My plan was to often write a post in the dog blog, but as I see my last post was from 2018, I totally failed at that! But life just runs by and often a good plan never sees the light of day.
Magnolia has had a few good years now, blooming at it’s best. In 2021 we had two litters and that was the first year we have had so many puppies. Both Bella and Cleo had litters.
2022 we have started of with a litter of 11!! Bella’s daughter from her first litter, Freya, has had her first litter and this tiny girl was carrying 11 babies! X-ray said 10, so after a 15 hour labour I went to bed after nr. 10. My husband were to keep an eye on Freya and her babies and ooops, there pops nr. 11 out with a splash. They are one week old now and doing great.
Many might think breeding is a simple, care free job, but I for sure can tell you it is not. Puppies often come at night, so one starts of the whole puppy period sleep deprived. It is a constant job checking that mom and pups are doing good. She needs to be fed several times a day, fresh water served in the litterbox. Are puppies to hot, to cold, is moms temperature rising to high. What you don’t want is for mom to get sick, either with a uterus infection or mastitis in the breast tissue. I kind of hold my breath until they are 3 weeks. Then I know they can eat solid food and we are in the clear, even though things can still turn in an instant. And when things go smoothly it is quit the bliss getting all this puppy love and puppy breath, a small piece of heaven if you ask me.
And for the breeder, the real job starts when they are 3-4 weeks old. Then we will socialize them, introduce them to the world, take them out and about, clean massive amounts of poo and pee, and make sure they go to loving homes that will give them the best life possible.
You may wonder why we choose to do this, and I can only speak for myself, but the chance to create something that will make such a huge positive difference in peoples lives, is really a good feeling. Life is so much better with a dog in it, and if I do my job right, focusing on health and temperament, my grandbabies will make great versitile companions that are around for many many years, spreading joy and unconditional love.