Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The saga begins...

Hello everyone. If your interested in learning more about dog breeding, this is the place for you. What better way to learn than by experience? I can top that one .. You can learn from *MY* experience! As I go along in my daily life as a dog breeder, I will blog (post) here about my experiences. I hope this will become a learning format for all of us.


At the present time, we have 3 litters here at our kennel. 1 litter is 4 wks old. Another is 2 wks old and the most recent is just 2 days old. We will refer to them as DC litter, MC litter and SC litter, respectively.

I will occassionally also offer tips, secrets and helpful links. Stayed tuned for those! I may be posting up to 3 - 4 times a day on some days. Be sure to bookmark this site!

SC litter was a breeze! 7 puppies strong. Dam is also a first time mother. Her puppies were born every 15 minutes like clockwork until the last puppy. #7 got stuck and we had to assist. This puppy took an hour to be delivered. (total time between #6 and #7, not time spent getting puppy unstuck) Due to this fact, puppy had fluid in the lungs and appeared near dead when born. No movement, not breathing. Swung puppy gently but firmly (holding head/neck carefully) to expel the fluid. Used finger gently to test gag reflex for signs of life. Between expelling of fluid attempts, I also used mouth to muzzle first aide breathing. Rubbed vigorously to stimulate puppy. Within 5 minutes, puppy was attempting to crawl. Within 10 minutes puppy had cried for the first time and was nursing. Lungs clear. When everyone was safely delivered and content, photos were taken for the anxiously awaiting new families to google over them.

Dam's milk appears of wonderful quality if her feisty and fat pups are any testament. Often you will need to teach a new dam how to lay so that her puppies can all get to the teats. This dam instinctively did it on her own. Likewise, you also will need to ensure all puppies not only can get on a teat but have sufficient suction power to latch onto the teat and express milk. Sometimes this will take a bit of effort and time on your part. This litter were all super feisty and born knowing what they were going to go after.. THE MILK BAR! Dams can also appear to have lost weight at this point. I'm super thankful that this dam is in absolutely awesome condition. Every bit as lovely as her show ready figure only with a sagging milk bar.

I couldn't be happier! So, yes, this was an EASY litter. Even with the issue of puppy #7. If you don't think you could handle that, your looking to the wrong lifestyle. And when I say raise dogs for a living, that's what I mean... raising dogs as a LIFESTYLE... a living. You have to be willing to dedicate all you are to them and their needs.

Until next time...


At 8:04 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

ED, I to had a puppy born that appeared to be dead. This being my first litter I was nervous but followed the same procedure and had a very healthy pup. Actually he ended up being the biggest one. Wow what a morning that was. I really wanted to keep him but my brother took him so atleast I will see him again. I enjoy reading your blogs.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Ed B. said...

Hi Tiffany,
I'm so glad to hear your puppy is okay. It is scary no matter how many times it happens. Each small life is important.
“For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life” William Blake


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