the final message
all puppies have gone to their new owners. We only have the two
English puppies Brogan and Pomona and our own Promessa. A good
time, we thought, to close the puppy-log. We hope you have enjoyed
reading it as much as we have enjoyed making it. The log will
stay online for a while longer. In the meantime we are working
on the puppy-pages. If everything goes to plan, the pages are
ready to put online somewhere in the next week.
15.00: A warm welcome for Isabella
three puppies have got company from Italian, three and a half
month old puppy Isabella. Marieke took Isabella home after the
very successful trip to Italy. Isabella was born at the Polcevera's-kennel
owned by Maurizio Sodini, who helped out with the hunting practice
on the last day of the trip. Isabella isn't going to be a Vicini
dog. In a couple of months she will leave for England, to her
new owner Jan Hayward. Until that time she is enjoying herself
with her newfound mates in Kleine Huisjes.
'prickly' encounter in the garden
garden at night is an exiting place. The puppies stroll through
the shrubs chasing sounds and smells. Somtimes their search is
rewarded with a remarkable encounter, like with this garden dweller.
It took all the puppies a couple of tries before they found out
that it isn't a good idea to stick your nose in a rolled-up hedgehog.
14.00: dog bed without wrapping gets approval
new dog beds have soon become favourits with the older dogs. Right
after the beds were unwrapped Isotta and Quinta fell down in the
beds and didn't get up till a couple of hours later. The puppies
also like the beds, even now the wrappings have been removed.
They especially like them when Pandora tries to take a nap.
19.00: 'can't wait to try out the new bed'
Paul and Jeanette from the dog
webshop came by to have a look at live braccos
and to deliver two new dog beds. The puppies were very interested
in the two packages that were brought in. They didn't wait for
the beds to be unwrapped and instantly fell asleep on the wrapping
material of the dog beds.
19.00: master of the dog bed
and more the puppies are starting to feel at home. They are freely
moving through the kitchen and respond well to the signals given
by their mother, grandmother and aunts. Areas that originally
were out of bounds for the puppies, are slowly conquered. The
bed has ceased to be a sanctuary for the older dogs. The puppies
like nothing more than spread themselves all over the bed together
with Pandora. Galina is also welcome. She seems to be wielding
a policy of tolerance.
16.00: eating out
weather stays mild and the puppies still like to be outdoors.
The three of them wander through the garden. Sometimes all the
way to the fruit trees in the back. They also have their meals
outside. Even with some light rain they seem to enjoy their soaked
15.00: enjoying some good autumn weather
weather is very nice, the past few days. There has hardly been
any rain in the North and the autumn has been very mild. The puppies
are really enjoying the nice weather. They take their short walks
in the garden and like to hang around the big dogs when they are
12.00: daddy is world champion
continues as if nothing has happened for the three puppies in
Kleine Huisjes. But the news that their father Axel del Monte
Alago has just become world champion (Best in Show, World dog
Show Poznan), made Marieke very happy. It is a confirmation of
making the right choice for a sire for Isotta. We are hoping that
the puppies will step into their daddy's footsteps.
22.00: then there were three
had a good first night at her new family in Aarau. In Kleine Huisjes
things have become a little bit quieter. Not much however; the
three remaining puppies know how to get themselves noticed.
00.00: Perla is leaving
a few hours Perla leaves for her new home in Switzerland. Everybody
is sad about the departure of Perla, especially Sylvia. But she
will at least be able to enjoy Perla a little longer. On their
way to Italy, Sylvia and Marieke are delivering Perla at her new
owners in the Swiss town Aarau.
22.00: Pralina has her own sofa
enjoys the good life at her new family. Every morning she happily
greets her new masters who give her all the attention she can
handle. And if it gets a bit too much for her, Pralina finds her
way to her own little sofa.
20.00: streetdog Pietro
who showed us earlier that he is really at ease in 'his' street
in Vianen, keeps on exploring new territory. Rommert, his master,
can't get enough of following him with a camera. While Pietro
inspects the close-by shrubs, he keeps watchful about Rommert's
17.00: Pinto and Bruno, Young and old
the old dog who lives with Carolien and Oscar has a new best friend.
