Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Five Years Old

The pups are five today. Since they still act like puppies most of the time, it's easy to forget how much time has flown by. We do know that our lives were changed that cold October day in 2006. We're having a party a little later. Today it's raining for the first time in weeks so we're waiting to see if it clears up. If not, we'll party on the porch. Till then, here are some 'then and now' pictures of my furkids.

This was Samba the afternoon of October 25th. She was grabbing the last rest that she'd get for quite a while. Later the pups would arrive and nobody in the house would get any rest for weeks. She really doesn't look like she's carrying nine puppies, does she?

At 11:11 that night Tess was born. She weighed 9 ounces.
Here is Tess today.

At 12:28AM Sky was born weighing 8 ounces.

At 1:25 AM Lola arrived weighing in at 9.5 ounces.

At 1:58AM we welcomed Grace weighing 8 ounces.
Grace would go to live with J and Splash.

At 2:17AM Bailey arrived weighing in at 8 ounces.

At 2:36AM Indy was born weighing 8 ounces.

Indy would later go to live in Oklahoma and become Gib.

At 3:08 AM Noah came along weighing 6 ounces.

We had a bit of a wait while Samba rested, then at 5:18 puppy number 8 was born weighing 11 ounces,but there was a problem. His umbilical cord was torn and he was bleeding badly. Although we were able to stop the bleeding, he seemed to have suffered some brain damage and we were never able to get him to nurse. He wasn't breathing well and the next day we had him put down. The only picture that exists of him is this one.
He's the one in the upper left hand corner with the orange collar. He was the largest pup and had a lot of white markings.

At 6:40 AM Miss Norma Jean came along weighing in at 10 ounces. She was the last one born.

They were quite an active litter from day one and they haven't slowed down a bit.

Happy fifth birthday to my puppies. You have brought so much joy to my life. I can't imagine life without you in it.


bbes tribe said...

Fantastic! Really like the before and after pics. Happy Birthday pups!!! Time does fly by..

SissySees said...

Okay, I'm a sap. I'm all misty and choked up. I'm so sorry for the big boy who didn't make it, and what fun to see Indy - er, Gib!

Happy birthday to all!!!

rottrover said...

Happy birthday, all you porties!! You were cute as babies, but even cuter now!! We're wearing party hats today on our blog!!

-Bart and Ruby

Stella said...

All the time I am looking for Fudge, but then I think I remembered Fudge was the Dad of this litter, right?

They are all beautiful pups and much of it is to Sue's TLC!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Awww, poor Samba - too bad he didn't make it. But on a happier note - happy fifth birthday to all those special pups. You got rain??? All we got was a small shower. So dry here.

Hope things dry up in time for the big party.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Molly the Airedale said...

Happy birthday to all of you! You were such adorable pups and you've grown to be so beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

gMarie said...

What adorable babies. I'm with Chan - I bit choked up for the big guy. So - who is technically the runt? Last one born, or smallest? And do you see Indy/Gib? g

Maggie Mae and Max said...

What a special day! Happy Barkday to all of my wunderful furiends!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Barbara said...

It's always sad to lose one so quickly. It's hard to believe those little babies got so big!!!

Zona said...

What a wonderful post!! Happy birthday, pups!!


Two French Bulldogs said...

Happee Birthday the teeny baby pictures
Benny & Lily

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

happy birthday porties. We love seeing you as pups and now at 5. Have a happy celebration.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

The Daily Pip said...

Happy Birthday!! These pictures are too cute!

Your pal, Pip

Winesome Winston said...

Happy Birthday to all, what an exciting occasion!

Nicki said...

wow-five years already! Happy birthday gang!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Happy Birthday, guys! And many happy returns!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Wow oh wow. Happy Birthday Everybuddy. We thought we were giving mum some hard work, but five of you pups? It must have been five years of fun and games. Hope you get some yummy cake. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Shane Kent Louis said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy birtjday to you! WE wish you all the best and I hope you really enjoy you day!

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Kari in Alaska said...


Stop on by for a visit

The Race Against Time said...

Happy Birthday Porties!! Sure looks like a lot of fun and hard work with so many puppies. Samba is a great mommy.

Hope you guys have a great pawwwwty!!

Marjie said...

Happy Birthday, dear Puppies! You bring a lot of joy to us all!

The Life of Riley said...

Wishing you all a wonderful 5th birthday - enjoy your celebrations!

parlance said...

What a heartwarming post. Happy birthday to the whole gang!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Awww! Hope you guys had a PAWSOME BIRTHDAY!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Cat said...

Awww - Happy Birthday (belatedly, but totally whole-heartedly)!! Cathy, Chris, Tom and the pups who rule our house (listed in chronological order) Tippy, Tico, Jetta and Max.