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The Avengers – Two Weeks Old

They were two weeks old yesterday, but I took their pictures for their two week update today.  It’s just the way things worked out.  And I’ll admit, I got a little carried away.  They are just SOOO adorable.  And they are getting cuter by the minute.  Less like little guinea pigs, more like puppies…  🙂  It’s so nice seeing them grow and change, they are doing so in leaps and bounds.  And while yes, they are just camera phone pictures, they’re better than my very first digital camera could take WAY back when.  😛

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A Chihuahua/Fur Scarf

We had all four boys out this evening, and covered the girl with them.  Now that they have their eyes open, they are starting to be a lot more fun.  And after playing for a while, they all crawled up to her neck and settled in for a nap – which, of course, sent the girl into the giggles.

the girl, giggling as the almost-two-week-old Chihuahua puppies nuzzle her neck

Natalia isn’t big enough to come out to play with her brothers (two of whom are four times her size).  It’s been a very stressful few days with her, as we haven’t been sure if she’d make it or not… and, to be quite honest, we’re still not sure.  She’s a little fighter though, and we’re doing everything we can to see her through.

As of this morning Natalia is now weighing in at 2.6 ounces, up from 2.4 a few days ago.  She had held steady at 2.2 and then 2.3 ounces for the longest time – so we are delighted to see a gain of 0.2 in the last couple of days.  It’s definitely encouraging.

The boys all range in size from 7.75 to 10.3 ounces – which is absolutely perfect for boys their age…  not too big and not too small.  Healthy, strong, curious, but mostly hungry and sleepy.  LOL  They are all used to being handled, and have already had their first nail trim – not that they needed it, but I start doing them really early so that it never has a chance to become an issue as they get older.  This way, nails are just something they’ve always had done and so don’t ever have to learn to tolerate.  It’s just normal.

We are enjoying watching their little faces develop, and loving the daily changes in pigment on their noses and toeses.  They are such a treat.  I’m making sure we spend time every day with the little boys as it’s so easy to get completely wrapped up in tiny Natalia’s care.  Tube feedings every two hours can take a lot out of you, and wear you out physically and mentally…  so it’s good to take time to enjoy her brothers and remind yourself of the joy.

Captain America, The Mighty Thor, Lily-Ann, Iron Man, and The Incredible Hulk.

From left to right: Rogers, Thor, Lily-Ann, Tony, and Bruce.

What a Weekend!

Wow.  Seriously.  This has been a crazy few days.  The puppies are now three days old.  Born early, and catching us unprepared.  Unfortunately the very first puppy didn’t make it.  Damon found Roo trying to bury it in her bed early on the morning of the 22nd.  That’s when he phoned me (and where was I? a couple hours away getting ready for the ring, at a dog show in Regina).

I was a complete wreck that morning.  And I’m sure Damon was too.  Somehow we made it through though, and have three lovely LIVE puppies.  One of the people at the show even commented to me in the afternoon (when I was feeling much happier having learned that we had healthy babies) that I was a completely different person than I had been in the morning.  And yeah.  I have to say, I felt like a different person by the afternoon.  If you’d asked anyone who saw me, I was falling apart that A.M..  I didn’t know whether to throw up, to cry, or to roll into the fetal position…  so what did I do?  I cried, pulled myself together, took my dog Marnie into the ring, won another point towards her championship, went back to the hotel, and cried some more.  And then cried again once the news became overwhelmingly happy.

That day really was a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  Losing a puppy, having three live puppies, almost losing a puppy (thanks again to my fabulous Chihuahua friends for their advice and support, and to my amazing husband who was a total rockstar and brought him back safely).

The hardest thing about Monday the 23rd was the waiting.  It was the last day of the dog show, and DH felt he had everything under control.  So I had stayed in Regina.   I didn’t get back into Saskatoon until around 5:30 or 6:00 – which just felt like forever.  I couldn’t wait to see our new babies.  And they didn’t disappoint.  I’m going to see if Damon will take a picture of one of them in my hands – so you can see just how tiny and precious they are.  Seriously, until you hold a three ounce puppy in your hand, it’s hard to really imagine such a tiny perfect little life.

Today was back to absolutely craziness.  Because the puppies were early, we weren’t set up for them at all.  So today was all about calling vets, a flurry of shopping all over town, with a last minute vet trip thrown in for good measure.  And making sure we were home every couple of hours in between it all to ensure that the tiny boy pup was getting plenty of chances to nurse…  because Roo has been picking him up and taking him OFF to make more room for the girl puppies.  She is getting better about letting him nurse though – so I have hopes that soon we won’t have to intervene on his behalf.

Sooo…  it feels awfully good to be able to lay in bed next to my sleeping girlie and see our little nursery set-up right next to the bed.  Finally.  🙂

One Heck of a Day – Chihuahua Puppies!

Wow.

Seriously.  Long.  Day.

LOL  If it weren’t for the pure exhaustion, I’d share it all with you.  But honestly?  I am wiped right out.  The adrenaline is no longer pumping, and I’m likely to crash soon.  Okay, I’m starting to crash NOW.  😉

Details can wait, but one thing can’t:  a HUGE shout-out to my husband Damon!  Seriously, this guy was a freakin’ rockstar today.  Never whelped a litter of puppies before, and he was amazing.  Seriously, amazing.

Roo went into labour early, she was due on the 27th.  And of course, I’m in Regina, hours from home.  But I didn’t need to worry, (even though I did, I worried and stressed – LOTS) Damon nailed it!  Not only did he keep Roo calm, and help her out with her first litter, he actually saved a puppy who was in distress.  Like I said.  My husband is a rockstar.  🙂

And another huge thank you to Em, Rosalie, and Laurie who all helped out with advice when the little boy was struggling.  And further thank yous to all my dog show peeps (Lisa, Haille, Kandy, Barry, and everyone else) who tried to console me when things were looking bleak, and celebrated with me when things ended up being great.

So yeah.  Long day.  But, one with a bright happy ending.

Rooty-Toot and Puppies

Oh!  And Marnie won another point today, and got Best Puppy in Breed.  LOL  So, yeah.  Totally draining and exhausting and amazing day.  🙂

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