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Summer's first litter -- NOW WITH PUPPY CAM!

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EDIT: THE PUPPY CAM IS UP. HERE'S THE LINK: Puppy Cam

We are on puppy watch. We expect to have a litter within about 24 hours. As some here will remember, when we have a litter we put up a 24/7 webcam, so people can watch the puppies. I will put the link to it in this thread.

And I have to say right up front, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ASKING FOR PUPPIES FROM THIS LITTER. They have all been sold for quite some time, and we have stopped accepting applications. Sorry.

Summer was bred for the first time in August, and as I write this at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, she has just begun Stage I labor. Her temperature dropped this morning to 98°F, she has stopped eating, and as she lies here on the sofa next to me she is panting and occasionally starts digging in the sofa. That means we can expect puppies within about 24 hours. We think she has 9 puppies on board. Here is her x-ray, and below are copies with helpful drawings on it.

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The first time with a maiden bitch is kind of fraught, but she and the puppies look good, and they seem to be ready to go. You can see in the x-ray that two of them have already positioned themselves for the exit ramp.

Since we just moved I will have to find the puppy camera, so we may not have it up the moment the puppies are born, but as we always do we'll have it up within 24 hours.

I am backing off of the whelping and rearing this time, as Theresa is going to be the Head Honchette going forward, as I transition into retirement. But I will be providing support and will be her Litter Lackey. LOL! Theresa has been doing more and more with each litter lately, and it's time her to run with it, and I will just support her.

These pups will be with us until about the middle of December, and you will be able to follow them via puppy cam the whole time. We just moved and are still figuring things out. But Summer will whelp in our "puppy room," and the litter will be raised there. It is a big room apart from the rest of the house. Theresa will sleep with the puppies for the first 3 weeks (I don't mind not doing that this time!). But by the time they're about five weeks old we'll have the whole room dedicated to the puppies in various ways. Please forgive us if it takes us a few adjustments from time to time.

I think I've posted puppy cam links here for 4 or 5 litters, from Ziva and Khaleesi I think, but no others. For those who remember Ziva's and Khaleesi's litters here, Ziva is Khaleesi's mother, and Khaleesi is Summer's mother, and Summer is having puppies. Ziva is lying at my feet right now. She's going to become a great-grandmother within the next day or so.

Okay, we're on the clock now...
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Just catching up on what happened. I'm so sorry about the two who died. So heartbreaking. But I am very happy that you have seven healthy pups. And I'm exhausted just reading what you now have ahead of you! I know it is a labour of love, though.
 
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I love being able to pop in and see the pups. It's a sleeping pile right now, but I got a little stretch out of one. Thanks for giving us the glimpse into this world again.
 
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Aw, I just caught a lovely moment. Pups were sleeping in piles around the box and Summer came in. One of you helped her lie down in the best position to attract the puppy noses over to feed. And sure enough, they all started to wake and move over to her (one had a little tumble over her tail but was rescued by the trusty human). Now they're all happily eating. It's cool watching how they all find a spot - despite no sight and wobbly legs. One had to go up and down the whole row before finally being able to nose in and get a spot. Perseverance!
 
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Their coats are gorgeous. That's what struck me. They are obviously beautiful examples of the breed standard overall, but their coats are just stunning.
 
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Loved the answer about the older dogs and the pups. Your story about Funcle Deuce made me smile. Shala's aunt loved her sister's puppies, too. One of my favourite photos was of her lying in the box with the baby pups (and their mum) with a big proud smile on her face, as if to say, look at my pups! It's nice that Summer is so good about letting everyone share the love, too. Sounds like such a nice gang.
 
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