Sable's 1st Litter's 1st Days
Born: December 20, 2010
SIZE of Litter: 11*
* 1 pup passed away Dec. 28. Little red female born weak. Strength never improved. Stayed up aroung the clock helping her eat, but finally little body gave out.
GENDER: 6 Males / 5 Females
COLOR: Black & Rust- 3 Males; 2 Females
...... Red & Rust - 3 Male; 3 Females ......
Sable picked a good time to have these babies! All the kids' activities were off for the holidays and she started early afternoon, finishing in the evening.
The pictures below start with the very first pup born. We were caught a little off guard as Sable's due date was the 23rd, so excuse the cleaning supplies and such in the corner. After first pup eating well, we got everything "puppy proofed" and ready. For the first few weeks, pups are kept in our shower as it is close to where human mom sleeps and easy to clean.
Sable is our younger son's dog.
He was very involved with the birthing of his baby's babies!
The above picture shows the little red female that died 1 week later. It took 4 hours after she was born just to get her to eat. For reference, some pups ate within minutes of birth. It was a long, hard week with me being very determined to get her to eat. Unfortunately, sometimes nature has its way and the weak do not survive. The kids named her "Little Lily". She certainly held a special place in my heart.
The below pics are from tail dock/dew claw removal day.
The day after Christmas, pups and all headed to grandmother's Christmas ...
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