Well, things did not go exactly as planned. On November 6th, Tuli delivered six puppies in fewer than four hours. They were healthy and active. They weighed between 7.3 ounces and 10.5 ounces. There were three boys and three girls. This is the litter at the beginning.
On day five, three puppies died within four hours. It was unexpected as all had been nursing well and were very active. We lost two girls and one boy. The lab at Texas A & M Vet School is trying to determine the cause of death. Originally, I thought it was Canine Herpes Virus, but the lab says it was not. They are culturing to determine what might have killed the babies.
We have three puppies remaining. They are 17 days old today. They are eating well and are very active. The two boys are over two pounds each and the little girl is at one pound. Tuli is a great mom! It’s interesting that the three smallest puppies at birth are the survivors.
I am hoping that these babies continue to thrive. Perhaps the girl is a show puppy as I intend to keep her. We will see how Banter grows and decide where he should live when we are able to evaluate him.
I’m grateful that Tuli is well and thinking good thoughts for the little ones.