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I am so happy that they are starting to thrive. I'm glad that Rose fed them long enough to give them the colostrum, I know it has antibodies that will help keep them safe until they can get their first shots.

Do you have any help with the bottle feedings? I can't imagine how much work it must be to feed them all! If you don't have help maybe you could use something like this

I hope that Rose does well in her new foster home. I know LGD's can have a hard time accepting new people and are naturally suspicious, but it did sound as if she was starting to do better with you before the pups were born.
Yes, absolutely! That first milk is so important to their health.

Yep, my family is helping me. It is a lot of work, not just feeding, but cleaning up and everything else.

I hope she will too.
 

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Rain, that is an awesome nursing station!

Love My Fosters - How is that little one doing today? What is her name? Have you started bottle feeding the rest?
She's doing okay, still won't take the bottle sadly. Getting a bunch of different ones to try with her. Cadence is the one having problems with the bottle. I am feeding the rest, yes.
 

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It's been a wild, exhausting day. Rushed the pups into the vet because of a couple having bloody diarrhea and puking. Several of the others have diarrhea as well. All tests came back negative, no worms, giardia or coccidia, and best of all no parvo! Vet believes it to be viral. Started on antibiotics, and put baby cereal and probiotics mixed into the bottle to give it more substance and help settle their gut. Just one feeding while I was at the vet and little Tori went from pooping water to formed stool once we got home, so very pleased about that. It's been a long day and there is still so much up in the air with sick puppies who are thin, but the light is getting closer. SQ fluids for everyone as most are dehydrated to some degree due to me having just pulled most of them and the diarrhea. Please keep those prayers coming, we are not out of the woods yet sadly. I am fighting for them with all I have.
 

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I was really hoping that the transition to bottle feeding would be easier for the remaining pups. I'm so sorry that they've gotten ill instead. This appears to be one of your most difficult litters to date.

I hope that once they start getting all of the food and nutrients they need, you'll be able to take a breath and enjoy the experience more.

Saying a prayer for little Cadence. May she accept the milk you are offering her and start to regain her health and energy.
 

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Things are going pretty well so far, several are starting to get formed stool, and all but three are taking the bottle now. Cadence I still have to force feed with a syringe, I have tried every bottle and she won't even try any of them. She is so frustrating because she will desperately look around for food, offer her the bottle, she refuses it, then when I force feed her she fusses, I pull it away, she starts searching for it again 🤦 Thankfully I am able to get 60ml or more into her each time I feed, so just trying to get her through right now until she is able to lap out of a bowl instead.

In good news two of the ones who had been on mom the longest, Draft and Fiesta, both took the bottle and are eating well now. The only ones who are not taking the bottle besides Cadence are Liberty and Price, hoping that those two will take the bottle soon. The others are happy as can be and putting on weight, all taking the bottle well. I say it a lot, but these little ones are fighters!

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Happy 3 Weeks Old! This week has been nuts and so stressful, but things are finally starting to take a turn, thank goodness. Everyone, including Cadence is taking the bottle, are all starting to put weight on, and everyone has nice big puppy bellies. Their poop (I know, I am sure everyone is tired of hearing about this subject, but here it is 😂) continues to firm up, no one is having diarrhea at all anymore. Everyone is beginning to play as of last night, and all have some little teeth in, so will be trying some mash today, they seem ready as they are chewing on everything now. Everyone can hear well, and eye sight improves all the time. They are starting to become more expressive, and I have gotten a few tail wags already when I pet and talk to them 😍 The ones who hadn't been handled as much because of mom and therefore were not as comfortable with it are catching up quick to the rest.

Now that everyone is starting to get back on track, I will begin sound and item introduction, it's been neglected more than I would have liked just because I have been fighting to keep them alive for the last 3 weeks. Another good bit of news too is they slept through the night for the first time, first full night of sleep I have gotten in almost 3 weeks, so felt pretty good, lol.

Rose leaves tomorrow, so everyone will move from the playpen back into the puppy room which will help a lot, giving them more space for potty area which they for sure need.

Blitz: 2.8lbs
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Bucky: 2.14lbs
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Cadence: 2.8lbs
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Draft: 3lbs
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Fiesta: 2.12lbs
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Hitch: 3.3lbs I love this boy so much, and literally can't with this face!
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Leah: 2.9lbs
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Liberty: 3.3lbs
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Price: 3.1lbs
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Tori: 2.6lbs
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I'm so glad that they turned the corner and are doing so well! They are little darlings and I don't know how in the world you'd tell them apart without their collars.

I really hope that Rose does well in her foster home and begins to trust people again. Is she doing any better with you since you've pulled the puppies?
 

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Sorry to derail but AU has such an unusual name - may I ask why you chose it, whether it means anything and how you pronounce it?
Hi JoanneF, Sorry it took so long to respond... as I mentioned, my life has been stress filled, and hectic lately. I use to get in here every day!

