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'V' Litter

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This is a pictorial diary of the Messano 'V' litter, Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy For Messano (Tommy) x Messano Mustang Sally (Sally). The litter was born on 09/12/2009 and consists of 4 bitches and 6 dogs (all puppies have homes arranged for them).

09/12/2009
Sally produced her first puppy at approximately 2.30 am on Wednesday morning, 2 days earlier than her estimated due date, but she had been progesterone tested before mating and this means that the eggs are queued-up waiting to be fertilized and it's not unusual to be earlier than calculated. The whelping was quite straight-forward and with the exception of a couple of stuck puppies that were eventually freed with manipulation, there was no drama. Sally produced the last puppy at approximately 11:00 am, so an average labour time.

09/12/2009

...Sally's first-born (a male)..
09/12/2009

Sally with six puppies born
10/12/2009

All the puppies shown on the 2nd day; they are all colour marked so that we can keep a check on their weight and feeding.
10/12/2009

The puppies are already very cute and have a healthy shine to their coats.
11/12/2009

Day 2...the puppies are all happy and content and are putting on weight steadily.
11/12/2009

In this photo you can see the range of colours. The two darker puppies are both bitches.
12/12/2009

Sally is now into the routine of being a mum again.
15/12/2009

A head study of one of the gold bitches.

15/12/2009

Feeding time.....

15/12/2009

....there are enough teats for one each. Isn't nature wonderful!
16/12/2009

One week old today. The pigment on the nose, eye rims and feet is now darkening.
16/12/2009

Sally is producing loads of milk and the puppies are all thriving.
20/12/2009

Three general views of the puppies....
20/12/2009

.....they don't really do much at this age...
20/12/2009

...except for drinking milk and sleeping.
21/12/2009

The puppies can move very fast when they sense Sally in the whelping box...
21/12/2009

The puppies cannot hear yet and cannot see very well, but they have opened their eyes....
21/12/2009

...some more than others!
24/12/2009

These next 5 images were taken of the puppies sleeping on Christmas Eve at just over 2 weeks of age...
24/12/2009

....you can see the very black foot pads, nose and eye rim pigment...
24/12/2009

....this is very desirable in a Golden Retriever...
24/12/2009

....in the Golden Retriever breed standard it states 'Nose, preferably black'.....
24/12/2009

.... so although not essential, it is always a bonus if the puppies have very black noses.
27/12/2009

The next 4 photos show the puppies walking around their box...
27/12/2009

...the one at the back isn't really emerging from a trapdoor!...
27/12/2009

...they are quite agile now and really move fast when Sally gets in the box...
27/12/2009

...we will be removing the shelf and adding a board soon!...
27/12/2009

...Sally's milk bar is at full capacity now!

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