Last night at 8pm, I got a call from my MIL saying that Momma dog has had her first pup, so I jump into the car and raced over there. Within the 20 minutes that it took me to drive there she had already delivered 3!!! So we moved the cage into the bedroom for privacy and kept an eye on her, she's a very experienced mom so she didn't need any help. By 9pm puppy #4 was delivered, and boy was she a BIG girl lol, double the size of her littermates. After puppy #4 mom seemed to relax and rest so we gave her some time alone, about an hour later I went in to check on her, only to find that puppy #5 was being delivered, so I went out to let my MIL know but when I went back to momma I saw something horrifying! Puppy #5 was lifeless, she wasn't moving or breathing, so I grabbed some towels and climbed into the cage to get her, just as I did mom started to lick crazily at her and she got a nice cry out of her, but she just didn't seem right, she was gasping for air. So I went ahead and took her and wrapped her in towels and started rubbing. Of course the more she cried the more air she was getting, but momma dog wasn't to sure about what I was doing to her baby. Finally I managed to suction some of the fluids out of her nose and throat, and she showed some improvement. I was so scared that she would die right in my hands, she is the smallest out of 5. After momma took her back she just seemed weak, and not as active as her litter mates. Now this is where it gets funny lol. Picture this.....I knew she needed to nurse, but she just didn't have the energy to fight past the others to get to the breast, so I opened the cage....my front half inside the cage, my back half sticking out I grabbed puppy #5 with one hand and a nipple with the other and supported her head while she nursed, I was like that for 45 minutes lol! OH my back hurts this morning! By the time I left at 1am the littlest girl was active and nursing on her own. It was really an exciting experience for me, the worst part is...I'm already bonded to the little girl lol. We have 3 girls and two boys total. 2 black, 1 dark brown, 1 chocolate, and a brindle girl (she's the biggest).
Momma dog suprised the heck out of us, she showed NO signs of labor at all, just went into her cage and started giving birth! She did really great, and was wonderful with us helping out, I even thanked her afterwards for not ripping my face off lol. I got some pictures, but won't be able to post them untill later tonight, but I promise I will!!!!!
LOL, you might be right about getting another dog! When DH heard that momma was a pit mix having puppies....there was a tone in his voice that suggested he wanted one. When my MIL rescued Lacy (purebred pit) Hubby fell in love with her, but she's just too much dog for the kids, and her being older, I just don't think she would be a good match for us. Momma dog basically looks more like Buddy....red, houndish, with a rounded head. She may have a bully breed in her, but not much. The pups....they are all sooooo different from eachother. The "runt" has almost doberman or rotti markings, then the chocolate male has the tan markings over the eyes and a light brown stripe down his back. The black male has a white T on his chest and some long legs lol. The dark brown female has almost the same markings as the chocolate, so they could have the same father? The brindle girl is the biggest by far, and I normally don't like brindle, but she's got a pretty pattern, and her size makes her even more loveable lol. Mom is doing great and the whole family will make a trip to the vet Friday.
This is the first litter I've seen delivered naturally yes. I worked at a vets office once and was lucky enough to help out with a c-section on a friends dog, so I did have some type of "know how" when it came to stimulating the puppies and suctioning them out.
Thank you corgi, yes this was an uplanned litter, the bitch had been bred long before we rescued her, and she was too far along to have them aborted. After seeing them last night, I'm really glad we were unable to discontinue the pregnancy, they may be unwanted in a sence, but they will have a wonderful life no matter what.