We are thrilled to report the arrival of 11 healthy german shorthaired pointer puppies from our breeding of
Libby very sweetly decided to whelp during the day which is always nice as that way you aren't quite as sleep deprived and bleary eyed when it's all over. She started with this big strapping boy and continued slow and steady throughout the day.
When she got to 10 puppies delivered by the evening she decided to pause. I knew there were more in there and continued to watch and walk her as well as give her a little oxytocin to encourage the labour along but her body wasn't quite ready. During the middle of the night she gave birth to another female and the following early morning she gave birth to puppy number 12, a male.
He came out gasping and quite listless, but with gentle and careful care he got beyond the gasping stage and started to breathe normally. I sat with him on a heating pad in my lap gently massaging him and encouraging him to move around but he never really perked up and passed a couple of hours after being born. Those who were following along with the whelping on the Braebrook Kennels Facebook page I do so appreciate your kind comments. Being a breeder is full of highs and lows and unfortunately puppy losses happen sometimes which is always very sad and never gets any easier.
I think this little guy has the most interesting face markings. The breed standard says any combination of liver and white so this is perfectly allowable and within standard, it's just not the most traditional look. He's been nicknamed Pirate for his one eye patch as it suits him perfectly.
Libby is doing very well and being a great Momma. She is an attentive mother but not a worrier and is pretty relaxed which makes things easier for all involved. Here she is with her big brood, five girls and six boys in total. You can see the one little girl with the slightly green tinge. That comes from some dark amniotic fluid that dyed her coat a little bit. It will go away in a couple of days but because of it she's been nicknamed Pickle....again, it suits her perfectly.
We do have a couple of puppies available from this litter and welcome inquires from loving responsible homes. You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a puppy application.