Monday, December 25, 2017

The Mouss x Lexi Puppies are Two Weeks Old

Merry Christmas from Lexi and the Muppets!

December 25th 2017
The puppies turned 2 weeks old on Saturday and Lexi and the Muppets continue to do well.  Gains have been steady and we have some puppies that are weighing in at over two pounds now.  It truly is amazing how quickly they grow.  All of the littles have opened their eyes and they are all up on their legs, toddling albeit somewhat unsteadily, around the whelping box.

We had some special visitors come to see the puppies last weekend.  Delia, Lexi's co-owner and her family arrived to snuggle with the puppies and complement Lexi on her new brood.  Lexi was as always delighted to show off her progeny and the boys were gentle and calm with the little ones.

A little glimpse into the whelping box.

 During the past week the puppies' eyes were opening so we kept the lights dim in the room.  We have the television on and the shifting light that it emits creates a visual stimulation for the puppies.  A video of a fireplace is often on the tv - the perfect background of soft flickering light.  We also play music throughout the day, usually classical although for this litter they have been exposed to an array of Christmas songs instead!  The music offers further stimulation for the pups' developing brains. 

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our 
Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Mouss x Lexi Puppies are One Week Old

Lexi and her puppies December 12
The puppies turned one week old today and all are doing well.  Lexi is a doting mother and seems to be quite pleased with her puppies. She is very good at making sure they are clean and content. The pups are still very dependant on Lexi, their eyes and ears have not yet opened and they are not yet able to regulate their own temperature so need her for warmth and nourishment.  

Puppy pile up - December 11
They are getting better at moving around the whelping box and spend all their time eating or sleeping.  We have begun doing Early Neurological Stimulation exercises with the puppies as well as Early Scent Introduction. I'm spending lots of time with mama Lexi and her litter and in my opinion, it is time well spent!  I find myself mesmerized as I watch these precious neonates breathing and nursing and I love the sweet cooing and chirping sounds that they make.  Here is a video from earlier in the week. 

The theme for this litter is The Muppet Show and the puppies have all been given names of Muppet characters.  

Black collar is Fozzie, Tan collar is Beaker,  Green collar is Kermit
Purple collar is Rowlf,   Blue collar is Gonzo,   Orange collar is Animal
Yellow collar is Scooter, Red collar is Camilla, Pink collar is Miss. Piggy

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress please like our page and join us there!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Northrock's "H" Litter - The Mouss and Lexi Puppies are Here

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of the
Lexi x Mouss' puppies born December 9th, 2017.

BPIS CH Northrock's Eureka CGN by BleuZorange C Boom Frimouss B

Lexi had an uneventful pregnancy and we were delighted when her ultrasound revealed that she was carrying a nice sized litter.  On the evening of December 9th Lexi began delivering her puppies and was all done whelping her litter of 9 within a period of three hours.  It was a safe and speedy whelping and we are grateful that all went well.

There are 7 males and 2 females and we look forward to watching these beautiful puppies grow. We are ever so thankful to Lexi's co-owner Delia Bucknell and her family as well as Mouss' co-owner Carol Brown and his breeder Denyse Rousseau for helping to make this litter possible.