AU's name is pronounced just as you see it.. a hard A and U sounding like "you" A U
It comes from the Periodic Table of Elements...or the 'chemical name' scientist use for elements like silver (Ag), iron (Fe), and in the case of gold...(Au) :) Since AU is a golden retriever, I thought that would be a fun thing to name him. AU, for gold, and also because it sounds a little bit like 'Hey You' My prior golden retriever, was mentally handicapped, and I named him HaHa.
I like giving my pets names that are unusual : )

Thanks for asking, and again, sorry for the slow response.

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I felt so sad reading that you have to pull all the puppies from Rose, it's going to be so much more work for you, and the puppies will miss out on some weeks of having a mom to cuddle against and to get milk from. I do hope Rose finds a life where she's comfortable and not too afraid of her new humans.

I hope all the puppies will be ok. I'll continue to read through this thread (been gone here for 9 days...how time flies!)....and I hope to read encouraging reports.

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Finished reading the last post. : ) I'm so happy things improved after that vet visit. I love the looks on all of them! If I were a millionaire with 100 acres of land and a really big house, I would adopt them all...even Rose...lol. I love the golden retriever breed, and as I said, my avatar, Harper was a great Pyrenees x rough collie mix, so there's that too.

This littler sounds like they have you bone weary... I hope you get some real rest soon...maybe take a break before the next litter? Go on a 3 day vacation someplace with a spa and get pampered. : ) ??? You do wonderful work with all your puppies, but the stress has to be wearing on you a some. I know I'm dealing with a Ton of stress and my sister and I, are in February, going to take a trip to a near by city...(closest city is 160 miles from our valley).
We plan on staying in an upper end hotel, spend a day at a casino, and visit a couple of museums. She's been dealing with all the problems that came up too.

I've been saving my dimes and quarters for a year and have $120 dollars right now...plus I have a credit card...so I'm just going to splurge. I really shouldn't...I'm dirt poor...but putting a few hundred on my card won't do too much to the monthly payments...and I and my sister really do need to down time....and away from this town for a few days.

I just hope that you too, can find some 'you time' -- I do worry that with litter after litter you might be getting burned out. Forgive me if I'm wrong and getting too preachy about it. :p

I really enjoy the photos and videos and in how you are taking care and training all those puppies. So much hard work, and also the bittersweet good byes when it comes to releasing them to their new homes.

Take care,

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Goodness, it's been a minute since the last post! All are doing fabulous, gaining weight and growing like weeds! Lack of updates is just because I have been so crazy busy, I hardly have a moment to myself or to just sit. They are taking mash, starting to drink water, and are up and around playing now. So sweet and everyone loves their cuddles!
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LoveMyFosters - It is such a pleasure to read updates in which the puppies are thriving and doing everything they are supposed to be doing at this age.Yay!!! While I can't imagine that taking care of 11 puppies is easy (it still sounds like a LOT of work!), it sounds like you are finally beginning to enjoy this litter.

Rain - I love seeing your posts. I also wonder how Rose is getting along at her new home.

Stormy - You and your sister deserve a vacation. Have a great time!

My Asher is sleeping at my feet under my desk right now. He's just a sweetheart.
 

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LoveMyFosters - It is such a pleasure to read updates in which the puppies are thriving and doing everything they are supposed to be doing at this age.Yay!!! While I can't imagine that taking care of 11 puppies is easy (it still sounds like a LOT of work!), it sounds like you are finally beginning to enjoy this litter.

Rain - I love seeing your posts. I also wonder how Rose is getting along at her new home.

Stormy - You and your sister deserve a vacation. Have a great time!

My Asher is sleeping at my feet under my desk right now. He's just a sweetheart.
Absolutely! I am finally able to breathe and enjoy the experience rather than worry and fight to keep them alive. It's a nice feeling for sure.
 

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Happy 4 Weeks Old! It felt surreal to have a whole week where I was able to just breathe and relax, the stress this litter has brought has been extreme as you know, and without a doubt this has been my hardest litter yet, but it's not their fault in anyway, and in one sense, the hardship has been extremely bonding. It's true for all my babies, but I could not love them more! Everyone is finally stable, eating, and growing. Their poop was a bit loose again a couple days back, but has returned to normal once more. They love their mash, and enjoy short play sessions throughout the day now, which could not be more precious watching them bounce and play! Their personalities are beginning to form more solidly, and they are so sweet, wagging their little tails at everyone and loving their lap time as all my babies do. Going to put a little bit of personality info that I am seeing so far on each photo, though they are still developing so it could change as they get older. I am so pleased with their weight gain, going from 10oz max when they were on their mom, to 1-2lbs each in a week! They are getting so big in a huge hurry!

