… now bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This gang of five is havin fun in the puppy room where they have a box to rest and enough room to play. They have been in a pen in the garden three times by now, but today it’s too cold and windy with some rain. Soon there will be sunny days, and until then the little romps 😉 are frolicking inside.
Actually, they had barely opened their eyes, when they started to play fresh as a daisy as if being kissed awake.
After a quite sleepless night and some stressing labour, Nukka gave birth to her very first baby, and immidiately took good care of him who was very active and loud while searching for the milk bar.
Three siblings followed with little effort within two and a half hours. Then Nukka decided to take a rest. Although everything seemed quite effortless and relaxed, a series of births is quite straining, and the fortunately active pups were claiming mommie’s care quite noisily.
After little more than three hours, the youngest pup was born, a girl and the heaviest baby of this litter.
All five weighed around 500 g (> 1 pound) at birth and they were immidiately searching for the milkbar by themselves, drawing mommie’s attention by singing in different pitches. Nukka apparently feels fine, eating her food with great appetite and drinking well.
We are thankful that Nukka’s litter, too, was born without issues.
This morning we went to the vet clinic with Nukka for a final checkup, the second herpes vaccination and had her x-rayed. Nukka stayed most of last weeks with her family and so I was quite unsure about the number and size of her pups. The ultrasonography we did some weeks ago had confirmed her pregnancy and shown at least four fetuses growing in her womb.
Now we know Nukka is expecting five puppies, and with all our hearts we hope that everything will go well.
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!