My phone rang at 11:30 pm. I always panic, that is not a normal time for me to get phone calls. By the time I got out from underneath the pile of furies on top of me, I had a message.
It was Joy from The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs. Cricket was in labor and she had already had her first puppy, a little girl. I knew there was a litter of puppies on it’s way, but I really hadn’t put it on my radar, so I had to scramble to get my gear together and get out the door.
It wasn’t long and Cricket was sending her second baby out into the world. Each baby weighed in at a healthy 1 lb., give or take an ounce or two. Then each baby was given a different colored ribbon to tie around their necks. They are weighed daily and everything is documented just to make sure that they grow up to be healthy golden retrievers.
Cricket was amazing. She knew exactly what to do and when to do it and she took everything in stride. We cuddled her babies for her as she did her job and although she didn’t seem to mind, she knew where her babies were at all times. Humans could take a lesson or two from their canine companions.
Once the fifth baby was born, three girls and two boys, they all bellied up to the bar for a feeding frenzy. We could watch the bellies as they filled up.
After a few hours of sleep for everyone, I went back over to enjoy the less than 12 hour old pups. They were so darn cute.
I was completely in love with the dainty little paws, it was already time to clip their nails.
Cricket was quite pleased with her brood. Every new momma should look so fabulous.
And when she stood up, they all fell into place, but only for a brief moment. I was amazed at how strong and how quickly these little guys could move around.
And now the fun begins. They will start their training immediately. Volunteers come in to pet the puppies. By the time they move in with puppy trainers, between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks, they will be almost house broken and on their way to knowing their basic commands.
I will be following this litter all the way to graduation day in 18 months. More puppy pics to come.
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