(Felicity and Maxwell's Comet)
Three weeks ago Saturday our family set out on a house viewing adventure with our final destination being our friends Cabin for the weekend. We were very excited to get away and spend time with our friends. We spent the weekend at their new home for Thanksgiving this year and just fell in love with the fact that they have enough space in their home for us to come and stay for a few days! We packed the van full and headed to the first of three houses on the morning's schedule.
Felicity and Winston were riding in the back of the van with Aidan and Violet and Felicity was a day or so past her due date but was showing no signs of labor yet. The first house visit went well and as we set out for the second one Felicity was getting restless. She was whining here and there and the kids were curious as to why she was being noisy. "well guys, she is going to have her puppies soon and is very uncomfortable being such a small dog with such a large belly full of babies."
A few minutes later Aidan says in a very mater of a fact way "I think she is having her puppies now." Brendan in a slightly annoyed, because Aidan is so dramatic, tone says "how do you know Aidan?"
"Because I see it."
Thinking about what followed this very innocent sentence still puts me into hysterics. Brendan freaks out (because he is NOT a dog person, the dogs are all mine) turns around and says "what do you mean you see it, Virginia pull over, Aidan what do you mean you see it, Virginia stop the car, Aidan, Stop the car" HAHAHAHA Seriously I am laughing out loud, that man cracks me up sometimes. He is so calm and such a square and then something as natural as this shoots him to the moon!
So our little Dasher was born right there on Aidan's lap! I pulled over got Felicity and Dasher (all the puppies HAD to be named Christmas names per Aidan and Avagrace!) who "dashed right out and couldn't wait to get to Ashley's" and brought them up to the floor of the front passenger side and sat with them, ready to help if needed. Phyllis our lovely realtor came back, saw the puppy and decided for us that we would reschedule the other showings. So off we went, on the very windy roads to Ashley and Bryan's.
Felicity and Dasher were warm, Felicity was not enjoying the turns, and Aidan was not done being covered in doggie drama because a few moments on the really curvy road and Aidan is freaking out because Winston has now thrown up on him. "and it is on the other leg, not the one the puppy got born on" he said with such disgust.
Thankfully we were close to Ashley's when looking for houses so it did not take too long to get there. I scooped Dasher into my sweater and took him into Ashley's house. Walked Felicity in so she could stretch and relieve herself and Ashley and I headed straight to the "delivery room" where we abandoned our hubby's and all 8 kids so that we could play Canine Midwife.
Thankfully Ashley is a very smart and ingenuitive (why isn't this a real word?) friend because she thought to get yarn out to put around each puppies neck so that we could color code them to keep an accurate record of birth times, weights, and markings. Felicity started on puppy number 2 just after we got set up. It was rather amazing though, because despite how huge she got I swore that there could not have been more than four in there! Little did I know that she was carrying NINE puppies!
The following is the birth record :) of my first Grand Puppies (yes I just did say that, I know total dork and man I love it!)
Dasher (green collar) 11:50 am 6.4 ounce Male Dapple
Bell (white collar) 1:24 pm 4.6 ounce Female Dapple
Prancer (black collar) 1:33 pm 6.0 ounce Female Black +Tan possibly black and cream but I have to get her checked professionally (with White tap shoes and a Tuxedo stripe on her chest)
Ginger (Lt. Yellow collar) 1:46pm 4.1 ounce Female Chocolate +Cream
Rudolph (Lt. Blue collar) 1:59 pm 5.4 ounce Male Black + Cream Dapple
Comet (green+white collar) 2:26 pm 5.7 ounce Male Chocolate + Cream Dapple
Blitzen (black +green collar) 2.40 pm 7.1 ounce Male Black + Tan
Jack Frost (blue+green collar) 4:20 pm 6.0 ounce Black + Tan
(Nicky for St. Nick coming in the middle of the night) now named Bella by the future owner (white crochet) sometime in the middle of the night 6.3 ounce Female Black + Cream
So that is NINE puppies for her first litter! The best part is that these are the babies of one of my best friends dog too! Her dog Maxwell is the Sire and he is so cute and has an awesome temperament. He is probably half the length of Felicity and I just love him. He is black and tan. Felicity's papa is an English Cream dapple and her mom is a black and tan dapple. Felicity is a double dapple with no defects and blue eyes. She did have partial blindness at a young age but has grown out of it. The vet said it just took her a bit longer to gain eye strength (puppies are born blind and deaf).
Unfortunately shortly after we found the ninth puppy Felicity took the litter back down to eight. The vet said that it was probably because the puppy had some sort of 'mental retardation or defect from the lapse in time between births and the large number of puppies for her first litter.
Felicity is doing amazingly though. She did everything from sacs to umbilical cords to protecting her pups. It was quite hysterical actually. Ashley has wood floors and a Siamese cat. Her cat crept into the room that Felicity was in with the puppies and Felicity went crazy. She wasn't even done birthing yet but still had it in her to chase Moses out of the room in such a hurry that she went flying across the wood floors and slammed into the cabinets across the hall. She got up, turned around and ran in the opposite direction still chasing Moses. I have never seen Felicity do such a thing! She is so proud and protective of her pups.
She had a special attachment to the runt, Ginger. If I would hold Ginger Felicity would take her away from me and keep her with her. I could hold the other puppies as long as she could see me, but she wanted Ginger all to herself.
The puppies that we have available are Dasher, Bell, Prancer, Rudolph (he has blue eyes!) and Jack Frost. They are $300.00, very spoiled, and only available to good homes!
Felicity and Comet are training to be seizure dogs. They come from a line of heroic seizure dogs and great AKC breeding and are showing and carrying for some very rare Dachshund colors. Please contact us if you have any questions! Tomorrow I will show more up-to-date pics as they are growing fast and starting to walk, which is rather funny because they are so wobbly they look drunk!