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Litter 1

Note:  1 female still available as of 7/2/22

Litter delivered by c-section: June 6, 2022

Number of puppies: 5 males, 2 females

Sire: Ch. TreeNSea Don't Tread on Gilbert of Brush Creek  "Gilbert"

Dam: Brush Creek's Klaudine of Landhof "Kip"

Breeders:  Brigitte Rhinehart, Jessica Kalupa & Kathleen Borgmeyer

Registered names: Landhof's S... of Brush Creek

Release date: Starting August 1, 2022

Comment:  We did not plan this litter, Gilbert totally fooled us :) He has always been very predictable in that he only started to show interest in any girl in season when according to the progesterone tests, she was very close to or already had ovulated. Furthermore, he never showed the slightest interest in Kip but went bonkers over another girl - his own daughter - that was in heat at the same time. Because we separated him him early on and because of his disinterest in Kip, we don't know when this dalliance happened but suspect just shortly before we removed him.
The result of this unexpected fling were 7 healthy and vigorous puppies delivered by c-section on June 6. This is Kip's 2nd litter with Gilbert.

Update 6-13-22:  The puppies are one week old today and are doing very well. They are quite uniform in size and have caught up the weight they lost during the first couple of days until Kip's milk came fully in. Kip is a devoted mother that makes sure the  babies are in the right place every time she lays down to nurse and clean them. Canine moms accidentally laying on and squashing  a puppy especially during the first few days sadly is a common breeder heartbreak.

Update 6-20-22:  At 2 weeks, the puppies have easily doubled their birth weight, they are now between 2 1/2 and 3 lbs. Their eyes have opened and they are getting more mobile.
As always at 2 weeks, the puppies got their first round of biweekly dose of dewormer. All puppies are born with roundworm passed on by the mother while they are in the womb, these parasites have a quite intriguing life cycle Roundworms in dogs & puppies  we also use a coccidia preventive as coccidiosis is another very common intestinal infection that is often self-limiting in adults but can cause severe diarrhea in young puppies Coccidiosis in Dogs

Update 6-30-22:  The puppies turned 3 weeks on the 27th and are growing in leaps and bounds, they are now about 3.2 lbs on average.
We usually start the messy weaning process at 3 weeks but because Kip is such an excellent mother with an abundance of milk, the pups were not really interested in trying out the weaning mush of baby rice, milk replacer, yogurt and pumpkin paste. But finally today, they figured out that mom's food supply was not enough to keep them full around the clock so they all started to lap up the soupy mix quite enthusiastically.




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