|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on January 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (33)|
We awoke Thursday morning to Glory birthing her pups! She is such a great mom and had no problems at all giving birth to her brood of 5 pups within a few hours! She was about 3 days earlier than expected but we were ready! All the pups latched on well and started gaining weight.
On Friday night, we could tell that Glory's milk was not coming in fast enough to satisfy the pups hunger, so out came the formula and bottles! All the pups got supplemental feeds on Friday night and again on Sat morning.
We were off to the Vet Sat am for the tail dockings and dew claw removals. Also a good exam for Glory to be sure no complications were brewing. All the pups did great on the dockings but were not happy to have mom removed for 3 hours afterwards to prevent her undoing the great job the vet did on the tails! But another bottle feeding after we arrived home seemed to quiet them down. Oxytocin was administered to Glory and several doses sent home to be given over the next 2 days. This will help stimulate her milk production and make her pups very happy!
I am happy to report that the oxytocin did its magic and her milk is satisfying all the little tummies and the are all continuing to gain weight!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on January 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (7)|
It's been a few quiet months here at the Strickland Homestead! We have 2 girls due in the next 12 days! We have quite a wait list for the pups and I sure hope they pop out lots of female pups!
Princess, our tiny (2lb) 6 month old girl is still living with us as the proper home has not yet been found. What a ball of fire! She is quite demanding and lives up to her name. It's going to be difficult to let her go, but if the right family comes along, I will know she will always be pampered!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM||comments (1)|
Well it's been a while since I updated you! But we have kept busy with all the "puppy chores". Holly's 2 girls are doing great-10oz and 12oz at 6 weeks of age-they are adorable! Today we started them on puppy chow moistened in milk. They are loving it!
Dixie's boys are bruisers! They are going to be 8lb or so as adults-must be a recessive gene, but you couldn't ask for more adorable kids. They are spending the days on the back porch so they have room to run and play! They are joined by their smaller sister-she will be 6lb all grown up, and she just might be one of my new breeders!
Glory's pups are also doing great. Her two boys are already sold, as are 2 of the girls! The smallest girl (3 1/2lb as adult) and one of the "larger" girls (5 lb as adult) are the only ones without new parents yet. Of course, they are all too young to go to their new homes yet, they still have another week or so. Due to their small size, they are a little slower on eating their dry food-so it is still being moistened with milk.
At this stage it takes a lot of time and patience to work with the puppies on their socialization skills. They spend a lotof time in the house, in the living room, kitchen ....., so there is a lot of cleaning up to do! We have potty pad all over, but they do not have a lot of control yet, so paper towels and pinesol spray is always close at hand!
This stage is very labor and time intensive, but oh so worth it as you sit on the floor at night with sleepy pups draped all over you! There is no love like that of a puppy!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on July 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Our third litter finally arrived June 29th. Holly had 2 little girls! One was extremely tiny at 2.4oz! The good news is that she is thriving and finally broke 4oz! She has a great appetite and great sucking instinct.
In the meantime-Glory's pups are doing great-one smaller girl looks like she may stay the smallest of all the pups! Glory is a great mom. Dixie is taking very good care of her kids and is very attentive-when not in her pen with them, she prefers to lay on the cool tile next to them!
The next 2 weeks or so will be the "calmer" time of raising the pups. We just have to clean pens once or twice a day, be sure the girls have fresh water and food at all times, feed everyone the supplemental chicken (that we boil and chop for them) be sure everyone gets their daily calcium, rotate all the girls in and out of their pens for potty time and exercise, weight the pups every couple of days and be sure they get their worming meds on schedule... Did I say calmer??? Well, once the pups get their land legs, and start walking around the house-things get really interesting! Stay tuned for updates!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on June 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
So much for uneventful days! Dixie was due on June 21st, but she blessed us with 4 puppies on June 19th. She could have waited until a bit later than 4:30am, but when nature calls..... She birthed 2 girls and 2 boys, all of them over 5oz! She has been a great Mom. All her pups are gaining weight and she stays in the pens with them without a complaint!
