It's difficult staying awake to monitor the feedings every 90 minutes - 2 hours. Miss Dior licks the pups to help eliminate them but she also needs a little help because she gets the job "sort of" done ;) Lots of baby wipes for getting milk off faces, too, while they are nursing. So here's my sleep deprived 2 AM tribute to Baby Wipes and KC and the Sunshine Band!
puppies and blessings
On October 18, 2020, (a Sunday, of course!) Miss Dior free whelped 5 beautiful puppies .... 4 boys and 1 girl. Miss Dior was restless the day before, yet her temp had not dropped as much as we thought. That one degree dip was all she needed though, and she began 2nd stages of labor in the middle of the night. In fact, she wanted to sleep in bed with me and not be in the whelping box, so her first pup was on its way while she was by my side. Pugs. Go figure. It did require a trip to the emergency vet as the first pup's big head was stuck, but all survived and she was able to free whelp and avoid a c-section. Mother and pups are doing well and our amazing mentor in Iowa, a neonatal pug expert, has helped us tremendously with advise and wonderful techniques (like 3 tablespoons dark beer twice a day for Miss Dior to produce milk, and guidance when to tube feed to help prevent deyhdration.) In fact, amazing pug breeders from across the country offer advise and tips. Pug breeders (the good ones!) care so much about this breed and the success of other breeders. Very special people worthy of this ancient, noble breed. We did need to make a batch of Myra's formula to help with some tube feeding in the beginning as they were not able to nurse while in the er vet, and Miss Dior is quite enjoying the Green Beef Tripe, raw Goat's Milk, and other delicacies (in addition to the beer lol!). The oxygen concentrator and incubator has once again proven to be an invaluable investment as well as the OccoBaby mucus aspirators and other helpful devices. It will be a long ride for the next few weeks, as it is with all pug litters, keeping these blessed and beautiful creatures alive but well worth the loss of sleep and constant attention. (Yes, it is necessary to oversee all nursings every 90 minutes, and help with elimination, in addition to ENS, weighing, and other important protocol.) We are very excited about this litter. Porthos and Miss Dior are the sweetest pugs you will ever meet .... beautiful inside and out.
Many prayers were answered for this litter and we Praise God for hearing these prayers and creating such beautiful puppies. Thank you Lord, Jesus!
Well that was a first! At the dog show in Lebanon, TN last weekend Marie Claire and I were just getting ready to go around the ring and suddenly my skirt fell down. All the way to the ground! I pulled it up in milliseconds and I honestly don't think anyone saw. But, thankfully, I was wearing black tights if anyone did see anything. Soooooooo, that totally necessitated another installment of "Miniature Mutt Musical" .... things you hear and see at a dog show! Here is #3, the latest installment, and then #2 and #1 below that.
Amy Aberg McLelland, co-owner Pickwick Pugs