Clover has had her litter of puppies! We have five beautiful little Dachshund pups courtesy of handsome father, Barack (and owner Lesley). First born yesterday at 6 pm and last at 8.30 this morning. Three girls and two boys. Very sadly we lost a further five. Clover actually had a litter of ten.
The main thing is that clever Clover is well and now feeding and tending the puppies. Here are a few pictures of her journey (with her close friend Daisy-Mole) through pregnancy and to her new role as a proud and devoted Mum.
Blooming! Clover in the peak of pregnancy
Clover being cosseted in early pregnancy when the hormones kicked in .
Daisy-Mole and Clover relaxing in front the of the fire.
In earlier stages of pregnancy Clover and Daisy-Mole relax in front of the log burner together having read the weekend newspapers
Alasdair taking Clover for a walk. In the last few days of pregancy Clover was reluctant to be left behind for walks but enjoyed the luxury of being carried when she felt she’s done too much!
Showing off her new figure!
Clover posing with bat ears
Clover posing on the sofa
Daisy-Mole practising her role of body guard and puppy protector.
The whelping set up.
Clover tries out her new whelping box with canopy. Daisy-Mole has offered her services as body guard.
The first four puppies that survived.
Keeping warm the first four puppies that survived from the litter. The four warm their little bodies on a bunny microwaveable bean bag.
Hand feeding one of the early pups .
For a little while we thought that Clover was rejecting the puppies completely – we would have had an enormous task and responsibility hand-rearing five puppies so young.
Clover and new family and starting to discover the pleasures of having puppies
Clover gets the babies sorted and lined up up feeding!
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