Newest Foster: Lucky and Her 8 Newborn Puppies (Fosters #55-63)

This post is part of the series Mama Lucky and Puppies

Other posts in this series:

  1. Newest Foster: Lucky and Her 8 Newborn Puppies (Fosters #55-63) (Current)
  2. Foster Dog Updates: Lucky and 8 Puppies
  3. Foster Update: Mama Lucky and Babies

We take a break from our regularly scheduled posts, and life, to bring you Lucky and her eight newborn puppies, barely 24 hours old.  What breed are they you ask?  Well, I was told that she is a lab.  But if she is, she’s the littlest lab I have seen.  And as for the father(s) we have no idea.  They believe it to be one of the dogs from the Amish farm across the street.

Unexpected Call

I got an emergency call around 11 am yesterday, while I was in the middle of painting my front porch. A mama dog had given birth overnight.  Her owner is an elderly man, who is getting ready to have back surgery, can’t take care of the puppies.  Nor does he want to.  Lucky was actually scheduled to be spayed today, and have her puppies aborted.  (Yes, I know.  It’s horrible that they were even thinking of that.) But she had other plans.  She apparently didn’t want to lose her babies.  So I left my painting, mid-coat, and hit the road to find them.

Lucky is not in the greatest of shape.  She’s skinny, and dirty and has been living on Old Roy dog food.  Which is about the worst dog food, especially for a pregnant or nursing mom. And she had a relatively large litter for a dog her size.  So she needs a little bit of help feeding all of her newborn puppies.  Especially, the runt of the litter, a tiny little boy.  Some goats milk and teeny tiny little bottles and nipples are involved.  Every two hours.

Getting Lucky back on her feet

Newborn Puppy Bottles
Newborn Puppy Bottles

So please forgive me if I get a little behind on posting, or replying on our social media and such.  It’s because I’m in the nursery (my master bathroom).  With a puppy wrapped in a washcloth, and a baby bottle.  Tired from lack of sleep.  And feeling like I just had a baby myself.

 

My life now really has gone to the dogs.  But luckily, once Lucky is back on her feet and eating a healthy diet, and can feed all of her babies herself.  Or in the worst case scenario, when the pups are about 3 weeks old and can drink out of a bowl.  We have a wonderful new foster family lined up for them, that is so excited about fostering their first litter of puppies.  And even better, they’re only 4 miles from me, so I will be easily available to help.  I could even get there on the Atvs if need be.

So here’s to Lucky, and her babies, who haven’t yet been named.  (But I’m sure my daughter will have them named soon.  As soon as I tell her which ones are boys, and which are girls.  She is the chief foster dog namer around here.)  We hope we can provide enough help to get them all healthy and thriving.  So they can move on to the next step in their journey.

Newborn Puppies: Protocol

Newborn Puppies
Newborn Puppies

Now, I feel the need to put this out there.  A mama dog who has just given birth shouldn’t be moved so soon.  It’s best to give mom, and newborn puppies, a week or so to recover first. So they don’t get too stressed out.  In this case, Lucky and her babies were in a basement garage, unheated and on dirty blankets.  Her owner didn’t want the puppies, so he wouldn’t have been caring for them.  When I got there, I felt there was little choice but to move them so soon.

Another note on caring for newborn puppies:  They shouldn’t be handled any more than necessary until they have their first shots at 6 weeks of age. My daughter and I are the only ones allowed to touch the puppies as of yet.  And we wrap them in clean washcloths to hold them for feedings.

Animal Rescuers pulling together

I just got word that some venison, to feed Mama Lucky, will be arriving at my door this afternoon.  Ground up and mixed with some rice, it should help get Lucky with gaining weight, and producing more milk, more quickly.

It’s amazing how the wonderful people in the animal rescue world work together in cases like these.  Last night the goat’s milk (frozen), bottles, puppy food and a kiddie pool (to use as a whelping box when the pups get bigger and outgrow my whelping box, that was made for small breed dogs) were delivered to my door.  Donated by other animals rescuers, and delivered by the amazing founder of the rescue.

It also goes to show the kind of stuff that we all keep around, just in case.  I have a cupboard full of puppy formula myself. But goat’s milk is better when it’s available, especially for newborns.

And now, I’m off.  Back to the nursery to feed our babies, I hear the little cries already.

This post is part of the series Mama Lucky and Puppies

Other posts in this series:

  1. Newest Foster: Lucky and Her 8 Newborn Puppies (Fosters #55-63) (Current)
  2. Foster Dog Updates: Lucky and 8 Puppies
  3. Foster Update: Mama Lucky and Babies

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