|Posted by Susan Russell on December 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM|
Hope began having pups at 7:30 last night and had a pup every ten minutes for the first three, then had a few twenty minutes apart, then a short break, then two in a row, then a long break then back to about every twenty minutes - until there were fourteen! She is such a calm and capable mother, no fuss, gets down to business, cleans them all, and is careful with them. With Ryan and I keeping an eye on things, and putting colours on them, the whelping came off without a hitch.
The other dogs all want to know what's up in the other end of the dog room - huge walkout basement - but have been really good. The only one upset really is Raisin because she reeeally wants them for herself. Last time Hope had a litter Raisin came into milk and fed them and Hope ended up with mastitis! So poor Raisin is just going to have to stay away, and she is kind of out of sorts today as a result.
This litter is really exciting for me as it combines some really nice show and field lines from North America and Norway/Europe. Hopes first litter are a year old and there is so much good news from them. One is already hunting broke, mine is a sweetheart, and the temperaments are fantastic. Hope's sister Kiara had a litter a year and a half ago and one already has a gundog placement. Hope's brother in Germany is a Dual Champion and has produced extremely well overseas; there is a photo in the album grandkids of daughter of his that is simply gorgeous. Another of Hope's brothers has a show major, and another is doing really well in obedience. So you can see why I hold so much "Hope" for this litter. That is only the Dam's side!
That's it for now, keep watching for updates and photos. Due to the rather large number of pups, I will probably have a pup or two available.