He and puppy-Pinto have become mates in a very short period. Pinto
can get away with anything; he climbs on Bruno's back and he bites
Pietro settles down
received a photo-report of Pietro getting used to his new environment:
the streets of Vianen. Self-assured he walks through the streetlife
near his new house. Big 'sister' Gaeta is always around to keep
an eye on him. And after a stroll nothing beats a good rest on
the lap of your master.
15.00: permission to enter the dog-bed
last the big dogs have given the puppies permission to find a
place in the big dog-bed. As long as they keep quiet they can
even use one of the big dogs as a pillow. On the photo puppy Principe
is looking a bit wary. He would soon fall asleep on his mothers
B, our youngest cat, has become used to the busy foursome in our
kitchen. He doesn't backup easily when the barking whirlwind passes.
This attitude makes him an easy target for puppy-terror. The puppies
enjoy dragging Ollie by the tail through the kitchen. Ollie lays
back and watches this without worrying too much. And when he does
get fed up with it, he lashes out. After that he better finds
a high place, if he doesn't want to become buried under four puppies.
Marit and Wim: 'just in time'
van der Bij, one of Marieke's colleagues, and his daughter Marit
visited our place when the puppies were just a few days old. A
return-visit was promptly planned. Tonight they were here again
to have another look at the puppies. Just in time to see the remaining
three puppies in action and resting. Marit enjoyed herself with
Puppy Promessa on her lap.
20.00: surviving the storm
weather has been dreadful last night and this morning. It was
so bad that the puppies and even the big dogs were a bit hesitant
to go outside. This afternoon the storm died down and the sun
came out for a while. The puppies used this opportunity to go
out in the garden and assess the damage.
21.00: Aiello isn't afraid
note from the southernmost puppy, known as Aiello to his family.
He's doing great. On his little exploration trips through the
garden he has already met some other pets. The rabbits are apprehensive;
they snart and bite at him. But Aiello doesn't see the danger,
he goes there anyway. And also inside the house he isn't afraid.
He doesn't back up for noisy appliances like the hoover.
10.00: Pimpa is doing well
has a great time with his new Family Marjan, Johan and Rijk Fasel.
He enjoys his daily walks and the attention he gets from especially
Rijk. He has even been to a football match, supporting Rijk's
team. They lost the match but Pimpa gained a valuable experience.
20.00: lust for game
the puppies some game and they enjoy themselves for quite a while.
A dead quail gave the puppies a good opportunity to show their
eagerness with game. All three instantly picked the bird up and
carried it around. They weren't ready for a hands on delivery
of the bird. Bit given some time they will get the hang of that
14.00: new friend for Duca
(who is called Pascal at his new home) has soon become best friends
with Duca and the Ferwerda family. Duca gave his little mate a
warm reception and after a short time of getting used to each
other they even chaired the same dogbed.
takes some effort, but if we keep on paying attention we manage
to get the four puppies house-broken. They are already announcing
their need to go outside by barking and walking to the door. They
are not yet ready to wait for someone to open the door, however.
If that takes too long they use the doormat as toilet.
10.00: Pace's first week
is really getting used to his new home. Owner Helen Waldhof writes
to us that Pace is busy exploring the garden. Every day she goes
to the nearby forest for a brief walk. The hard food is still
something Pace must get used to. But mixed with some dog-sausage
the four daily meals go down well.
10.00: wet grass and mice
cat Ollie B. with a mouse, caused great amusement with the puppies.
They tried to steal the mouse from Ollie, who climbed the fence
and looked down on the little troublemakers. The puppies went
on with another one of their favourite pastimes: chasing each
other through the morning dew.
23.00: English male back in Kleine Huisjes
'English' brown male puppy has returned to the nest. He was lovingly
awaited by 'puppy-mother' Sylvia who visited us this evening.
