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08/07/2009

Toenail trimming...
08/07/2009

...this is essential to stop the puppies scratching Roxy with their sharp little nails....
08/07/2009

...at first scissors are used, followed by clippers as their nails grow thicker.
10/07/2009
The puppies are becoming much more agile and can now stumble around the box.

10/07/2009

Friday 10th and Sunday 12th July were very sad days for us. We unfortunately lost two puppies, Mr Black and Miss Yellow to two unrelated conditions. This is only the second time in over 20 years of breeding that we have lost puppies after the first few hours of life. Sadly this is one of the downsides to breeding and puppy mortality in the first few weeks is not unusual, but it does not make it any easier to accept. Fortunately the six remaining puppies are all in good health and continue to thrive.

The loss of these puppies is the reason that the diary has not been updated for longer than usual. It was too distressing to do when the events had only just happened.

13/07/2009

The puppies looking thoughtful at 15 days old....
13/07/2009

...Miss Red exploring the box.
13/07/2009

The two puppies that we lost were both blonde, so we now only have one blonde and five gold puppies.

18/07/2009
Sadly this is the last entry that we will be making into this puppy diary.
Tragically all the puppies in this litter are now dead. A post-mortem on the 3rd and 4th puppy that died confirmed that they had contracted canine herpes virus. The final four puppies were all dead by the evening of Thursday 16th July and now we have passed on this horrible news to the puppies future families, we feel able to post it on our website.
As you can imagine, we are devastated at this loss; to lose all these beautiful puppies after three weeks of growing from helpless new-borns to active little people is heartbeaking. Roxy is also confused as to where her babies have gone and ironically, after her problems earlier in the week, she is now full of milk. It will take a long time to get over the disappointment of this loss and are so very sorry for the people who were looking forward to having one of Roxy's puppies and have been getting excited about meeting them for the first time.Unfortunately this is one of the disadvantage of breeding dogs. We have had over 20 years of breeding healthy and problem free litters and the law of averages meant that one day this type of thing would happen. Canine Herpes Virus (CHV) is a virus that is present in about 90% of all adult dogs and only causes a problem when a dog comes under stress, (similar to the human cold-sore herpes virus), such as in whelping puppies. The virus cannot survive in a temperature exceeding 101 deg F and in adult dogs that can control their own temperature the virus cannot thrive. In puppies under three weeks, they cannot control their own body temperature and this allows the virus to take hold. Unfortunately our puppies did not show any classic signs of the disease and by the time the autopsy confirmed the reason for death, it was already too late to save the others, as the time between showing signs of the illness and dying was only a matter of hours. Every future litter that we breed we will have the mother vaccinated against the herpes virus.We had done this in the past, but due to a shortage of the vaccine a year or two ago, we had not carried this on; the bitch has to be vaccinated for every litter as the vaccine only lasts a few months in their system. Hopefully someone reading this will take note of our experience and vaccinate their bitch when they mate her. At least our experience may help save future puppies.
Thank you to all of you who have followed our puppy diary, we know from the site counter that it is very popular and we hope that we can publish another one when we have our next litter. It would be easy to just give up after an experience like this, but we enjoy having puppies too much to let this sad event stop us enjoying our hobby and the pleasure that our puppies bring to their new owners.

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