Monday, June 9, 2014

The Brody x Phoebe puppies are here!

The Brody x Phoebe puppies started arriving yesterday at 1:30pm. At the time I was thinking "wonderful, a day time delivery..that never happens. Maybe I'll actually get some sleep tonight". Silly me, that's never the way it goes.


The first to arrive was a male and I thought he was dead when he came out. I worked and worked and worked.....rubbing him down, getting everything moving and gently breathing into his mouth. He finally rewarded me with a little gasp...and I have to tell you I could hear angels singing. I just kept working....another gasp....work work work..another gasp. He finally moved a little bit. So much fluid came out of his nose as I worked. I held him forward so it could drain while I continued to will him to live. It took awhile before he made any noise and the gasping continued but got much closer together and finally stopped altogether as he began to breath normally. A huge relief.

This is where he spent the next little while, warming up right where I could see and feel him. I'm very happy to report that he is none the worse for wear, nursing very well and gaining weight.



 The next puppy took a very long time to arrive....four hours to be exact. Phoebe hadn't been contracting hard, just a few random ones getting the puppy into position so I wasn't overly worried but when she finally did start contracting regularly...it continued for about 45 min with no puppy. Finally the sac containing the puppy showed just a bit and burst...but no puppy. She continued to work but nothing to show for it. I called my vet, gave her a shot of oxytocin, 25 minutes and still nothing so I packed her and puppy number one in the van to head to the vet and a probable c section. I barely made it out of the driveway and I heard a little squawk. I immediately pulled over and checked on Phoebe and sure enough there was a little puppy head coming out. We worked together right there on the side of the road and the first girl was born. I barely had time to get back to the house when puppy three (also a girl) was born. After that there was no more drama and they came about every 1 and a half to 2 hours. It was a very long night and I finally laid down for an hours snooze at 6am. Today I am beat but Mom and babies are doing well and just look at them.....all worth it. :)


Keeping warm with the heat lamp...



Being a breeder is tough work and mentally, physically and financially draining but I love it. Genetics fascinate me and I love the connection through pedigrees to the old dogs and breeders that have come before. On top of that I just love dogs, I love working with them and living with them....the sacrifice is worth it when you truly love what you do. 

The final puppy count for yesterday is seven, five girls and two boys and of course all red as expected.







13 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Mariah... I'm glad to hear that all puppies survived - nice litter - 5 girls, 2 boys. Gotta love that!!

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  2. 5 girls...boy oh boy you fell in doo doo and came up smelling like a rose...WTG...congrats to you and especially kudos to you for saving the wee boy...

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! YEP! Gotta love 5 girls, 2 boys!

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  4. Mariah - wonderful news and pictures! Toni says "boys are just ornery" and she suspects that not all breeders have your skills or patience/perseverance. We are sure one is named Khaleesi or Dakota and we have checkbook in hand and are awaiting your instructions - they are all beautiful, especially Phoebe!
    Toni/Errol

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  5. Phew that was an exciting read Marah! Well done YOU and Phoebe! xox

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    1. Thanks Kay...always an emotional experience. :)

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  6. Hi Mariah!
    I hate to come across as a stalker since I have already emailed you. However I was wondering if you guys can consider my home for one of your pups. I recently lost my 12 years old dober-boy but am ready to welcome a new love into my life. I'd love to provide any info you need. looking forward to hearing from you.

    Hedy

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  7. Hats off to you Mariah. We know how much work & love goes into being a breeder. Because of breeders like you & Cherie. People like us get blessed with wonderful creatures in our lives.
    We're jealous!!! Wish we could've added one of your pups to our family.
    Jealous jealous jealous!!!
    Ray & Mark

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    1. Thank you Ray and Mark! I'm so glad you got your girl! :)

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