|Miss Lime found her favorite spot.|
|During labor, delivery, and the first several weeks of her pups' lives, Elsie goes without a collar (otherwise our dogs are always collared and tagged). For the trip to the vet's we used a soft, tubular basic slip-lead.|
|I'm constantly amazed at canine intuition. Elsie was delighted to be at the vet's (oh boy! more best friends!) and seemed unconcerned about her puppies. She seemed to know we were all there to help her.|
|In less than an hour after receiving her shot of Oxytocin (a labor inducer), Elsie whelped the last two pups, Miss Pink and Master Yellow. In this picture, the gang's all here!|
|Puppy faces, one day old. (l to r: Masters Blue, Yellow, and Red)|
|The best thing to see when looking at a whelping box (and the best indicator that all is well) is contentment (both from the dam and from the litter). And that's exactly what we have. Yay! Everybody so far is doing fine.|
|Little Miss Lime sure likes snuggling on Elsie's paws (we routinely see her there).|
|As the pups' front legs strengthen, they're more able to climb over each other, so now we're seeing the first hints of the infamous puppy pile!|
You'll be glad to know that all the pups have gained weight, are plumping nicely, and all have developed lovely coat shines. All are quite vocal, too. Ai yi yi yi yi yi!
I should have a few short videos up for you shortly, so check back in a little while.
All is well. :)
'Til next time,