Marieke has taken the puppies to the vet. They were checked and
had some socialisation experiences. The brown male will stay in
Kleine Huisjes for some time. Mariska from Burum will take care
of one of the female puppies.
some fine retrieving by Delizia this afternoon, the puppies got
to try and get the feel of a real duck. Although it felt a bit
strange at first, the puppies soon got the hang of getting a good
grip and dragging the duck in our direction.
15.00: a nice rumble in the garden
three sisters are having a great time. They sleep together in
their little crate and when they wake up they'll let us know.
Sometimes they are even scaring away the big dogs. A chewing stick
they found in the garden, became the prize of chase and tussle
on the lawn. With puppies of the same size and when it only lasts
a few minutes, fights like that aren't harmful for the puppies.
three puppies left in Kleine Huisjes
a short while the four remaining puppies got the chance to lie
together on a pillow. But since this morning only three puppies
remain in Kleine Huisjes. They will be together for a little while
longer. Much to the pleasure of Pandora, who has made her life's
work of nursing the little puppies. And sometimes to our horror,
when three little terrorists are busy in the kitchen or the garden.
11.00: Pralina on route
morning Lammy and Wim collected Pralina, the darkest bitch. Yesterday
evening the little rascal was playing on a field on the other
side of the country. She has gotten used to car travel the past
few weeks, so the two hour drive to her new home will be easy
11.00: school has started for Pietro
most Dutch children are still enjoying the autumn holidays, Pietro
was expected at school this morning. He started his first obedience
classes today. 'At first he was a bit apprehensive', said Rommert
Hazenberg. 'But when she got used to the other dogs, she really
went for it with gusto.' Pietro learned to respond to the first,
simple commands. He showed some promise as a student.
Pandora takes custody
four remaining puppies spend the night in a little dog-crate.
Just enough space, we thought. Pandora thought differently. She
found a way to get herself into the crate among the offspring
she claimed. Any of the grownup dogs, including Isotta, that aren't
happy with this situation, can expect a lip and a growl from the
10.00: four puppies left in Kleine Huisjes
delivery-team arrived home yesterday, after they had handed over
two more puppies. Pimpa is going to live with Marian, Johan and
Rijk Fasel (photo below) and Pace with Helen Waldhof. Until the
end of this weekend our own puppy will be accompanied by three
sisters. The big dogs have it a little easier again. Some of them
even try to tease the puppies into some gentle playing, which
we allow as long as it doesn't get to rough.
9.00: second 'puppy-delivery day'
the second day in a row, Marieke, Barbara and Rommert are setting
off to deliver a couple of puppies to their new owners. Yesterday
the Curvers family from Valkenburg (photo below) and Carolien
and Oscar from Deurne received their puppies. Today the 'puppy-delivery
service' travels east to deliver two more puppies.
Pascoli leaves the nest
few moments ago the Ineke, Frank and Dick Ferwerda left for their
home in Mantgum with their new companion Pascoli. The orange male
puppy will become the playmate of Duca who moved to the Ferwerda
family a few months ago.
'English' Primo stays in Burum
has become even more quiet in Kleine Huisjes. Elize, her mother
Mariska, Valero and Dante from, picked up Primo, the male puppy
that is likely to move to England. Primo has to stay in The Netherlands
for a couple of months before he is allowed to make the crossing.
During this period he will stay in Burum at Mariska and family
and in Kleine Huisjes.
12.00: travelling with six puppies
morning Marieke, Barbara and Rommert got in the car for a trip
across the country to deliver four bracco-puppies to their new
owners. At the departure everyone was smiling. Marieke knows,
however, that she will shed some tears when she has to let one
of 'her' babies go. The puppies of Rommert and Marieke accompanied
their four brothers and sisters to get some car-travelling experience.
21.00: webmaster back, first puppy leaves nest
webmaster has found his place behind the computer again. It has
been a very busy week. The puppies have really grown. Many bracco-experts
among which Gianpaolo Poggio (photo) have visited Kleine Huisjes
to examine and test the puppies. Last weekend the first puppy
left the nest. Pietro accompanied Rommert Hazenberg to Vianen
where he will live together with Gaeta.
