Ruby’s puppies are 1 week old tonight

I’ve no idea where the time has flown, but it’s a week tonight since Ruby whelped her litter.  The four pups are doing well; even the tiny one has doubled his weight.  He seems to have acquired a nickname already: “Mighty Mouse”.  He’s the one in Sue’s hands in the pictures below.

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Addendum Tuesday 23rd: Sadly, “Mighty Mouse” died last night. He was one of two that were only 2.5 ounces when born; half the size of the other three. The tiny bitch died after about 12 hours, but we thought Mighty Mouse had pulled through and he’d doubled his weight in a week. Sue had worked really hard topping him up with milk and making sure he got plugged on to Ruby regularly.

It was very sudden, which is what makes it more of a shock. If he’d been fading, we might have expected it. He was fine at 21:00, but dead when we looked again at 22:00. Nothing obvious to explain it. Sadly, one of those things that happens from time to time when you breed.

Ruby somehow seems much more settled with the other three this morning. She’d been quite restless for the past week; maybe she sensed there was something wrong with the little one. She was forever turning the blanket over and burying them all under it. This morning she’s happily sat on the blanket with the 3. Fingers crossed we’ll be OK with them now.

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