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'X' Litter

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This is a pictorial diary of the Messano 'X' litter, Sh Ch Ritzilyn Male Order JW ('Mannie') x Messano Phonafriend ('Beattie'). The litter was born on 08/08/2010 and consists of 5 bitches and 3 dogs.

07/08/2010

This photo shows Beattie on the day before the puppies were born.
08/08/2010
Beattie went into labour on Sunday evening, and her first puppy was born at 8.10pm and by 12.10am she had 8 puppies.

At 02:00 am on Monday morning Beattie was given a caesarean to remove a very stuck puppy. Sadly this male had spent too long in the birth canal and was still-born, along with another brother that we could not revive.

It's always disappointing to need a caesarean but especially in this case as there were no surviving puppies. We are of course pleased that Beattie is well, and has 8 lovely, healthy puppies.

08/08/2010

Beattie with her first born....
08/08/2010

....the first two puppies born....
08/08/2010

....with six puppies....
08/08/2010

....with all eight puppies delivered.
09/08/2010

In the morning, after returning from the surgery..
09/08/2010

Beattie looks much more relaxed now the labour is over.
10/08/2010

On the morning of day 3.
13/08/2010

The puppies at 5 days old...
13/08/2010

...The puppies are the complete range of colours from cream to gold.
14/08/2010

Our Grand-Daughter Annabelle meets the puppies for the first time at 6 days old...
14/08/2010

...Annabelle seems to find the puppies interesting...
14/08/2010

... she should have great fun when they are older!
16/08/2010

The puppies at just over a week of age...
16/08/2010

...they have all doubled their birth-weight...
16/08/2010

...you can see their excellent black pigment in their pads and ear-flaps.
19/08/2010

Places at the milk-bar are getting harder to find...
19/08/2010

...Beattie's wound has healed well and she has had her stitches removed...
19/08/2010

The puppies 'paddle' with their feet to stimulate the milk flow.
20/08/2010

The puppies are very chilled and content, as can be seen with the little chap asleep upside down...

20/08/2010

...as you can see, the puppies now have their eyes open...

20/08/2010

...this usually happens from about day 10 onwards...
20/10/2010

...even though their eyes may be open, they cannot really see very well...
20/08/2010

...but they do look cute...
20/08/2010

...especially when they are asleep!

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