It is pretty warm, a wonderful summer day. In fact, there is nothing to boast about today. The dogs are relaxing and it is just fine to watch them.
Ezri and Berni have been romping around the place all morning, now they are looking for shadowy places, like the others. Kira takes care of her little boy and he is enjoying her loving attention very much.
Kira and Opra are becoming more acquainted, due to Opra’s constantly being close and friendly. These two are going to be a great team in all aspects.
Meanwhile Ezri has retreated into the house. Lying at the terrace door watching seems to be very relaxing.
In the pen – either inside or in the garden – the pups are playing happily (preferably scuffling or castle capture). So we made some first attempts of stacking on a table. It was good enough for some funny pictures. 😆
Now that the B’babies opened their eyes, they discover the world around. They crawl and teeter around in their Fort Alcatraz, play and bicker with each other and snuggle up to one another, nibble on their toys – with mommie Kira keeping two eagle-eyes on them.
They grow up very fast – little guinea pig (or mole) faces turning into teddy bears. And apparently they have tons of fun, even if now anything doesn’t turn out as wished for.
And like in every otherhusky litter with at least 3 males we have a gangleader (Beni), leading any jailbreak from the whelping box, and Berni and Brendan tagging along. If there’s a pityful squeak coming from the babies’ room, they got themselves in another hopeless situation. Like crawling under the plastic mat.
Unfortunately the battery of the big camera gave up right on time. Since daylight was nice today, I quickly took some pics with my mobile – et voilà! The photos are not too bad. Only Brendan didn’t feel like being held up again.
The B’babies are 9 days “old” today. Mommie Kira is doing a perfect job, very confident; she likes to take a rest in the garden or take a walk, and she keeps uncle Sisko out of the whelping room giving minimal signs without ever being bitchy.
Meanwhile the B’babies are gaining size and weight constantly, and they seem to change by the minute! They are more than a 1000 grams now. They still look more like guinea pigs than dogs, but they are happily crawling and staggering on 4 paws all through the whelping box. They can not get out yet, but who knows what will happen, when they have opened their eyes!
Saturday was the day! After having almost finished her burrow in the garden and going through several phases of mild labour, Kira got restless. We didn’t let her escape to her burrow, what she thought stupid. However she accepted the whelping box, it is already familiar to her.
Shortly after noon she gave birth to 2 dark grey (agouti) boys, Benedict and Bonifatius. About 2 hours later an all-black girl joined the party, Beata. Kira took her time, she stayed calm, took care of her babies, even when in the afternoon a grey boy, Bernard, was born. And before dinner she came along with another all-black, a boy we named Brendan.
Then Kira was finally resting, we cleaned up the box and renewed the blankets. The pups are big and strong, quite demanding. Kira takes care of them very fondly and watches over them. Uncle Sisko lies outside the room, longing to get in, but he dares not to, because he might be growled at.
Yet, in 4 weeks Kira happily will let him take over care and education.
Today Kira got the second shot against CHV (canine herpesvirus), so that the newborn pups will be safe from that disease, because CHV is a very dangerous condition in which a whole litter can die a painful death within 48 hours.
Kira herself is all cool and happy. Even that twitchy giant black dog in the waiting room didn’t vex her. The vet examined her before vaccination and she was very pleased with Kira’s condition. Kira is sleeping and dozing a lot, she enjoys food and her walks – just not the usual length -, and she is cheerful and attentive.
Now we are entering the final round. The pups are due by mid March, and some things still have to be prepared, before the little Sibes will turn our lives upside down for two or three months. We, Salai’s family and the people on the waiting list are quite excited.
After visiting the vet, we know for sure we will have a litter B: at least five little whirlwinds are bustling about in Kira’s womb! As lively as they are, there is no doubt, they are fit as a fiddle.
Kira has her own page on this website with lots of pictures and information (and even more in the blog, tag Kira).
The sire, Salai (Balance Master Speigas) was bred by Laura Baryte (Speigas Kennel, LIT) and is loved and owned by Monique van Ree-Hagg (NL). his sire Fizzy (Snowmist’s Quicksilver Speigas) is quite famous and just like the dam, Enya (Snowmist’s Rich Image) he was bred by Kim Ramey-LeBlanc (Snowmist Kennel, CAN).
Thank you, Monique, for making this litter possible!
The pedigree of the pups can be downloaded here for further inquiry:
With everything going smoothly the little ones will be born after March 16. Until then, the expectant mother will be spoiled with everything she loves – particularly nice walks.