9.00: first encounter baby-sitter is ok
first encounter with baby-sitter Riek has gone well for the puppies.
They were treated to a big bowl of milk. From now on Riek won't
have a problem gathering the club, as the puppies know that there
might be a treat for them.
22.00: new babysitters
webmaster thought it necessary to go on a fishing trip again.
For the website this means that not much will happen the coming
week. The puppies won't notice much from the webmaster's absence.
Riek and Oscar, Marieke's mum and dad, will pamper the puppies
the next couple of days.
puppies have been closely inspected by Kim Parris, chairwoman
of the British Bracco Italiano Society. Kim, who owns three braccos
and three spinones, Will be the owner of one of the puppies that
will live abroad. She'll be here today and tomorrow. Next November
we'll meet again, when Kim and three bracco-friends join us on
our trip to Italy.
16.00: driving lessons
in the car is a part of the process of socialisation. As long
as the puppies don't get the notion that something strange is
happening, everything is ok. On their first drive the pups had
a good time in the bench. But when they arrived home and they
noticed some familiar smells, they couldn't wait to get lifted
out of the car.
14.00: granny knows best
does what she can with suckling. But with the sharp claws and
teeth of the puppies, she has a hard time. For the puppies this
is the sign to go and look for other sources of milk. A situation
which is exploited by Pandora, who started to become all motherly
when the litter was born. She gladly offers her teats to the puppies.
And they gladly accept, even though there's no milk at granny's.
till now our cats Tom Poes and Ollie B have managed to stay out
the way of the puppies. But tonight Ollie B was inspected by one
of the puppies. Even though the puppy showed more ineterest for
Ollie B than the other way round, Ollie didn't seem to mind that
the puppy sniffed his ears and whiskers.
11.00: sleeping with mother again
puppies are enjoying their new freedom to the fullest. they have
found their favourite hiding and resting places in the kitchen
and they try to approach the big dogs. They are still apprehensive
about it, as they aren't very keen on eleven biting and scratching
creatures. The new surroundings can be a bit intimidating at times.
At moments like that it is good to know that your mother is in
the neighbourhood. As long as they keep their teeth and claws
to themselves Isotta allows the puppies to take a rest on her
12.00: the gates are open
gates have literally opened for the eleven puppies. After cleaning
the kitchen we decided to remove the doors that keep the puppies
inside the whelping box. Straight away the puppies went to examine
the kitchen. Some of them found a new place to take a nap, while
other puppies returned to the safe surroundings of the box.
the late summer sun
was a very nice day here in the north of the country. The day
started with some rain, but progressed with sun and a nice temperature.
The puppies exploited the nice weather to the fullest. They ran
out on the lawn and had a great time. Before long however, they
all returned to the kitchen door. With the days shortening the
evenings are getting a bit colder.
time has come to teach the puppies some tablemanners. Up till
this afternoon we fed them by hand. Not only resulted this in
big brawls, it also gave a big mess. With the feeding-battery
that Gianpaolo Poggio made for us, feeding has become a leasurely
pastime. The puppies keep to their compartments (maximum eight
at a time) and the mess has reduced dramatically.
is becoming more and more difficult to keep the puppies on their
place. The gate of the whelping box, which is slightly lower than
the walls, needs to be barricaded with the bed of the big dogs.
And it won't be long before the puppies can't be held back by
the walls of their living space. Some of the more enterprising
puppies are already checking out the walls. Each day they perform
stretching exercises to find out how much they have to grow for
a successful escape-attempt.
13.00: peace and quiet
a hectic weekend the puppies' territory has become quiet again.
They have been sleeping and resting and it looks like they have
regained enough energy to pick up their ordinary lives again.
