Ripley's puppies to Lakota-
Page 1; the birth
Ripley travelled from Yorkshire to Wales to meet Lakota -who just 3 weeks later at Crufts 2006 became the
first UK Malinois ever to win a Malinois CC
Lakota and Ripley got on really well, sniffed the ground, played, and then mated
8 weeks later
Ripley had a scan at 4 weeks and the vet (not our usual one) said he could see 5 or 6 pups
Then the long wait started.
Ripley kept us waiting -it felt like for an eternity but in reality it wasn't quite so bad!
Finally on day 65 she gave birth.
The first puppy has arrived, a dog. 12.47 am on April the 24th 2006.
The second pup, also a dog, arrived at 1.11 am
1.41 am and a bitch has arrived
Ripley is getting rather tired
Panting a lot
The fourth pup, a dog again, arrived at 2.33 am
The flash failed for pup number 5, which was another dog at 2.53 am so no photo.
Then the 6th and final pup, a bitch, arrived at 3.02 am
Whelping is a messy business as this picture shows!
Ripley washing her pups that still are quite wet
Then we did the usual -moved the pups into a tray so that the dirty bedding in the whelping box could be changed
It's hard to believe now that Rambo, and also Arnie, once were this small!
At 4 am when all was done John went to bed -for one hour, then he had to go to work!
Nice and clean now, all plugged in to mum's teats
All the pups
These are the 4 dogs
And these are the 2 bitches
Close up of a pup who already has a black nose
and of one who still has a pink nose (it will turn black in a couple of days)
Next: The first week