Getting Big Fast!

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Here is Scarlet.  Scarlet just wants to say HI!

Blue, another boy, surveys his domain....

Blue, another boy, surveys his domain….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPink and Scarlet are both girls in the litter. Pink just wants to know, “How did I get up on this stump and how high up is it?”

Green, a boy, is looking out to see you!

Green, a boy, is looking out to see you!

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First Week Photo

All are getting bigger and sassier! I took this photo as they turned one week old but the Memorial Day Holiday has been keeping me hopping!

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Fancy says Hello!

Here’s the carry out order you made….Puppies in a box!

First 24 Hours

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor two of them, it has been 24 hours since they made their entrance into the world. For the last two born, it’s not quite a full 24 hours yet.

The first night brought lots of contented snoozing and nursing. We are off to a good start!

As somebody used to say….and now for the rest of the story!

My morning routine is always full–taking care of boarding guests–both dogs and cats, receiving dogs for grooming appointments and getting them started, cleaning, feeding, walks, you name it!

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The Memorial Day Holiday is just getting started and we are getting many, many guests. Our Dogwood tree is in bloom and the premises looks so like a beautiful spring!

Add the periodic, yet irregular and unpredictable, arrival of puppies and you would think chaos would erupt.

But truly, we are well prepared. I have two helpers today:

  • Maria, a college student who worked at Easdale last summer and is great with helping run the business and
  • Heather, a grooming intern who is preparing to start her own grooming salon in the area of Minerva Ohio.

Easdale: the pet best care is in good hands and running like a top. I’m checking in and out of the operations as I shuttle between Fancy in her quiet corner by my bedroom and the front office and grooming area.

Fancy’s reaction to the first new puppy is comical. She is fascinated and at the same time quizzical as to how that got here! At first, she sits back looking at Blue Boy and watches his blind search for her. Puppies are born blind and deaf, but they are tactile heat-seeking guided missiles.

She’s not so sure about him touching her and jumps up once or twice when he finds her. With lots of soft voiced praise from me on what a fine job she’s doing,  in just a short while, she curls up around him. All the wonderful mothering instincts kick in. Fancy, in short order, becomes an attentive gentle mother.

Soon, our second puppy makes her appearance. Here are the official stats:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

7:40 am Female 9.5 oz (normal wt) No white markings strong/normal  PINK

Yep, still being original for 30+ years to use PINK ribbon on the first born female. After that, there is no special meaning to any other color.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA9:30 am Male 12 oz No white markings GREEN

12:30 pm Female 14.5 oz No white markings SCARLET

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I *think* this is the last puppy….pretty sure…..It’s about what the vet predicted on the ultrasound….

Now! After staying up two days with a…

…restless mother dog!

But let’s go back to a few days ago:

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Fancy had grown out quite shaggy and needed her maternity trim. Here she is after the bath but before the trim:

And now we brush some more, and then the trimming. Masses of curls drop, revealing…..

…a less wooly Fancy who wears an expression that seems to mean that she’s looking forward to getting her figure back!

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This photo was taken Wednesday morning, May 22, on her official due date.  Her temperature dropped two degrees, a sure sign of whelping within 24 hours. We officially went on

“PUPPY WATCH!”

All day I watched and she was content, not restless at all. Later that night was a different story.

All night she scratched periodically, raking her nails across the plywood floor of the whelping box. Instinct causes this nesting behavior and I have observed that when a contraction begins, the mother will sometimes go into a frenzy of scratching and preparing the nest. This usually translates into my neatly laid newspaper lining the box being shredded and ripped into odd vertical shapes that are no use at all to anyone. AND….it means that a very loud ripping, clawing noise repeated at odd intervals throughout the night. Sleep isn’t really possible for either Paul or me in the room next to her, but we catnapped anyway.  After going like that all night long, naturally it isn’t until 6:40 am that the first makes an appearance!

Official stats:

6:40 am Male 16 oz (Huge!) no white marking whatsoever Normal/strong BLUE

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABLUE gives a whole new meaning to “Pound Puppy!”

It has been a long (30+ year) tradition of mine to use BLUE ribbon on the first born male. OK, not original….

And here is the glamour pose for mother and her first born son. Yes, this is the first time Fancy has ever had puppies. She is extremely bright eyed and happy about it!

More on our next post as the puppies are born….stay tuned!

I hope that I might be busy Memorial Day weekend….

Exciting news!  We have a breeding (today, actually at the clinic), I think, that is very exciting. I have attached photos of the parents and you can search the dad’s name because he has been running number 1, 3 or 4 in national ranking for Airedales in agility and rally.

RazzleHis name is CH Seneca Minnesota Razzle CDX RE AXP AJP (below) shown with his owner/handler. Razzle was also a specialty winner on the way to his Championship! He is a true all-rounder.

Razzle is OFA Good and both his parents are OFA Excellent. His sire is CH Seneca Whodunits Motive, a really beautiful dog, mind, body, and heart.
Fancy is here: https://smartairedales.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/heeeeeres-fancy/
She IS a champion now and she OFA certified as Excellent, the highest rating.
Fancy’s dad is here: https://smartairedales.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/day-3-and-nickys-introduction/
I’m all excited about the puppies–the due date will be close to Memorial Day!

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