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Lab Tails of Kingridge
|Posted on December 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM||comments (30)|
What an intense 24 hours! Annie labored beautifully from 11:00 last night until 7:00 this morning. After a long sleepless night, she eventually ran out of steam. We went to the vet's for a little help, because of the slow progress.
We knew that there was the potential for a C-Section to help save as many pups as possible. Ultimately, we did not need to have surgery, but 2 puppies were lost. It was so sad, but we are elated with the 6 beautiful newborn Labradors that we welcomed into this world during these past 14 hours.
It was a very intense and prolonged labor, and I know Annie and I are definitely ready for some much needed rest. I will be posting more details about the puppies in this litter after I take a long sweet rewarding nap... Just like mama Annie. She deserves it! She did an absolutely stellar job, and is the sweetest mom I have ever seen. Praise God for beautiful healthy pups!
|Posted on December 2, 2016 at 2:27 AM||comments (0)|
After a long slow start to labor, Annie has delivered 3 large healthy pups! She is resting in between contractions and doing a phenomenal job as a first time mama. She is so attentive and careful with her newborns. The pushing stage of labor started around 11:00, and the first pup made her arrival at 11:45. Since then, we have welcomed a new puppy approximately every 45 minutes to an hour. We are in for a very long sleepless night, and I am praying for extra strength and energy for both Annie and myself... Especially for Annie!
|Posted on December 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM||comments (1)|
Annie's temperature dipped down to 98 degrees this afternoon, so we are anticipating the start of labor within the next 12-24 hours! Her desire to nest has set in big time... We are taking care of all of the last minute preparations and have been busy trying to keep her from digging her own nest.
She picked a cozy spot under a shrub in the backyard to prepare for her pups arrival. Much to my surprise, after a fresh bath last night and a little pampering before birth, she got covered in mud from the top of her nose to the tip of her tail while digging out her preferred nesting spot. We are now walking her out on the leash to prevent that from happening again ;-).
Thankfully, she will deliver her puppies in the beautiful clean whelping pen that my husband built, rather than a dirty bed in our backyard. It reminds me that although they are so domesticated, dogs still carry such primal instincts form their ancestors. In this video of Annie you can still see evidence of her romp in the dirt on her nose. She is in very early labor, but her body is definitely getting ready to deliver her puppies.
We are praying that all will go smoothly, and we will be welcoming a litter of healthy precious puppies soon! I will keep you updated as the puppies make their arrival. New life is always such a miracle!
|Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM||comments (0)|
We have been eagerly waiting for our sweet Lily's first litter of puppies, and since it is very common for our girls to deliver on their actual due date, we all were preparing for a good nights sleep before labor would begin tomorrow. Well the puppies had other plans, and Lily surprised us all by introducing them to us 1 day ahead of schedule.
We were also surprised to discover only 2 robust little guys in this litter. We had just found out through a detailed ultrasound that the litter was going to be small, but we are so happy to have the gift of these 2 boys. They are healthy, precious, and completely adorable. Birth is always such an exciting miracle! The 2 brothers are nursing successfully, and they were born only minutes apart from one another.
Lily labored like a champ and apart from a temperature drop, she gave us no signals that labor was beginning. It all happened very quickly, and she did wonderfully for a first time mama. She has been taking meticulous care to keep her new bundles of fur warm and well fed, and apart from momentary potty breaks, she hasn't left their side.
We will be posting pictures and more details in the days to follow. We will also be adding more pictures to Facebook, so if you haven't yet liked us on Facebook, it may be something you'd like to consider. It will be so wonderful to watch this duo grow together!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM||comments (0)|
Everything went just beautifully with the delivery of Eden's litter. She whelped a total of 5 puppies. There are 4 girls and 1 boy who are all nursing well and seem to be doing great. Please continue to keep Eden and her pups in your prayers during these next few days, because these are the most critical ones as far as health is concerned for both her and the puppies.
I will be posting more details concerning the labor, and each puppy's birth, within the next few days. For now, we are helping Eden acclimate to life as a new mom, and watching each puppy with diligence. We are so thankful for a successful delivery and pray that each pup will grow stronger every day. Birth is such a miracle, and we feel privileged to have witnessed that miracle again today!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM||comments (1)|
Two girls have arrived and are happily nursing with Eden. According to the X-ray, we can expect at least 2 more puppies tonight. Everyone is doing great!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM||comments (0)|
We just welcomed Eden's first puppy into the world. He is a big, healthy, male and he was born at 6:14 pm. Eden is doing a phenomenal job as a first time mama, and the little guy that she delivered is beautiful. He is the largest puppy that we have ever delivered here at Kingridge, and I'm hoping he paved the way for the rest of his brothers and sisters who will soon follow!
I'll be updating, either here or on Facebook, throughout the labor to let you know the gender of the puppies that are born. We are praying for a successful easy whelp that results in beautiful pups!
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM||comments (0)|
The puppies will be arriving soon.Eden is entering into a more active labor pattern, and we know that it will be just a matter of time before we will be welcoming her puppies. She is panting heavily, shivering a bit, and preparing her nest. Toward the end of labor, she will begin to arch her back in an attempt to push the puppies out. This is the next event that we will be waiting for with regard to labor. I am pretty sure this will be the day the puppies are born... We are all filled with such anticipation!
|Posted on October 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
We have been busy preparing for the arrival of Eden's litter with Miles from Sunnydaze Labradors. At the vet's office this past week, we discovered that she is carrying 5 sweet puppies. We have been monitoring her temperature over the past several days, and this morning we noticed that it has dropped. This temperature drop is a definite milestone that marks the onset of labor in canines!
So, this means that labor should begin with 24 hours. We are keeping a close eye on Eden and will post more details concerning labor as they unfold. For now, she is panting a bit more than usual, but she is showing no signs of being in active labor just yet. We are hoping for a safe natural labor for this first time mama and really appreciate all of your prayers for the health of her and the puppies. We are SO excited to meet each one of them!
|Posted on September 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM||comments (3)|
We are anticipating the arrival of not 1, but 2 litters of puppies! We confirmed the pregnancies using ultrasound this past week and are so excited about the arrival of these wonderful pups. They are already so loved by so many people and we just can't wait to meet them.
Our expectant females are both happy and healthy, although they are both showing the obvious signs of pregnancy. They are lazier than usual (which is pretty lazy), and eating like food is going out of style (which for a Lab is really not that uncommon). We are watching as their abdomens begin to swell and their mammary glands begin to fill out in preparation for all of the nursing they will be doing in the upcoming weeks.
Our lists for both litters are full at this point, but if we have any changes in the future we will be sure to post them. The puppies in these litters will be going to absolutely phenomenal homes! The Kingridge families who constitute our waiting list for these litters have been so patient, and they all have waited with graciousness for each and every one of these little much anticipated pups. Yay!!! The wait is almost over.
We will be announcing the number of puppies in each litter after we perform X-rays at the end of this month. As far as our family is concerned during the next few weeks, we will be preparing for the arrival of the litters while working extra hard to accomplish a great deal of home schooling. This will enable us to take off for as many days (or weeks) as we need in order to provide 100% of our attention on these special new little bundles of puppy love!
A laboring mama, and her resulting litter of pups, requires constant observation and assistance during the first few days after birth. Therefore, of course, 2 new litters will require twice as much work. I am so thankful for the flexibility of home education, because we will be able to adjust our schedule accordingly. As a family we are SO ready to meet these puppies, and we can't wait to pause from the routine of our school days to interact with the miracles of life! That is an education all in itself, one that can never be learned solely through the pages of a book.