After a couple of meals they found each other again, growling
and biting. Because nothing is better to get the circulation started,
than a good brawl with your brothers and sisters.
fight in the kitchen
the final feeding session it is time for the puppies to go to
bed. But not before their bed is made. During the changing of
the sheets in the whelping box, the puppies get to wander around
between the chairlegs in the kitchen. And while they are out there
they use the kitchen as a battlefield. They bite their brother
and sister's ears, legs and tails. It looks a lot like playing,
but they are also busy establishing the ranking in the litter.
rushhour in the whelping box
was a good day for socialisation today. The whole day through
visitors were admiring the puppies. There was even a little reunion
of owners of puppies of the Gemma x Valero combination. The puppies
got enough attention. At some point it was even rushhour in and
around the whelping box.
10.00: skipped a day
of things happening, not enough time to report them. That's why
there weren't any reports from Saturday. Yesterday, Marieke, Rommert
and their 'crazed fan' Barbara were having a good time in the
fields around Westernieland. In the afternoon and evening the
puppies were inspected by the three bracco-tifosi.
greetings from Tiny Houses
village Kleine Huisjes which translates in Tiny Houses couldn't
be named better today. Bracco-fanatic Ilonne came by to show us
the birdhouses she imports from Sweden. With a part of her collection
we turned our garden terrace into a small village. The puppies
who came to visit suddenly looked very grown up. Click here
to view the entire collection of bird houses.
11.00: Thom's visit
Thom, Marieke's cousin, a wish came true when he stepped in the
whelping box. He had been longing to meet the puppies in real
life. The puppies were ok with Thom's visit. They used him to
climb on and tested their little teeth on his jeans and socks.
saying hello to granny
puppies are really starting to find their way in the kitchen.
They are especially drawn to those spots that are hard to reach.
Like for example the dog bed on which granny Pandora likes to
seek refuge. Pandora knows what is soon going to happen. But up
till now she tries to keep the puppies away from her resting place
with a silent growl and a raised lip.
15.00: lunching alfresco
puppies have already gotten used to the outdoor air. They have
such a good time in the garden that they don't have a problem
with exploring the outer boundaries. Because these little expeditions
aren't without risks (water, poisoneous plants), we have fenced
in a piece of lawn for the puppies to be during daytime. They
even had their first 'alfresco' lunch today.
Sylvia is back
news for the puppies: their 'godmother' Sylvia has returned. She
was welcomed with a lot of noise. Sylvia's patience was put to
the test when she took the eleven rascals out to the garden. While
one of the puppies was trying to dig out the plants in the border,
another one was coming dangerously near the pond. Babysitting
the puppies in the garden is rapidly becoming a job for someone
with more than just two hands.
08.00: in and out
cleaning of the whelping box is always tricky with the puppies
who are constantly in the way. To make our lives easier we let
the puppies out of the box. With the kitchen door open, most of
them ran outside for a little adventure in the garden.
couple of the puppies nearly managed to escape from the whelping
box. And if we hadn't been present, they might have succeeded.
Isotta entering the kitchen was what triggered some of the puppies
to climb the steep pvc wall.
13.00: Tom Poes keeps a low profile
coincidence our cat Tom Poes ran into the puppies. She noticed
us in the garden and while she approached us, she ran into a group
of young 'hooligans'. At first she found the encounter interesting.
But when the puppies started to eat her coat, she took off. Since
that incident Tom Poes keeps a low profile.
walking the dogs
trip to the garden has become a daily routine for the puppies.
They enjoy themselves in the neighbourhood of their company. Some
of them also have a good time on their own, exploring exiting
new places, like the borders of our little ponds and the entrance
of the 'dog-forest'. Back in the whelping box they loudly protest
their confinement. A protest which can only be silenced by a suckling
session with Isotta.
12.00: pointing lesson
of the puppies got an early start of his hunting career this morning.
We took him to the shed to meet our quails. As in a trance he
admired the birds, thus getting his first lesson in pointing.
The quails weren't very happy with their four legged onlooker.
They reacted very grumpy when the puppy came near their food.
a little rain
like yesterday, the puppies had a stroll through the garden. The
temperature was ok even though the sun didn't show. We even had
a little rain when the second group was out. Another new experience
for them. If you get wet you have to seek cover. For example behind
the trouser legs of your companion in the garden.