Blitz, 3.13lbs: Quiet, gentle boy most of the time, normally one of the first to fall asleep.
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Bucky, 3.14lbs: Playful and often goofy. He is always wanting the bottle or something to suckle on, which is often the sign of a pup who will be needy, as he seems to be so far, not in a bad way of course though.
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Cadence, 4.3lbs: Can often be quite sassy, loves her people and wags all the time, very expressive.
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Draft, 4.9lbs: Mid range right now, playful, but can also be calm. Tends more towards energy over calm.
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Fiesta, 4.13lbs: A mix of both, she can be sassy, but is also calm, tends more towards calm however. She is so fluffy and looks so much like a pyr. She loves pets and cuddles.
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Hitch, 4.3lbs: So funny and always has my laughing, he's a goofy, outgoing boy. Loves his people! For sure has energy, but tends more towards the calm side at this moment. Calm, but silly.
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Leah, 3.15lbs: So sassy and talkative, she is has the highest energy of the litter, she runs around playing and barking to herself all the time because she is just too much, lol!
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Liberty, 5.6lbs: Huge girl, biggest of the litter. She started out very calm, but is turning more rough housing playful as time goes on. She has a mature nature about her at times she isn't playing, she loves to sit and watch the world with that pyr expression of calm watchfulness.
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Price, 4.9lbs: Much like his brother Draft, he is mid range right now, still coming into his own. He seems quite sensitive in nature, playful, but also calm and tends more towards calm over energetic.
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Tori, 4lbs: This girl is the sweetest ever, she LOVES attention and people, always falling asleep next to, on on someone and has the kindest, most gentle nature. She will need a family who is home a lot as she really does need her people.
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Wynn, 3.13lbs: Sassy and determined! She has been vocal and ready to take on the world since she was days old, and hasn't slowed down one bit! She's sweet and super playful.
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The next stage of crate training/introduction begins! As most you of know along with many of the other types of introduction I do, I like to get them started off with a positive association to crates. It starts when they are 2-3 weeks old with a door-less crate in their sleeping area, then once eating, moves to the next stage. They started eating crated the day before they turned 4 weeks, and in just that time these smart little cookies are already going into the crates looking for food when I let them out to play. Right now I place the food bowl inside, then place them in and close the door, ready to open it as soon as they are done, this will continue to increase in duration as they get older. The end goal will be the pups running into the crates on their own, sit quietly behind a closed door waiting while I fill their food dishes, then be happy to relax while waiting for me to let them back out. This creates a strong positive experience which helps them greatly once they go to their new homes. Every pup and how the new owner handles the situation is different, but I have gotten many reports of pups who slept through the night from day one.

They are eating mash 4 times a day now, and are down to 3 bottles a day which are half milk, half water mixed with baby cereal. They are drinking water better each day, and the plan is to have them off the formula and bottle at 5 weeks. Reducing the bottles while still making sure they get enough fluids to keep hydrated makes them just thirsty enough that they are willing to try the water, which starts the process, if they got all they needed from me giving bottles, they would never learn to drink, so it's important to give just a little less than they want. The formula is effecting their joints, so working to get them off it as quickly as possible, while still making it a gradual process to avoid causing psychological issues from weaning too fast.

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Reading your most recent posts fills me with joy and gratitude. You are now fully able to concentrate on preparing these puppies for their new families and homes.

I've learned so much about caring for young puppies by reading your posts. I don't think I'd ever want to try my hand at it, but I now have a better idea of what it involves. Someday, you might want to publish a book with your photos, stories, and wise tips.
 

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Long time no update, again. Sorry for the inconsistent updates everyone, just been so busy!

The pups enjoying some item introduction! (don't mind the mess, they had just eaten) So proud of these fearless babies who have been rocking everything I bring out for them. We have bubble wrap that crinkles and has a reflective top, air pillows, a mirror, packing paper, and a paper towel roll. When you are raising amazing puppies, you look at everything as a possible way to enrich and socialize. These are just a few of the fun things I have for them in rotation to keep everything novel. Their sound introduction continues to go amazing too, they are completely unfazed by it all, and have gotten to the point where they will walk right up to and play around the running vacuum cleaner, and sleep right through the different sound effects I play such as fireworks. Leash and harness training begins in the upcoming days along with their first time outside, stroller rides, individual time, and running around different parts of the house as a group, and individually.

Monday's adventure, their first time outside! They had lots of fun playing, and feeling the wind on their faces for the first time as it is quite windy today. They are so pretty and cute all at once! Watching them stand tall and pretty just takes your breath away, they are just beautiful! I am very pleased with their development so far, fearless and absolutely adore people, they run up to anyone "new" who comes in and are just all wiggles. They have known nothing but love and that people are amazing from the start; thank goodness the generations of fear and neglect ended with their mom. Adorable photos, and a video at the end, enjoy!

Sweet and fluffy Fiesta
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Bucky trying to give kisses, yes I totally let him after taking the photo!
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Liberty. A little derpy, but adorable, lol!
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Proud looking Wynn, she was enjoying the smells coming in on the wind!
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Sweet, sweet baby Tori. She is a bit wet because she took a face plant into the water dish just before we came outside, poor thing. She quickly forgot about it and was having so much fun!
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