We have puppies! VooDoo gave birth to 11, yes; I said 11, puppies on Saturday, June 20th; 5 boys and 6 girls. I knew that VooDoo was pregnant, but I was thinking she would have 6 to 8 puppies. She really surprised me.

This is VooDoo's 3rd litter. She is an experienced mother. She knows how to clean and stimulate the puppies. Just in case you don't know this, puppies don't go to the bathroom on their own at birth. They have to be stimulated to do so. VooDoo is doing a great job of cleaning. Her milk came in on Sunday.

VooDoo was due (according to the calendar) on Sunday, June 21. My girls usually give birth 2 to 3 days early. I had a seminar that I needed to attend this weekend, but I thought it would be OK because she would give birth 2 to 3 days early. Well, it didn't happen. I had a friend come over and take her temperature every 3 hours, so we would know when her temperature dropped. Before dogs whelp, their temperature goes from 101.1 down below 98.5. When their bodies warm back up they start their labor.

Georgia gave me a call, at 11:00 and said that her temperature was down to 98. I had scheduled cesareans with Dr. Norton, so he was expecting a call. All of the puppies were born by 1:30. There was a twelfth puppy that was in tomb. Dr. Norton said that it had died at about 6 weeks. All 11 puppies are very healthy.

Both mothers and their puppies are doing fine. They are all very healthy and are thriving on all the attention that they are receiving.

For the next couple of days I slept on the couch with the baby monitor at my head. I set the alarm clock to wake me up every 2 hours. It is important to check the puppies and make sure that the mother doesn't lay on any of them. There is always a chance that the puppies could crawl away from their mother and get cold. So, I'm on duty 24 hours a day.

Around a week of age, I will take the puppies and mother to the Milky Way. That is when I get to sleep back in my own bed. The mother can go outside as often as she wants and the puppies stay warm and cozy in the whelping box. Once they are in the Milky Way you can come and visit. Please schedule an appointment.

If you have received this email and you have found a puppy somewhere else, please let me know so I can take you off my email list.

I have attached some pictures of VooDoo & her babies.

Laurie Weaver

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