Tuesday, May 21, 2013

We have babies!

One week ago Paisley had her babies!  
True to the Hatch house tradition she had NINE boys and ONE girl!
We actually tend to prefer boy dogs so we think this is awesome! 

The smallest little boy was 12.8 oz and the largest was 1.15 lbs.  
Rustin pointed out that pound for pound that is like a human having a 40 pound baby!
No wonder she has been exhausted.
She has spent the last week lounging in the shady grass with her feet up. 

Paisley labored for a long time and she was completely exhausted by the time the last little guy arrived.  We helped her out by suctioning each little mouth and rubbing the pups dry while she cleaned up all the birthing fluids. We went through about 15 disposable absorbent pads and another dozen towels. Paisley hadn't eaten much at all for a good 24 hours and she refused to eat while laboring so we gave her a bowl of melted vanilla ice cream a couple of times through the delivery to help replenish some calcium and calories. 
 Once they the pups were all delivered wasn't long before each little babe was snuggled in to nurse and they all went to sleep.  So sweet!

As always--the miracle of life is a beautiful thing!

Waiting for babies! The first two were born next to my bed.  
The rest were in the whelping box in the family room.  

1 comment:

Jamie Hatch said...

ah, congratulations!