We ended up taking them to our daughter’s house in Livingston yesterday.
She’s much better at this puppy thing than I am and knows what to watch out for.
Last night she brought 3 in the house because they looked dehydrated she fed them several times in the night and once this morning they are doing great and will go back with mom. This is just for supplemental feeding the bigger pups will always push the little ones out of the way so you have to help them out.
Cricket’s biggest pups were two males they weighed in at 20.4 oz the smallest was a female at 13.9 oz.
Jeanelle came in from Livingston to help me she knew I would be panicking and trust me I was.
There was a lot of panting, heavy breathing, teeth chattering and shaking. First labors are never easy and a big litter can be tough on the mom.
She started having pups around 10:30 a.m. yesterday morning and did not finish until about 12:00 p.m.
The first 4 pups came in 2 hours then she started stretching out the time between them from her exhaustion of the long labor.
She even had some good snoring naps and delivered pups while sleeping.
We ended up with 14 puppies, 3 were stillborn and the 4th faded on the first day. We have 10 healthy puppies right now. I am hoping there are no new pups that popped up in the night.
We were grabbing pups and making sure the sack comes off quickly so they can breathe and then making sure she cleans them then drying and rubbing them to get them going it was quite exhausting. After all that you have to make sure they start sucking. It is quite overwhelming.
The picture I am sharing Jeanelle got with her cell phone I will try and get some pics today of everyone.
She would have a girl then a boy and kept alternating this part was too funny. There are a mixture of Formantinos like dad and Brindle like Cricket. Today I will get an accurate count since we need to do weights anyway then collar them with soft color collars.
This Formantino male pup was determined to snuggle at one point under her ear Jeanelle got a picture of that too.
There are new puppies at our house and Crickets pups can make some noise!
Cricket is 2 years old today and a very healthy Cane Corso also known as an Italian Mastiff.
She should be having puppies at the end of February.
This is her first litter and since we did not do an ultrasound we have no idea if there are 2 or 12 puppies.
There is a waiting list for her puppies and two people have already put down deposits and a third one will soon.
We have upped her food once and will be upping it again this week so we have healthy plump puppies. I even switched her food to Victor Professional I just put everyone on the same food.
Jack has been busy building her a mansion shed that will include a concrete floor two windows and a door. There will of course be a heat lamp for the puppies. He even fixed the floor so it drains to one corner and I can wash it out once the puppies are here to keep everything nice and clean.
I have to pick up some cheap blankets for the delivery and order some welping pads to keep the pups comfy.
Do not let her size fool you she has been very needy lately so I think she knows what’s going on.
There will be pics when the puppies arrive. Just look at that face!
Cricket is our 21-month-old Cane Corso she is a Brindle that is very tall has huge feet and weighs in around 150#’s.
She is eating 4 to 4 1/2 cups a day of a high protein food. The one we buy is 26% protein and 20% fat. I had to cut back on her food because she was getting fat right now she actually looks really good.
Cricket is the biggest female to be born at Shady Acres so far. I believe the biggest male is around 170#s.
There are people on the waiting list for a puppy out of her and she should be going into heat within the next month. This will be her first breeding and hopefully it will not be a huge litter.
She loves to run in the backyard and drink out of the birdbaths because they are just her height. Going on a walk and investigating the area outside of our yard is one of her favorite things to do.
When it is bedtime she gets 1 hour in the house and she drinks about 1 gallon of water gets her treats and in the kennel she goes for the night.
She loves attention and is great with the grandkids but when she starts running full speed towards you that is when you think you are going to be run over by a freight train. She will run straight at you and miss you by 1 – 2 inches this is part of her silly personality. There is nothing funnier than a 150# silly dog.
Never let the size of a dog intimidate you just because a dog is big does not mean they are mean.
Miss. Cricket is the first one to get to do Clover pics this year.
With our 3 dogs its much easier for me to do pics of them one at a time.
Cricket is 13 months old and probably still about the same weight of 150#s she seems like she has gotten taller.
She loves to eat sticks, wood and play fetch for about 10 throws at the most believe it or not she runs fast.
When she’s running toward you it will scare you to death because you think she is going to broadside you and knock you down but she always avoids doing it.
She loves to put her feet in her water bowl not sure what that is all about. Sometimes I catch her splashing in the water bowl and she has a trough that she can actually get it but rarely does.
Her food intake is 2 x a day 3 cups each feeding.
Sometimes this year Cricket will be bred for the first time. It has to be after August because registered dogs have to be 18 months old to breed the first time. Cricket is dual registered so she is super special lol.
We tried several things with these pictures full sun head-on or shaded by Jack who was standing in front of her on the laying down picture. Her actual coloring shows better in the full sun picture. Look at the size of her head! When she puts an XL Chunk It ball in her mouth it disappears. You do not even know she has the ball in her mouth.
Dogs have a way of stealing your heart and melting your soul but most of all changing your life forever.
This is 8 week old Elvis he is one of the survivors of Ravens last litter.
We are babysitting the grandkids this weekend and this puppy. He went to his new home yesterday in San Antonio. The grandkids go back home today lol.
He just had his ears cut on Thursday and has white stiches so if you notice a thread coming out his ear its just the stich thread.
He has a cleft lip but it’s just the lip, not the roof of his mouth that is why he is called Elvis see his little gap in the middle of his mouth. I can just see how cute this will be when he gets his big teeth in showing off a new tooth.
This pup has a cute personality and followed me around all day long yesterday and slept in Jacks lap.
Puppy breath and puppy kisses will make anyone’s days brighter.
I have not had a chance to get her weighed people seem intimidated by her so I ordered a $50.00 muzzle so I can take her to PetSmart and weigh her. This should make people feel safer but honestly, she is on alert at home but does not seem bothered in public. My guess is somewhere between 130#s and 140#s she is eating about 7 cups dry plus a few tablespoons of canned.
The first pic is her sitting for her treat, the second pic Jack was showing her size by having her walking next to him. In the third pic after being let out of the pen she was headed straight for me talk about intimidation. The last pic is showing off her big head.
I love photographing pets and trying to capture their personality.