Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Ruby puppy
Please read the story of Sky, a very special little puppy, our miracle girl! If you have any questions about how to raise a preemie puppy, please feel free to email me. I do not claim to be an expert, but maybe I can help you save a puppy, too.
A number of years ago, my black&tan girl, Eulenburg Queen of Clubs ("Holly"), started to have labor. This was much too early, as the expected birth date of her litter was to be December 5th. Holly had whelped easily before, but having puppies, which were to be born 10 days early, scared me. Her labor was not very strong. I hoped that it was only a false alarm, but no, she proceeded to have one dead puppy after about 2 hours of labor. Holly seemingly knew that this puppy was born dead and showed no interest at all in the black&tan female puppy. Within the next 2 hours she had three more dead puppies, two black&tan females and one black&tan male. Then she delivered a live puppy, a little ruby girl, which was tiny - weighed all but 4 oz. - and which had no fur anywhere on her body, nor did this puppy have any nails on her feet. Within a short time after the birth of this puppy, Holly had two more live puppies, a black&tan girl and a ruby girl. Holly knew that her puppies were in trouble, not having any fur, because of being so very small and born so very much too early. Also their lungs were not fully developed. All three tried to nurse from Holly, but were unable to get any milk. They were just not strong enough to suckle.