Day Ten

Puppies are all growing very fast. Phoebe is getting a homemade mix of ground chicken, brown rice and sweet potatoes. I’m supplementing that with adult dog kibble–Wellness brand–and cottage cheese. She is eating about five times a day–over double what she normally eats! Puppies noses are beginning to color in and their toe nails are hardening. Some are black and some are white–very cute!

At this point their eyes are still closed and they sleep on the heating pad about 90% of the time. When they are awake all they do is seek out Mom and eat. Phoebe is comfortable sleeping outside the litter box but won’t leave the room except to go outdoors. We might take a short walk today. I’m told it stimulates milk production.

Here are some photos to start your morning!

Feeling Like A Dog Again

I think Phoebe is finally feeling like a dog again and not just a milk machine. Puppies are five and six days old, gaining nicely and squealing up a storm. Good news is that Phoebe came in to the family room to watch TV with us last night. She has been a nervous first-time mother and this was the first time she left the puppy room other than to go potty.

The weather in Michigan has been beautiful after a cold weekend. Can’t wait until the pups are big enough to go outside in the yard to play!

Some photos Jen Brown took on Sunday.

The Milk Machine

Puppies are holding their own weight-wise. They are amazingly active and well developed.
Phoebe is beginning to relax just a little–lying down now to nurse.  A few of the puppies seem to need some supplementing. We started bottle feeding them for this. Then my daughter Jenny had this great idea to turn Phoebe into a ‘mlk machine’ while the bigger puppies were sleeping. Worked like a charm!

Just to give you all an idea of how tiny these puppies are, here are a couple in Jen Brown’s palms. She has this magical touch. As soon as they were in her palms they fell asleep!

Busy Friday

Puppies are moving around a little more–squirming might be a better word. Some sleep while others eat which has to be a good thing for Phoebe.  She went outside a few times today–weather is nearly a record high.  And, she got her first bath since the big day.  Looks much better for it!

Here is today’s photo.

We Have Puppies!

Phoebe (Roughrider Winnett) delivered eight beautiful, healthy puppies between 8:30 last night and 1:30 this morning–her actual due date.

All it takes is another litter to remember why I do this. What an exhilarating experience.

Handsome and proud father is, of course, Los Perritos An Heir About Him. You can see his picture on my earlier blog post.  His owner, Charlene Edwards, calls him Prince–which he is!
Like Prince, three of the puppies appear to be Sable and White (2 girls and 1 boy). The other five are Black and White (2 boys and 3 girls). Their weights range from 5 5/8  to 6 7/8 oz.

To see more about the sire and the dam and their pedigrees, please link to my website,

Phoebe was a very attentive and alert mom through the entire process–more concerned with how to take care of everyone–the newborns and the one ‘in the chute’–than her own discomfort.

More photos before I tend to the new Mama.