Corky, one of the black tri male puppies from Fancy x Randy litter of December 16, 2012, is still available for a forever home. At his 7-week old vet check today, he weighed in at 4.6 pounds and is a healthy little boy. He has a funny and happy personality, not afraid, and ready to play. Additional info at Alangus Aussies. Click to enlarge pictures.
Fancy x Randy December 2012 litter of Miniature Australian Shepherds at 2 weeks old.
Left to right: Brave, Target (under), Tardy, Corky (over), Shadow, Storm.
Puppies typically open their eyes and ears at about two weeks old, and these are no exception. Yesterday, I could see just a glimpse of eyes through the slits and today all but Tardy have them wide open. By evening or tomorrow, hers will be open as well. Notice the ears have laid down against the puppy heads since the individual pictures which tells us they are also starting to hear the sounds of their world.
It is amazing the progress puppies make in their first two weeks, from residing in a bubble of embryonic fluid, to testing their legs for wobbly steps, nibbling on their siblings’ ears, and even sometimes a little squeaky bark while dreaming of chasing a future Frisbee. There’s a world of fun in that POP (pile of puppies) and enough love to make 6 families a lifetime friend!
Here is a candid shot of the Fancy x Randy December 16, 2012 babies after their “de-tailing” (tail docks) at five days old.
- Blue Merle with white half collar–Female
- Blue Merle with minimal white–Male
- Blue Merle, black patches on left top–Female
- Black Tri with white star on neck–Male
- Black Tri in front–Female
- Black Tri in middle acting as pillow–Male
We decided to load up the motorhome and start the trek home to Kentucky from Hilton Head Island on Sunday, December 16 since Fancy seemed to be holding stable. She had held off, so we had our fingers crossed that perhaps her body was telling her to wait for her own bed and safety zone.
Of course…not to be and as I originally predicted..day 74 from first show, the exact same time interlude as her litter in 2011. We stopped for the night in Maggie Valley, NC at the base of the Smokey Mountains in the campground we typically use when traveling on I-40, Creekwood Farm RV Park. It was pouring rain, so luckily we stopped a little early, around 6 pm. By 8, Fancy was panting and pacing and crying just a little and there was no doubt, it was happening. I gathered all the supplies and we got ourselves set to help her and for an all-night stint. Why is it that it always starts just at bedtime?
At 9:15, the first puppy appeared and struggled a bit to finish its entry into the world. We cut the cord and helped it along and found the reason it was hanging back was that two puppies were trying to come down the chute at the same time. Oops, one at a time please! Things progressed well, with just a few glitches, but nothing serious. By 2 am, we had 5 puppies and since the ultra sound had shown 5 heartbeats, our sigh of relief could be heard through the valley. We straightened up the supplies and Paul went to bed and I stayed on the couch so I could monitor. At about 4 am, the babies were squeaking a bit and I woke from my coma to check on them and found another baby entering the world. Oh My!!! The little blue merle boy was the biggest of the lot and ready for milk right now, or yesterday even! Paul says this one should be named “Tardy” 🙂 We ended the night with 3 girls and 3 boys, 3 black tris and 3 blue merles.
Because I’m one to try to be as prepared as possible, I had already gathered vet info for the area and set my alarm for 730 am. I wasn’t sure the last placenta delivered and Fancy hadn’t totally settled as mamas usually do after whelping, so I called a local vet office to ask about an Oxytocin clean out shot for her. My local vet felt like I shouldn’t risk waiting just in case because of the possibility of infection or even another puppy. Dr. Gibson at Animal Hospital of Waynesville was so helpful and worked us into her schedule for the morning, something a lot of veterinarians just won’t do, especially for a traveler that will probably never be back. X-rays and an exam didn’t indicate problems, but we opted for the clean out shot and a round of antibiotics. We then loaded up to continue our ride back toward LaGrange Kentucky.
The shot gave Fancy a little discomfort because just like a similar drug for laboring people, it “induced” contractions to push out any residue that might need to be released. Within the hour, she was obviously feeling better and laid down quietly to snuggle her new family. The puppies had already nursed non stop for 12 hours and their little flat bellies had rounded out and little squeaks of content could be heard on occasion.
