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post #11 of 18 Old 08-28-2013, 09:37 PM
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we had a litter of 9 labs with our first breeding. everything went smoothly.

the second litter, we had 7. 1 was a runt, 2 stillborn. momma squished the runt to death in 24 hours. sad. sad. sad.

we fixed our dogs after that and havent looked back.

you think they are alot of work now. no way. this time is easy. momma cleans up after them. at 4/5/6 weeks, they poop and pee everywhere! eat so much that momma gets drained. and they want attention all the time!

they are so much fun though. i miss my litters. my george, from the first litter, will be 4 in october.

word of advice, start feeding cans of puppy food at 4 weeks to help momma keep her weight up. we fed dry food, raw diet, canned food and esbilac milk replacer to momma and she still ended up skinny.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-28-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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CLaPorte - thanks for the advice - yeah, it's gonna get messy - but I figure by then we'll know that they are all safely healthy and stable. I am feeding Rosie three times a day, both hard premium dog food and a refrigerated fresh dog food that comes in a loaf, I cube the fresh food, mix with the dry, and coat with a powdered goat milk to enrich her milk supply. She is still a little ribby ... hate to go to canned because I am afraid of it upsetting baby's tummies... I am falling for our runt, my four year old named him Kevin (from Up!) - I bottle feed him a powdered goat milk based puppy formula to supplement momma... I fought hard to keep him here and now he is hitting three pounds at 2 weeks tomorrow -

I did register the litter, and now I am waiting for the eyes to open - they are all on their feet staggering around like drunken sailors

Here's a pic of Kevin and I ....
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-28-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Delfina - I'm in Black Forest, Colorado - north of Colorado Springs. If you are close you are welcome to come down and meet us and the pups - I am working hard to make sure these little guys are going to perfect homes. You can pm me for my contact details....

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-29-2013, 11:47 AM
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You could also wet the dry food with the milk replacer or water, and make a mush and feed that to the puppies. Or you could mash the refrigerated dog food and feed that. I went with a high quality canned puppy food (Wellness). They were SO funny watching them eat. It was so stinking adorable.

It won't be long for their ears and eyes to open up now! Enjoy them while they are still sweet and innocent.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-29-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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eyes are starting to open today .... more pictures soon :)

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-30-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Eyes opened today!!

Meet Olivia :)
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-02-2013, 11:40 AM
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Awwwww!!!! SO CUTE!!!!

Pshh....I don't procrastinate, I just do unimportant things VERY productively!

Be a frootloop in a cheerio world!
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-02-2013, 10:20 PM
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I have a friend who has a female English mastiff, great dogs. Thank you for sharing them and being a responsible person to your animals, not many would admit what happened or take responsibility...so MAJOR kudo's to you.
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