Not For The Faint Of Heart
Anyone raising puppies experiences heart ache, today is one of those days. Our lovely little girl Flounder had her c-section yesterday and she had 4 FAT GORGEOUS babies, 3 girls and 1 boy. This is her first litter and the sire is AKC CH Daystar's Mr. Bullisitic "Gunner". Unfortunately about 5 am this morning I noticed orange collar girl was bloating and her belly was turning blue, the dreaded blue belly or septicemia had occurred. I did all I know to do to save her (injectable antibiotics and fluids) but my efforts were not rewarded. We know how to care for umbilical stumps and these pups were clamped at birth and dipped in white iodine several times, but poor Flounder had a horrific bout of diarrhea at 2 am and she literally exploded all over her blankets and her babies, she couldn't help it, it happens. At 2 am, just 14 hours old, the puppies got their first bath, by 5 am I could see orange girl was bloated, blue and whining, I suspect that some of the diarrhea got into her umbilical stump as I had seen some of of the poo on her belly and her half dried cord. That is orange girl in the photo, she passed about 3 pm this afternoon, a perfect, fat, healthy baby, it all happened so fast! I am very sad this evening :(
On a brighter note, Flounder looks quite chuffed at her accomplishment and is grinning from ear to ear, I can tell you who WASN'T grinning at 2 am as I scrubbed liquid poo off everything including the new babies. Flounder's puppies have gained a tiny bit of weight today and that is always a relief to have new babies gain quickly.
Welcome to Must Be Frenchies remodeled website and our "new to us" blog page. We are still the same Must Be Frenchies that has been around forever, just thought it was time to refresh our look.
This blog is just for daily quibble and rantings, some days you may find me sharing really good information (about French Bulldogs of course) and other days you may just find me sleepless with patches of hair missing, I am a French Bulldog breeder and when we have new puppies I get ZERO sleep!
This little lovely above is our Matriarch of the pack, she is 8 year old Candie who has retired and taken up residence in our laundry room, she also chose the avocado box herself! We are always grabbing heavy duty boxes from the grocery and Candie found this one laying about unattended so she moved in. Some days you can find her laying in her box just licking the inside of the box, contentedly ... licking ... the waxy ... covering of the box ... maybe it has traces of avocado flavor on it? Or maybe she is just weird? We think it is the latter of these 2 options! None the less, Candie is one of our foundation females and you know she must be special as she shares her name with my only child Candace :) As you peruse the various pedigrees on the site you will notice her name, Mobulls Cadillac's N Cotton Candie, appear many times, she was the best mom ever and has the personality of a daisy .... or maybe it is more like an avocado? :) Cat
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