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On Saturday, May 12, Jubilee had her first litter of pups. There were 3 boys and a girl who made it--two very big puppies were stillborn after too long in the birth canal. She did a great job for her first time and has been an excellent mother, surprisingly relaxed considering how intense she generally is. I had 3 girl pups sold to working homes--2 to experienced Search & Rescue handlers and another to a woman who has done SAR and cancer detection with her previous dogs. Unfortunately, Jubilee had 3 boys and a girl, so I have some people who are a bit up in the air. I hate disappointing people, but I have to remember that this is one thing I just can't control.


Jubilee was very tired, but pleased with her babies.
 

Xita was *supposed* to be on a different heat schedule than Jubilee, but she came into heat 6 weeks early. I've had a lot of people looking forward to her litter, so I went ahead and bred her to Jubilee's litter brother Jedi, who is an active herding dog. I'm pretty excited about these pups--and I had so much interest, I had to stop taking deposits. And this past Saturday, May 19, Xita had her puppies--12 pups in 12 hours (7 boys, 5 girls). She kept me running all day. All the pups are strong and nursing well, but there's 12 pups and 8 nipples, I've been monitoring them closely. There's one boy who is growing more slowly than I would like, so I've been supplementing everypuppy with a bottle to help out a little bit. 
 
This is a ridiculously pleased Xita with her 12 pups:


Papa Jedi likes his sheeps...
Jedi herding his sheep


Jedi

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I was taking pictures of Jubilee and when she couldn't hold still anymore, Nike walked over to where I had set up Jubilee and posed for me. Obediently, I took pictures.

I <3 my old lady.

Nike, a graying German Shepherd, poses in close-up profile in front of a blurred yellow mass of blooming flowers


Nike, an graying, older, black and tan German Shepherd, sits in front of yellow, blooming forsythias and gazes over her shoulder at the camera

Serious dog is serious....

Jubilee, a black and tan German Shepherd, lies in front of yellow, blooming forsythias and stares intently at the camera

Jubilee, a black and tan German Shepherd, lunges and misses at a pink and blue orbee ball, which appears to hover in the air just to the right of her gaping mout



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