It's hard to believe that it's been three and a half years since we began filming Daphne and her first litter for Puppy Culture. But the years pass by when you're not looking, and in the wee hours of Monday morning, August 10, 2015 we welcomed nine of Daphne's grandchildren into the world. Mom is our Pippi (CGH Madcap Jump The Broom ROM) and Dad is Zak (UK CH Emred Devil's Spy.)
Here is their birth order/color/sex/weight at birth/24 hour birth weight.
1. White bitch (now with blue ID) - 10.8/11.1
2. Red dog - 7.5/7.5
3. Brindle dog -11.9/12.7
4. Red bitch - 6.4/6.5
5. White bitch – 9.8/9.6
6. White with right black ear dog – 9.7/9.6
7. Black brindle dog – 8.0/7.7
8. Brindle bitch – 12.0/13.1
9. White dog – 8.5/8.7
The three littlest ones (red dog, red bitch, and black brindle dog) were clearly much younger than the rest – less hair on face and feet and had that eel-like appearance of 61 day puppies. We only did one breeding, probably a day after ovulation. It so happens that the breeding was done on the early side for logistical reasons (she was bred on the day of ovulation rather than two days afterwards, as we normally would have done with only one breeding). The semen was excellent with 96% motility, so I’m thinking it fertilized every egg in there over a period of the 3-4 days, which is why some puppies are so much younger than the others.
We consider 7 ounces a threshold for concern, so we’re keeping a close eye on our little red girl. So far she is vigorous and shiny and shows no signs of being anything other than tiny and extremely hungry ;o). We’re giving her and her two small siblings extra rotations on the teats.
Postscript On The Headlamp
Everyone is asking about the headlamp so here's the info on the one I have - we did have to send back the first one we got as the switch was faulty, but the company gave us great customer service and replaced the unit without question. I do recommend this one. CLICK TO VIEW HEADLAMP ON AMAZON.