Being up late last night whelping puppies didn’t help, but it was a pleasant surprise. Even having monitored Roo’s temperature for the 40 hours leading up to the birth didn’t give us the “heads up” it should have. But then, Roo has never been one to do ANYTHING by the books.
Even after everyone settled in for the night, I didn’t actually do much sleeping. Between the neon red glow of the heat lamp and the occasional pip from a puppy, it just wasn’t a restful night for me. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not complaining. The babies are worth a little exhaustion.
This morning we had to be at the airport to drop off Deedee at 8:30. Which meant an early wake-up. The girl and I don’t usually rise until 9, and she wanted time to visit a park with Deedee for some photos before saying goodbye. So it really was an early one.
Since we were out already we decided to grab some breakfast. The girl had pancakes. Damon had an english muffin breakfast sandwich (yes, thankfully he had Tuesday off this week). And I had a croissant – boy it’s nice to be on solid foods again… but I do find my jaw gets tired quick and easily.
We did some running around. Picked up some puppy supplies, got our house insurance information ready for the move, paid a bill… Then it was home to weigh puppies and make sure everyone was getting a chance to nurse before taking the girl to school – WITH a photo of each puppy and a family portrait to show off to her class.
While the girl was at school we did some more running around so we’d be ready to go as soon as she was off.
We snagged her at 3:25, headed home briefly to let her change into her ballet clothes and to let the dogs out for a potty break. We also had a 1/2 hour breather (while the dogs were out) during which I just about fell asleep – way too tired. Damon and Lily-Ann dropped me off at my Breaking the Silence board meeting (which was super exciting, I sooo hope we’re able to get my first choice of speaker for the Friday night kick off, he’d be AMAZING), and the two of them went out for an early supper. I had to bow out a little early as they picked me back up at 5:30 so we could head to ballet.
After class, we came home weighed puppies again and made sure Roo laid still for a nice long nursing session. She’s generally a really great momma dog, but she has never been one to stay still for long. Which was fine for her last litter of two… but she needs to stretch right out and lay good and still to nurse five… so she needs us to be rather hands on at this point.
Lily-Ann played on the iPad while we took care of Roo and the pups, then it was time to start the bedtime routine. And I’ll admit, I dozed off a little while Damon was reading Medusa the Mean. I really miss doing the night time reading, but until we get things cleared up for me health wise, it’s been passed on to Damon… tonight though? tonight I was actually rather thankful for that.
Now the girl is asleep, Damon is upstairs on the computer, and I’m laying in bed with the kid typing this blog post. LONG day.
Here’s a puppy video I snagged last night during the birth:
Baby three was one of the only puppies born head first. Most came out backwards. I have videos of those as well… but I haven’t uploaded them yet. It all went so fast, I didn’t have a chance to upload as things went along. When I’m more awake, I promise to share more. It’s pretty cool.
Today there was a book fair at the girl’s school. She and I spent a great deal of time checking out all the titles on the tables. Very honestly, there wasn’t much there that was even worth a second glance. It was highly disappointing. I knew we had to find something though. The fair helps support the school, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards getting new books for their classrooms. That, and the kid knew she was allowed to get a book.
Back and forth between the chapter book tables. One mundane sounding description after another. Then we wandered back to where we started – with the picture books. We don’t read that many of them any more. We read for a half hour (sometimes more) a day, but that’s almost all devoted to novels. That’s when I saw it!
It was hidden beneath scores of boring paperback children’s stories… a hard cover, only one letter of the title peeking out – but I recognized the font instantly. “Lily-Ann! What’s this???” I slide the book out just a titch, so that two letters are now revealed.
I’m sure her animated shout could be heard throughout the main floor of the school.
Yep. We found a copy of Skippyjon Jones; Class Action.
We love Skippyjon. We read a lot about him at wegivebooks.org. I remember the first time she saw the cover of the original Skippyjon Jones, she said “Momma, that cat looks like a Chihuahua.” This sticks with me because I poo poohed her, assuming it was just the illustrators style… but very quickly found out I was wrong. And yes, I made sure to apologize for it.
We’re Chihuahua nuts around here (as I’m sure you’ve guessed). So these absolutely adorable books, with their smart stories, and rich characters? We ❤ them in a big way.
So yay! The kid now has her very own Skippyjon Jones book… and we popped the CD in to listen to it being read while we drove to get her Daddy from work (it was interesting to hear someone else’s take on the characters voices and the songs – her mom voice and my mom voice are VASTLY different, and curiously enough we were pretty dead on for every other character and the songs). We’ve now heard it six times. And it’s no less charming on it’s sixth than on it’s first, though I’m not sure her Daddy would agree. LMAO
Anyway… instead of sharing a book cover as I often do when I’m writing about a book we enjoy, I’m going to share a picture the girl did up yesterday. She took a photo (using the iPad) of Deedee, and then proceeded to edit it. So here’s Deedee, or as the girlie put it – giggling hysterically: “She’s a Chihuahua with a Mustache!”
Just a real quick post tonight. 🙂 I’m tired, but it’s a good tired. A satisfied tired.
The puppies and I were out at handling class again this evening. These guys are fabulous and are going to be such wonderful little show dogs. And we received the most wonderful compliment too.
Big dog people don’t always appreciate these tiny dogs. They’ve got a bad reputation, and get a bad rap. I’ve shown big dogs, small dogs, toy dogs, giant dogs, and all those in between. Chihuahuas, typically, have been the most challenging of them all. But gawd help me, I adore them. Big dogs are a lot easier to show, and big dog people don’t often understand how much harder you have to work when you’re in the ring with something so tiny. So, when a big dog person makes sure to pull you aside to tell you how impressed they are with your dog… how they can’t believe the way your dog just “floats around the ring”… well… it feels darn good. And it’s true. Little Alice is an amazing mover! And her self stack is just getting stronger and stronger.
