Tag: Moon Dance
Playtime is the name of the game today. Our precious puppies are biting each others ears and paws, grabbing a hold and then fall over, yipping in excitement. This is the first true social interaction they have displayed.
The two smallest boys Shadow Dance and Barn Dance (Barney) are getting shoved aside during dinnertime, so we talked Neshamah into giving them an extra private meal to even the score a bit. Today, Barney gained three ounces. That’s more than the big guys usually gain.
And for your viewing enjoyment – Moon Dance Mauls Fire Dance:
Happy Dance Walks Backwards:
They are walking on all fours now, picking their front paws up prancing around the nest. We have added socks and shirts to their environment, so they have human scent around them all the time. All of their eyes are open now, but they won’t be able to see perfectly clear until around day 28.
Yesterday was the last day of the thermal stress sessions and today they begin sessions for their transitional period. This weeks sessions include Elevation, Dominance, and Grooming Exercises. All of the puppies did excellent with the Elevation Exercise, where I hold them in midair until they start to squirm and protest. They are all so mellow they did not even protest. They calmly hung there in midair until my arms got tired. Only two squirmed at all and this was after 15 seconds. Next was the Dominance Exercise which also went well. Half of the puppies allowed me to roll them over on their backs and hold them there for 15 seconds and the other half wiggled and squealed to get upright again as expected. I rolled them back over, comforted and stroked them and they were relaxed and happy once again. Then we began the Grooming Exercise with brushing, ear cleaning, paw and mouth touching. Only one puppy resisted the brushing and the rest enjoyed these grooming exercises. We will add extra brushing and touching to help this one puppy become less sensitive. We are so impressed with the puppies’ development. They seem so well adjusted and trusting of human touch already.
Today you get three videos the first is Happy Dance Eating Upsidedown:
Next is some More Dinner Gymnastics:
And last but not least, Moon Dance Prancing with his Prize:
Today the puppies are eleven days old and they are a joy to behold. Squirming, cooing, whimpering, squealing, and wiggling their way to dinner. Moon Dance and Lord of the Dance are taking turns, vying for the heavy weight championship. Now, we are calling Lord of the Dance – Little Lord Fauntleroy with a nickname of Le Roi. All of the puppies are healthy, strong and their personalities are showing more each day. They love attention and human touch and are becoming perfect little companions. I love all of the Grand Puppies!
Thanks to the Andyman and Youtube for helping me go from camera to video publishing – below is the first video.
Well, today July 31, 2009 at 5:50 PM, Neshamah brought forth her first puppy with ease and elegance. All day she cleaned herself and prepared, digging a den below the stump near our porch and digging the blankets that line her whelping box. I just stepped away for 3 minutes to prepare her food and when I came back, there he was – big, black, beautiful, clean, a perfectly cut cord, and content – Lord of the Dance leads the way. Wow, I can’t believe I missed it, and Neshamah didn’t even let me know. Next, we cleaned the nose and mouth with the bulb, rubbed him dry, weighed him, and gave him back to his mother to nurse. Neshamah continued to clean herself and dig the blankets and then, one hour and twenty minutes later, came Barn Dance. There were no obvious contractions or signs, just another cleaning of herself and there he was, clean, no sack, perfect cord… OK, how was she doing this without being seen. I was right there watching the whole time. Twenty minutes later, out came Moon Dance. We saw enough to know that she was removing the sac as the puppy began to emerge and she just continued through to the cord and the placenta. We never saw one placenta through the entire birthing.
She continued with the next two puppies about 20 minutes apart. First, Fire Dance, had trouble breathing for a few minutes and we had to swing him and use the bulb repeatedly. He is a strong survivor and he pulled through with no further complications. Then, I walked out of the room and Neshamah came flying out looking for me, I passed her up and quickly replaced the blankets in the whelping box and she came running back in. Denna, the other midwife, said she thought I should check my bedroom where Neshamah had been for 40 seconds. I said “No way,” but checked anyway and sure enough, there was Rain Dance, on the bedroom floor, perfectly cleaned and happily wiggling – unbelievable. Finally, a well needed two hour break for all of us. Neshamah had time to feed and clean her new puppies and we could relax again. Next was Happy Dance, who came out making noise, wiggling and welcoming his new life. Two and a half more hours went by and since we knew there were at least two more puppies, we gave Neshamah a shot of Oxytocin to help her begin the contractions again. Almost another hour went by, and finally Flash Dance came flying out, followed by Shadow Dance forty minutes later. Next, we all fell asleep with eight new puppies happily nursing.
Meet the Puppies:
July 31, 2009
Number 1, 5:50 pm – Lord of the Dance, male, rainbow, 1 lb 3.8 oz
Number 2, 7:10 pm – Barn Dance, male, lt green, 12.7 oz
Number 3, 7:33 pm – Moon Dance, male, blue, 1 lb 2.8 oz
Number 4, 7:54 pm – Fire Dance, male, red, 13.8 oz
Number 5, 8:20 pm – Rain Dance, female, pink, 15.8 oz
Number 6, 10:24 pm – Happy Dance, male, yellow, 12.1 oz
August 1, 2009
Number 7, 1:50 am – Flash Dance, male, dk green, 13.6 oz
Number 8, 2:31 am – Shadow Dance, male, black, 9.3 oz
And such was Neshamah’s first birthing event… July 31, 2009