10.00: visitors in the kitchen
to the kitchen worked out fine for the puppies. They don't have
a shortage of attention, especially from Delizia who can't keep
her eyes of her little cousins. Under the watchful eyes of old
Quinta and mother Isotta, she is even allowed to sniff and lick
the puppies. Jurrian who is visiting with his brother Merlijn
and mom and dad, had a great time in the Whelping box. He even
helped out with the feeding.
the big move
puppies are having a great time in the garden. They are enjoying
themselves so well, that we decided to make a little place for
them outside. And while we were moving stuff, we picked up the
whelping box and placed it in the kitchen. Here the puppies will
be surrounded by the watchful eyes of their aunts.
10.00: fed by strange hands
four hours the puppies press their noses against the side of the
box, in anticipation of the bowl with food. Especially the last
few days it is a surprise who is connected to the bowl. This time
it was Marianne van Velzen, who owns Isotta's sister Fenna. Marianne
and Leo are paying us a visit. They were curious about Fenna's
lives of the puppies is a succession of new impressions. They
see new things, smell new smells, taste new food and hear strange
noises. But a whelping box isn't very big, so a change of scenery
isn't bad. Especially on a bright and sunny day like today. One
at the time, the puppies lay themselves on the garden table. They
are clearly enjoying the rays of the September sun and crawl to
the edge of the table to sniff at the curious bunch of grownup
08.00: passing through milk
is still feeding. But with the growing teeth and the increased
activity of the puppies, she only manages suckling for short periods
at a time. To ensure that the puppies are getting enough milk
we feed them bottled milk in a trough. The dessert is for Isotta
who gets to lick the trough. And while she's at it, the puppies
take their chance at Isotta's 'milk bar'.
world of the puppies is bordered by four walls made of pvc and
metal. Sometimes one of them manages to climb high enough to have
a peek at the outside world. But up till now there is enough to
explore on their trusted rug. And from the outside plenty of things
happen like waving plastic bags, guest peeking into the box and
a cd with outside noise playing all the time. To let the puppies
get even more used to the big bad outside world we sometimes take
them with us to another room. For example to meet the grown-up
13.00: play and play
senses of the puppies appear to work fine. They have no trouble
finding and jumping on each other, with a step back and a lot
of growling. Isotta seems to have accepted her job as feeder.
Dutiful she lays herself on her side for fifteen minutes for the
milk which more and more becomes additional feeding to the solids
the puppies devour.
12.00: buried under puppies
is taking its toll on Isotta. The puppies have reached enough
height to get to the teats when their mother is standing up. Because
of the small teeth of her offspring, suckling becomes quite painful
after a while. Lying down doesn't make things much better for
Isotta. As soon as she lowers herself the puppies gather and their
mother is buried under eleven little braccos.
23.00: feeding appointment with Sylvia
puppies like to be spoiled by Sylvia who, night after night, patiently
feeds them with solid food. After over three days of silence on
the weblog, the puppies have grown well and are looking good.
Their feeding ritual consists of eating solid food and drinking
with Isotta. The drinking sessions are becoming shorter. No problem
for Isotta who now has more time to muck around in the garden.
no messages for a couple of days
next couple of days there will be no new messages on the log.
The webmaster takes a break and leaves for Iceland for a couple
of days fishing. The puppies had their second solid meal today.
They are really enjoying it. Isotta is standing by seeing the
meatdisks she loves so much dissappear in eleven little mouths.
Luckily for her the puppies are sloppy eaters. So there is plenty
left on their bodies for Isotta to lick off.
19.00: peace and quiet
has become quiet again in Kleine Huisjes. This afternoon Yvette
and Chris from Australia, got in their camper for their next appointment:
a dog show in Zwolle. They couldn't leave however, without giving
the puppies a cuddle. The puppies stayed with us when Chris, Yvette,
Bracco Diva and Bordeaux Blondie, moved on.
