Puppies !

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

Blooming! Clover in the peak of pregnancy

Clover being cosseted in early pregnancy when the hormones kicked in .

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

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!

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!

Showing off her new figure!

Clover posing with bat ears

Clover posing with bat ears

Clover posing on the sofa

Clover posing on the sofa

Pals Daisy-Mole practising her role of body guard and puppy protector.

Pals
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 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.

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.

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 and new family and starting to discover the pleasures of having puppies

Order! Clover gets the babies sorted and lined up up feeding!

Order!
Clover gets the babies sorted and lined up up feeding!

 

 

About Slow down... at Alton Albany Farm B&B

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality in our Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of Wild Garden with borrowed views of a beautiful, lush green, Scottish valley. A log fire, a comfortable bed and a chance to read that book you've been meaning to. A short walk to the Village Pub for a drink and a meal and to work it off after there's no shortage of scenic trails to walk (or hire a mountain bike). A bit of peace, quiet and healthy exercise might be just what you need. Get away from it all for a weekend, you might even want to stay longer... We now have wifi in every room if you need to stay in touch - and a 40 " television in the lounge for our guests to relax and enjoy a selection of films beside the roaring fire. Alton Albany Farm is a riverside Farmhouse in a picturesque valley a short walk from the pretty conservation village of Barr. The Stinchar River runs along the edge of the grounds and a burn through the orchard. There is unspoilt hill walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching within easy reach. Beaches nearby with views to Ailsa Craig and the Western Isles. The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of the best places for stargazing in the world is also close by. Easy access from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports and the Stranraer Ferries. Please contact us to help arrange travel as collection can sometimes be arranged. At our Bed & Breakfast families with children and dogs are always welcome. There is even an adjoining riverside field for stick throwing and ballgames. We offer a dining / drawing room with a log fire and plenty of books, card and board games to while away the evenings. Holidays or weekend breaks for families, groups, couples and singles. All welcome! For bookings and any further information please Contact Alasdair or Andrea Currie on 44 (0) 1465 861148 To see reviews from our guests please visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk
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