Sally and her pups - born in rescue
are some videos of Sally and her pups at the bottom of this page
30th August 2006 -
This is Sally, a good little Sheepdog aged 2 yrs.
Started to birth on the morning of 30th
August 2006 at 4.30 am - the above photo, taken at 11 am, shows her
with her pups - hopefully no more to come. Sally came from a farm
that is to be sold due to circumstances beyond the control of the
owners. Rather than sell Sally and the pups it was decided that she
should be passed over to BCR so that she could have the pups with us
and we could find new working homes for her and them all in due
course. The Sire of these pups is "Garcia's Ben".
This makes the gesture of handing her
over to BCR particularly altruistic as they had already turned down
generous cash offers for Sally. One person wanted to buy her so they
could sell the pups on the agility circuit.
The comment was made that although they
could really use the money, they thought it better that the pups
were re-homed by BCR as we would be sure to get them into the right
sort of homes and ensure a good future for them. She was passed onto
us in plenty of time to settle in, get to know and trust us and
permit us to assist with the birth.
"it was all been a bit of an exhausting business - time for a nap!"
had been under CCTV observation since she arrived, and her pups
since they were born.
The camera had a microphone and infra red night vision so they could
be heard and seen in complete darkness.
We were able to keep an eye on them all from the BCR office, the
centre kitchen / staff room and staff bedroom.
It was by these means that overnight volunteers were alerted to the
birth and were able to assist.
The use of CCTV also meant that our centre visitors were able to
observe them without disturbing them or alarming Sally.
After only one week they had grown so much that, together, they mass more than a third of the weight of their mother.
We use CCTV to enable us to observe dogs without their knowledge, which
means that we can watch them without affecting their behaviour.
In this way we can learn a lot about the way they naturally interact
and in the case of Sally and previous mothers with litters, the way
they look after their young.
Sally proved to be a good mother and we observed her moving the pups
around with her nose so they all get their fair share of feeding
We noticed that she
paid particular attention to the smaller pups, making sure they had
extra opportunities to feed. Now, by size comparison and after only
one week, it is difficult to see which pups were originally born
smaller than the others
Above - 13th September 2006 - now two weeks old
At this age
their eyes were all open and average weight of each of them was just below a kilogram.
They had their first dose of wormer with follow up doses over the
next two days. Sally was also wormed.
The pups were still unsteady on their legs but are able to get
around well enough.
Two of them had started to explore their environment, but the other
six were still inclined to stick close to mum!
Here are a few of close up shots of them - they
had all started to show individual characteristics, which is quite remarkable at this age.
We even heard some attempts at growling and one actually barked a few times (but will need to do a bit more work on it to be taken seriously) and they started to engage in a bit of play fighting to pass the time.
There was already a certain amount of bonding going on with two pairs emerging - one quiet and one adventurous.
The pairs were both made up of one dog and one bitch.
Above and below -13th September 2006
Above and below -13th September 2006
Above and below - Saturday 16th September 2006 - now 17 days old - Average weight just over 1KG
To identify the Pups
they were all given temporary names, although for the first few
weeks they were all known as 'Pup'.
The name 'Pup' as a collective identity is useful when trying to
attract attention once a litter of pups start to roam and particularly when they are old enough to go outside.
These had a secure 'Puppy Garden' set aside for them.
Calling them individually was problematic but of they all responded to 'Pup'
and the one word got their attention and we encouraged them to come back on that word.
We only used their individual names between us to identify a
particular pup when we were talking about them.
We often directly address puppies as 'Pup' until they are re-homed and leave the new owner to choose a name themselves.
When all eight are seen together with Sally, the pups collective mass seems to be more than hers!
Their temporary chosen names were - Boys : Cap, Moss, Jon and Sweep. - Girls : Jill, Jen, Gyp and Trim.
At just over four weeks old, they were steady on their feet and wandering all around the room they occupy.
They still spent a lot of the day asleep, but when they were awake they
were exploring their surroundings, playing and generally making a
fair bit of noise! We kept them under close observation using CCTV which fed several
TVsets around the centre.
An interesting aspect of human behaviour had become apparent - puppy watching is compulsive and addictive.
Volunteers and visitors alike were glued to the screen in the kitchen. No-one passed without stopping and watching for a few seconds.
Tea breaks were spent standing in the kitchen watching pups - even if they
were asleep and not moving we lined up to stare at the screen!
Video of Sally and five of the pups running loose at York
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