You might be noticing there are only 8 pups. A few days ago we lost two puppies.
Cricket was laying on top of them when she was sleeping and did not realize it and they were crushed. Little puppies can root right under a mama dog. Jeanelle went to check on everyone and found her and when she stood up she noticed the two pups were crushed. Jeanelle and I both cried over this. Things like this happen and it is just very sad.
The remaining 8 are all doing well tails were docked last week and Cricket got a check-up she is back to her normal weight of 153 #s. The pups are gaining weight fast which is really good.
Their eyes are starting to open and they are trying to walk.
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.
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!
The puppies are now 6 weeks old these pictures were taken at 5 week. They all have great personalities.
I make up pet names for all of them the first one is Curly Girl, the second Lucy, the third Stumpy, the fourth Chip. Stumpy is very short to the ground its just funny to see him run.
Lucy and Stumpy are both sold. She is keeping curly girl and Chip is being DNA tested to see what color pups he would throw he is the only male of the bunch. You can get a dogs DNA tested for $150.00.
The puppies mom Little Lady went home with our daughter and kids a few days ago we had started weening prior to this and they were only with mom at nighttime. I am feeding them food 3 x a day and they are drinking water really good. They love the grass and trying to run in it. They like to bite and chew on each other just to hear each other cry. The wrestle, play and love to be petted on. Curly girl rolls over for a tummy rub.
Taking care of this batch of pups has been fun but I would not want to do it all the time it is a lot of work cleaning up after puppies and keeping their area sterilized.
Zoee has taken on the job of the surrogate mom babysitting them on the back porch while they are in their handmade play pen area.
These pups are using the puppy pads in both locations as well as potting in the grass when outdoors.
These pups have been a good change of pace from the everyday routine of staying home and out of the general public.