Friday, October 30, 2009

New Cricket Pictures

She's starting to look less like a baby gorilla and more like a baby black bear LOL! Here she is at 5 days old. It's been a learning experience for me having a singleton. The biggest challenge has been the fact that with a singleton, Mom's milk supply is wonky (is that a word?). Anyway, she wasn't gaining like she should of been. Fortunately, thanks to the advice of a friend we are back on track and I think have overcome that challenge. For those interested, what I am doing is expressing milk from her Mom, Tiggy and tube feeding Cricket 2-3 ounces and then letting her nurse. This has worked and she's now gaining well. The hope is to get Tiggy's milk supply steady enough to sustain Cricket. But if that doesn't happen, then the next thing would be to at least buy her some time until Bindy's puppies are here and her milk comes in. The logic would be that Cricket could then sidle up to Bindy's milk bar and nurse with the other puppies.

Here are a few pictures of Cricket today. She is just too cute for words. One other interesting thing about Cricket that I've never experienced is that she doesn't cry. I mean literally. I've heard her make little squeak noises and what I would classify as a cry when she had her dew claws removed, but other than that she just never cries. I guess she's just very content. Now watch, Bindy's puppies will be screamers LOL!

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Black Pug Puppy Born

I'd like to introduce you to the newest member here at Arvay Pugs. She arrived this morning via C-section and weighed in at 6.3 ounces. Her Mom, Tiggy is doing very well. She's not quite sure yet what to think of this little squeaky black puppy but I'm sure she'll get the hang of it.

I think I've decided to name her Arvay's Midnight Lullaby and call her Cricket.

We also had Bindy's Xray done today and she is carrying 2 puppies.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Arvay Pugs is getting ready for puppies!

Tiggy had her xray and just as I suspected, she is carrying 1 puppy. But one isn't a lonely number in this case as it looks like Bindy is carrying several. Being that these puppies will be born less than a week apart, Tiggy's single puppy will have "siblings" to play with and socialize with. Thank goodness for small blessings right?

I'm very excited, but very nervous too. I just pray that all goes well for Tiggy and her baby. She will be having a C-section since there is only one puppy in there as likely she wouldn't be able to deliver it on her own due to the size of the puppy. When you have a singleton, the chances are much higher that it will be a big puppy as it doesn't have to share the nutrients with others. So say a little prayer for her and the baby. The C-section will happen early next week. I'll update you all when I get a chance afterward and hopefully post some pictures. I pray that Tiggy will do great through the surgery and that this puppy will be born alive and thrive. That's all I can ask for at this point.

Here is the xray picture. Excuse the red light, that was the flash. Can you see the head (upper right), spine and little legs? I wonder if she/he will be black or fawn?

The other day we set up a new whelping/puppy crib. The round black thing you see on the flooring is what they call a "Whelping Nest". It keeps a constant temperature for the puppies. I love that thing! Much better than heating pads or heat lamps.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Arvay Pugs announces Tiggy is pregnant!

OK, I know I recently posted that I wasn't sure if Tiggy was pregnant. However, I'm happy to announce that she's finally let me know that she is. I think she is carrying a small litter and actually I expected that because of the history of her dam and granddam. But we are thrilled and can't wait to meet the little puglet (s).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Arvay Pugs is expecting Puppies!

Hi Pug fans!

I can say with 99% certainty that Bindy aka Arvay's Sugar Moon Lagoon is pregnant and we expect puppies the first of November. You can see by the photos that she's losing her girlish figure and gaining a bit of belly. She's 5 weeks along. So she has a ways yet to go. She was bred to Ch. Coryrex's Shooting Star. This breeding can produce both fawn and all black puppies.

We aren't sure if Tiggy took or not. This is the first time I've had a really hard time determining if a bitch was pregnant. Some days I think maybe and others I think that she's not. She's due the end of October. I'll have her xrayed just to make sure she isn't hiding one or two puppies in there. I'll keep you all posted (: