has been mated to Bei Wei Botai.
Before mating we
had progesterone tests done, as Luna
is very difficult to read when it
comes to the correct day. The
vet and Botai agreed about it though
and it didn't take long for the
experienced Don Juan to charm
himself upon the not as experienced
visited her for two days and it
was an amorous couple that was
forced to say good bye at the
doorstep when Botai went home to Jægerspris. If
it is true, that a Chow bitch must
be in love with her partner before
succeeding - well, then she must be pregnant.
is pregnant. With two weeks left
she is already oppressed and find
life to be rough, but it does not
keep her from leading
the pack on her daily walk as usual .
whelping box is ready. Want to see it -
Finally the little ones have
arrived. The waiting has been long
and Luna has been restless for
several days, but this doesn't
matter as now the puppies are
sleeping in the box..
Luna seems pleased with her first
litter of four. Two dogs and two
bitches. One of the males is black,
while the rest of the litter are all
16-05-2009 - Day 1: Our
happiness has turned to big
sorrow. Luna suddenly died from us and
the puppies - and now we are
concentrated on giving the puppies
the best start in life according to
the given circumstances.
It is inexpressibly hard, but in all
this sorrow we must be happy for
four strong pups, that are
increasing their weight and are
functioning in every way. They need
our full attention right now.
loss of Luna is unbearable.
19-05-2009 - Day 4: Luna's puppies have now
passed three days which is the most
critical period and
it is a bunch of tough riff-raff's.
They eat good and function in every
way. Tessa is doing her best to help
nursing them, but is pretty careful
still. She never had a litter
herself and this is a whole new
experience to her.
22-05-2009 - Day 7: The puppies are eating
well and it's amazing how fast they
grow. Today they are seven days. It
has been great to read veterinarians
testimony that the puppies have the
same chance of a great healthy life as
if they were nursed by their mother.
23-05-2009 - Day 8: Just as we have
believe, that the puppies will do
alright, the small bitch stopped
eating from one meal to the next.
She suddenly ate very little formula, but totally
lost interest in the teat
after a few ml. At first we were not
that alarmed, as they have done that
once in a while all of them, just to gain this in the next
meal. She was still active and warm.
The next meal wasn't better and now
we began to worry and kept an eye on
her all the time to make sure she
kept herself warm and functioned. In
the end she was forcibly
fed with a pipette instead of the
bottle to make sure she had
something to eat. This took almost an hour
and afterwards she collapsed more
and more and we kept her close to
our skin to keep her warm. But she
didn't want to live anymore and 6
O'clock this morning, one week after
her mum, she died.
The two males and the last bitch shows no sign on not wanting
to live, but this reminds us on how
fast things can turn around.
26-05-2009 - Day 10: The puppies have now
started to use their noses, when we
pick them up. And already they
believe, they are to big for the
whelping box. Most of the time
they spent laying spread out on the floor.
29-05-2009 - Day 13: We have had our ups and
downs, but fortunately mostly ups.
The puppies are gaining weight as
supposed and they are big and
strong. In spite of that we now twice
had to hurry to the emergency vet,
because one of them without warning
suddenly refused to suck the feeding
bottle. They then are fed a few
meals by tube and are on their toes
again within a few hours.
Now we have the equipment here at
home, and we have been taught how to
use it - this must be the best
protection against needing it again.
The first eye has gleamed behind an
eye-lid. It was the bitch wanting to
see the world, but she hurried to
shut it of again. And they are now
seeking for at place away from their
sleeping madras to make their
31-05-2009 - Day 15: Now the licking
reflex is working and tonight the
red male had his first self-helped
drink of water. They all have a chap
where the eyes will end up.
03-06-2009 - Day 19: So much is
happening these days. All three of
them have now eyes, the teeth are
finding their way out of the gums, they
sniff around in the box to find each
other and the bitch can certainly
hear when we talk to her. All of
them are up on their legs and manage
without problems to enter the slope
to the whelping box and the slippery
wooden floors. The boys are a little
More and more they do their own
toilette, but they keep us busy
anyway and more than four hours
between the meals are not accepted.
Even if the vets recommend every six
hours in this age.
05-06-2009 - Day 21: It was great
fun opening up to the puppies this
morning as immediately they spotted
me, they came running towards me on
their unsteady legs - unmistakably
with the joy of recognition. Before
it was the scent, that attracted
them, but today they could see and
hear it was their mistress that came.
06-06-2009 - Day 22: Now they are
playing - today the bitch took the
black by the scruff of the neck and
shook him thoroughly. He didn't
stand a chance.
07-06-2009 - Day 23: We are
practising to eat regular food. The
last few days, we have tried with a
little raw beef, cheese and puppy
food mixed with raw beef and
formula. But apparently this is not
good enough for our little bitch, so
tomorrow we will feed her Specific
wet-feeding as recommended by
Annalise Stagebo. All three do
master the technique, but find the
bottle more cosy. They have moved
from our living room to the kitchen
where the floor is more friendly to
11-06-2009 - Day 27: Things are
going rather quickly at the moment.
We have had some logistic
challenges, because our lovely
dog-sitting neighbour has gone ill
and had to go to hospital today. And
when we suddenly found ourselves
with only one car, it was a little
hard to manage everything.
