Four Minnesota Chihuahua Mix Puppies were born to Freddy and Josie on Monday, December 19, 2011!
Here they are at 3 weeks old, all of them strong and healthy, one boy and three girls. They all opened their eyes and ears on December 31 (at 13 days old) to a world beyond sleeping and nursing.
It didn't take long before they were crawling out of their puppy bed to explore, encounter new obstacles, and show us their unique and special personalities. They are ready for their forever homes in mid- to late February, 2012.
Meet our Chipoo Puppies!
We intended only to have one litter. Indeed, we couldn't part with all the puppies, for sentimental reasons, and so we kept Clover. Momma Josie was scheduled for a spay in early November; however, we had to reschedule because we thought she was in heat and the vet could not perform the surgery. By then, Josie was getting pretty chubby. I suspected it was because she kept eating Clover's high calorie puppy food. I started feeding mother and daughter separately, and going lighter on Josie's treats.
But she just kept getting fatter! We became suspicious just as Josie's tummy dropped, her nipples protruded, and ... oh my goodness ... I could feel puppies moving when I placed my hand on her stomach. Somehow, we'd missed that she had been in heat in the middle of October. Freddy had taken full advantage without our knowledge. And we were having another litter! It was of great concern - it was too soon for Josie. But she was absolutely amazing. No problems at all - and the puppies are beautiful and healthy.
We warmly welcome Josie's "2nd Litter" of precious babies ...
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Grace. Born first at 12:28 a.m. weighing 4.85 ounces.
Grace is the puppy with the most white coloring. She's almost all white except her head, her rear, and a tiny little dot on her lower back. We brainstormed several white-related names ... like whitey, snowflake, and angel ... but nothing seemed right.
We noticed after the first week that Grace was definitely the most gentle, most forgiving sibling of the pack. As her sisters crawled all over her and pushed her aside to nurse, or woke her up relentlessly trying to snuggle into her warmth, Grace took it in stride with calm and patience. The name Grace came to mind. Her mostly pure white coloring fits it nicely.
Grace weighed in as the most delicate, 1 pound even, at nearly 3 weeks old.
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Rex. Born second, our only boy, at 1:10 a.m. weighing 5.15 ounces.
I didn't realize Rex was a boy at first. I got the umbilical cord mixed up with his distinguishing manly part. So her [ahem ... his] original name was Bindi, for the prominent dot on his forehead.
Once he revealed his manhood, we decided he deserved a good, strong, masculine name. Brutus, Rambo, Elvis, and Terminator were all in the running - but ultimately we settled on Rex. Because, darn it, he is a sweetheart ... the sensitive stud every girl dreams of.
Now, at nearly 3 weeks old, Rex is a sturdy 1 pound, 3 ounces.
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Joy. Born third at 1:35 a.m. weighing 5.35 ounces.
I can't help but sing ... "I've got the Joy Joy Joy Joy down in my heart ..." every time I snuggle this little girl. Notice the clearly defined exclamation mark on her back? We googled it. Here's what we found, straight from Wikipedia, and I quote ...
"The exclamation mark comes from the term “note of admiration”, in which admiration referred to its Latin sense of wonderment. One theory of its origin is that it was originally a Latin exclamation of “Joy” ..."
Our wondrous Joy was a healthy 1 pound, 2 ounces at almost three weeks old.
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Emma. Born fourth at 2:08 a.m. (yes, it was a long night!) weighing 6.05 ounces.
Josie saved the biggest and most colorful puppy for last. Emma has gorgeous chocolate brown markings to go along with her ferocious appetite. She is certainly the most feisty of the pack and has taken the lead in learning as well as growing. Her enthusiasm for exploring, playing, being held, and of 'course eating is contagious.
Jane Austen wrote the famous novel, Emma, back in 1815, which was adapted for stage, television and movies many times over the years. Most memorable is probably Gwyneth Paltrow's portrayal back in 1996. The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is a beautiful, high-spirited, intelligent, and 'slightly' spoiled young woman. That sums up our precious Chipoo puppy Emma!
At a voluptuous 1 pound, 4 ounces nearing three weeks old, Emma remains the heavyweight.