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.
This photo shows Beattie on the day before the puppies were born.
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.
Beattie with her first born....
....the first two puppies born....
....with six puppies....
....with all eight puppies delivered.
In the morning, after returning from the surgery..
Beattie looks much more relaxed now the labour is over.
On the morning of day 3.
The puppies at 5 days old...
...The puppies are the complete range of colours from cream to gold.
Our Grand-Daughter Annabelle meets the puppies for the first time at 6 days old...
...Annabelle seems to find the puppies interesting...
... she should have great fun when they are older!
The puppies at just over a week of age...
...they have all doubled their birth-weight...
...you can see their excellent black pigment in their pads and ear-flaps.
Places at the milk-bar are getting harder to find...
...Beattie's wound has healed well and she has had her stitches removed...
The puppies 'paddle' with their feet to stimulate the milk flow.
The puppies are very chilled and content, as can be seen with the little chap asleep upside down...
...as you can see, the puppies now have their eyes open...
...this usually happens from about day 10 onwards...
...even though their eyes may be open, they cannot really see very well...