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The Birth Story

June 8, 2008

Vreni’s labor was long and hard. This is her first litter and a lot of times it is the hardest for them the first time. First stage labor started on Wednesday night at 10pm. This stage lasted until 12am on Thursday. First stage is basically the body getting itself ready for the puppies to come. Very mild contractions occur while she slowly dilates in preparation for the puppies to arrive.

2nd stage labor began at 1am on Friday morning. The first puppy was in the birth canal. She had medium contraction for 3 hours. Things were not progressing and I began to be concerned that something was going wrong. I would monitor the baby every hour to make sure he was still alive. This little guy sure was a trooper! Every time I would feel his nose he would move and I knew he was alive and well. At 6:30am I called my vet and told him the situation. We then decided to take her in right when my vet came to the office at 8am. Things were progressing too slowly and I was concerned for the first baby’s life.

Here we are loaded up and heading to the vet’s office at 7:30am.

The excitement of the car ride and vet visit stimulated her into stronger contractions and she was able to have this BIG baby on her own right there in the vet’s office! He was 1 1/2 pounds at birth! Strong and hearty. A blue ribbon was put on him. Vreni was so happy to see this baby finally make his arrival. She lovingly cleaned and cared for him. As soon as things were stable with them, Vreni with baby were loaded back into the car and we went on home so she could have the rest of her puppies in the quiet and comfortable environment of her home.

An hour and a half later out came baby number 2 — another male that was 1 pound, 4 ounces. A red ribbon was put on him.

In the next three hours the next three puppies were born. Daisy collar female — 1 pound, 4 ounces. Green collar male — 1 pound, 3ounces. Orange collar male — 1 pound, 3 ounces. She had no trouble with any of these. Each puppy was lovingly welcomed into the world by Vreni, myself, and good friend Mrs. F.

The sixth puppy was born dead at 7:15pm. She had obviously been dead several days to a week.

Vreni began labor with the 7th puppy at 10pm. When I monitored him in the birth canal, I could tell that he was already dead. He had probably died sometime early on in her labor. She labored very hard. She was able to get his head through the birth canal, but no more. She pushed and I pulled, but she was unable to have this puppy on her own. So at 11:30pm we took her and the puppies on another emergency trip to the vet clinic. He was able to get the baby out without having to do a cesarean. Vreni was not hurt during the process. This last baby was two pounds. And because he had been dead for several hours, he was stiff. That was why it was impossible for her to have this baby on her own. We were home by 12:30am and she settled in quickly with her five healthy puppies by her side.

Here she is on Saturday morning, feeling much better and very happy with her 5 puppies. She has a good appetite. She is sleeping a lot and getting good rest in to recover from the delivery process. The puppies are thriving! At only two days old they have already gained from 2-4 ounces each!

Now, to meet the puppies!

Blue collar male. The big guy. A trooper of a guy that came into the world kicking and ready to go! He has got a big head and neck on him!

Red collar male. Oh, what a cutie he is.

Daisy collar female. The little princess girl. I have a feeling that she is going to be extra spoiled. πŸ™‚

Green collar male. Those little feet stretched out are precious as can be!

Orange collar male. The youngest little boy. Snuggling with his mama’s leg.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristin permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:14 am

    Oh, Ava, HOW PRECIOUS! πŸ˜€ I am so glad that Vreni made it through okay!

  2. Carey Monroe permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:40 am

    Congratulations to you and to Vreni Ava, the puppies are beautiful. Carey

  3. Katie permalink
    June 9, 2008 2:11 am

    πŸ™‚ Those are big babies and so adorable. Vreni does look VERY happy in the pictures with her puppies! 8)

  4. Johannah Stanford permalink
    June 9, 2008 1:42 pm

    Vreni’s puppies are such little cuties! Please give each one a kiss from me. πŸ˜€ And give Daisy girl an extra kiss! I don’t know if I am going to be able to wait till your birthday to see them! Love, Johannah

  5. Emily permalink
    June 9, 2008 2:28 pm

    They are just so adorable!!!! I don’t know if we will get to see them in person but you can be sure we will try!!!

  6. priscilla permalink
    June 10, 2008 1:59 am

    Congrats Ava! The puppies are adorable, I think the little girl will be getting extra attention too. I think I perfect “all girl” name would be Ariel….have fun with them!

  7. May 4, 2009 5:06 pm

    What a delivery, that looked exhausting, glad mommy and puppies are doing well!

    We just had our first litter 7 weeks ago and thank goodness it went smooth, long but smooth with six healthy babies.

    Aren’t these Shepherds the cleanest and most nurturing mommies you have ever seen!

    Check us out at

  8. faith permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:13 pm

    hello my german shepherd is ahaving her firs litter i need help dont know what expect but your story please email with suggestion s i can give u my email

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