Monday, December 8, 2008

Puppies Are Here!

On December 1, 2008, our Harley went into labor around 9:00 a.m. At 9:58 a.m. she delivered puppy #1, a black tri boy with a full collar. An hour and a half later, she delivered puppy #2, a black tri girl, with a full collar and a white lozenge on top of her head. Puppy #3 came at 12:55 p.m., a blue merle boy with a full collar and blaze. Puppy #4 came exactly and hour later, a little blue merle girl with a full collar and blaze almost to the collar. After puppy #4, we had no further action. After a couple of hours passed, I called the vet and asked them to pull the X-ray and re-count to make sure we had seen five. The vet confirmed five puppies. They told us if she didn't deliver by 5 p.m., bring her in. So at 5 p.m. we headed to the vet with four babies and a nervous mom! They X-rayed her, saw the puppy, and gave her a shot to help her labor progress. Twelve minutes later, Harley delivered puppy #5 at the vet's office, a black tri boy with a full collar and full blaze. We were home by 6 p.m. with five beautiful healthy puppies!

Harley is being a great mom. It is so remarkable how natural instincts take control. She did not require any assistance (other than the shot) with any of the deliveries, cord care, etc. The puppies' birth weights ranged from 9 to 11 ounces.

We are so excited about the potential of this litter!

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