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Old 09-06-2019, 07:56 PM
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Let the fun begin! Please welcome my latest litter! Momma is a chocolate lab mix, and her 12 babies turn 4 weeks old tomorrow! Names and further info coming soon, we are all exhausted after a long ride home and mom is extremely stressed, so not pushing it. Be prepared for endless puppy photos coming in the near future! 😍
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TWELVE PUPPIES!!!!

This is exciting. Have you even named all of them yet?
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TWELVE PUPPIES!!!!

This is exciting. Have you even named all of them yet?

Well, you said you needed a puppy fix... Brought to you in a huge way!


Yep, all have names. That will hopefully all be posted tomorrow!
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Congratulations on so many new arrivals. I like how you keep introducing us to different breeds each time.


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Officially introducing Luna and the Space Litter! Names of each pup on their photos. There are 3 girls, and 9 boys in this litter. The name mom had before just didn't fit her, and she did not respond to it in the slightest. They are so small for 4 week olds, and act more like 3 week olds which is no surprise since I was expecting them to be developmentally behind due to their past. Their history, for my understanding is Luna was the son's dog, he was gone most of the time though so the mom ended up having to care for her and while there is no hate in the slightest towards her past family as they did the best they could, they lacked the knowledge and resources to properly care for mom and babies. Mom was kept in a crate a lot of the time with all her babies, having no way to get away from them, their nails were never cut, leaving her to sit through painful feedings. She was fed poorly, and the babies were only just starting to get fed by the people, so they are a tad underweight since Luna was stuck being their main source of food, and just not able to keep up with the needs of 12 puppies. Turns out as well that dad is the other dog who was living in the house. There was also improper handling of the babies and a lot of unwanted attention for poor momma who just wanted to rest by a young child in the house too. Not a good situation for them, but am thankful the family did the right thing by them and found a rescue to take on everyone so they will get good homes and never have litters of their own.

Rough start to the morning at 5am, woke to the sound of pups screaming, momma was playing keep away and they all wanted to eat, so it was frustrating them. She fussed a bit but thankfully did quiet down for the night, so besides for having to get up at 5, it was a good night. The babies, besides being a bit thin, seem extremely healthy physically, they are active and playful; In everything else, all need a lot of work, they flinch when touched a lot of the time, and don't understand that petting is something to enjoy, probably only handled when changing blankets and stuff I would say just from the way they behave, so have never known someone just being there to love on them. They are extremely mouthy and startle at every sound, all of which is being worked on. Nails and first worming is done.

Luna has had a rough time settling, stressed and often anxious. It is clear just how stressed and exhausted Luna has been, being forced to stay with them has taken it out of her, and she is not thrilled about having to nurse, she growls at them because of the pain. When not nursing, she is passed out on the floor and doesn't stir until something wakes her. Been spending most of our time in one room, letting her rest and settle, she is so worried about everything right now and alarms if someone comes into the room too fast, only until she sees it's them though, then she's perfectly fine. We are careful to make sure she knows we are there before touching her while she sleeps, just in case. She is being extremely sweet and loved everyone in the house from the moment she first saw them. Right now, I feel time and rest is all she needs, she has had it rough for the last 4 weeks, now that she can finally rest without them all over her, she is taking full advantage of this.

Enjoy the first of many weekly photos with these guys! Also included a photo of mom Luna, and the dad! How cool is it to see both parents? Many more photos to come of these sweethearts in the near future!

Altair, 2.15lbs

Comet, 3.12lbs

Cosmo, 4lbs

Halo, 3.11lbs

Juliet, 4.5lbs

Leo, 3.10lbs

Lyra, 4lbs


Mars, 4.4lbs

Orion, 3.4lbs

Pandora, 3.8lbs

Rigel, 3.3lbs

Rocket, 4.3lbs

Momma Luna

Dad of the puppies
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At least, the family made the effort to re-home Luna and her pups with your rescue group. It sounds like they kept the dad. Did they get the dad neutered? If not, perhaps your rescue group could encourage them to do so. By now they surely realize that they have no business bringing more puppies in the world!

I love the astronomical theme of this litter. Luna is just a wonderful calming name for the mom.

Once again, you've got your work cut out for you! I look forward to reading all about their progress over the next month (and seeing photos of their sweet faces!)
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At least, the family made the effort to re-home Luna and her pups with your rescue group. It sounds like they kept the dad. Did they get the dad neutered? If not, perhaps your rescue group could encourage them to do so. By now they surely realize that they have no business bringing more puppies in the world!

I love the astronomical theme of this litter. Luna is just a wonderful calming name for the mom.

Once again, you've got your work cut out for you! I look forward to reading all about their progress over the next month (and seeing photos of their sweet faces!)

Yes, they did keep dad, and my rescue is helping them get him neutered since the owners were asked, and said they wanted to get him fixed. They for sure didn't mean for Luna to have pups in the first place, just bad management on their parts. Thankful they did the right thing by her and her pups!
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This is what it looks like when you feed 12 puppies. All are doing well, and learning a lot. Today I introduced them to a bunch of sounds, fireworks, vacuum, and hair dryer, just to name a few, and interesting toys and textured items that make noise. They are getting their first bath, and going for their first stroller ride today. They also got their first crate to explore and sleep in. All of been introduced to outside, beginning right off the house training process. These pups have clearly never been exposed to, or done much in their life as they have very little desire to explore and startle at a great deal, they also get overloaded easily, just a simple play session in the kitchen and some outside time can send them into shaking and acting completely exhausted. There is so much to see and do for them now, it is a bit overwhelming to them, this however is okay as it helps their minds grow as long as one knows not to push them too far, at which time it would create bad associations. The next stage in their game is to start eating out of crates, exploring other parts of the house, and building general confidence with the world around them. They have a long road ahead, but I know I can get them set to rights!

Momma Luna is for sure showing improvements in most areas. She has become much more comfortable and will rest for lengths of time, no longer endlessly pacing and whining. I was finally able to give her a bath today, something she wouldn't let me do when I brought her home, and she is earning more freedom around the house. She still alarms at things easily, but this is becoming less often. She is excellent on leash, and has been doing great ignoring the cats and just gives other dogs a sniff and moves on. I see a playful, goofy side to her that I know will come out once she is more comfortable with everything. It's been a tough couple days for Luna most of all, but we will keep working through it!
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Well, you said you needed a puppy fix... Brought to you in a huge way!


Yep, all have names. That will hopefully all be posted tomorrow!
If it were me, it would have been... Puppy One, Puppy Two, Puppy Three, ....

I'm so glad you are doing this for the dogs, but I sometimes question your sanity...lol. Thirteen Dogs!!!! WOW!

That last photo of mama dog...lol...what a pretty smile she has...looks like she's happy she's going to have some help.

I haven't read through anything but the first announcement post...so I'm looking forward to reports, photos and of course, the names here in the next little while.

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If it were me, it would have been... Puppy One, Puppy Two, Puppy Three, ....

I'm so glad you are doing this for the dogs, but I sometimes question your sanity...lol. Thirteen Dogs!!!! WOW!

That last photo of mama dog...lol...what a pretty smile she has...looks like she's happy she's going to have some help.

I haven't read through anything but the first announcement post...so I'm looking forward to reports, photos and of course, the names here in the next little while.

Stormy

I couldn't imagine calling them puppy, or by numbers, lol. Everyone has to have a name which I learn and remember.

I think most people question my sanity at one time or another, LOL! Even I question it in some moments

She is extremely happy for the help without a doubt!
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