It’s been a sad Easter weekend. Both puppies died along with 3 more of the litter of 9 being fostered elsewhere. The first puppy cried/screamed with every breath for over 12 hours. I woke suddenly from dozing in my chair early Sunday morning to “quiet” and I knew he was gone. The second puppy wasn’t acting much better but I continued to work with him until he died this morning at 4 am.
After the excruciating death of Puppy A I prayed that Puppy B would die sooner rather than later if he wasn’t going to survive and I added that I hoped he would die in his sleep.
That was at 3:45 am this morning. His tub was by my chair and when he started whimpering after the last feeding at 3:15, I put my hand into the tub and laid it on his chest. He felt chilly so I put another towel over him and before long he stopped crying softly and I took my hand out so I could sleep. Obviously Puppy B died at that moment because he was in that exact position this morning when I woke for the 5:30 feeding. God answered my prayer.
As of this morning, 5 puppies out of 9 have died. The foster director put out a message to those of us with the orphan pups that the infection, sepsis, that took their mother’s life could likely have passed to the babies and we were probably fighting an uphill battle. And we were all helpless to care for them.
I have acquaintances in CO who are experts in the field of feeding tiny puppies and getting them to thrive. We have talked many times in the last two days and the information I learned will be my guide if this ever happens again. I won’t bore you with the facts here but will just say my puppies likely died from being fed with a syringe and they aspirated. They were so little and the nipples we were given just were too big and stiff so we all resorted to feeding the puppies with a syringe. And they thrive best when fed whole goat milk instead of milk replacer.
I have some more things on my mind but I’m cleaning up all the puppy equipment and towels, etc. right now. I’m very sad but God really answered my prayer and 5 puppies have now been reunited with their Momma over the Rainbow Bridge.