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The Bernese Mountain Dog Kennel
in the heart of Cape Breton Island, at the Shore of the Bras d'Or Lake
in Nova Scotia, CANADA
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11 (Yes: Eleven!!!) Bernese Mountain Dog puppies
were be born 19 March 2014.
6 boys and 5 girls.
OK, even if Senta looked pretty big, and our vet and many other signs told us we might expect six or seven puppies, we did not expect 11.
Eleven little Bernese Mountain Dog puppies is really a lot.
And it is much more than expected, but what else can we do than being graceful that everything went good so far and everybody involved is happy and healthy!
The weights at birth are between 437 Gramm and 651 Gramm, so that is pretty heavy as well.
Our special thanks to Dr. Chris Somerville and his team from the Baddeck Veterinary Clinic at Cape Breton Island.
Yes, it was a long night, but look at them, wasn't it worth every second?
The little Berners are 5 days old now, and they almost doubled theirs weights already.
The mother Senta is doing really, really well and
takes care about their puppies.
But of course, 11 is a really large number for a Bernese Mountain Dog litter.
So we already started to bottle feed the puppies to support the mother.
By the way, the father Moritz is not allowed to go close to the puppies. Senta is very protective.
So we try to avoid additional stress to her, and take Moritz away.
But it looks like he is very interested in who is making all that noise. And he is very eager to check the puppies out, but he has to wait a few more days before we introduce him to his issue.
Here is how they look like on their day 4 and 5:
28 March 2014
Today is day number 9 in the life of our Bernese Mountain Dog puppies.
They almost tripled their weights by now and Senta and Claudia feeding them.
Most of them are far over 1000 g now, that is over around 2 pounds.
They are very active and crawling around in the whelping box.
Eleven Bernese Mountain Dog puppies make a lot of noise already - if not sleeping.
But it needs some fantasy to imagine that this high pitch puling and cheeping will be a dark and powerful Bernese Mountain Dog bark in a few months.
My lovely wife posted a lot of videos on her facebook page. I still try to figure out, how I post videos on a website with Dreamweaver. Any ideas?
But after the snowstorm yesterday, I have to clean out our spot and our driveway today.
Furthermore I had to experience some computer problems yesterday and I attempted to fix it the whole day.
It didn't boot under Windows 8.1 and I could not check my e-mails at all.
I disassembled that thing and was inspecting the motherboard and many other little and funny looking thinks inside that big black box: nothing, no smell no noise no nothing.
But since my microwave didn't start neither, my wife at some hypotheses...
Yes, and based on the knowledge and experiences of an German Engineer, we finally found the problem for my computer's failure:
Here are some pictures from day number 9:
Featured Videos from our 2014 litter:
Here is the video from 2 April 2014: "Girls Power":
Here is the video taken on 6 April 2014: "Day 18":
Here is the video taken on 8 April 2014: "Day 20":
The heaviest boy just reached 2900 Gramm (that is over 6 lbs) and the heaviest Girl is 2500 Gramm now. Senta sit still feeding the puppies several times a day and at night as well.
In addition, Claudia is giving the bottle twice a day. Yes, that's right, to each single of the eleven puppies twice a day! But as you can see on the next picture, we have a helper...
Furthermore she started, to get the puppies used to more solid foods. Well it is more of a Baby mesh. And not to forget, the puppies are getting started to be trained to the toilet pads
Apr 10, 2014 - Day 22
Today, it was served puppy mash for breakfast. OK, there might be a little bit room to improve our table manners. But we are working on it.
But it is not an easy task if the puppy mash is mixed with a bit of honey...:-)
The little puppies got used to solid foods in the meantime. There is a daily serving of puppy mash and Senta is feeding is few times too.
But the absolutely highlight is the beef serving at least once a day.
By the way, there was absolutely no learning needed on how to eat the beef. I guess there are still some kind of wolf genes left...
The heaviest boy weights 4300 Gramm and the heaviest girl has 3700 Gramm by now.
Apr 25, 2014 - Day 37
Here are the newest videos from today:
Mai 1, 2014 - Day 43
Our puppies are 6 weeks old now.
Since the last snow patches in the dog pen is gone, the puppies play outside most of the day.
We have a hard time to get them inside the "Caste Senta", if a showers starts.
At night they puppies sleep inside "Castle Senta".
In the morning it is like a dam breaks: after a long night the flood of 11 "...full of energy puppies..." breaks free into the garden!
Mai 8, 2014 - Day 50
Feeding Time after a long stay inside of "Castle Senta":
More information about our litter you will find here very soon.