It was such a glorious day today, we decided to take the beagle puppies outside for some fun in the sunshine. They weren’t sure of the grass on their toes for about 10 seconds and then they loved it.
Phoenix is their favorite “big sister” and the feeling is mutual – any opportunity she can to play with them, she takes it. So, they all wrestled and enjoyed time in the sun today together. <3 We didnt want to risk the eagles today by giving them the run of the whole yard.
Madison’s pups are going from strength to strength and I am so happy that they are chubby and thriving. This week I expect that they will open their eyes and start to become a little more interactive.
It was my daughter’s turn to come up with a litter theme – she chose some of her favorite Youtuber’s who make AnimalJam video’s for their names. We dont actually call them these names – they are just how we identify them for the blog. As far as they are concerned, their names are “puppy” till they go to their forever home.
Please dont mind the darker photos – we decided to take these as the light was fading – I like to use natural light so the baby’s eyes dont get affected, but of course that means that when the light went, it really went 🙂
So, without further ado, introducing :
Gelly (after GellyJones) Now lb 3.4oz (was 10.3 at birth)
Cottonzz – now 1lb 3.3oz (was 9.3oz at birth)
Bepper – now 1lb 2.9oz (was 9.5oz at birth)
Wistor (after Wistoriamoon) – now 1lb 6.6oz (was 10oz at birth)
Apparri – now 1lb 4.1oz (was 10.5oz at birth) – the only boy)
Vixen’s puppies are growing up fast – they are enjoying the play pen more and more. I introduced the mini slide this week and they mastered it quickly and play “king of the hill” on the top. I also added a tunnel for them to run through – they love it and as I type several have fallen asleep inside of it 🙂
They are all getting closer to 3lbs. It’s hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago they were barely 1/2 a lb.
Enjoy this week’s pictures – they were a little busy for pictures this week – LOL. But I did my best 🙂 You can see my hubby’s hands in a couple of photos – he was a wonderful puppy wrangler for me 🙂
Since it was so touch and go after birth, I am happy to announce that it seems we are out of the woods now – the babies are all thriving and putting on weight and I think they will all make it. The vets said that if they made it through day 3, they would be okay.
So, I took more photos today 🙂 The first 8 photos are the four girls and then the last 2 photos are the boy. <3
Vixen’s puppies are so adorable and 3 weeks old already. They are a stark contrast to Madison’s new puppies and how teeny they are! They are now walking proficiently, and eating 2 mini meals a day (soon to be 3) and starting to growl and play. It is so fun to watch them becoming tiny dogs.
Please excuse the photos this week – I interrupted naptime and nursing time for photos and so they were very sleepy 😛 LOL – I will do better next week!
In the wee hours of this morning, Madison started birthing her litter. She went into labor on Sunday evening, and so I figured that we would see puppies sometime that night or Monday morning.
Things were taking longer than I normally expected them to. The first baby was big for a beagle, but not the biggest baby Madison has ever had. However, she showed signs of distress as she had meconium in her sac. This concerned me greatly as I knew that if she breathed any in or ingested any, her little organs could fail. I was encouraged to see she was vigorous and that was a good sign. She was 10.3 oz
Baby number 2 took another 2 hours to arrive – Madison pushed for over an hour on and off. I took her for a walk, and I started to get nervous and wonder if I should take her in for a C-section. Things were really not progressing the way I thought they should. At this time, my mom was with me – we prayed and Maddy started pushing hard. I sat with her, massaging her back and opening up her pelvis – I couldn’t help but wonder if this baby was big. Well, it was. It was big and unfortunately had passed away in the uterus at least 24 hours ago and her placenta was deteriorated. It explained the long labor (lack of hormones for labor) and the hard time Maddy was having.
Now Maddy started having babies quickly. within 10 minutes she had a 3rd girl – this time alive – 9.3oz. Again with meconium in her sack, but vigorous and pink.
Twenty minutes later, another little girl made her entrance into the world. 9.5oz. Again – the meconium – we were prepared and got the sack off her right away.
Fourteen minutes later, a little boy appeared – 10.5oz. Another healthy puppy – much to be rejoicing about!
Then Madison took a break for about 40 mins and then her final baby girl arrived safely into the world. 10.0oz. One again – meconium in her sack, but lively and bright.
The scary thing about having meconium in their sacks is that if they breathed it in, or ingested it, their little organs can just start shutting down and they can die.
So, I have given them Fresh Plasma, and will be putting them on clavamox (as per the vets instructions) to help as much as I can and pray that they survive.
They say “breeding is not for the faint of heart” – and that is the truth. People who do it well, pour their heart and soul into each litter. We bleed when they do, we rejoice when they do, we stay up night after night with the pups and momma. But it’s so worth it 🙂
I was travelling last week and so wasn’t able to post “one week” photos – my cavalier breeding partner looked after them. I couldn’t believe how much they grew in a week!
I have also given them little temporary names. My friend Sarah Yates gave me the inspiration of “Christmas in July” since Vixen was born on Christmas Eve, and I have been waiting for this litter for 2 years, it feels like Christmas 🙂 I loved it. SO – introducing them to you. <3