Litter Diary: Emma’s Puppies Born 05/11/18

Dam: IntCH CH Shyladawn’s Hollyhock Ode To Chaminade “Emma”

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Sire: IntCH CH Hollyhock Skywalker “Sky”

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2 weeks old – Gaining a bit of independence

This week the puppies began demonstrating a bit more independence. They nursed a bit less, but still slept most of the time. We would see them in smaller “piles” and often solo. Emma leaves them to themselves more often too. We introduced the bolster beds so they could begin to learn to crawl out of their sleeping area if they felt the urge to pee. So, I guess potty training has begun. So far no accidents in the bed and even one poop on the pad! White girl was the first to open her eyes. The others have not yet. They are not starting to explore much yet, but they will as soon as their eyes open. Next week we should see much more active pups!


1 week old – Early Stimulation Exercises

The puppies continue to nurse and sleep most of the time. Their eyes and ears won’t open for another week. This week they had their second trip to the vet and had their dew claws removed. After a day to recover from that we began their “puppy exercises”. They are entering the “baked potato phase” where they are starting to plump up quite nicely. We are starting to see pigment fill in and we’re seeing nice coats developing. View the slideshow and read the captions to learn more. Watch the video to learn how we introduce Early Neurological Stimulation (aka puppy exercises) to give our pups an advantage that should benefit them for life.

Newborn Dreaming
Newborn Frustrated Searching For A Nipple

The birth day and first vet visit

Emma’s litter decided to arrive early, and Linda and Deb were actually happy to get these litters on the ground. What a nice surprise to have them all born on the same day! Emma made it look easy, popping out a baby about every 30 minutes with easy labor. She seemed to take the entire whelping process in stride and didn’t seem to care when Deb and Linda diverted their attention to Dee Dee when it was her turn to deliver a pup. Both girls were just a joy to watch during the entire process. First thing in the morning we took everyone in for their birth day wellness checks and they all received glowing reports. After that it was finally time for a well deserved nap! Emma and her pups went home with Deb and Dee Dee and her pups are staying with Linda. The litters will “merge” in a few weeks when its weaning time. (We are sorry there is no video of this litter’s birth. Deb and Linda were busy whelping both Dee Dee and Emma at the same time and had no time for videos.)

Listen to sounds from the birth day.

Questions? Send email to: info@hollyhockbichons.com or Call Deb Gibb: 858-531-2890