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Siren x Pep Litter Page**4/27/2011

3/04/2011~ Siren was artificially Inseminated twice with fresh semen on Feb. 15th and 17th.  We will be taking her in for a pregnancy check on March 18th.

4/09/2011~ Just two more weeks to go! Siren is definitely pregnant, she is doing all of the typical pregnant dog antics, eating everything she comes across (except for her food, this she saves as a last resort), getting into the trash, and she is extremely gassy! She is moaning and groaning a lot even though she really doesn’t look that big, probably trying to get more treats! Here’s some pictures from last night, she was laying at my feet while I was on the computer.

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4/20/2011~ After a really long night with no results, Siren finally got down to business mid morning today.  First up, at 10:11am we have a very dark little girl with possible white markings on hind toes.  She also has the longest tail that I have ever seen! LOL ! Not much of a talker, but she is a “frustrated” grunter when mom keeps knocking her around with her long tongue.

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Well, after 2 1/2 hrs of labor and no puppy coming, nor could I feel on even close in the birth canal, we opted to head to the Vet’s office for an exam and c-section.  The Vet couldn’t quite reach the pup with either his fingers or with the O.B. forceps so we decided to not mess around and to get the pups out pronto.  Things got a little “exciting” when Siren was going under, she started thrashing a bit and swung her head into Alley’s (vet tech) nose and broke it! We all heard the crunch, even those in the adjacent room.  But being the trooper that she is, Alley just stuffed two tampons into her nose and stayed to help revive the pups before heading to the emergency room! Thankfully, her wedding isn’t until October!  Here’s some pictures of Alley (before tampons) and the whole gang.  We ended up with 2 boys and 2 girls.  Each weighing over a pound ~ 1 lb 2 oz to 1lb 8 oz ~ and they are all super long!

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4/22/2011~ Pups are growing, eating almost constantly, and Siren is being a very attentive mother.  She is just getting to the point that I don’t have to bodily drag her out of the whelping pool to go outside to potty.  2 of the pus have Sirens current dark coloring ( she was  a light orange with darker ears when I bought her as a 12 wk old pup, she has steadily gotten darker each year) and 2 pups have her lighter shading as when she was a pup,  with dark ears and a darker streak going down the back.  While I cannot guarantee coloring as an adult,I do think that the two lighter pups will be AT LEAST as dark as Pep (dad).  They all have a long way to go before temperament testing can be done to see which one I keep (female) to replace Siren.   While I wish that I have a couple more to choose from, these pups will have the advantage of a lot more one on one time from us and their mother that a really large litter would not have.

The pups get their dewclaws removed tomorrow morning at the Vet’s office.

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4/27/2011~ Pups are getting huge and they are strong!!! They are very squirmy and don’t like to be held much so they are hard to keep a hold of! They are getting their black pigment in on their feet, lips, noses, and ears.  They are also very mobile, they love using Siren as their own personal jungle gym, crawling up her side and between and over her legs, and they like snuggling beneath the fleece blankets.  Each pup weighs well over 3 lbs now and they haven’t slowed down on the continuous feeding yet.  They are all trying out their sea legs, wobbling back and forth and trying to “walk” before giving up and army crawling.  I have not put I.D. collars on them since they are easy to identify, at least for me anyway! Once I start taking individual photos I will either put the collars on or will have each photo marked as to who is who.