New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

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New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by Swanny1790 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:54 am

Chetan, bless her little heart, decided to whelp her litter on September 30th, while I was 3,000 miles away. Our friend Anita came over and helped my wife. In the process she captured these images of the new puppies at 1 day of age. 1 puppy was still born, leaving us with 6 healthy, squirmy little Hedlund huskies, contributing to the preservation of a very remarkable line of Alaskan sled dogs. We have 2 girls, and 4 boys. One of the boys is white, an fairly unusual color of coat among Hedlunds.

Here are some photos of the litter. (wait for it... wait for it....) "Awwwww".

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Image Mom with her family

Image Chow time

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Post by JudyN » Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:05 am

Oh bless them, they are gorgeous!! Love their dorsal stripes, and Chetan looks great. I'm sitting here trying to choose which one(s) I want... :lol:

I know how busy you are, but do please try to keep the photos (and videos!) coming.
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Post by WufWuf » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:09 am

Congratulations, they are beautiful :D I'm looking forward to following their progress too :D
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Post by Nettle » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:22 am

6 is a nice size for a litter. Doesn't Chetan have a lovely face?

Looking forward to as many pics as you get time to post.
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Post by gwd » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:56 am

Keep the pictures coming (and video of course). Pups look strong and healthy. Your girl did herself proud (Trish too)
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Post by Erica » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:31 am

Ooooh, they are adorable! Congratulations :D
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Post by Anatine » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:38 am

Wow Chetan is gorgeous! As are the pups :D
I can't wait to see how they grow

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Post by Suzette » Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:10 pm

Mama and pups are gorgeous! :D Looking forward to many more pics and updates. :D
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Re: New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by ClareMarsh » Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:24 pm

So we all guessed the number of pups wrong then :lol:

Chetan looks like a happy Mommadog :D
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Re: New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by jacksdad » Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:46 pm

swanny, see you in 59 hours and 10 minute...per map quest. :shock: :lol:

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Post by MPbandmom » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:59 pm

Ooooooooo cuteness overload. The little white one really stands out from the crowd. Chetan looks like a very happy mama. We expect updates every day. (They grow so fast you know.)

Do you have place for a slide for them? All of the sammy litters around here get a kiddie 2 step slide to play on. They really enjoy it and climb up the slide as well as going down and will even slide down and immediately run around to the steps and climb up and slide down again. Not sure how they would hold up in the cold, but they have been proven puppy proof.

Pictures of Sammys playing on the slide can be found on the Potomac Valley Samoyed Club web page. I am so lucky, I get to see pictures of 2 litters of puppies growing up at the same time. (There is a sammy litter that is just starting to eat food and someone has been posting pictures of them on the groups facebook page.) :D :D :D

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Re: New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by gwd » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:35 pm

jacksdad wrote:swanny, see you in 59 hours and 10 minute...per map quest. :shock: :lol:
Bring coffee cake. :lol:
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Re: New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by Sweetie's Human » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:06 am

gwd wrote:
jacksdad wrote:swanny, see you in 59 hours and 10 minute...per map quest. :shock: :lol:
Bring coffee cake. :lol:
I may take a little longer :lol: .

They are gorgeous! Love the speed stripes on them all. You'll have a fast team out of that litter.

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Post by Swanny1790 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:44 am

Yesterday Trish and I weighed each of the puppy as we did the second day of early neuro-stimulation exercises for them. Keeping in mind it is day 2 weights, here is what we got (in U.S. ounces).

White male - Weight 12.4 oz (351.5 g)

Agouti male (white stripe on forehead) 13.7 oz (388 g)

Agouti female 16.4 oz (456 g)

Buff female (white patch on neck) 14.1 oz (399.7 g)

Buff male 17.1 oz (484.7 g) - that one is a whopper

Silver gray male 14.9 oz (396.9 g)

We had one puppy stillborn, an impossibly large white puppy. I haven't examined the body yet for cause because Trish was so upset about it, but the body is being respectfully stored in the freezer. I'll examine it while Trish is at work one of these evenings. I did feel the package and there is no question it was much larger than it's litter mates (I don't yet know the sex). Had that been detected in the x-ray we probably would have scheduled a c-section; it is that large. Based on Trish's description it sounds like it's skull was badly compressed during passage through the birth canal.

That is rather immaterial, though. All six puppies are doing well, as is Chetan. She is being a very diligent Mom, keeping a very close eye on them, keeping them warm, producing plenty of milk for them. Overall it's going quite well.

Now we need to be thinking about puppy names. Since they are pupsickles, we've decided the naming theme for the litter will be different forms of ice or snow. So far I've come up few ideas, but need some more suggestions from you guys.

Frazil (a collection of loose, randomly oriented needle-shaped ice crystals in water. It resembles slush and has the appearance of being slightly oily when seen on the surface of water)

Hardpack (ice formed by the compression of snow over trails and roadways)

Aufeis (is a sheet-like mass of layered ice that forms from successive flows of ground water during freezing temperatures.)

Rime (the ice that forms when fog or mist leaves your car coated in drops of ice)

Hoarfrost (deposit of ice crystals on objects exposed to the free air, such as grass blades, tree branches, or leaves)

... and that's where I run out of ideas. I'd welcome any suggestions along the same theme that you might care to offer.
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Re: New Litter of Positive Alaskan Sled Dog Puppies

Post by JudyN » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:13 am

Ooh, I shall come back to the naming this evening (neck deep in editing the most boring book in the world), but my first thought was whether you could call one 'Jon Snow'.

'Hardpack' sounds like the name of someone in a p*rno movie (not that I've ever watched one), and I do wonder if 'Hoarfrost' might not sound quite right out loud :lol:

BTW, I'm sorry Trisha is upset about the stillborn pup. Maybe tell her there's a reason why dogs and wolves have such big litters - they are simply not all expected to survive :( At least this one didn't block the exit route for the rest of them or cause Chetan problems.
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