Ella 29/3/17 - day 60 having a relax..
Puppies have arrived 30 March 2017...
Ella and puppies are doing fine. Seven in total, 3 girls and 4 boys. Six black with white markings and one brown with some white markings. All healthy weights 331 - 442g
Ella was fantastic, lots of washing of pups and checking they were OK.
Many thanks to the wonderful Julie Mc Dougal (Ella's breeder) for helping us out with the birth and offering up her time in the wee hours and her wonderful advice.
Today at 2.30pm ..Mum and puppies nice and content.
1st April ...Good night last night, only up 3 times checking puppies. All doing well, feeding and being constantly washed by mum. Ella is such a fantastic mother. Managed to give her tail end a wash this morning, first time she was happy to leave pups for 5 mins, but then straight back to check on them.
2nd April .. Ella had a restless night, she comes and wakes me up when she's out of the whelping box (3am, 4.30am), so I can take over. Puppies happy if they are placed on the heat pad, when she's not there, but I don't like to leave it on all night, as Ella will overheat.
Lots of the pups have white goatee's just like their Dad
3rd April ...Much better night, Ella happier in her larger pen with pups.
Only up 3 times to check during the night and all were fine.
Happy Birthday Ella - April 4th ...Puppies had a lively night, Ella up to get me twice, it's definitely feeling like coparenting! We put their coloured collars on yesterday to make it easier to monitor their weight & ensure the smaller ones are getting their turn on the best teats!
Crufts - Kennel Club admit Barbets 1st April 2018 - here's Rafferty (Ella's pup) along with fellow Barbets at Crufts 8th March 2018
(4th from left standing)
April 5th 2017
Girls - Red, Yellow & purple collars
Boys - Turquoise, blue, green
8th April..Good night for first night since puppies born, that I haven'g got up during the night. However, Ella has had an upset stomach for a couple of days now , I've tried porridge, carrot & chicken soup (all recommended for upset stomachs in dogs), did improve for a bit, but need to get the vet out to her today. She must be feeling bad, but keeps looking after her pups(they're all fine!.
9th April... Ella much better, she's now on sensitive food, probiotic & Whelpi (puppy dried milk) to sort out her gurgling intestines. It seems to be working very well. Puppies all good today.
11th April ...Pups and Mum good, another day of feeding and sleeping.
Very cute red collar girl
13th April Puppies 2 weeks old. All feeding well & getting much quicker on their feet.
15th April - puppies getting more interesting, opened eyes and tiny barks.
16th April Happy Easter! Pups getting increasingly vocal, especially when Mum's out of the pen.
17th April Barbets getting playful...
18th April 2017
21st April - Start of weaning!! Also wormed today. Better than I expected, but got very messy - hopefully the pups will soon get the idea!
April 25th - Getting busy for me, feeding and changing bedding. Pups are quite good at peeing and pooing on the newspaper. Whistle training them too, when food arrives - all helps with training when they go to their new homes.
Saturday 29th April - Puppies growing well, few are over the 2kg mark now. Although Ella is still feeding them, I think over the next week with their teeth coming through, her days of nursing will be coming to an end.
Ella hidden under a mass of puppies!
4th May 2107 - Ella just about feeding them, 5 weeks today and most have some very sharp teeth, so not sure how long it will last!
8th May 2017 - Playing outside
Ruby enjoying her first grass experience!
Bobbi in puppy carrier!
16th May 17
26th May 2017
Mixed emotions seeing them leaving; very happy that I've added to the wonderful Barbet population and produced some gorgeous pups to pass onto some great new homes, but I will miss them all too.
The very handsome Da Vinci
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