22.30: international day
day full with international visitors. Firstly Australians Yvette,
Chris, Bracco Diva en Bordeaux dog Blondie and later Sylvia and
Italian Eleonora. Especially Eleonora didn't want to leave the
whelping box. She soon found a favourite puppy: a dark brown bitch
she kept near for the rest of the evening.
past few days have been very strenuous. Our daily routine goes
on as usual and next to that the puppies demand attention. Luckily
we had Sylvia who took a lot of work out of our hands. Isotta
knows that too, so she welcomes sylvia as soon as she shows up
near the box. Sylvia, thanks again for your help. In the evening
more help was on its way. despite the busy times, Mariska, Angelo
and Ilja insisted on having a look at the puppies. To compensate
they brought a complete meal. The puppies are becoming more fun
by the day. It isn't hard to imagine that we had a hard time trying
to draw Ilja away from the whelping box.
15.00: mucking about
is starting to get busier in the whelping box. Nearly all of the
puppies are moving around comfortably on their four legs. In their
upper jaws the first signs of teeth are showing. And of course
it is fun to test them. They attack their brothers and sisters
making growling and barking noises and biting each other in the
head. Isotta finds it harder and harder to find a secluded spot
to rest. The lifes of the puppies now consists of drinking, sleeping
and mucking about.
is the first of 'the other dogs' to have had a close look and
sniff at Isotta's puppies. Isotta didn't growl, but she kept an
eye on her little ones while Giulia took a trip through memory
lane. After giving one of the brown puppies a good licking both
Giulia and the puppy took a nap on the mattress next to the whelping
14.00: play or stumble?
transition from stumbling against each other and playing is very
hard to notice. But it looks like the puppies are bumping into
each other more regularly and when they do meet they are rolling
over each other through the box. For the puppies this is the last
week their menu consists solely out of milk. Soon they will add
some more solid nourishment to their diet.
a substitute teat
feeding the puppies rest well. But sometimes Isotta is a bit too
eager saying hello to a visitor or someone passing by. She jumps
up and leaves her still feeding puppies behind. They start a spontaneous
search for a substitute for the teat, like their sister's nose.
11.00: worm-treatment over
night the puppies got their last worm-treatment. It seems that
none of them suffered from it, apart from some slight tummy trouble.
The puppies drink well and move around a lot. Crawling has become
running around, while making noise all the time.
14.00: pups are well after worm-treatment
did feel their tummies a bit and they were a bit noisy, last night.
But all in all the puppies coped well with their first worm-treatment.
They still have two days to go. Isotta takes good care for her
offspring. She takes little walks every now and again, but promptly
returns to the box.
the first time in their lives the puppies tasted something else
than Isotta's milk. Tonight was the start of their first three
day worm-treatment. After being treated they seemed ok, licking
their lips. But we know from past experience that a worm-treatment
often ends up in tummy trouble.
10.00: van moles to puppies
moles to puppies within two weeks. The open eyes have given the
puppies a totally different appearance. It seems like the new
look has given them extra confidence. And even though the puppies
aren't able to use their open eyes yet, they are already checking
the 'weak spots' in their enclosure.
an open eye
eye-lid training was a sign of what was to come: the first open
eye is spotted. Not opened very wide and only one, but really
open. One of the orange and white girls was the first. The others
will probably follow soon.
till now Isotta has been a very caring and clean mother, licking
her babies whenever necessary. With the increased mobility of
the puppies, this is getting harder and harder. As soon as the
puppies have their bellies full with milk, they take a walk and
do their 'business' on the go. For us this means that we are constantly
changing sheets. Our washingmachines are doing overtime.
shows herself to a good mother, even though her babies give her
a hard time every now and again. In between feeding and resting
she does need some time on her own. With a stroll through the
garden and some investigative work in the wood pile, she reloads
13.30: puppies active, Isotta too
puppies are becoming more and more active. A couple of them manage
to raise themselves on all fours and totter around in the box,
bumping into each other. It won't be long before they know where
they are going though, as they are already training their eyelids.
Isotta finds it a bit too busy at times and escapes to the backyard.
This morning she had such a good time getting re-acquianted with
her 'old' playground, that she ignored our calls and stayed out
a little longer.