Then Glory, not to be outdone by Dixie, decided to have her pups two days early on June 25th. She waited until a respectable 11am to begin birthing-unfortunately, she waited until Tal was outside talking with the roofer (yes, we have a leaky roof!) but luckily, being the great Mom she is, had the first pup all cleaned up when he walked in 15 minutes later! She then started popping out pups-girl, boy, boy, girl, girl, --are we done yet? We think so.... long pause (like 2 1/2 hours) then she has to go outside to potty and no sooner than she does, she pops out another girl! Poor Tal has to scoop her and the pup up, fly into the house, and get her cleaned up! All went well and all the pups are doing good. We will be watching them very carefully the next few days as they range in size from 3.4oz to 4.5oz. Looks like a lot of smaller pups! Stay tuned for more updates!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on June 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
It's been an eventful week! All the new parents have been here to visit and start the bonding process with their new "kids"! In the iterim, Kahlua has started to develop mastitis and her milk production is dropping "uh-oh"! Not to worry, the first thing we do is to get out the bottles and buy some fresh milk replacer. We start to bottle feed the pups as a supplement. We are paying special attention to "Scout", our littlest pup, who at only 8oz, needs to be watch carefully so that she gains weight and doesn't get pushed away by her bigger siblings!
In the meantime, a dear friend of mine, Lynne Schooley, e-mails me about her new litter and I tell her my troubles. Not only does she volunteer her nursing female, Ginger, to assist-she allows me to bring Ginger and her 2 pups to my home!
Ginger is now settled in with her pups April and Ashley (they are 10 days older than my pups) and everyone is nursing well! We are still supplementing with a bottle as it takes a while for the milk production to increase, but she has now "adopted" my pups as her own! YEAH!! We allow Kahlua to visit and snuggle with her pups and she gets special treats and attention to help her adapt! She will be retiring after her litter is weaned!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on May 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
It's been a very uneventful 12 days! We like that! All the pups are gaining weight and we are starting to see the eyes opening. Usually the eyes open on day 14-looks like we have some early learners here-both Scout and Skipper's eyes opened on day 12! Still waiting on the larger females eyes to pop open!
So far the weights are Skipper 11 1/4 oz, Scout 7 3/8 oz and the larger female 10 3/4 oz! We are looking forward to the next few weeks, can't wait to play with the pups. The only thing better is seeing the new parents meet their new family members! We love to see their first reaction to the "kids", but even more precious is the reaction when the parents see the pups at 6-7 weeks of age-when they have transformed from the quiet little pup playing by mom, the the active ball of fur that runs at them and play with their litter mates--guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on May 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
Well, our short time of relaxing is over---Kahlua had her pups on Thursday. Two Girls and One Boy! I took them for their tail dockings and dew claw removal on Saturday. They are gaining weight daily and Kahlua is an awesome mom! Kahlua was scheduled for her grooming on the day she gave birth, so Sunday I was finally able to give her a haircut. I think she really enjoyed shedding some of her hair and the pups will find it much easier to nurse with her tummy shaved.
Stay tuned for updates as this litter grows and the next gets closer!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on May 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
It's been a quiet few weeks-No puppies to care for, but a nursing conference in Las Vegas, along with visiting our kids that reside there, gave us some down time. But it's back to work shortly-Kahlua is due on Friday! We then have Glory and Dixie due the next month!
So stay tuned for all the updates shortly!
|Posted by yorkiesbydiane on March 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
I'm a bit behind on posting due to a few family emergencies, but be assured, the pups have been growing fast and have had lots of hands on time! It amazes me time after time, to see how fast the pups grow and mature! It never gets old!
The pups are now 5 weeks old and are becomng a handful for Abigail. The teeth are starting to come in and the "kids" are getting rowdy. She is content to go into the puppy pens and feed them, then get out and relax! She still spends the night with her pups.
Tal and I are having a great time in the evening with the pups, as you can tell by the photos in the gallery. They are playing with their toys, dragging around the unstuffed toy and squeeking the squeeky toys! They also love to rough-house with each other! They sound so fierce, you would think they were really fighting!
The next weeks will be fun with the pups. Lots of play time to come. We have also been hosting the soon to be new parents as they visit the pups. It's great to meet everyone and know that my kids will have wonderful homes. Next Sunday we are holding an "open house" for all the new parents, and a couple of "prospective parents" wanting to meet us and the pups!
Til next time-Yorkie Hugs!!