December 29 Jasmine gave birth to 7 puppies 5 females and 2 males. They have pretty much predominated our lives ever since. Great plans to blog about them were swept away with all the time spent cleaning up after them. It has been alot of work and very fun. Its almost over.
Originally we were going to wait another year to breed Jasmine and Hugo but I discovered that living with an un-neutered dog in the house was not really my thing. Jasmine didn't go into her first heat until she was almost 1 year old so we decided to go for it and get Hugo fixed once we were sure he was successful. So this will be his last litter. So we are enjoying it all the more. And they seem to have mostly Hugo's genes - like he had to get it all out in his one chance to pass them on. Hugo is a sweet, lovey, affectionate dog.
On December 29, we knew she was in labour all day. She occasionally whimpered and went in and out of the den we prepared for her in the downstairs bathroom - often lying in there for long stretches of time - very uncharacteristic of this active dog. Just as Dean and I were sitting down to watch a movie, the first one arrived with very little fanfare after all that whimpering all day. She just popped it out with no fuss at all.
Dean and I sat there, watching our movie and helping as needed. Dean had a heating pad in his lap and everytime a new one was coming down the pike, we picked up the others to keep them out of the way. As long as they were warm, they were quiet and then Jasmine didn't mind. Jasmine just set to work efficiently and with very little fuss.
|Here's JJ (Jasmine Junior)|
|And here's Rosie|
At 4 weeks we listed them for sale on Kijiji. The following are shots from their official puppy photo shoot. It has become the trend to advertise and take deposits on puppies even before they are born or when they are just hours old. I wanted people to be able to interact with the puppies and look into their eyes so we didn't put them up for sale until they were 4 weeks old.
|This is Lightning|
|Another one of Rosie|
Here is their first day outside into the snow.
|Daisy playing with Papa|
|7 pups in the snow|
|Hugo with Lightning and Daisy|
|Rosie on the stairs|
|Lightning and Belle Star|