Day 3 update sunday
yesturday went well. Everyone eating. Taking turns. Last night I slept beside the box and got up every 2 hours to help the little girl nurse. I kept everyone's collars the same color but hers. She went from light yellow to Lilac. For now I don't have a collar on her. She is just too tiny. This morning she seems more resilient. She seems more filled out. Yesterday morning she was frail and I could feel her ribs. Dont worry, I'm giving them all attention. Not just her. The rest are thriving. Eating very very well. You start to see patterns. Red girl loves to wiggle to side of box and scream because she is lost. Green bulldozes everyone over to eat first. Blue boy cries for no reason. I move him a little and he stops fussing. White girl loves to eat the most. She knows when its feeding time. And pink girl has the cutest posses. Reminds me of grey boy Cooper from Curlys litter. They seem to like the new whelping box. I'm not sure momma does. The top is open and she would much rather they were hidden and covered. But she is hot and panting. So the open top box helps a little. I have the air cranked down to 67. And the heating pad on for pups. But she is still very very hot. I just ordered a different whelping mat. Summer litters are hard. You should have a traction surface for pups. They need to grip. Helps with hip problems as adults. But the rubber mat is hot for Bella. Going to try to do a mixed surface outside something cooler center grip mat for them. They need to use feet to feed. When you see pups feet and they are on belly and knees feeding its hard on hips. There have been lots of new data on hip issues. Very little of it is now considered genetic. So we are taking a different approach with this litter and will be educating families on do's and dont's. I will add tips like this to many posts to help educate new families.
5/29/2016 11:15:26 am
Thanks for the update! It's a labor of love.
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