Puppies, Black and Blue

We have 5 beautiful, fat, shiny puppies. 3 of them are black-tri males and 2 of them are blue merle females. Jasmine is fine and shows every sign of being a wonderful momma, like I knew she would.

Here are some pictures of them, though they still resemble gerbils as much as they do dogs:

That is Number One. He has a little zig-zag on his neck like his momma. It took this guy a long time to get out and he wound up landing on the ground because we were putting Jasmine in the car to go to an emergency vet when he finally popped out. He’s fine.
Number Two. He has a half ruff that goes off to one side. You can see the brown on his cheeks. This one is the Big Mouth of the bunch. Seriously, he has yet to be quiet. The sounds he makes are very cute.
Number Three. Another black-tri male. He is fat and has the most white of all the boys. His ruff is shaped like Horton. 
Number Four. A blue merle female. She’s as big and fat as the boys. She has a lot of white on her face. We were so happy to see a girl come out!
Number Five. This is the ‘runt’. She’s much smaller than the others but just as healthy and, as far as I can tell, momma’s favorite. She seems to have brown points and a little butterfly on top of her head. You can see it in the pic above.
Jasmine nursing the pups. I see a lot of blanket washing in my future. The pups were born 62 days from the first breeding. Jasmine pushed for over an hour before Number One was born. Our neighbor, David, came over and gave us some hand holding and advice, which we greatly appreciated. He’s a dog breeder. The pups have nursed non-stop since 10:50 last night. 
I have to say that I’m amazed at how fat they were. Our livestock babies are always thin when they are born and it takes a few days for them to lay on any fat but these puppies were born round. Tubby even. Jasmine has been fed a diet of venison, chicken and raw eggs. We supplemented her with red raspberry leaves, probiotics and enzymes for dogs and a sprinkle of granulated Vitamin C in her water bucket.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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