The puppies are 8 weeks now and are off to their new lives. What a roller coaster of emotion it has been. There was a huge amount of anticipation placed on this litter, not least because it was Dougie’s frozen sperm and my first experience of AI.
Vet check went smoothly, such a healthy bunch. John volunteered to do his duty again ” mad man” and sit in the back with the pups. He must love it, this being his 4th time. The puppies also got to meet Lionel and Jas (see video)
I know there are 9 families with fingers crossed that they are able to pick up their puppies. The weather holds all the cards now!
This will be my last puppy diary, here are a few photos to tide you all over until pick up.
I thought it couldn’t last for ever, the weather has been unseasonally kind especially with extra paws to clean !
It has been either raining or foggy here, we even had snow which 9 little munchkins went out to do their ablutions in without a thought .
They go out after every meal plus, as often as possible, in-between times. They are loving it. Chris or I have to be out with them. We have had a couple of great escapes, once under the gate onto the common and basically anywhere they shouldn’t be!
Kite has more or less given up feeding now and she looks brilliant , she has been to the woods and had free rein to run and hunt with Cassie and Molly, which she has loved.
Girls are all allocated now, Katie and Matt came Sunday to assess the boys and are perusing their thoughts, decision coming soon !
Microchip and vet check appointment is booked for next Monday. Kennel club registration is applied for, I am waiting on their acceptance of the litter names. This litter will be Crumpsbrook followed by a spice .
I do feel at this stage our other animals have to take a bit of a back seat. I really wanted to take Molly to Manchester Championship dog show, simply because we both needed the practise ready for Crufts at the beginning of March. Luckily everything was going smoothly here so off we went. For those of you not experienced with the showing game the first classes are age related i.e. puppy and junior, then at 18 months they go up to Post Graduate where they compete against adult dogs for the first time. Molly and her brother Otto were 18 months on the 16th January so had to compete in Post Grad for the first time. With this in mind I had not anticipated any success. When I arrived at Stafford County showground Katie was in the ring with Lionel, Crumpsbrook Bayleaf von Rulander, and a very disillusioned Jan and Tony explained they had arrived too late for their class. We were following 93 Vislas in the ring and the judge was far more efficient than we had anticipated. Katie had just got there and had to go straight in. Lionel won his open dog class. Went into the challenge and was awarded reserve champion dog.
Bitches got under way promptly and in Molly and I went, she was a super star and showed like a dream, tail wagging the whole time.
We were awarded first, yeh !!
A little while later we went in for the challenge, we strutted our stuff again and Molly Moo was awarded the reserve champion bitch. Amazing at 18 months 4 days, I literally jumped for joy.
A mention must go to Sarah who took Lincoln and Keiko, Crumpsbrook Angelica. She too missed Lincoln’s class but the day was made worth while by Keiko winning her limit class.
So all things considered a fantastic day for Crumpsbrook 3 first places and 2 reserve cc’s.
Jan and Tony your day will come and we will enjoy it all the more !
These 9 Dougie and Kite babies have have an illustrious family.
Roll on Crufts, if you haven’t been try to go, its a great day out and Team Crumpsbrook will be there Thursday 7th March.Tickets available on line.
Today the skys are a little brighter so a few more photos for your perusal.
I am thrilled to report Kite is back to her gorgeous self. Patrick also is fully recovered plus he is very happy to have his horsey friends back from their winter holidays. I can safely say this last week has been much less stressful. Thank goodness .
The babies are 5 weeks old now and have had their first foray out into the great outdoors. It was cold but dry first time and my did they love it. Katie was here to witness how bold and inquisitive they were, no shrinking violets here !
Granny Cassie, sister Molly and mum all came over to play. Molly especially loves them, Cassie less so, after all she has seen a few Crumpsbrook babies grow up now.
The pups explored everything within their range, chewed a few things, trod on their first nettle, poor babies. Did it put them off “not a bit of it “.
They are being taken out after every meal and are already learning this is a good time to poo so we are getting fewer poos indoors.
