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'T' Litter

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This is a pictorial diary of the Messano 'T' litter, Swe Ch Floprym Rivaldo (Rivaldo) x Messano Riseand Shine (Sunny). The litter was born on 02/07/2008 and consists of 4 bitches and 4 dogs (all puppies have homes arranged for them).

30/06/2008

This photo shows Sunny with 2 days remaining until her puppies are born. She did not grow very large and was still being exercised with the other dogs until only a week before the birth. She has excellent muscle tone and this obviously kept her looking trim.

02/07/2008
Well, the big day finally arrived and gave us some surprises. Sunny's temperature dropped at lunchtime on the 1st July (this is an accurate indication that the puppies are on their way) and by early evening she was restless, digging holes in the gravel and generally huffing and puffing. Julie stayed up with her through the night, to monitor Sunny's condition, but this first stage can last up to 48 hours so we carried on as normal while keeping an eye on her progress. The next morning Sunny ate her breakfast and continued much as the day before and then at 15:45 she started to have contractions. The first puppy was born at 17:00 and she continued to deliver the puppies at regular intervals until 20:20. We were very surprised as we only expected 3or 4 puppies at most, as she never showed signs of having a large litter. It just goes to show that even though we have had many litters over the years, nature can still fool us!

02/07/2008

Sunny with her first two born....
02/07/2008

....Sunny taking a rest between puppies....
02/07/2008

....Sunny with 4 puppies born.
03/07/2008

Sunny with all 8 puppies, photo taken on the morning of the second day.....
03/07/2008

...a close up of all eight puppies.
04/07/2008

This shows the puppies at 2 days old, they have all been marked with wax crayons so that we can easily identify them....
04/07/2008

.....most of the puppies are a pale cream colour, but two of the bitches are a honey colour.
04/07/2008

.....Sunny is much more relaxed now and is proving to be an excellent, natural mother. This is no surprise as these puppies are our 6th generation of this line and the bitches have all been excellent mothers.
06/07/2008

Day 4...the puppies are all putting on weight evenly and are happy & content....
06/07/2008

....Sunny is now getting used to being a mum....
06/07/2008

....the puppies all have a good appetite and as there are 8 puppies, they all get to feed at the same time!....
06/07/2008

.....it is difficult to find interesting photos of the pups at this age, as they don't tend to do much, apart from eat and sleep!

06/07/2008
We have decided to try something new this time.
We will be hosting short videos of the puppies on YouTube. Any comments would be appreciated!

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