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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pulling An All Nighter

Am I getting to old to pull all nighters? Nope, not when it comes to whelping pups. Sibelle delivered right on her expected delivery date, starting at around 11pm last night and finishing at 3 am. What she did do is surprise us in numbers. SEVEN pups, 4 boys and 3 girls. I spent the remainder of the night on the couch monitoring the whines and ensuring Sibelle was comfortable. Needless to say we only got a few winks here and there and then it's been cleaning her up, laundry, getting the puppy room ready, all the while eyeballing everyone to ensure they nurse and are warm.

Shelamo Sugar Rush x Ch Shelamo Chasing Rainbows

This is our Rush's 1st litter so we are anxious to see what he produces.
Sibelle is pretty tired. It is amazing how these 7 hour old pups can motor. This one has obviously climbed up over mom and settled in against her head. Time to put the board across the front so they don't climb out of the 'nursery box'.

I need another coffee!

6 comments:

Kav March 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Wow! Seven pups? That's a lot for a sheltie isn't it? Congratulations to Sibelle (and her mom!) I'm exhausted just thinking about trying to keep track of seven puppies! Honestly, as a multiple time sheltie owner, I really appreciate all the work you put into raising a litter. I don't think enough people recognize the time, expense and work that goes towards getting a puppy ready for a home.

cindy,  March 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

seven puppies ... wtg Sibelle ... you are going to have your hands full ... hope everyone is doing ok

Shelamo Shelties March 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM  

It's on the high end for litter size, but not uncommon. Our Opal usually gave us 6 pups. Thanks for your cudos, some day I'll have to figure out just what it costs to raise a litter.

anamchara1 March 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

Congratulations Maureen ... we'll look forward to watching them grow up!

Mike and Chris April 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

We are only able to echo Kav's words. But we pity most the mother of the pups.

We as humans can miss sleep now and then but Sibelle had to carry and deliver 7 puppies.

pat k,  April 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

guess she was making up for last year's secret ;)
They look great Maureen - well done!

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