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Ms. Foxy and her puppies—"I answered an ad on craigslist for a litter of mixed Pug puppies. I was curious so I went out and took a look. They of course were adorable, with their puppy breath and sweet kisses. As I was talking to the owners a little Yorkie girl walked into the room. She was very tangled, has lots of fleas and smelled like she needed a bath. I asked about her. The man replied of we are down sizing (puppy mill) and she has got to go. I pleaded with them to give her to me. They were looking for "donations" for their pups. I offered $40 and they jumped on it. Foxy was her name. She was so malnutritioned and in need of love and tenderness. She was scared at first, but after I cleaned her up, trimmed her hair and nails and gave her some quality food, she perked right up. I was in love instantly. Well as the month went along, Ms. Foxy was gaining weight rapidly. And by June 1st I realized she was expecting. And GOD only knows who the daddy is. We watched her closely and babied her just as I do my children. She slept in the bed by me every night. On July 1st, labor set in. We had prepared a whelping box and had all the needed supplies. I had visited your web sight daily if not several times daily. I learned so much from it. I didn't even know what whelping meant nor had I heard of a whelping box. The first pup, who was the biggest, was a dry birth. Foxy was in a lot of pain. I had to apply lubrication on my finger and help him out. I saw his face and she was pushing, so I helped her along. He found my finger and started suckling on it and I just cried. He came out about 20 seconds later. After that his 6 brothers and sister followed. They were all much easier and came very fast. Foxy has proven to be a wonderful mom. I am in love with all the babies and have no idea how I could ever part with even one. Foxy has blessed our lives so much in the short time that we have had her and I look forward to watching the litter grow and develop. I thank you so much for having this web site. I learned so much and continue learning daily, as I visit you daily. GOD bless and please keep posting." Mary Jo in North Carolina Proud mommy to Ms. Foxy and family



Ms. Foxy and her 25 day old puppies—"This is an update on our surprise from Mama Foxy. All 7 puppies are thriving and are so very smart. Today is their 25th day here on planet earth and we have started using a potty training method I found here on your wonderful website. This website has pretty much been my puppy bible these last few months. I can't thank you enough for all your stories, ideas and your knowledge of our canine furry friends and family. Without YOU my puppies and mom would have died. Thank you and GOD bless, from Mama Foxy. Mary Jo and 7 of the sweetest and most wonderful, smart, beautiful puppies in North Carolina!"

Puppies at 25 days old in the potty area of their whelping box

Ms. Foxy and her 25 day old puppies

Ms. Foxy and her 25 day old puppies

Ms. Foxy and her 25 day old puppies



Lola the Yorkshire Terrier Having Puppies


63 days pregnant, Yorkshire Terrier Dam just before giving birth

Lola, 63-day pregnant Yorkshire Terrier dam pictured just before giving birth.


Contraction, puppy is going down to the birth canal

Lola is having a contraction; puppy is going down to the birth canal.

Head out (you can see ears bottom of sack

Head out (you can see ears at the bottom of the sac).




Same puppy - all out

Same puppy—all out

Newborn puppy still inside the sac

Newborn puppy still inside the sac

Yorkie puppy just born getting its first taste of mommy's milk

Yorkie puppy just born and getting its first taste of mommy's milk.

Second Yorkie puppy just born

Second Yorkie puppy just born

Dam eating the placenta

In the third stage of labor the dam will deliver the placenta. There will be one placenta per puppy. Usually the dam will deliver one puppy followed by a placenta. Keep track of the placentas because sometimes a dam will not have them in this order. For example some may have two puppies and then two placentas. This is a Yorkshire Terrier dam eating the placenta. Eating the placenta after birth is a normal instinct for many animals. Dogs and cats both do this. The animals like it, but eating too many placentas may cause diarrhea or vomiting, so if you have a large litter you may want to remove some of the placentas to prevent this from happening.

Newborn Yorkshire Terrier puppy one hour old

Newborn Yorkshire Terrier puppy, one hour old.

All four healthy puppies day 3 after birth

All four healthy puppies, three days after birth

Yorkie Dam with her 4 healthy puppies one week after birth

Lola, a Yorkie dam, with her four healthy puppies one week after birth


Lola's Yorkshire Terrier puppies at 3 weeks old

Lola's Yorkshire Terrier puppies at three weeks old.


