If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that Kanga was expecting. YEP. She had her 2.0 version of those cute adorable Toy Austrailian Shepherd Puppies! Sunday morning early, she went into labor. It started the same as before. She was restless, pacing, panting and staying close to my heels. I wasn't worried this time, so much, at least not at first. Everything started normally at first. By 7AM she had her first clear sack. That signals a puppy is close. All the articles I had read online said within 30 minutes to an hour or so. And many articles I read stated a warning that if you did not see a puppy within 2 hours to call your vet. I waited. No puppy. I called the vet. Remember this is a Sunday.
Not a good do to go see a vet. Only the emergency ones are on duty. $$$$
But the vet was very helpful and said sometimes it can take longer. She gave me some signs of distress to look for and told me to wait another hour or so. I waited. No puppy. And Kanga was acting different this labor. She was tossing her head back and making noises she didn't make before. That worried me.
So, needless to say, we ended up at the Small Animal Emergency Clinic and left with 4 puppies and one tired momma. Yep. C-section. Can you say CHA CHING! LOL But I'm just thankful the puppies are alive and even more so, Kanga is. Momma and puppies are doing just fine! Here's a sneak peek of them these first 4 days.
From top to bottom:
- Liam, boy, red merle
- Darcy, girl, black tri-color
- Jadee, girl, red tricolor
- Rex, boy, black merle
We are in LOVE!
Kanga has done great with them. I was worried she wouldn't bond the same because of the surgery. Maybe they wouldn't smell like hers? I'm not sure. But she did. And she has. She's been pretty protective. But seems calmer this time. Maybe that has to do with this being litter 2? Not sure. But I'm just relieved I'm not bottle feeding. UGH...The one above is Jadee. She looks alot like her momma!
So much cuteness! And they are so soft! Velvet pink noses and toes!
We keep them in a baby tub. You can see my macbook on the floor there beside them the first day. I stayed pretty close. We weren't sure how D.O.G, our other dog would react and I didn't want any problems. So far so good. But we don't leave them alone together EVER.
The blanket gets changed and washed frequently. I can't decide if i like them better on red or the cream colored one? LOVE LOVE LOVEWhen they are this little, they look like baby pigs. All bodies right now and heads. LOLHe is SOOOOO cute!