Everyone's doing fine, and our vet, Ryan, is coming up tonite to take care of the incidentals (tails and dewclaws). Cricket has been very tolerant of the three strangers in the house, my little bro Stan, his 10 year old son Spencer, and Stan's pal George, but not so very tolerant of the other dogs. She took a good shot at poor Ho Dog, who loves puppies, and warned Gizmo in no uncertain terms to stay the heck away from the laundry room. Of course, Daddy Hoke could care less about his offspring, at least right now. Dale took him out and let him work yesterday while Cricket was whelping, and that was good enough for him.
Cricket is an awesome first time mom, very attentive to her brood, and I swear she's going to lick the spots right off those merles and the trim right off the rest. They nurse almost 24 hrs a day it seems, altho they aren't yet 24 hours old, and she seems to have plenty of milk because the big girl has already gained .35 ozs in less than 24 hours. They are all fat and warm and quite content, so it must be the right time to introduce tail and dewclaw removal to them as well as give them their first nail trim. Yep, just about right!
Enjoy the pix, and I think there will be 3 or maybe 4 boys available at this time.
A few hours away, after getting me up at around 2 or so this morning, she waited until 1630 to whelp the first pup
This is the next to last pup, up and nursing almost exactly 2 minutes after birth. We call this guy Mini Cricket because he's the spittin' image of his mom
The first two born, merle girl, tri boy (with rear dews, I might add)
She's staying here
This little girl is the spitting image of her paternal grandma Sinamint (Southern Cross Sinamint, Hoke's dam). Other than a touch of white on her belly, she's pure, deep, red all over
We'll be waiting to see exactly how much white he's got. He was quite a surprise, as Cricket put very little white on the rest of the pups but went overboard on this one
I think this guy was the one I said was trouble even in the womb. We call him Mini Cricket for his remarkable resemblence to his mom. I'm still not quite sure he's a tri yet, he might be a bi
This guy is stunning! He might have been the smallest of the bunch, but he's a strong nurser and quite vocal. His copper is deep as is his red, and he's got just a small white strip on his belly. He's really gonna be a looker when he grows up