On April 2nd this year, Cynder had her 2nd litter of eight puppies. We weren’t expecting her to have such a large litter, but knew that she’d have more than her first litter of three puppies because she was so huge during her pregnancy.
We only had a small issue with the birth and had to tie off one baby’s umbilical cord. It appeared that Cynder had given birth to eight healthy babies and it was a sigh of relief to know that everything went well. Cynder loves being a mom and did such a wonderful job with both litters.
Dad and big sis patiently waited outside during the birth. Bowie was very curious. Winston, however, seemed to be quite ho-hum about it and had a worried look on his face. He would lose his best playmate again for at least a few weeks.
This was a good time for him to bond a little more with Bowie. It’s taken him a long time to get used to her as it is, even though she’s his daughter, it doesn’t seem to matter. She was born last September, so nine months later he’s finally accepted her. During the week of this new birth Winston was surgically fixed at our local vet and will no longer be able to produce puppies.
We had a pack of colored puppy collars ready to go and never needed a single one. Every one of these puppies was different in their own way. Not a single one was similar to the other. Here are some pictures below.
Ozzy has a very unique blue/brown left eye.
The puppy we originally chose to keep
Within a week of listing the puppies, they were all gone, and all remained local! We had chosen to keep Griff–we all bonded with her instantly, but things changed and we had to let her go. It was a very hard decision, but ironically her owner has kept in touch more frequently than anyone else and sends pictures via text. It’s wonderful.
We noticed that Munch–the smallest next to Griff–had issues not long after birth. She wasn’t able to nurse properly and didn’t seem to be getting enough nourishment. Not only that, she was rolling around and once she started to walk, she would fall a lot, shake and continuously cry. She constantly turned in circles and couldn’t hold her head up either. Cynder started separating her from the other puppies and we noticed she would be shaking off to the side often. Cynder seemed to know something was wrong with her. We started feeding her with a bottle and took her into the vet. They told us that it could be hydrocephalus (water on the brain), but there was no way of knowing for sure with her age. The vet told us because she was able to eat and her body functions were working, that we just had to give her time. The only other choice was to have her put down, but it wasn’t heavily recommended at this point and there was no way I was going to do that not knowing exactly what was going on.
Then, we noticed that she wasn’t responding to sound at all like the other pups. I would often come into the room and talk to the puppies, clap, and sing and noticed that Munch just wasn’t responding at all. You can see in the photo below that she would pretty much sleep through every sort of sound I made while the other puppies would lift their heads and became alert.
She slept more and continuously fell over. It didn’t help that the other pups were at least twice her size. The only other small pup was Griff and they seemed to bond well. Griff seemed to stay close to her–almost attached. The others would sleep right on top of her and I wondered how she could handle all that weight!
We knew we were going to have to keep Munch as we bonded with her right away and her future was/is uncertain. I wasn’t going to offer her to someone we didn’t know very well (for free) and jeopardize her future not knowing if she would receive the care she needed. I’ve heard too many horror stories, plus we love all our puppies so much! So, here we are and Munch is doing so much better. Most of her balance issues have corrected and she doesn’t fall as often. She does still seem to have some neurological issues, but she’s so much stronger than she was. As I mentioned, we planned to keep Griff too because she seemed to have a special bond with Munch, but with three other dogs already and soon to be four, we had to make the best decision for everyone, especially not knowing what future requirements Munch would need.
At the puppy check-up, the vet confirmed that Munch was most likely deaf, but suggested that we take her to a university hospital to find out what she ‘can’ hear if anything at all. We still plan to take her in to the university when she gets old enough, but she has to be at least 12 weeks old and she’s small for size. I suppose it’s possible that she could have something structurally wrong with her ears as they do stand a little differently than the other puppies, but we won’t know until we take her there and have her evaluated. I’ve read that most of the time congenital deafness in dogs has no explanation. They can live happy lives just as any other dog because unlike people, they don’t know they’re deaf in the first place. She’s responding to sign and understands thumbs up, sit, and down already. She’s super smart and she’s training well.
Life with Munch and her family is busy, but so enjoyable. She’s truly an inspiration and we love her so much. We feel very lucky to have her!
-Munch and Family Slideshow-
I can’t express how rewarding this experience has been for my family, but we won’t be having anymore puppies. This was Cynder’s last litter. All of the new owners are keeping in touch via email and text, so I’ll do updates from time to time on how Munch and the rest of the brood are doing. It’s such a blessing to be able to see these puppies grow and to hear about their adventures.
Thanks for reading! ❤ Happy Wednesday everyone. 🙂