I can’t help but interject Paul and my discussion here as we drove down the road with mama and 6 sweet little Mini Aussie puppies. The production of a new living being is a miraculous event whether it be an animal or our more precious skin children. There is just no way it could be a random freak of nature coming about with so much precision and in such a complicated way.
Fancy is a wonderful mom to her babies and once settled into her x-pen in our sun room, she is just relaxing and making milk to feed six hungry little mouths. We had a very nice vacation with our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and our “fancy girl” but coming home is always sweet. We had missed our pooches left behind with the petsitter on this trip.
Stay tuned for updates on these puppies! Additional info can be found at my website www.alangusaussies.com.
Bentley, another of the puppies from the Fancy x Randy litter of 2011 is probably the smallest so far of that group. He left Kentucky to travel north toward the Great Lakes and his little flotation device keeps him safe in the big water. What a cutie!! It would be hard not to snuggle that little man 🙂
Contrary to what folks often think, dogs do not necessarily swim naturally. They have the instinct but must be comfortable in the water or fear will do the same thing to them as to us, panic and drowning. In addition, they can misjudge their distance if they are playing and get exhausted before they can make it to shore. When introducing dogs to the pool or lake, it is best to be safe by having them wear a vest and to teach them to be comfortable by always showing them where to “exit”, either on the stairs of a pool or the shore. All those laps on the swim team build confidence and style, all those doggy paddles do the same.
G’day, what a handsome bloke you’ve become! Ozwald aka Oz was one of two male puppies from Fancy and Randy’s 2011 litter, and Rosie’s “big” brother.
His striking feature to me is his symmetrical coloration on his face, tan points above his eyes and blonde rather than the darker red on his face. Very nice conformation ears for a Mini Aussie and full coat even at 9 months makes him showy. This boy is put together very nicely.
And congratulations to his skin parents on their engagement!
Our favorite vacations are to take the dogs in our motor home and ride our bikes, non-motorized, on a scenic rail to trail. This summer our choice was the Katy Trail spanning Missouri east to west. There’s always beautiful nature since the old rail lines ran through the countryside and often along waterways. This trail is no exception.
After a slow start and a poor choice of campground for our first night, we landed in Hermann, MO in the middle of Mssouri wine country. The little town with obvious German heritage was a neat place to relax. The city park had shaded campsites just half mile from one of the wineries with tours, tasting and a nice German themed restaurant menu. Poor planning delayed getting our rental car a couple of days, but once we were mobile to get to a trailhead, helmets to the wind.
Although the trail is over 100 miles long stretching from St. Charles, MO to the west, we only had time to ride in 10 mile segments because of the heat of midsummer with daytime temperatures approaching 100 degrees F. We hit the trail very early in the morning for our ride and if possible stoppwd at a local diner in one of the little depot towns for a hearty breakfast. The first morning’s ride took us from McKendrick east to Rhineland, MO with acres of flat cornfields with some hills in the distance.
This trip we traveled with Izzy, Rosie and Swagger our 3 mini Aussies. Ike and Fancy stayed home to be cared for by the lady that works for me in my pet sitting business. I bought a bike basket just for dogs on Amazon and this was our debut. Swagger LOVED IT!! He has his face to the cool morning breeze and was a happy rider. Rosie and Izzy got in a morning nap back at ground zero.
Ian Dunbar, a noted author on puppy and dog behavior, indicates that our puppies should meet 100 people in the first weeks of their lives along with being exposed to different sounds and environments and light scenarios. This is especially true with mini Aussie puppies because unlike some breeds, they are not genetically wired to open their hearts to strangers unless they learn very early that people=fun or in dog terms, TREATS!
Swagger, our keeper from our last litter spent the day at some of the places we frequent for his first big dose of socialization. If you want attention, ride an 8-week old puppy around in your shopping cart at Lowes! If you happen to be a little shy yourself, this will definitely bring you out of your shell and you can meet all kinds of interesting people. My favorite phrase, “would you like to pet my puppy?” always brings the children around followed by their smiling parents. Perfect…inexpensive, and I would be there anyway with my husband browsing in the electrical aisle.
We want only happy and healthy experiences, so I didn’t sit Swagger on the ground yet since he has only had his first round of shots. Being at eye level was the perfect scenario for some coos and ahhhhhs and isn’t he the sweetest thing evers!! It was fun and gave others an opportunity to share with me the stories and even pictures of the dogs that they love.