Our dam’s pregnancy went flawlessly. Aurora was going on her usual r-i-d-e-s (we spell it out because Labs are just that smart) and the day before she went into labor, she was still trotting out to get the ball.
Our older daughter wanted a black female pup to raise on her own, so we were a bit stressed this litter wouldn’t provide. However, the week before she was due, Samara and I consulted this chart and realized black puppies are the MOST likely offspring of our chocolate and yellow lab as black is dominant and they each have one black parent.
I began checking Aurora’s temperature on Tuesday, October 17th. Nothing changed until Thursday, October 19th, when there was a significant drop. The puppies would arrive soon!
That night, I stayed with Aurora most of the night, but I couldn’t take it anymore (I’m an extremely light sleeper) and went to bed around 3 AM. Sometime between my leaving her and rechecking at 5:30, she’d given birth to two pups. Both female. Both black. Samara would have her pup. Soon number three was on her way. Another female. Another black. She was smaller than her older sisters and turned out to be the runt. Number four came along and we got a male. He, too, is black. Number five- another black female. Finally, number six- last, but not least, a black female. An all black litter born on October 20th, 2017. Telling them apart was going to be fun, though the male would be easy. ;-0
We decided to give them colors and smeared a bit of acrylic paint on their heads to tell them apart. Blue is number one. Green is number two. Pink is number three. Red is the male and number four. Purple is number five and Samara’s pup. And White is number six.
Here’s five of them (Miss White wasn’t yet born) just hours after birth:
They are so dark, it’s been hard to photograph them. I didn’t want to use the flash on their little new eyes, so I’ve been using my Canon and setting the ISO to 12800. Even then, I have to adjust the exposure so that their features show up.
Without further ado, the pups when they were two weeks old:
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