. It is time to redirect her to the whelping box!
Look at that belly! It gets bigger every day! Her milk is already in. She is sporting her 'doggie brazilian' which helps us keep things nice and clean throughout whelping and for the weeks to follow. We're excited and I think Mags is ready to get this show going!!
March 29th, 2021 - We have babies! Maggie starting delivering about 6:10PM yesterday and was finished by 9:40PM. She is a pro and did a great job!
We ended up with 8 babies...we were expecting 7 but got a bonus pup! She has 4 merle and four black. Five girls and three boys.
Everyone is nursing well. Maggie is recovering and so are we! It was a long night.
I'll post weights in the next day or two. Maggie was not excited about me taking pups away from her to weigh so I followed her lead. She's looking a bit tired in her pic below. She worked hard.
March 31st, 2021 - These little nuggets are growing like weeds. Below you can see my weight chart. Two of the little merle girls were very tiny when they were born. I have made it my mission to be sure they get their turn at the milk bar. When Maggie leaves and then returns to the box I let them have about 5 minutes latched on before I let the rest of the crew in. I do this all day and all night. Some of the bigger ones will nudge the little ones off. I am very happy with how much they have all gained. We are right on track. Everyone is big enough to wear their colored collars now so it will be easier to keep track. And...those are ounces folks. Green boy is just barely over a pound. We've got some chunksters!! Maggie is holding true to form in having plenty of milk to go around.
April 7th, 2021 - It's been busy! The pups are thriving and everyone is gaining as they should. Maggie is spending a bit more time away from the whelping box and has her pups on a good feeding schedule. Their eyes should be opening by the weekend. Thursday we have our first vet visit.
My apologies for the pictures. They just would not sit and stay!
April 11th, 2021 - Good Sunday morning! Can't believe these little nuggest are 15 days old already. They had their first vet visit on Thursday and everyone checked out just fine. They go back in two weeks for their first worming. Bill and I are doing losts of loving and snuggling with them, well as much as Maggie will allow. She is still very protective so we have to sneak that in when she is outside doing her thing.
Maggie continues to be a very attentive Mom. She has her nursing schedule at about every 2 1/2 to 3 hours now. They are VERY enthusiastic during nursing!! Maggie is eating about 4 pounds of food a day to keep up with her milk production.
This week I split the whelping box in half meaning blanketing in half and potty pads in the other half. Believe it or not...time to begin potty training. It is amazing that these litte tikes will go on the potty pad and then get back on the blanket. Well, not everyone all the time yet but this is the beginning.
I have also introduced a water bowl. It is the kind you would use as a travel water bowl. I use this for Ozzie and Maggie in the car. It is safe so no one can drown. Though they will not be ready to start solid foods until next week this introduces the idea of lapping.
A reminder if you are reading this that you pick of a pup will depend upon your position on my list. You can find out more about that HERE.
April 17th, 2021 - I can't believe these little nuggets are three weeks old already. It has been a busy week. Everyon'e eyes are open and they are really starting to interact with us humans as well as their siblings. There are some beginnings of barks and growls. They are being pretty good about peeing on the potty pads...certainly not all the time but heck...their just three weeks old. They got nails trimmed twice this week. Since they are pretty enthusiastic while nursing I have to keep this up every two to three days so Maggie's tummy is not scratched.
Maggie is nursing every 3 to 3 1/2 hours now. (That means I'm getting more sleep in between at night! ) They are pretty aggressive eaters and no doubt once teeth start popping in Maggie will be less enthusiastic about feeding time. I am looking at about week 4 to 4 1/2 weeks to start weaning. I'll listen to Maggie and the pups to see when everyone is ready. Some breeders start weaning at this point but to me since Maggie is still nursing and being attentive there is no reason to interfere. And solid food means poop clean up and for now Maggie is handling that part for me. :)
Below is this weeks weight chart. I've got some chubsters!!
I am posting pictures pretty regularly to Facebook.
April 27th, 2021 - WEEK FOUR ALREADY!! It's been busy in puppy world. They are really playing with eachother now...lot's of wrestling and dog noises. Teeth are in on some and halfway on others.
Monday we had a visit to the vet and their first worming. Everyone is doing great and gaining. This weeks weight chart will be below.
Enjoy the vid!!
May 3rd, 2021 - WOW...week 5 already. We have had a busy week. Last Thrusday I started with puppy mash and everyone took to it. Over the next week I will be weaning them off of Momma. It takes a little time for everyone to realize that puppy mash is going to be 'it' in the food department. They are also getting the idea of drinking water. I have a few I need to work with a little bit before they will totally understand this new food/water thing.
Everyday now, twice a day, we take them into the livingroom for a romp. Everything is made puppy safe. They really enjoy it and after about 20 minutes start to tire out. Once back in their pen they pass out for a couple of hours. It is so much fun watching them run and play.
Yesterday was their first day outside. They really loved it. And wouldn't you know that digging is so natural that I had two diggers first day out. Today is rainy, unfortunately, so we are sticckign to inside play. Looking forward to getting them outside everyday possible this coming week.
Puppy pick weekend is coming up this next weekend. I'll be in touch to schedule appointments.
First time ever outside and what do they do? DIG!!