Friday, 14 April 2017

Puppy Playtime


Now that the puppies are growing bigger, Pip sometimes needs a paw with the cleaning and caring duties and me and my mum Saoirse are more than happy to help out.




My Mum loves all puppies and here she is enjoying some puppy time in the sun on the activity mat.


The pups have lots of challenges to overcome as they grow up and our peeps help to introduce them to novel experiences to make them more confident when they meet strange things, events or people in the future. Here is one of the little girl pups trying out the balance board.


          This little girl is working out how to get over the little barrier into the playpen.


And this little boy and his sister are hoping to be able to get up the big garden steps very soon!


                               Sometimes a tent can be even better when it is squashed BOL


One of the boys on the patio meeting some new people.



And the puppies got to see their Uncle Raffles who called for a visit. One of them will be going to live with him and his peeps before long.


                                               Trying out one of the three way tunnels.


                                                   Posing for a photo on the patio :-)

    
                                             Checking out the strange green hose monster.


                                              Back with more puppy fun before too long.

                                                   Happy Easter Blogville friends xxx










Thursday, 13 April 2017

Catch-Up Thursday


Hello bloggy friends and apologies for all the weeks I have missed posting and checking on your blogs! There has been plenty of drama and activity going here for sure but the peeps have been so tired they have not had a chance to keep you updated. I will try to post updates over the next few days so you can see what has been going on here recently.


Well, three weeks ago, the puppies eyes opened and they started being able to hear sounds. This was the time that they moved from their quiet whelping box den into the fun playpen in the kitchen so they could enjoy toys and get used to the activity going on ...and meet the other dogs. While they were still quite small they just had nose and paw touches through the bars of the playpen but it was such fun for us doggies to see them at last!


The puppies also have little coloured collars now as well. Our peeps know which is which but they take photos and videos for the families who are going to have one of the puppies and post them on a special private Facebook page so the families can watch every day how their pups are doing and the collars help them know who is who :-) Actually none of the families know for sure yet as our peeps try to match the pups to their homes once they have got to know them and can assess the personalities of the puppies.All will be decided soon though!



The puppies have different toys in their playpen on rotation each day. they have hard things and soft thing, noisy things and shiny things, big things and little things....all kinds of things BOL


                       But after play they still love to sleep in a pile on top of each other!

                      Here are some photos of some of :the pups posing for the camera:





This was all the happy events going on and, although our peeps were very tired with not getting much sleep watching over the puppies and caring for Pip, suddenly things got very frightening. Pip had just started having walks out again after just going for a stroll in the big garden..and Leigh noticed that she was staggering a bit and did not seem quite right. The vet was contacted and Judith bundled Pip wrapped in a blanket to the surgery. Poor Pip had developed "eclampsia" which is very low calcium levels in her blood.The vets did a blood screen to be sure there was nothing else wrong and then gave her intravenous calcium to boost her right back to normal. They said not to worry, she should be fine. All the mother dogs here get a liquid calcium and vitamin D supplement while they are feeding puppies as well as extra food so our peeps were surprised but they gave Pip a little extra of the liquid calcium as the vets advised, just in case. All seemed well and then, four days later at 3 a.m. Leigh, who was still sleeping on the sofa with Pip in the room with the puppies, knew that Pip was getting bad again..heart racing and panting. An emergency trip to the night vet and more calcium intravenously...but in less than 12 hours, Pip was down again! It was such a scary time for us all. Back to the vet for another treatment and this time they advised that the pups needed to be weaned and not feed from Pip again, and they prescribed a medication to dry up her milk. They could not understand why but it seemed she was putting all her calcium into producing milk for her babies even when she did not need to. They said that it was lucky the peeps were so vigilant as it can be fatal if not caught in time!



When you see the size of these chunky pups you can tell how much she was having to give them!


But they were just as happy tucking into the raw chicken weaning paste especially as you could play in it too BOL And for a few days the peeps also offered them some goats milk as well.



Happy to say that Pip is absolutely fine now. In the first week or so, she had to wear a medical pet shirt to protect her from the puppies trying to suckle as she still wanted to feed them. It meant she could still be with them and clean and sleep beside them. here she is on the activity mat with them.


But now that her milk has fully dried up she is getting out of the pups' way when they try to feed and she does not need to wear it any more and can play in the garden with the other dogs :-)


Well that is all for now, bloggy friends, and I will try to catch up with your blogs too very soon.
more puppy excitement to come :-)