Keeping track of 9 confident explorers keeps Chris and I busy , but its so much fun watching them experience new adventures.
It actually rained on them yesterday but again no impression, they are true Munsters and love the outdoors.
Kite is keen to feed them first thing in the morning but after that she just likes to check they are ok, then is off. I can’t blame her, those needle teeth are so sharp .
Events frequently come in 3’s its said. Well my word this week has been eventful.
Firstly Saturday morning, Patrick our elderly donkey , refused his mug of tea and banana, Chris then said he had only picked at his breakfast.
Suspicions were aroused, there were no obvious fresh poos and he did not look his usual happy self.
One vet visit later he was diagnosed with colic, given a muscle relaxant and an anti inflammatory. Within an hour he was grazing, pooing and looking very much happier, phew !
The next day we found our cockerel Max dead on the drive, heaven only knows what was the matter with him. He was old (well over 10) and had a great life training generations of puppies to respect our hens and was a friendly soul and a gentleman with his ladies. We will have to go shopping!
Monday morning Kite looked really sorry for herself , the dreaded mastitis had struck. Off we went to the vet and antibiotics and pain relief were given.
Tuesday she still had a temperature and her de-meaner was not good. Off we went again. The antibiotic was changed and we had to stop her feeding her pups, not that she wanted too, she was so sore.
Temperature levelled off a little and I hoped we had turned the corner. No such luck . Thursday we were told the infection needed to come to a head and burst before she would feel better. OMG, what had I done, I felt awful.
Friday morning she had a boil the size of a 50p on her breast. Pete our vet who has seen this horrid problem several times reassured us and said he was not concerned about her general condition and de-meaner. The best we could do was go home and wait.
No sooner we were back, Kite lay on the sofa and it burst. I will spare you the graphic details but it was horrid.
As I write (Friday 4th pm) I am feeling so much more optimistic, Kite wanted to feed her babies so we are allowing them with her 3 at a time. The other glands are full of milk and we don’t want a repeat scenario in another gland .
I am hoping now that the hole will drain well and healing will take place.
Honestly when you breed a few litters you always hope that things go well, we have had a few traumas, but the end result has been positive. When you see your gorgeous girl in pain it makes you question what you are doing . Then you see her with her babies again looking so much happier and it ALMOST makes it seem worthwhile.
Now to the positives. We almost missed the pups 4 week birthday with the chaos going on. My how they have changed, their teeth are through and don’t we know it ! They are eating so well and thriving and seem not to have been affected by Kites absence.
We have moved them into their day sunroom, we did this earlier because of Kite needing to spend time with us and everytime they smelt her they cried, which was most unsettling for her .
We have a pot bellied stove in there, which is kept chugging away keeping them warm .Nights are spent in the maternity wing as usual .
We have taken a couple of photos some prior to the Mastitis episode and vidoes of their first foray into the conservatory.
Latest update …
Kite is sooo much better this morning, she is eating well again and now we have stopped the anti-inflammatory she is allowed to feed her babies which she was so excited to do this morning. Needless to say Chris and I are so relieved. Fingers crossed for continued improvement .
What a day it has been, pups have been wormed for the first time, had nails trimmed again, weighed, all blooming, and most momentous of all (well for them anyway!) their first meal.
They all relished the experience. Most of it, I think, went in their tummies. Kite came in afterwards and did a great job of cleaning their faces, tummies, paws, in fact every bit of them.
We have puppy proofed the “maternity wing “, plastic down now and bless their cotton socks they are coming out onto the paper to wee. Their sense of adventure is starting to kick in and every day sees them more stable on their paws.
Now a confession, to mine and Chris’s huge embarrassment, while handling the pups for their worming, Chris questioned if he had the correct pup, Sprout, because he was a girl !!! We checked and double checked and yes Sprout is indeed female. The new tally is 6 boys 3 girls.