The puppies eat a lot of regular
food and they have already grown
fond of different sort of foods.
They mainly eat Hills, which they
soon must do without to have puppy
pellets instead. Thee still love the
bottle twice a day.
They are really affectionate and
love to go to sleep in our arms.
Michael and Fie were on a short stay
from The Netherlands to enjoy the
13-06-2009 - Day 29: Yesterday
Anette and Nigel visited us for the
first time. It seems that the black,
who might end up to be called Anton,
will move to Zealand. It will be
hard to sent him this far from home,
but he will love his new family.
They already adore him.
Later my niece Janni with her
daughter Ea, who is only 1
year and 4 month, came - and Ea was
actually really good with the little
Today , Mai-Britt and Henrik came
by. So much has happened since they
last were here three weeks ago.
Approx. 1½ kg. more dog and from
being a little helpless sausage, he
now is a big, determined guy.
We let the pups out every time they
scream and then they sit and do
their toilette after a few seconds.
They are so clever, they are.
- Day 30: We have been waiting for
this a long time - I mean, the day
were a little tail will waggle at
the bottom end of the dog, when it
hears our voices. And finally it
happened. First Anton waggled wildly
at Preben - afterwards even wilder
it was at Tufai. Then Chewbacca took
his turn. But tiny Hsin Te does not
really master the technique yet. I
believe, it will be tomorrow, she
will waggle at ME!
- Day 36: Oh, so much is happening.
The puppies are more active now and
are running some tremendous tours on
the lawn. Anton spurt happy along
for full speed earlier today. Why -
because he can!
All the garden is safe by now and
they are confident going to the
farthest end, without siblings or
other support. First a little bit
hesitant, but now filled with
A lot of hands have been on patting
visits. New everyday - all age
groups and sizes. And the little
ones just love the attention. The
vacuum cleaner is the dangerous
element in a safe everyday life.
Ushi takes responsibility for the
pups when we have visitors.
The pups shows no more interest in
23-06-2009 - Day 39:
During the morning walk in the
garden, Hsin Te suddenly catch eye
on me from the other end of the
garden. She runs with full speed on
her short legs towards me to stop in
front of me and waggle her tail like
mad. Life is great.
Ushi shows more and more
responsibility and has even started
to play with the pups. Her favourite
is Hsin Te - maybe because I already
told her this is Luna's little girl
and we are going to keep her.
Day 43: Chewbacca had guests today.
His new family from Randers oaid him
a visit and I believe he showed his
best behaviour. he is a little bit
naughty, and might need to learn
what no is an extra time or two. But
Mai-Britt and Henrik likes the
challenge, so I think they will
manage those three. At least they
haven't been scarred away and they
will be back to get him the 10th of
July. If they can find him. LOL
28-06-2009 - Day
44: Last night we were out - for the
second time in the six weeks we have
had the pups. It is strange being
departed for such a long time and
without Ushi and our wonderful
neighbour it would not have been
possible. Even if they go in and out
through the dog flap they need
company and must be fed. They were
just so happy when we got home and
the tails waggled at every little
Anton had practised on getting his
ears up and in place all evening and
this morning he succeeded. To small
triangles are raising to the sky. He
is such a clever little boy.
In general the pups are much more
interested in playing with us now and
not just each other.
- Day 47: Today it was time for a
visit to the vet. As the puppies are
feed with formula, we were
recommended to inoculate now and at
the same time we had them chipped
and made a health check.
Veterinarian Peter Weis was happy to
see the puppies as the clinic have
followed the course since before we
decided to mate Luna. Peter Weis is a German Shepherd
guy, but there is no doubt, that
Luna a very special space also in
The veterinary expert
valuation is, that this is a bunch
of very fine puppies in in good
condition, He had absolutely no
remarks. Both males have their
testicles in place in the scrotum.
But it was so hot for the pups.
First driving in the car, then a
looong time in the clinic and then
the trip back home. Both males do
not really fin driving by car is a
hit, but at least they didn't get
sick. Hsin Te tried to comfort them
and she licked her brothers
solicitously on the way.
- Day 49: Today the puppies had
their treatment for worms and they
need that twice later. Next time
here, but the last time, the vet
gave us small packages for each pup
to give in their new homes.
Oh my God, they are full of
mischief. They are very good at
finding out what to do when together
and when the temperature allows it
(it is very hot). They are live
Maybe Ushi is having puppies soon -
if not, then Anton is not to blame.
He has done his best all day.
There is only one week until
Chewbacca is moving to Randers - of
course it is great he is having a
fine new home, but it will be more
than difficult to do without him.
- Day 56: Eight weeks have passed
rapidly. Today we had to sent
Chewbacca to Randers. He is going to
be townsman, if you meet a little
naughty puppy in the Area around
Randers Rainforest - then it is
He needs to learn how to live with
to elderly cats, but he has already
had the best teacher in our own
Now we are looking forward to him
coming for his vacation while his
family is out on a trip.
14-07-2009 - Day 60: Today
Anette & Nigel departed with Anton.
It was a long drive for him,
but fortunately it went well and we
have already received the first
pictures of Anton cooling himself in