Everything happens much faster in a dog’s life than a human’s. I am three years old and the mother of nine wonderful puppies, six of which are still living with us. Older dogs like older humans lose touch with the latest fashions. I like a nice atmospheric photograph that took someone time and energy to compose and get just right. The photographer should have to do some work to get the perfect picture.
Self-portrait by Alex
The puppies on the other hand like selfies.
Like may be too weak a word. They love selfies! The idea that they can take a picture of themselves, share with everybody, talk about how good they look and then forgot they ever took the picture is something which really appeals to them.
Some puppies are not aware how easy it is to take a selfie so my kids have suggested I write about it in my blog.
Self-portrait by Amber
The first thing to know about is the equipment. You need one of those smart phones which allows you to photograph yourself while at the same time look at what you are photographing. It is also extremely important to have a touch screen.
Next the puppy needs to get themselves positioned. A human is really useful for this. The puppy can sit on their lap as they position the phone. If the puppy is bored they can even give their minder a friendly nip.
Self-portrait by Aisha
It is also possible to take pictures with the phone on the ground and the puppy looking down at it.
By now you are wondering how exactly a puppy can take a selfie. Well wonder no more. When the puppy is ready for the photo they simply hit the screen with their nose and hey presto! A selfie! I hope you enjoy the selfies which my kids have done and illustrate this page.
Self-portrait by Aiden
When they turned up first they moved about with great difficulty and looked very fragile. One of my people used to help me make sure I was feeding them all. It was hard work looking after these little puppies. They seemed to just sleep and feed, or feed and sleep, all the time. Of course they did not neglect their toilet, but even then I had to encourage them. They knew the smell of the other pups and of me and that was their world.
Looking after the Puppies in the garden
Then they grew a bit. They got more hair. They seemed to move more and still they fed and slept, slept and fed.
When we all visited the Vet after two weeks he wanted me to start weaning the puppies. He suggested getting them some very nice steak and mincing it so it became puppy friendly food. Bonnie and I were perfectly willing to help them eat this but they seemed to get the hang of it immediately and started getting very fond of this food.
It is now five weeks since they were born they have started getting bigger bellies and doing lots more than sleep and feed. They sleep, they feed, they have a big play fight, they poop in the strangest of places. They usually like to show me, Bonnie or one of the people the poop and ask us to admire it. The people are not so good at showing their admiration here. They are getting bigger, they roll around, they play, they explore and they sleep and feed.
Alex is big and beautiful and always seems to have something to do. Usually it is crawling from here to there, practicing his walk and trying to teach the other puppies how to play. If he wants to go somewhere and I am in the way he will just crawl over my back rather than go round. He is also the pup who most frequently escapes from the box. He likes nothing better than finding one of his brothers or sisters and just plonking himself down on them and falling asleep.
Alex with me keeping an eye on him
Alexander the Big is what my people have called him and he is by far the biggest of the litter. He also seems to be first to do many things and is now busy teaching himself to walk. This short video shows him crawling around our back garden. He is also practicing hugging me and growling at my people if they try to punch his bottom. They should not be doing that anyway.
You can see Bonnie come in to check on Alex. He is the sort of pup we have to keep an eye on. We love him.
I had been visiting this nice vet for a month or so now. He had taken a blood test when I first visited him and found my progesterone levels were low. This would have resulted in my puppies dying so I had to get injections every three days. He also used a special camera which looked inside of me. He had examined this carefully and said he thought there were five puppies. Another vet had also looked and reckoned there were four. Anyway I got on very well with this vet. He always gave Bonnie and I some treats during our visit. On this particular occasion my people handed me off to the vet. I thought he was taking me to get some extra treats which he wanted to give me and not also to Bonnie. I could see the sense in this. Anyway, I fell asleep.
My new born puppy
I woke up and I was lying on a table feeling very groggy. My people and Bonnie were there and so were three or four tiny puppies. I fell asleep again. This time when I woke up there six tiny puppies trying to feed on me. More sleep. I wake up. More puppies. By the time I was awake enough to walk a bit there were nine little puppies and apparently they were all mine.
It was a bit of a shock to discover I now had a family of nine pups to look after. At the beginning I was not sure what to do. My people would get me to sit in the box with the puppies. They would then get the puppies to try and feed from me. They also used warm wet cotton wool which was brushed against the puppies to help them to pee. The puppies had a lot of things which they had to learn how to do.
However, as soon as I fully woke up from the Caesarean section operation I got the hang of it. For the last two week I have been feeding and washing almost the time. Obviously I eat my own meals and these have become frequent. This is good as I have become hungrier. I sleep with my puppies and sometimes I snooze when they are feeding.
Me and my puppies
I have also got some back-up from my people. They help clean our box and one of them always sleeps near it in case of any problems. Everything is going well. The puppies seem very happy with the world and I am very happy with them.
In future posts I will introduce you to the individual pups.