Once we were 100% I offered one family who had been waiting all year for a pup first refusal of changing back to a girl, which they decided to do. Katie and Matt now have one less boy to choose from so their decision should be a fraction easier when the time comes.
Enjoy the new instalment of photos and video footage.
I have just returned from Kites walk on the common, she goes on a long line for 2 reasons, one I want to control how many calories she burns running around, plus there are so many pheasants she would be off hunting through the gorse and heather and she could get scratched teats. Kite loves this “me” time.
Talk of the devil, she has just finished feeding her brood after her walk and wash, and come up to the office to say hello to me while I am typing this.
We had a 2 week weigh in for the pups, they are all over 1 1/2 kilos now. A larger weigh tub will be required next time around that’s for sure. Nails have been clipped for a second time. All eyes are open now and as you will see on the video clip, the little munchkins are getting quite mobile.
I think we are organised for Christmas, the last Sainsburys trip has been done, so the fridge, pantry and wine rack are full to bursting.
I would like to send “tidings of great joy” to everyone.
2019 will see the start of a new era for everyone having a new Crumpsbrook family member.
Kite’s pups are now all over a kilo in weight, claws have been trimmed for the first time. We are checking everyday for the first signs of eyes opening, so exciting. They are such a strong, even litter.
Kite is doing well, her appetite is voracious, she has 6 meals a day. She gets up and comes into the kitchen when she hears one of us in there and seems to be appreciating frequent meals.
Chris and I are so proud of her and are thankful for a copy book time of it so far.
Kites puppies are thriving, they are growing terrifically. There isn’t too much for Chris and I to do at the moment other than feed Kite, her appetite is huge, and keep everything clean. She looks so well but clumps of hair are beginning to fall out. Most of this is caused by the puppies tirelessly kneading her tummy, they seem to have insatiable appetites.
Sunday Chris took the puppies Granny, Cassie, and sister, Molly, to Wyre Forest. When they realised they were going they barked and poor Kite heard. She really wanted to go. I decided to take her out on a long line on to the common to compensate, just for 10 minutes. She loved it. I washed her tummy and paws with Hibiscrub on our return and she went straight back to her babies to feed them, content to do so.
I had a premonition that the pups would come Thursday and I was right.
The tumble dryer arrived Wednesday and the bedroom furniture is postponed until next week. I did get a phone call Wednesday from Oswestry hospital to go for my premed for my hip op because they had had a cancellation the following day, but I declined !!
Wednesday lunchtime Kites temperature dropped but otherwise she was fine, still eating, no shivers or groaning. Chris and I monitored her all night and Thursday morning at 6.00 am the first puppy popped into the world. By 7.30 am 4 boys had arrived. Kate arrived around 9.00 am. Kite seemed pleased to see her then got on with the task at hand and produced our first girl at 9.35. 10.00 saw boy number 5 make an entrance. Kite then had an hours rest and at 11.10 another boy, number 6. There was obviously more to come, 7 down and only 1 girl.
At 1.00 pm boy number 7 then after a 2 3/4 hour gap the final pup was girl number 2.
I have never had such a relaxed bitch, Kite even drank her evaporated milk while having contractions. A favourite of mine to give during whelping, it gives lots of calories for energy, plus all important fluid. The pups weights ranged from 500 gm to 610 gm no wonder their poor mum was uncomfortable.
As for the munchkins, their nicknames had to have a Christmas theme.
The girls are Tinsel and Angel, the boys Snowball, Star, Sprout, Spruce, Cracker, Joseph and Cranberry. All names suggested by their markings.
Joseph is the most tenuous, he has a tiny letter M on his leg and we couldn’t call him Mary so Joseph it is!
We will post regular updates on my website puppy diaries and blog.
The maternity wing is in place ,Milton and Hibiscrub at the ready .We are all set to go .Poor Kite is so uncomfortable now ,I really do feel guilty for putting her in this predicament .She has developed a taste for Felix cat food with warm evaporated milk ! She has lots of small meals because her tummy is squashed with puppies . Bless her, she can have what her heart desires .
