Newest Foster Dogs: The Unexpected Eight, Bottle Babies

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  2. Foster Gallery: The Unexpected Eight
  3. Foster Update: The Unexpected Eight, 7 weeks old
New Fosters: The Unexpected Eight, Bottle feeding puppies
New Fosters: The Unexpected Eight, Bottle feeding puppies

I’ve spent the last two weeks, since St. Patrick’s day, in a sleep deprived haze, bottle feeding puppies.  That was the day our latest fosters, #69 through #76, arrived at our home.  Eight of them.  One week old at their time of arrival. 24 hours notice of their arrival.

The Unexpected Eight – Eight bottle babies

The Unexpected Eight – Jett and Bandit
1 week old

For the first week, I accomplished pretty much nothing but bottle feeding puppies, taking care of dogs, and catching an hour of sleep here and there between feedings every 2 hours.

Last week got a little easier, feedings were finally 4 hours apart.  Which gave me 3 hours of “free” time between them.  Although, one of our littler puppies decided not to eat, and had to make a trip to the vet for fluids.  We changed bottles and nipples after that, and now he’s doing good.

We also found out that I don’t do well on very little sleep.  I couldn’t remember any of the dogs names, and would go through every name before I got to the one I was trying to call.  I spent ten minutes calling Cami in one morning, getting very frustrated with her, as she usually has pretty good recall.  Unfortunately, it took me that long to I realized I was yelling Sister’s name instead of hers.  I also climbed in the truck one night after picking Sister up from her activities, and promptly started to take off my shoes.  All I could picture in my mind was kicking off my shoes and laying down.

It’s getting easier

The Unexpected Eight – Bobbie and Bertie, the only 2 girls
1 week old

This week we’re up to just 4 feedings a day, and I’m finally becoming a functioning human again.  If one who sneaks in naps as often as possible.  And our babies are getting big.

They’re starting to get up and move around more, along with learning to play with each other.  They’ve learned which end of the whelping box is the bed, and which is the potty area.  Yesterday, we even attempted to drink out of a bowl.  It didn’t go very well, but we’ll try again tonight.

We’ve learned a lot about bottle feeding puppies

The Unexpected Eight - 1 week old
The Unexpected Eight –
1 week old

We’ve learned a lot about bottle feeding puppies in the last two weeks.  Especially, the issues involving a rather large litter.  Such as taking an hour plus to feed them all, so feedings every two hours is pretty much just constantly feeding babies, making milk, and washing bottles.  Plus the constant baths for the puppies because they potty on each other, constantly the first two weeks.

We’ve learned the best way to prepare formula for the bottle baby puppies, so that nipples don’t clog.  Boil your water at least half an hour before you’re ready to put it into bottles, stir in the powder, then stir every 5 minutes or so until it’s time to bottle it up.

Plus, keeping it warm enough, sit the extra bottles in a container of hot water until needed.  Puppies are very particular about the temperature of their milk.

The best holding position for each puppy.  Sister and MOH are still learning this, thus I’m still the reigning champ of puppy feeding time.  I don’t think they intend to try and beat me.

 

This post is part of the series The Unexpected Eight

Other posts in this series:

  1. Newest Foster Dogs: The Unexpected Eight, Bottle Babies (Current)
  2. Foster Gallery: The Unexpected Eight
  3. Foster Update: The Unexpected Eight, 7 weeks old

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