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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Four B's

Baby "Buzz Lightyear" from the Eva - Kenshe litter. This little guy wasn't thriving and at about ten days of age needed sub-Q fluids and bottle feeding to keep him going. He is now a mighty pound and a half. He and his littermates were suddenly weaned as Eva developed mastitis and was rushed to the Vet Sunday night. She will be fine, but will need bandage changing and lots of care for the next week or so. The little ones are starting to catch on to the idea of eating from a dish.
Bunny baby boy at nearly 4 weeks. The three Bunny babies are thriving and now climbing over the barrier to get to their mom and today got to her food dish also. Time to start weaning these little ones.

Bunny's brown baby girl

The boy...looking similar to Miley's girl at the same age.

All three...
I'm also resting a bit now before these babies are going full steam. (I'm also accepting newspaper donations!)


Tracy January 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

Truly consider litterbox training...I use equine pine pellets in a dog size litterbox. much less stinko than the piles and piles of pee pee and poo poo newspapers! equine pine is currently $5.99 for a 40# bag and available at most feed stores. LOVE the pictures...makes me long to have a sheltie again :)

Tracy Lewellen

Laureate January 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM  

Tracy, I'm thinking of it. I have several breeder friends who have made that work. I tried putting the paper on one side, but my pups didn't get the memo that was where they were supposed to go, so there was a HUGE mess when I got down in the morning. Since then, I've been papering most of their pen, not wanting a repeat...

Kelly January 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM  

Your photos have a magical quality, Kim. What beautiful babies! I have GOT to come and play! :-)

Hope Eva's doing well.

Sandra Garner January 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

I love your pictures. I thought oh gosh, the poodle Bunny took the shelite puppies? :)
When we use the equine pellets in the horse stalls we had to wet them quite a bit to get them a bit uncompressed to start off. Do you do the same if you're using them for dogs? Also, it should be about the same as the pellet stove pellets - have you tried those instead? I kept thinking to try those but they started getting the better pine shavings instead.
Sandra Garner

suzanne January 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

they are all gorgeous! Glad Eva's little one is going to make it!
Can we please see photos of the rest of Eva's babies?

Sheltiedoc January 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

Bear in mind anything you use needs to be safe if ingested...there is a cat litter called yesterday's news that is made out of recycled newspaper, but I would be a little worried if they ate it because it could expand. They do make a dog specific litter that might be safer.

Laureate January 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM  

Thank you Kelly. Please do come and play with the puppies. The older ones don't like me much at this stage because I keep putting them outside to get at their pen. Sandra, we leased a Sheltie from Lynphil Kennels and her name is Bunny is confusing to others, but since I usually call the Poodle "Foo" rather than Bunny, it is OK living with the two. I saw the wood pellets at Home Depot and wondered about those. Haven't tried them and don't know how they are different from the ones used in horse stalls. Many breeders at ASSA were using them in the dogs pens to keep them clean. Much less mess than shavings.
Suzanne, it might take a bit before I can get photos of the rest. Hoping another week on solid food and they will really start to blossom.
Sheltiedoc, you have a great point. I wouldn't want to have issues if the puppies decided to eat the litter. Right now I have a base of newspaper, newsprint on top and then shredded white paper to wick up any immediate messes. It is messy, but that is life!


suzanne January 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

I had great success with past pups using the cheap variety of pee-pads which I taped down with paper tape, mostly painters tape, so the pups weren't skating around on the pee-pads like boogie-boards. the plastic backing keeps everything off your floor, which was my personal main goal in life at the time. Or, if they are in an x-pen, Home Depot and Lowes sell clear plastic drop cloths in the paint department which are about 50 cents each. Cut them bigger than the x-pen, tape them down, and then you can simply un-tape them and use them to pick up all the paper and shavings and throw the whole thing out! the added bonus is that you do not have to mop your floor every 30 minutes!
they are very lovely pups and that last shot of Miley's pup in the snow is too cute for words!

anamchara1 January 18, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

Your pups are so hairy and red! That boy is really special, and Buzz is a little super star :). I think Digit's made a very good impression! Can hardly wait to see more of Eva's when they are presentable :).

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