If you’ve been following the Image Freedom Facebook (shame on you if you aren’t!) you’ve been watching the developing story of Sophie, the incredibly pregnant momma dog that we adopted from outside our favorite print shop on the south side of San Antonio. Well she had puppies, and tomorrow night they will be two weeks old.
It was an incredibly emotionally exhausting process, the vet had told us that Sophie was pregnant with 7-9 puppies, and that everything looked good, heartbeats, etc. Unfortunately, Sophie was actually pregnant with THIRTEEN little babies, but as a stray dog she wasn’t getting the nutrients to support all of these little gifts and we lost seven of the babies, six stillborn, and one that passed away the following day.
The six remaining puppies and their momma were rushed to the vet and for the first several days we had to feed them by hand, with a baby bottle, because their momma had mastitis and her milk wasn’t safe for drinking. Incredibly taxing, but we kept the babies in a basinet next to our bed at home and my amazing wife and Image Freedom’s Operations Manager Sara Egan took the night shifts so that I would be able to function during the day and ensure our clients never felt neglected for a basket of puppies.
We finally reached one week old, and around that time momma was able to nurse again (Thank God!) and we were off the hook for the every other hour puppy feeding schedule, day and night! I knew that the one week mark was an important milestone, but two of the babies, Rocket and Zelda (who were born first and second) weren’t putting on much weight. So even though they were nursing, we kept feeding them by hand as well so they’d get as much into their little systems as possible, as of today they’ve had a steady weight gain of about a half an ounce to an ounce each day.
Special thanks to the team for helping us puppysit and especially keeping up with the feeding schedule while I ran around during the final week of TechStars. Anyway, without further ado, gratuitous pictures of newborn through two week old puppies!