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My Big Surprise

Hi ya everyone! I have a surprise to share with y’all today. It has something to do with the reason I haven’t been so active lately. So, the first part of the surprise happened back in September; that is when we noticed that I was pregnant! SURPRISE! And since I didn’t share my weekly “puppy belly” pictures with y’all then, here they are from 6 weeks to 8 weeks.

Miniature dachshund, Barbarella, pregnant from 6 to 8 weeks

At 8 weeks and 4 days, I had my puppies! That would make it on October 7th (which is funny because I had my last litter December 7th of last year). These pictures were taken 4 days after they were born.

Miniature dachshund Barbarella's 2017 litter

Miniature dachshund Barbarella's 2017 litter

And since it has been over three weeks since I had my puppies, here are the weekly pictures of them. Here they are when they turned 1 week old on the 14th. They grew a lot since the pictures above were taken (which was just 3 days after).

Miniature dachshund Barbarella's puppies at 1 week old

And here they are at 2 weeks on the 21st.

Miniature dachshund Barbarella's puppies 2 weeks old

And here they are now at 3 weeks.

Miniature dachshund Barbarella's puppies 3 weeks old

So that’s my big surprise. I will continue to post weekly picture updates with cute pictures included, so tune in sometime Saturday next week for our 4th week litter photo! :)

Life with puppies: week 8

My two puppies have now gone to live at their happy homes. It has been a great 8 weeks and we had a lot of fun with them while they were here. Jess says I was a very good mama. I was very careful not to lay on my puppies when they were young and would curl around them before laying down to help keep them in front of me. I helped clean up after them up until they were about 7 weeks, most mama dogs will stop at 4-5 weeks. And, if I ever wanted back with my puppies when I was outside or away from them, I always let Jess know.

They both got to meet the horses before going to their new homes.

Since this is going to be the end of my “Life with puppies” series I am going to write a little bio on each of my puppies:


My girl “Gator”

Color: Red with some shading.

Markings: Solid.

Coat: Short.

Gator was more like me. She has a coat that felt more like mine. Her muzzle was of a thinner build like mine. I can’t say for sure since she is still very young, but I think she is also going to have shorter legs like mine! Gator was a sweetheart and loved to be very close to you. Jess really liked her overall personality. She was just fine with her nails being trimmed and tolerated things well. The first day she was allowed to run around in the hall, she was a bit timid and didn’t want to come out of the bedroom even though her brother and I were out in the hall and living room playing. The next day, when the bedroom door was open, she just took off out of the bedroom all by herself and ran around in the dining room continually circling Jess’ brother trying to get him to play with her. She no longer had any fear of outside the bedroom whatsoever, it just seemed to suddenly disappear overnight. I’d say she was a pretty brave puppy.

Her happy home: Gator lives with her new mama and daddy and some fur siblings, one of which is many times her size and she gets along great with. She also has a toy alligator that was bought special for her.


My boy “T’J”

Color: We aren’t sure about his color as of yet. We think he is either a heavily shaded red or a wild boar coloring.

Markings: Thin white strip on chest.

Coat: Short.

T’J’s conformation is more like his daddy. He has a smoother coat more like Zachary’s. He definitely has his daddy’s tail. We can’t quite tell whose eyes he has. When he was little it looked like he had my eyes but as he has gotten older, you can start to see more Zachary in his face.  He was fine with his nails being clipped when he was little but when he was 8 weeks and due for a trimming he decided it was no longer fun and cried some. None of his nails were trimmed too short and he was just crying because he didn’t like it. I know many dogs don’t like their nails being trimmed and I guess he might be one of them. With proper reinforcement I’m sure he could learn to not let nail trimming bother him. The first day he was allowed out of the bedroom to play, he had fun running back and forth from the living room and the hall. Sometimes he would get “lost” in between the couches and get a bit scared because he didn’t know where he was and I wasn’t with him. Jess was amazed at how fast he potty trained himself. As soon as he was old enough to use the potty, he did and was quite accurate.

His happy home: T’J is living with his new mama, daddy and little fur and human siblings that are spoiling him. And he already has his own little shirt to wear!

With my previous litter, my boy (Brodie) turned out more like me and my girl was more like her daddy. It was the opposite with this litter. Gator took after me and T’J took after Zachary. I can’t believe how fast the 8 weeks pasted and I missed them so. Since I know they now have their own humans to love them, I can now give all my daily loving back to Jess. I’ll miss them for a while, but I will be fine. After all, I have Jess to love on and she will never be leaving me.

I lo️ve you my cuties❤️️.

My Puppies are 7 Weeks

Last week on Wednesday my puppies became 7 weeks!

 

They all have been doing great and last weekend, Rusty (my red possibly sable boy), Cocoa (my black & tan girl), Cooper (my red boy) and my solid black boy (aka Zachary junior, that’s what we called him), went to live in their new happy homes!

Here they are at 7 weeks. Top row: Rusty and Cocoa. Bottom row: Cooper and my solid black boy.

They were all great puppies and were so much fun! I loved them all very very much and wish them lots of fun and happiness in their new homes.

Since my puppies are all in their happy homes, this is the last update I will be doing on them. I had a lot of fun making the posts and I hope y’all enjoyed reading them every week for seven weeks.

Life with puppies: week 6 & 7

I am combining weeks 6 and 7 in this post since I missed it last week. I can’t remember exactly what all has changed over the last two weeks, so weeks 6 and 7 are going to be mixed together.

 

I mention in week five’s post that my girl was having some trouble with potty training but that I was sure she would get the hang of it. I was right! She is doing very well with going in the “bathroom” and we are so happy for her.

I’d like to say my pups pose for the prettiest of pictures. That is, until they get bored and start running and jumping around. On week six we decided to hold them for pictures.

They can run, jump and play very well. They will now play with just about anything they think is fun which is anything from squeaky toys to paper to parts of me! :)

They have a love for Zachary’s leash and will drag it around the room if they find it on the floor.

You will also hear them barking and growling quite frequently now. My girl has a nice bark more like mine that is pleasant to listen to. I can’t say the same about the boy’s though. Sorry little guy, it’s just a bit hard on the ears :) They are still puppies though and their barks will change some as they grow.

They are eating well and don’t seem to be losing much, if any weight since weaning has begun. They mainly eat canned food but they also get some kibble to nibble 24/7.

Last week, we gave them a hoof to chew on and they are loving it. Although they still like chewing on just about everything else.

They both have such beautiful faces with rich coloring. I just had to add that to the list ;)

A cute thing they will do is sit up on their hind legs to reach Jess’ hair or shirt sleeve to play with while she is cleaning up.

I can’t believe my pups are only going to be here for a few more days, 8 weeks just goes by too fast. It seems I’ve had them for a long time, yet I remember when they were only a day old like it was yesterday.

My Puppies are 6 Weeks

Hi hi hi and hi! Yesterday my puppies turned 6 weeks!

 

My puppy pack is doing great and are now SUPER playful. They had baths and their nails trimmed the day before yesterday and they are starting to drink water!

Since their teeth have come in and they are eating canned food regularly, I have begun weaning my puppy pack slowly.

Alright, I couldn’t resist sharing these pictures with y’all of Cooper and Rusty. After the photo shoot for our weekly picture was over, they came over to Amanda and started grabbing the camera strap, and they looked very cute doing it.