"Mommy Mya is a 4-year-old Peke-a-Chon who gave birth to 5 little puppies. They were born a couple days early. On Thanksgiving Sunday of all days!!! Three of the five pups are running, playing and growing healthy :) The father of the puppies is a neighbor's cute 3-year-old purebred Mini Dachshund named Rusty :) I wanted to share the photos of the adorable babies Mommy Mya. This is her first litter and was not a planned pregnancy. They are adorable. xoxox"








Whelping and Raising Puppies Picture Pages


If you have pictures of your dam giving birth that you would like to share, send them in!




So You Want to Breed Puppies

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding Dogs

Stages of Puppy Development

Whelping and Raising Puppies: Breeding age

Reproduction: (The Heat Cycle): Signs of Heat

Breeding Tie

Dog Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Guide Prenatal Care

Pregnant Dogs

Pregnant Dog X-Ray Pictures

Full-Term Mucus Plug in Dog

Whelping Puppies

Whelping Puppy Kit

First and Second Stage of Dog's Labor

Third Stage of Dog's Labor

Sometimes Things do not go as Planned

Mother Dog Almost Dies on Day 6

Whelping Puppies Unfortunate Troubles

Even Good Moms Make Mistakes

Whelping Puppies: A Green Mess

Water (Walrus) Puppies

C-Sections In Dogs

C-Section Due to Large Dead Puppy

Emergency Cesarean Section Saves Pups Lives

Why dead puppies in utero often require c-sections

Whelping Puppies: C-section Pictures

Pregnant Dog Day 62

PostPartum Dog

Whelping and Raising Puppies: Birth to 3 weeks

Raising Puppies: Puppy Nipple Guarding

Pups 3 Weeks: Time to start potty training

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 4

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 5

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 6

Raising Puppies: Pups 6 to 7.5 Weeks

Raising Puppies: Pups 8 Weeks

Raising Puppies: Pups 8 to 12 Weeks

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Dogs

Mastitis in Dogs

Mastitis In Dogs: A Toy Breed Case

Why are Toy Breeds are Harder to Train?

Crate Training

Showing, Genetics and Breeding

Trying to Save a Fading Dachshund Puppy

Whelping and Raising Puppies Stories: Three Puppies Born

Whelping and Raising Puppies: All puppies do not always survive

Whelping and Raising Puppies: A Midwoof Call

Whelping and Raising a Full Term Preemie Puppy

Whelping Small for Gestational Age Puppy

C-Section on Dog Due to Uterine Inertia

Eclampsia is Often Fatal for Dogs

Hypocalcemia (low calcium) in Dogs

SubQ hydrating a Puppy

Whelping and Raising a Singleton Pup

Premature Litter of Puppies

A Premature Puppy

Another Premature Puppy

Pregnant Dog Absorbing Fetus

CPR Needed to Save One Puppy

Whelping Puppies Congenital Defects

Puppy with Umbilical Cord Attached to Foot

Puppy Born with Intestines on the Outside

Gone Wrong, Vet Makes it Worse

Dog Loses Litter and Starts to Absorb Puppies

Whelping Puppies: Unexpected Early Delivery

Dog whelps 5 days early due to dead pups

Lost 1 Puppy, Saved 3

An Abscess on a Puppy

Dewclaw Removal Done Wrong

Whelping and Raising Pups: Heat Pad Caution

Whelping and Raising a Large Litter of Dogs

Whelping and Raising Dogs While Working

Whelping a Messy Litter of Pups

Whelping and Raising Puppies Picture Pages

How to Find a Good Breeder

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding

Hernias in Dogs

Cleft Palate Puppies

Saving Baby E, a Cleft Palate Puppy

Saving a Puppy: Tube Feeding: Cleft Palate


Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.

C-Section in a Large Breed Dog

Newborn Puppies... What you need

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Puppies: 1 to 3 Days Old

Things do not always go as planned (imperforate anus)

Orphaned Litter of Pups (not the plan)

Raising Puppies 10 Days Old Plus +

Raising Puppies 3 Week Old Puppies

Raising Puppies 3 Weeks - time to start potty training

Raising Puppies 4 weeks old

Raising Puppies 5 weeks old

Raising Puppies 6 weeks old

Raising Puppies 7 weeks old

Socializing the Puppies

Mastitis in Dogs

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Dogs Main

Whelping and Raising Puppies, a new found respect


Whelping: Close-to-Textbook Case

Puppies' Progress Chart (.xls spreadsheet)

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Full Term Mucus Plug - 1

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 2

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 3

Cuban Mysti Puppies: One-Day-Old Pups 4

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