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There are some videos of Sally and her pups at the bottom of this page
 

30th August 2006 - This is Sally, a good little Sheepdog aged 2 yrs.

Started to birth this morning at 4.30 am - the above photo, taken at 11 am, shows her with her pups - hopefully no more to come. Sally came from a farm that is to be sold due to circumstances beyond the control of the owners. Rather than sell Sally and the pups it was decided that she should be passed over to BCR so that she could have the pups with us and we could find new working homes for her and them all in due course. The Sire of these pups is "Garcia's Ben".

This makes the gesture of handing her over to BCR particularly altruistic as they had already turned down generous cash offers for Sally. One person wanted to buy her so they could sell the pups on the agility circuit.

The comment was made that although they could really use the money, they thought it better that the pups were re-homed by BCR as we would be sure to get them into the right sort of homes and ensure a good future for them. She was passed onto us in plenty of time to settle in, get to know and trust us and permit us to assist with the birth.

Sally says "it's all been a bit of an exhausting business - time for a nap!"


Above - 6th September 2006 - One week Old

6th September 2006 - Larger than life!

Sally has been under CCTV observation since she arrived, and her pups since they were born. The camera has microphone and infra red night vision so we can hear them and still see them in complete darkness. We can keep an eye on them all from the BCR office, the centre kitchen / staff room and staff bedroom. It was by these means that overnight volunteers were alerted to the birth and were able to assist. The use of CCTV also means that our centre visitors can observe them without disturbing them or alarming Sally.

After only one week they have all grown so much that, together, they mass more than a third of their mothers weight !

We use CCTV to enable us to observe dogs without their knowledge, which means that we can watch them without affecting their behaviour. In this way we can learn a lot about the way they naturally interact and in the case of Sally and previous mothers with litters, the way they look after their young. So far sally has proved to be a good mother and we have observed her moving the pups around with her nose so they all get their fair share of feeding opportunities.

She seems to have paid particular attention to the smaller pups, making sure they have had extra opportunities to feed. Now, by size comparison and after only one week, it is difficult to see which pups were originally born smaller than the others.


Above - 13th September 2006 - Now 2 weeks old.

Eyes are all open and average weight of each of them is just below a kilogram. Had their first dose of wormer today with follow up doses over the next two days. Sally also wormed today. The pups are still unsteady on their legs but are able to get around well enough. Two of them have started to explore their environment, but the other six are still inclined to stick close to mum!

Above - 13th September 2006

Above - 13th September 2006

Here are a few of close up shots of them - they are all beginning to show individual characteristics, which is quite remarkable at this age.

We have heard some attempts at growling, one has actually barked a few times (but will need to do a bit more work on it to be taken seriously) and they have started to engage in a bit of play fighting to pass the time.

There is already a certain amount of bonding going on with two pairs emerging - one quiet and one adventurous. The pairs are both made up of one dog and one bitch.

Above - 13th September 2006 - Innocence personified!


Below - Saturday 16th September 2006 - now 17 days old - Average weight just over 1KG

All seem very content and secure - exploring, eating and sleeping................. lots of sleeping.

To identify the Pups we have given them all temporary names, although for the first few weeks they will all be known as 'Pup'. The collective identity is useful when trying to attract their attention once they start to roam and particularly when they are old enough to go outside into the 'Puppy Garden' set aside for them. Calling them individually will be problematic but of they all respond to 'Pup' then the one word should get their attention and we will then encourage them to come back to us on that word.

We only use their individual names to identify them to each other when we are talking about them within BCR - we usually directly address puppies as 'Pup' until they are re-homed and leave the new owner to choose a name themselves.

Above - 16th September 2006

When all eight are seen together with Sally, the pups collective mass seems to be more than hers!

Their temporary chosen names are -

Boys : Cap, Moss, Jon and Sweep. - Girls : Jill, Jen, Gyp and Trim.


 

Below -  21st September

 

Who, Me ?

 

They have become paper trained -

Taught by Mum to cover all eventualities!

 

Above -  21st September


 

Below - 27th September 2006

Now very adventurous and also getting very people orientated, the pups are 4 weeks old at the time of the photo's below.

They are now supplementing mothers milk with rice pudding twice daily. Today they also get their routine Panacur worming.

 

Now we're in trouble!

 

Above - 27th September 2006

Now just over four weeks old, they are steady on their feet and wandering all around the room they occupy. They still spend a lot of the day asleep, but when they are awake they are exploring their surroundings, playing and generally making a fair bit of noise! We keep them under close observation using CCTV which feeds several sets around the centre. An interesting aspect of human behaviour has become apparent - puppy watching is compulsive and addictive. Volunteers and visitors alike are glued to the screen in the kitchen. No-one can pass through without stopping and watching for a few seconds. Tea breaks are now spent standing in the kitchen watching the pups - even if they are asleep and not moving we all line up and stare at the screen.
 

 
Watch a video - Sally and her pups - aged 5 weeks.
 

 
The one below is quite a bit later - Three had been re-homed and this is Sally out for a run with the other 5
 
 
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