Please join me in welcoming Julie to RAGOM. She came to us from a commercial breeder. Little did we know that she also had a few stowaways with her.
She has been in RAGOM's care for several weeks. She first went to a temp foster until her permanent foster could take her. She was with her permanent foster for two weeks and was heading to the vet Monday morning to get spayed.
When the vet examined her, it was clear that she was pregnant. Her foster was not prepared to whelp puppies. The vet told her if she was going to move to another foster she better move quickly.
A few phone calls were made and a wonderful transport arranged (all while practicing social distancing). Julie was delivered to me on Monday evening. I am her third foster. She is a wonderful dog and adapted to all the changes without any issues.
We spent Tuesday getting to know each other and setting up for puppies to come.
We had no idea she was pregnant, so we also had no idea what her due date would be. I have had several litters of pups here and was watching for any sign to tell me she was in labor. Wednesday night she was acting very uncomfortable and panting a bit, but she still had an appetite and ate all her meals that day.
On Thursday morning she only ate about half of her breakfast and was continuing to pant and could not get comfortable. I figured that Thursday was going to be the delivery day. She refused food the rest of that day. That is a good indicator that she was ready to give birth.
She wanted to go outside that evening at around 8:15 pm. It was still light outside so I took her out. She took care of her business and then stopped suddenly and a big gush of water came next. Her water had broken. We went back inside and waited.
I am thinking to myself, this is going to be a long night. Why do they always go into labor in the middle of the night?
The first puppy was born at 9:15 pm. The second one came at 9:58 pm. I am thinking to myself this is going to go on for a few hours. We had eight puppies that needed to get born.
The third one came much faster at 10:12 pm. They were coming pretty fast now and before I knew it number eight was born at 11:09 pm. That was record time. In two hours and ten minutes all the puppies were here and doing great! There are a few that are smaller but they are all gaining weight and Mama Julie is doing a great job taking care of them.
Let me introduce you to RAGOM's beautiful Easter Puppies!
Name - Sex - Meaning to the name
Faith - Girl - a strong belief in God's goodness
Shepherd - Boy - The Lord is our shepherd
Jonah - Boy- Jonah and the Whale
Trinity - Girl - The Father the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ
Jordan - Boy - Jesus was baptized in the river of Jordan
Gabriel - Boy - Gods Angel
Glory - Girl - The Glory of God
Angel - Girl - Messenger of God
We will update again soon so you can watch these babies grow!
Please Note: RAGOM will not be accepting applications for Julie's puppies until the puppies are available for adoption and are listed on our Adoptable Dogs page.