Archive for July, 2013

Today the puppies got their first real food. Needless to say (Colleen said), they thought this was a grand idea. Tooey enjoyed the cleaning up after them.


All eight puppies crowd around the food bowl


Yum! (Foot for scale)


Ms. Yellow climbing over Mr. White to get another big morsel

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I am not an expert on this topic. This is only my second litter, and I’m not the main point person for puppy buyers — Colleen’s been doing that, having way more experience than I.

But I’ve been listening to what people have been saying about wanting an IWS puppy:

  • The best all-round comment so far was a mom replying to her child, who said she wanted Ms. Lavender: “We want the best dog for our family, not the one with the prettiest rick-rack.”
  • One person wants an “IWD”. I had to think about that one, but then, oh! I realized she meant Irish Water Dog.
  • A fellow who wants a “top show prospect”.
  • Several people who had IWS before and want that experience again.
  • Some who have an IWS now and want another one.
  • A fellow who has had other gundog breeds, and remembers meeting an IWS that loved to plunge into icy waters to retrieve ducks.
  • Some who remember a friend’s or relative’s IWS from childhood.

I haven’t heard yet of anyone wanting a performance dog or a hunting dog. I hope that comes.

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Colleen reports that the pups all got their real dog collars today.

Ms Pink was first to pass the 4-pound mark yesterday, and today, I hear that many are already over four pounds.


The lucky puppies also got their first dose of worm medicine.

All this and they will be only three weeks tomorrow!

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Already the pups are walking (actually, kind of lurching) around. Not to be outdone by Mr. Green, who was first out of the whelping box last week, this week Ms. Yellow was first to make it out the dog door and to the outside. The whelping box is gone — I mean what’s the point? Mr. Green or Ms. Yellow would just show everyone the way out. But the dog door is now blocked so Tooey can get out, but not the puppies — they are still too young to be outside.

All have their eyes and ears are open, and baby teeth are making white dents in the puppies’ gums. Ms. Pink has made it past the 4 lb. mark at 4 lbs, 1 oz. All the others are well over 3 lbs. and some, except for Ms Yellow, at 2 lbs, 15 oz. Green has two distinct curls in his coat — one by his left rear hip, and the other by his left shoulder.

Mr. White and and Ms. Pink are content to be held. Mr. Blue and Mr. Green want to get down when I pick them up, though Mr. Red will let me hold him for awhile before wriggling. Mr. Teal will push anyone out of the way if another puppy is at the teat he wants. Ms. Lavender found my sandal, and tried pulling on it. All are peeing on their own, and except for once (that I saw), they’ve all figured out to pee at least 6 inches away from their mat.

Anyway, here are some pictures from Saturday, July 27:


Tooey feeding hungry pups


Mr. Blue


Mr. Red


Ms. Pink


Ms. Yellow


Mr. Green


Mr. Teal


Ms. Lavender


Mr. White

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A re-energized Tooey, thankful that someone has finally clipped the sharp puppy toenails!


Pile o’ puppies


Teal hanging on


Mr Blue (thought sucking my foot was a tasty idea)


Mr Red (he gets his without being pushy about it)


Ms Pink (only one to stay calm for her nail clipping)


Ms Yellow (like to sleep under the box rail or under the fleece)


Mr Green (1st to open eyes, 1st to get out of the box)


Mr Teal (perseveres — see picture above)


Ms Lavender (the big strong one of the girls)


Mr White (likes to sleep on his back)

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I’m sure Russ and Cooper miss Tooey and I on those weekends when I go see the puppies, but there are consolations.

Irish Water Spaniel

Scotch, cigar, and Cooper on the deck

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Squirmy fat puppies wouldn’t Stay (I guess they need more training), so some of the pictures are a bit out of focus. But here are the proud mama and the Tooey x JJ puppies at 4 days.


A tired but proud Tooey with her new short, sporty hairdo


Mr. Blue


Mr. Red


Ms. Pink


Ms. Yellow


Mr. Green


Mr. Teal


Ms. Lavender


Mr. White

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Born July 9
All have gained about 3 or 4 ounces, with Ms Lavender gaining the most at 5 ounces. They look fat and sleek at the same time, and Tooey is doing a great job keeping them fed and clean.

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Colleen specifically instructed Tooey to have three girls and three boys.

So yesterday (actually starting just before yesterday at 11:00 pm) Tooey delivered three boys and three girls, plus two bonus boys.


Sadly, she also had another little girl who was born dead after 5-1/2 hours of labor.

But the other eight are healthy and eating well. And Tooey is doing a great job, keeping the pups fed and clean. She’s eating well, too, which knowing Tooey, I’m sure is one of her favourite parts of having pups.

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Last December, almost exactly 7 months ago, Cooper had a really crummy coat and a bad nail break. After that, we changed his medication regime, and after about two months, both his coat and nails really improved.

So, it’s been awhile since the last bad breaks, but I guess SLO never goes away. It may get better, and it may even go into remission, but it’s always there, hiding deep in Cooper’s immune system and under the fold of skin on the toes where the nails start growing.

As you can see in the pictures below, a couple of Cooper’s nails are in bad shape again.


Right rear foot, “ring” toe, fully split


Front right foot, “index” toe, cracked but not yet split

His coat is a bit fuzzier and woolier than we’d like, and a touch thinner, but nothing like the horrible shape it was in back last December. And if I were to take a picture of it, you wouldn’t really see the difference between his coat now and how it was when in good shape last February. And fortunately, he still has coat between the pads on the underside of his feet. Back last fall, the coat there was so thin that the skin became raw and abraded from a day of hunting.

We’re still on the same regime as last February, and I don’t plan to change it unless things really get worse. So, here it is again, just for reference if you’re interested:

For the SLO:

  • fish oil capsules, 4-1200 mg in the morning and 3-1200 mg in the evening
  • vitamin E, 400 IU, 2x/day
  • biotin, 2500 mcg, 1x/day
  • vitamin B, super complex, 1x/day

For the low thyroid:

  • Soloxine thyroid supplement, 4 mg, 2x/day

For his coat:

  • Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes: Ultimate multi-minerals and vitamins, 1 tsp, 2x/day
  • Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes: Gro-Hair, a source of zinc methionin, 1/2 tsp, 2x/day

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