A place to record the trials and tribulations of Olivia, the little pregnant chi-mix that I am fostering for ResQ Paws.
Testing Olivia to see if she will make a good pet, and so far, here are the results:
1) Food - not food aggressive at all with humans; doesn't growl at pups when they stick their noses in her dish; I can take food away from her, including right out of her mouth, with no complaints from her.
2) Other dogs - seems very curious about my dogs, but since she is not yet vaccinated, we haven't been able to really test this one out. She wants to go in their room with them, when
As promised, pictures of all the pups! And a couple of the proud momma, sporting her knew knitted sweater.
Updated 11-01-2011 at 11:33 PM by madhen
Olivia got her first bath a few days ago!! She is shedding, and it is making her (and me) crazy. Not to mention that she smelled like a street dog.
SO...out came the puppy shampoo. It is some cherry-blossom-scented pink stuff, but it is safe for puppies, and I figured it has been a few weeks, so it is probably okay to shampoo her now.
I popped her into the sink, in a wash tub, with about an inch of tepid water in it, and proceeded to try to get her wet. Olivia was
Olivia has now been a momma dog for about a week, and the pups are growing by leaps and bounds. The smallest, the white male is 232 grams as of this morning, and the largest, a brown female, is 448 grams!! I have been pulling the little white dude to try to give him extra nursing time, so he can catch up. Poor little guy keeps getting bumped off by the other six pups. I tried giving him some puppy milk replacer today, but he didn't much like it, so I gave it to Olivia, figuring it would get
It was a long and rough day for Olivia on Saturday. She started to go into active labour at approximately 2p, and at 2:55p, the first baby finally arrived!!
Over the next seven hours, Olivia delivered the other six babies, all beautiful and healthy: four boys and three girls! Poor Olivia was so exhausted, at the end, she couldn't even stand up. The whole time, I just kept petting her and telling her she was halfway there, then almost done, almost done, until the final baby made