As Nick reminded me, we didn’t announce that Molly might be having puppies. Actually we didn’t know for sure until we got back from California very late on Thursday night. So, here is a little more information about the whole situation to bring everyone up to date – and more puppy pictures of course.
Molly just before the puppies were born.
We thought Molly might have been in heat around the time Larry and Karla and then Megan and Brandon visited in August, but were not sure. Around the first of October, Molly started to look like she was pregnant, so we took both dogs to the vet and had them checked. The vet told us she certainly looked pregnant, but often in young dogs it is a “false pregnancy” where they exhibit all the signs but no puppies. “Time will tell” he said. We had Grizzly neutered then, but it was a case of shutting the barn door after the horse was already out it seems.
We were scheduled to be in California for two weeks, starting October 15th. Neither of us were comfortable being away for that long if she was having puppies, so we cut our trip down to seven days. Our friend Collin took care of the dogs (and chickens) while we were away, and we returned very late Thursday night. Friday I could tell Molly was definitely going to have puppies; I could feel them squiriming around in her belly. Also on Friday a very cold front blew through and we lost power about 9 pm and it stayed out all night.
On Saturday, the power finally came back on and Molly began acting like she was going to have the puppies very soon. I made her a little bed in our shed. She started having the puppies about 10 pm and had the first seven by 2 am. She surprised us with the last three sometime after that.
I’m glad she waited until we got back and that the shed is mostly done so she had a dry (it has rained almost three inches in the past two days), warm place to give birth. And that she didn’t have them Friday night when it was really cold with no power – though I guess we could have fed the little wood cookstove all night.
We have looked closer at the puppies, and in my inexpert opinion we have six boys and four girls. Of the three black ones, two are boys. The ones that are mostly white now, but will take on the heeler markings later, are four boys and three girls.
There are two of these little “bandit” looking ones; one boy and one girl.
The runt of the litter is #6. We kept track of them (at least the first seven) as they were born, and he is the one who had the most difficulty. We had to really work on him to even get him to breath and we didn’t think he would live through the night. He has surprised us by making it this far, so hopefully he will continue to do well. He also is the one with a little red birthmark on his head – closest to Molly’s front leg in the photo.
Molly is a sweet dog with a gentle, calm spirit and she has kept that same temperment throughout. Grizzly – who always thinks he should be the center of attention – doesn’t seem to understand why he is not welcome in the shed with the puppies. He will have plenty of time to get better aquainted with his offspring when they are a bit older.
So, there you have it – the rest of the puppy story. Molly is 3/4 heeler and 1/4 lab, while Grizzly is full blooded heeler, so by my calculations the puppies are 7/8 heeler and 1/8 lab. Luckily, though Grizzly’s mom raised Molly from the age of two weeks, they are not related.
One is already spoken for, so there are only nine left for you to choose from. They would make perfect little Christmas Stocking Stuffers!