Mossy and Moon arrived at the CaveInn together in mid-October when they were just 8 weeks old. Here we go headed into the colder months and raising 2 puppies. These two were quite the pair and continue today to be best of friends.
Moon has always been the spirited one, always curious. Mossy has been our big bear with a heart of gold. Their birthdays are just a day apart and have recently turned 6. This is really about the time we retire our girls from raising puppies and begin a leisure life, or move on to complete a new family all their own.
Mossy was bred with Cave one last time and things seemed to be progressing normally with a nice belly and developing as we would expect.
This is where I need to say that breeding is not for the faint of heart.
Mossy began spotting. She was acting very normal, but this was not normal. Off to the vet we go and after a few tests and xrays we left with medicine and instructions to keep her quiet and a close eye on her. The xray did confirmed her pregnancy, but there was concern about her being able to carry to term. We were ready for anything. It was a pretty quiet week and we returned the next week for more xrays. This confirmed that she had miscarried. But how? Why?
I think this is as much of a mystery for canines as for humans. At this point Mossy’s milk had come in and she was physically ready for puppies. We cried together as we helped her through the weeks that followed. We were fortunate there was no crisis with Mossy and she has indeed recovered nicely. She is still sleeping between us and ends up with her head on my pillow most nights. That’s okay, well done our majestic Mossy. Her puppies are her legacy and we will treasure every update we receive.
Moon was also bred with Cave and due just days after Mossy. Her xray revealed what looked like 5 puppies. All was good and she began labor right on her due date. This was a longer labor for Moon, but she did deliver 5 beautiful white babies. Her very first puppy was one of the smallest ever born here.
This was reminiscent of her litter in May of 2017. There was one puppy born very small yet was actively nursing and we had hope she would survive.
This sweet little one did not survive. I was with her and Moon as she faded away. One of the toughest days for me.
So here we were with yet another very small girl. She gained a little weight which was encouraging and was nursing well. On day 3 I decided to begin sponge feeding her goats milk, I went to get the supplies I needed and when I returned to the nursery, she was gone. We had named her Goldie and we were going to do all we could to help her thrive.
Moon was a bit out of sorts. We let Goldie stay with her for a little while hoping this may help her cope. Moon is an amazing Lab and momma. I stayed close by her in the nursery all this week and I’m happy to say she’s back to her spirited self. We went for a nice walk today and she enjoyed getting out to stretch her legs. She is smiling again and loving on her 4 little leaves as they nurse and are getting very round.
Moon will be retired in 2019.
Time just seems to slip away. These two beautiful. loyal girls will always have a part of our hearts and have given many parents happy, healthy puppies!