Updated: Aug 13, 2020
At 12:30 this morning, Siri's first puppy arrived; it was a boy, followed by another boy and a girl. I came out to the kitchen to find Brittany sitting in the birthing area, Siri's head laying in her lap. Siri was exhausted and took a three-hour break before her next puppies, two girls, and lastly, a boy was born. It was 4:30 am. After cleaning her up and giving her a snack of bone broth, chicken, and rice, she settled in, happily nursing her babies, the discomfort of birth forgotten.
The puppy's first few days are crucial. We watch them 24/7, ensuring they are getting enough to eat, are not in danger of getting pushed in a corner or laid on. We also keep a camera on them that sends all of us an alert whenever the puppies make a noise.
We will give the puppies two days of rest before we start their Early Neurological Stimulation. This training sounds harder than it is; it takes less than a minute per puppy per day and makes a world of difference later on.