Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Eleven Days Old - new best bud

I bought the pup this little stuffed toy yesterday. It is for puppies, there is a warming bag inside of it that we microwave for 30 seconds and it gets all nice and warm. Pup loves to get underneath it and snuggle with it. He bonded with it immediatly and they have been best buds ever since. If he gets fussy and it isn't time for him to eat yet, we warm up his friend and put it next to him and he calms right down.

We seem to be settling into a routine. He eats about every 3 hours, sometimes sooner and I never let him go more than 4 hours without eating. I would like to start keeping track of his weight but he is way to wiggly for the kitchen scale.

We are still waiting for another elimination, nothing happened yesterday so if nothing happens by this afternoon another enema is in his future. That IS not going to be fun! I am thinking of adding a touch of Karo Syrup to his formula to see if that will get things moving.

Today I am optimistic about the pups future. He seems to be getting stronger everyday and I noticed yesterday his posture is becoming more like a pup and less like a fetus. I am still preparing myself and my kids for a possible heartbreak.

Update: I got a few e mails and a couple of comments about puppy not being warm enough with just his bud. He also has a heating pad in with him set on low so he is staying warm. Thanks for the concern.


Molly Fallica said...

You are the sweetest thing. To care for something so small with a little bit of fight in him.
How wonderful you are!!!

Can I put I link on my blog to you?

Hope so,

annie said...

I just found your blog via the daily coyote. What an inspiration you both are! I will pray that little puppy is able to thrive and grow. your relationship with his dog is going to be amazing when he is grown!

Sravana said...

Hi there Chris,
It's very important to keep pups warm - I'm glad you got the warming toy. My friend who raises champion toy poodles keeps the puppies very warm, I think she uses a warm light and/or heating pad. I think that puppies can't regulate their temp like babies, and they usually are all in a heap to stay warm. Just a thought

Birchsprite said...

What a lovely little puppy and good on you for giving him a chance.

I vaguely remember reading somewhere about someone who was hand rearing an abandoned puppy and they put a ticking clock with a hot water bottle. I think it made the pup think it's mummy's heartbeat was still there and it helped sooth it.

Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

Looks better today! Glad he likes his new bud! Keep us posted!

Marsha said...

Clever toy, that way he feels like he's not the only one there. Has he got a name or is it too early or optimistic for one just yet? Since we are watching Charlie grow, we need a name for our pup. Good Luck, and can't wait to see him get bigger.

Tonjia said...

Chris, I am so proud of you and all of the family for working with this puppy. I am keeping all fingers crossed that he just has a cleft lip, that would be awesome.
Keep up the good work, you are giving Pup a chance!

randomstuff said...

I just came over from Daily Coyote too. You're bookmarked right along with that site. I'll be thinking of you guys.

hellohahanarf said...

did the vet tell you about wiping the pups belly and rear end with a warm washcloth after feedings? i seem to remember that the momma dog would lick the puppies after they ate and it stimulates them to eliminate.

good luck! i'll keep your family and that sweet little baby in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

The puppy is looking good, chris! I'll keep checking back every day to see how he is doing.I'm praying for him. MJ