We are taking her temperature daily ,to wait for the tell tale one degree drop which suggests whelping is likely in the next 24 hours .
Chris and I are having a new bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers which apparently is being delivered Thursday .The bedroom has been decorated in anticipation. Plus, the tumble dryer broke last week and a new one is being delivered Thursday, much needed for drying towels etc .
What are the odds of Kite going into labour on Thursday !
I would like to introduce Molly, Crumpsbrook Molinia .
The litter theme is grasses. I am excited to be keeping a pup, not what I planned, but circumstances or fate, call it what you will, have allowed me to. Hurrah.
One other bitch will hopefully make an appearance in the show ring and one of the boy pups too. I love encouraging new people to show and I will be only too happy to support them.
Vet checks and microchips done today. Every pup had a clean bill of health, all anatomy (boys!) where it should be and hearts functioning well. Eyes and teeth good .They start to go Friday so by Sunday evening Chris and I will crack a bottle !
I must admit being GSD free ,the first time for 30 years is strange , walking is quieter, Ruby would chase Ebby and hang on to her tail so Ebby had plenty to say at the beginning of a walk . Shepherds being what they are, would then spend the walk trying to keep the human and canine family together, very frustrating and exhausting when your walking companions are Munsters. They are missed.
I would just like to say thank you everyone for your kind messages and support. Losing a special doggy friend is never easy.
Happy times ahead with Molly, her mum, grandmother and great grandmother. We will have great fun I’m sure .
Bit late I know but there ain’t enough hours in a day, sorry.
The puppies are outside as much as is humanly possible now .They have full access to the great outdoors and love it . Great Granny Willow is doing her usual job of gentle discipline, so important in the development of any young pup. They do treat her with respect. Granny Cassie loves playing with them and Kite, bless her, is still tolerating them feeding if they pin her down which they are capable of doing when they gang up en mass .
A new agility tunnel arrived which they were all playing in within seconds without a care. Cardboard boxes are great fun too.
Meals have been given alfresco, an important foundation for eating on picnics !
I will have to make my choice of puppy imminently, they are 7 weeks on Sunday. Such an even, good quality bunch I really would love any of them. The micro chipping adventure is on Tuesday , then Friday they start to leave for their new homes.
I know there are 10 excited families counting the number of sleeps until their pick up day when life alters and a new adventure begins .
Here are some new photos and video clip for you to help the days fly by !
The Munchkins are such a happy bunch. They are more or less weaned now. Kite gives them a quick feed first thing in the morning ,but after that she loves to play with them but avoids any contact with those sharp teeth, and who can blame her.
They are eating incredibly well, loving their Burns puppy food and various variety of raw meat, all of which seem acceptable !
Second worming course is under way, last dose tonight as well as a nail trim.
They are going outside after every meal and pooing and weeing and have today been down the field. Cassie loved playing with them.
They are oblivious to the weather ,which at the moment is not conducive to sitting on the lawn with them.
The chucks have been mostly ignored so far, not sure that will last as they grow up .
Kennel Club registrations are applied for, they are “The Grasses ” litter.
They are on 4 meals a day now and scoff it. Kite feeds occasionally, when she wants to. Its Chris’s and my time to feed and clean up now.
They have gone into the conservatory and out onto their patio during the day, which they love, and have started to wee and poo outside.
They have also moved in to the “Luxury Apartment” which was the cats bed, poor Milly!
They still sleep in the lounge/maternity wing and we haven’t heard a peep from them. Kite is happy to be back with her mum and granny at night. She is losing her coat and her tail looks like it belongs to a Lurcher, but apart from that she is really well. I’m so relieved her responsibilities are lessoning, she is being a fantastic mum and now we will do our fare share.
Puppy worming is due again this weekend coming so they will be weighed. I can’t wait to see how much they have grown.
Not sure what we can put them in, or what will be big enough for them and fit on the scales because they certainly have outgrown the last tub.