I’ve been involved in Chihuahuas for the last decade… this is my first litter. And it was SOOO worth the wait!
So, yesterday evening was the first drop-in handling class of the year down at the SKOC. And it was the first ever class for Alice and Deedee, our Chihuahua puppies. It was a first for me too… the first time I took puppies of my own breeding out to a class.
You know? You do your best to prepare them. To give them a solid foundation. To help them be confident, brave, outgoing, and friendly little things. But in a world of giants, you never really know if you’ve done enough. There is always more you could do. So that first real test can be a little nervy – for them and you.
My girlz are rockstars! Clearly I had nothing to worry about. First time in a new building, surrounded by dogs who were more than ten times their size (some way more than ten times their size), tons of people, noises, smells… it’s an overwhelming experience for people – forget two little dogs no more than ten and a quarter pounds COMBINED.
Alice and Deedee did great! Tails up in the ring. Stood on the table (well, they were a little squirrely, but it was their first time). We had no pretzel puppy action. No tangled leads. Generally confident, happy puppies, all set for this new adventure. It really got me excited. These guys are going to be a blast at the shows this year. I’m SOOO looking forward to it.
I mean… okay… I was ALREADY looking forward to it. I knew they were awesome. They are smart, sweet, cuddly, typey, good looking, sturdy, generally fabulous pups. But the experience in class just confirmed everything for me. It’s not going to take much work at all to have them become little superstars. It’s going to be a fabulous year! Yay Deedee! Yay Alice! And Yay for me and Em (my co-breeder and fabulous friend)!
I have to say, I’ve never seen a bug come and go so fast.
The girlie and I were reading our nightly chapters and all of a sudden she heaved. I grabbed a cup that was sitting beside the bed. She began sweating profusely, and was burning up. She vomited about two tablespoons worth, and cooled right back down. Feeling fine again. The whole thing lasted about six minutes. Now she’s sleeping soundly Have you ever heard of some type of bug that is lightening fast like that? It was just crazy. I’m very relieved she’s feeling right as rain so quickly… but jeepers.
As for our other news, the puppies had a vet visit today. They got their DAPP shot (their one and only shot), were weighed and inspected. Deedee weighs in at a whopping 2.2 kgs (which is roughly 4.8 pounds) and Alice is a massive 2.5 kg (roughly 5.5 pounds). Okay, so they are absolutely a perfect size for female Chihuahuas – and right about where I guessed they were. But still. They are big compared to the other two – especially Marnie, who may not be itty bitty for a Chihuahua, is pretty darn tiny compared to the rest of them. In no other breed is size so wide spread. Can you imagine another where you can show a dog who is 1/3 the size of another both in the same breed? The vet said they are both in great condition, and was impressed by their temperaments as well. What can I say, the girls are awesome!
Can you believe it??? The puppies are already eight weeks old. Kinda blows my mind a little. I have to admit, I’m already looking forward to their show careers. I love seeing their different traits (both personality and physical), and imagining how they’ll end up. Both are promising.
Here are a few photos from some of our stacking practice and post-stacking play session:
Deedee isn’t a fan of the table. She’ll stand on it, but doesn’t want to be stacked. Same on the floor… she has no trouble walking into a stack, but doesn’t want you to mess with her beyond just delivering a treat. She’s definitely got the most confidence and attitude – and even when she isn’t happy about something her tail just keeps going.
Alice does really well allowing you to hand stack her. She’ll stay wherever you put her (even if you totally overextend her, just to see if she’ll hold it). LOL She will stand on the table without issue, she doesn’t like it, but she behaves really nicely. She gets her confidence from her sister on the floor though. The difference in her self stacks when she’s alone and when Deedee is with her, is crazy-huge.
Both girls are super cute (though I may be a little biased). And while they are quite different they are both nice. I really am looking forward to watching them growing up. It’s been such a privilege so far. 🙂
As I’d mentioned a while ago now, we had hopes of heading out for a puppy (and people) playdate with my friend Yolanda. Unfortunately we got rained out and had to postpone. Fortunately, the weather was perfect today. 🙂 And, as promised, I tried to be less of a hovering mother hen, and more of a stand-back-and-take-photos kinda gal. So without further ado, our family playdate:
Thank you so much for having us all over Yolanda. It really was a fabulous afternoon, and a much needed break from all the overtime hours I’ve been putting in lately. 🙂 Very much looking forward to doing it again soon.
Well, today marks the puppies fifth-week-irthday. Yep. They are five weeks old today. And while it’s never something you hear about well bred Chihuahuas, I’ll say it anyway… They are getting SOOO big. LMAO
Okay, so yes. “Big” is relative. But they are sooo much bigger now. And they are running around. Using the pee pads. Giving kisses. Climbing things. Wrestling. Squeeking (they are trying to bark, but it comes out more like little squeeks). They are way too adorable.
Today we took both Deedee and Alice for their first play date. Granted, they were being held more than they were being played with, but that’s good for them too. 🙂 You won’t find a guy who adores tiny puppies more than my dad – and every Chihuahua who has ever been through our doors has made it’s way into his arms at some point. Well… every Chihuahua except Nico (but he was a special case). LOL
Here are two quick snapshots I nabbed (I was too busy being a mother hen to snap more than a couple):
Tomorrow = another day.
Another day = another playdate.
This time at my friend Yolanda’s place… where I will TRY to hover less, and try to photograph more. LMAO But I can’t promise anything.