On Thursday night I had five foster dogs at my house (Ziggy, Allie, Lucky, Natasha and Lacey). On Friday night I had ten foster dogs at my house. Turns out when the vet said that Lacey's pups were due in 20 days, she was off by 18 days. I came home Friday night and found Lacey on my bed, surrounded by her new babies. Yep, she had her puppies on my bed. This was one of those things no one warned me about when I signed up to foster.
Fortunately there were no complications, and Lacey took care of everything perfectly. All five puppies are healthy and doing well. In spite of being a very young first-time mom, Lacey knew exactly what to do, and is handling the whole thing much more calmly than I am. Originally Lacey was supposed to go to a special neonate foster home to have her puppies, and they'd all stay there together for four-to-six weeks before coming back to my house. However, since she already had the puppies and everything went so smoothly, I decided it wasn't worth it to put her through the stress of moving to a new place. So now I get to watch the puppies grow up every day. And this is only day four, but I'm pretty sure they've noticeably gotten bigger already. Here is a picture of the pups on the day they were born.
There are three all-black pups (one boy and two girls), one chocolate pup (girl), and one yellow pup (girl). Now I need some help coming up with names! I like the idea of the shoe theme (to go with Lacey the mom). Any suggestions?
I wrote the above post over a week ago, but have been so busy I guess I never published it! The pups are all doing well, and are getting bigger every day. They still don't have names yet.
They have been moved to another room and are hanging out in a kiddie swimming pool so they can't crawl too far away and get lost!
This is what they do... all day:
I think they look kind of like baby manatees. Mixed with Shar Pei.
Yep, I'm sure that's what they are - Shar Pei/Manatee mixes.
For those of you who forgot, here's what the mom looks like: