This is the diary of the Messano 'A' litter, Stvincent Ice Falcon With Messano
(Ben) x Messano Riseand Shine (Sunny). The litter was born
on 05/09/2012 and there are 5 dogs and 4 bitches.
The whelping was straight-forward and 'textbook'. Sunny produced the first puppy at 12:30 pm and the last at 17:00, so the average time between puppies was only 30 minutes. She is rare with our bitches in that she has her puppies during daytime hours - most of ours whelp at night.
**** All puppies in this litter have homes arranged for them.****
This photo shows Sunny 5 days before she gave birth to 9 puppies. She was not particularly large and hid 9 puppies well!
First one safely here.
5 down, 4 to go.
5/09/2012Already dry and feeding.
Our girls always have scrambled egg on toast for breakfast when they have puppies - two rounds of toast cut neatly into quarters!
A comfy place to snooze.
At this stage the puppies have pink pigment, although the edge of this puppy's nose has already gone grey.
Sunny relaxing and while some of her puppies feed, others sleep.
The puppies are colour marked to help check their progress. All are very similar in size with the exception of Miss Yellow, (between Red and Orange) At just 288g she is the smallest puppy we have had for many years but she is ful of life and doing her best to catch up!
For the first week puppies are weighed daily to check their progress.
Sunny still spends nearly all her time in the whelping box, so that means meals in there too.
One of the boys not quite got the hang of feeding!!
Sunny has 9 teats which means all the puppies can feed at once.
One of your litter mates makes a comfy pillow.
Nails are trimmed every few days to stop them stratching Sunny's tummy.
A close up of the puppies feeding.
Little Miss Yellow next to her big sister. She's doing really well and putting on weight every day. As you can see her ears still stick out, perhaps we should call her "Dumbo"!!
Annabelle trying out Grandma's bed!!
Although she has seen several litters now, Annabelle is always excited to see them for the first time.
Time to introduce her baby brother to them.
So pleased that she was allowed to hold one.
.........and the girls.
The family all came for dinner Friday, so of course we ended up in the puppy room.
Sunny needs to keep her strength up, so goat's milk with honey, egg and Complan goes down well.
Sunny now leaves the puppies for short periods, although she's only just outside the whelping box.
At this age the puppies like to be in close contact with each other.
Mr Green trying to stand up.
This video clip shows the puppies moving towards mum's milk bar.