What A 9 WeeksPosted: April 7, 2013
It’s been a hell of a roller coaster of a 9 weeks.
The 2nd February was
What an experience that was. All 10 little pups all in mums bedroom. They were so so tiney too.
Everything was going well until
Marlie Took Mastitis
Which we never imagined. We thought that something would happen during the birth, but didn’t think something as simple as a scratch or bite from one of the pups could be so dangerous.
We did think she was going to have to cross the bridge, but when mum went to the vets she got up and walked over to her. I think this was because she saw someone she knew. We
Thought there was some improvement
Though but unfortunately that was short lived as three days later, she
Even the vets were surprised when they heard. We all thought she was doing so well, but I guess the infection just was too big for her little body to fight. I’m just so glad she was with us and not with her previous owners. They never even sent condolences or anything when they were informed. They just said “isn’t it a shame Marlie had two litters in the last year”. And even worse “You could sell the pups for £50”. I dread to think what condition she’d have been in if she wasn’t given away or if she was just dumped with those pups :(. God knows how many litters they got out of her. Only the two that we know about but it’s not fair on such a young dog.
So that left us with 10 little bundles. They were fast learning how to move around, and they had opened their eyes and were able to hear by this stage too. Thankfully they were ready to start being weaned when Marlie took ill, so they got one very mushy meal followed by three feeds of puppy milk. We used baking trays for them to eat out of which they loved because they could wade in litterally. I was dreading the poos when they went on solid food, but it basically involved me standing in one place very very still until it was cleaned up. For the first while you could unfortunately hear when they went which wasn’t pleasant at all. Each time you went downstairs, you got mobbed and had to wear trousers and shoes to stop your feet being scratched off you! Opening the door was a nightmare too as there would just be this sworm of pups, and i was scared they’d get away if i was coming back from a walk.
As for Ushi, i never imagined how 10 pups could possibly be so scarey. She was absolutely petrified. It actually got to the point where it was making her physically sick after her food after she’d go to the toilet. So i had to
Go right back to basics
With her and litterally put her on the lead and stop whenever she went to rush away from them. I wanted her to know that she needed to learn that rushing was not a thing i was going to tollerate. It would work sometimes, and others it wouldn’t. I even had to keep it up once all the pups had left and we had the pup we’re keeping which i’ll get to in a minute. I managed to get her down to only being sick in the mornings, but i still didn’t want it to be happening at all. So i’ve had to litterally give Ushi one half, take her to the loo, bring her back up and give her the other. But since we’ve only one now, i’m going to try feeding her normally again in a few days.
Anyway i’m getting side tracked.
The pups all got given names, and gradually each one was ready to go to its new home. First, it was Flash who went. His owner was very keen to take him, and then decided that she didn’t like cleaning up after him, and that she didn’t know how much work it would be with a toddler too. This was a week after her getting him. Mum managed to get her to keep him but has said that she has to decide soon if she’s keeping him, and if she’s not, he’s to come straight back here. She was also worried about her kid picking up something from the pup. She obviously didn’t do her research propperly.
Next to go was Yuky, followed by Lucy. Next was Archy, followed by Luna, Nipper, and two others which i can’t remember. Anyway that group went to Scotland, and the last one, Juno left yesterday.
That left us with a little gold girl who we’ve called Angel. We gradually braught her up to Ushi ofver thecourse of the weeks as she was the one we were keeping. It took her until they were 6 weeks before she’d start to accept them! But when they all crowded around them it still panicked her. Now though she’ll regularly get Angel to submit to her, and will put her in her place, without hurting her or anything. I’ve been told just to let her get on with it baasically. She’s also playing more with her now and her tail will wag when she sees her.
Angel has already been and got microchipped and vaxcinated. She’s also had two doses of wormer. She is starting to whine now to be let out, and is eating and drinking out of bowls now and only gets water on top of her meals now rather than her food being really mushy.
I can’t believe how far they’ve all come over the past 9 weeks, and how big they’ve all got. It’s just a shame poor Marlie didn’t make it, but she did a fabulous job with them. I hope they make their owners very happy.