Fun Times Ahead!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

As some of you probably saw on social media yesterday, we welcomed a brand new litter of Irish Setters on Tuesday, October 13th, exactly one week after Mia’s puppies were born! We are feeling quite blessed!

You can see updated pictures of Mia’s puppies, and a group shot of Duchess’s puppies on the Available Puppies page.

Duchess safely and very quickly delivered six puppies yesterday afternoon- three boys and three girls. (She even decided to deliver them during my children’s nap time! I couldn’t have planned it more perfectly than that!) So far, momma and babies are all doing well. All of the puppies are nursing well, but not all of them gained weight in the first 24 hours. This is not unusual for the first day, but it does require me to keep a very close eye on the ones who did not gain. Most times, they all start gaining after the second day; but occasionally, there are one or two who need some supplementing to help them get started. Based on the puppies’ behavior, though, I doubt I’ll need to supplement. They are all vigorous and nursing well, so I fully expect to see weight gain by tomorrow.

As for Mia’s puppies, they are fat and happy little guys! Their eyes are still closed, and they spend all their time sleeping or eating. They are growing quickly, and I hope to see some peeking eyes in the next few days. My children are excited, since open eyes means that they can finally hold the puppies!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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