22.30:on the move
Sylvia did the honours for the daily weighing routine. Not an
easy task as the puppies start to find out what these four sticks
under their bodies are capable of. They like to explore new grounds
and the basket that is used as a temporary resting place, isn't
holding them back anymore. It won't take long before the first
puppy 'breaks out' the whelping box.
16.00: new sleeping positions
has become quiet again in and around the whelping box. Everything
is back to normal. Isotta happily welcomed 'baby-sitter' Sylvia
and the puppies are into their normal routine of drinking crawling
around and sleeping. They have started to experiment with new
sleeping positions like lying on their back and this 'bar stool'-style.
sit-in at the whelping box
true gathering of bracco-tifosi tonight, around Isotta and her
offspring. Lammy and Wim (l.) and Carolien and Oscar were welcomed
by a friendly Isotta who clearly enjoyed the attention. The puppies
are relaxed. Every now and then they try out their limbs. One
of them even tried to climb out of their basket.
12.00: Isotta bookmarked
of our Bracco-friends have travelled to Kleine Huisjes to visit
Isotta and her babies. Elise and Ilja also had to pay us a visit.
They got acquianted with the puppies they already know so well,
as a daily ritual is logging in on Isotta's weblog to check out
if there's news about the puppies.
10.30: Growth-sprint by puppies
the puppies is a daily riual. Especially in the first few days
the puppies were growing steadily, but slowly. No needs for concern
though; the past couple of days it seems that the puppies have
started a growth-sprint. Until now this applies to all eleven
puppies. Not one of them seems to be lacking behind.
11.00: a healthy appetite(II)
is cheerful to everyone she knows. While the puppies are drinking,
she begs for some extra attention. Feeding eleven pups takes a
lot out of Isotta. This shows by her healthy appetite; within
two hours after having breakfast, Isotta is getting hungry again.
22.00: Isotta relies on Sylvia
started with a cautiously raised eyebrow. Within moments Isotta
changed her behaviour towards Sylvia to a raised head and a wagging
tail, as soon as Sylvia enters the whelping box. Sylvia offered
to help out on busy days, as godmother of the puppies. Isotta
soon found out that her puppies were in the right hands. Sylvia
took sees to it that Mother and offspring get the best treatment
they can wish for.
Rijk can't wait
some consistency future owners find their way to Kleine Huisjes
to come and have a look at the puppies. This afternoon Rijk undertook
a 2.5 hour journey to sit next to the whelping box, together with
mom and dad. This first acquiantance with the puppies won't make
the waiting any easier.
07.00: Ciao e grazie Paolo
this morning Paolo Poggio said goodbye to Isotta and her babies.
After four days in Kleine Huisjes, Paolo, on the photo with Derk
Hazenberg who took him to the airport, left for Savona. Next November
Paolo welcomes us in Italy when a group of Bracco-tifosi makes
a journey to the origin of the Bracco Italiano. Paolo, ciao e
drink, drink, drink
life of a newborn puppy isn't the most exiting you can imagine.
The day consists of drinking and sleeping, and the occasional
'ride' to the basket, when mother Isotta goes for a little walk.
The best part of the day is spent while attached to the teat.
Drinking is very intensive and tiresome. It often happens that
a puppy falls asleep while still attached to the teat.
11.00: licking bellies
important part of the care of the puppies is belly-licking by
the mother. After feeding and 'detaching' the puppies from the
teat, Isotta gets the chance to lick them on the belly. This stimulates
the urinary passage and the bowels.
visitors ok, but not too many
is relaxed. She eats and drinks again and the diarrhoea that is
normal after giving birth, has dissappeared. She allows visitors
to take place next to the whelping box. And every now and again
she even welcomes them, like here with 'crazed bracco-fan' Barbara
Hazenberg who visited Kleine Huisjes together with her dad Rommert.
9.30: Isotta less stiff, puppies more active
a quiet night, Isotta sprang up for her daily morning walk. She
looked a lot less stiff than the previous days. The puppies are
more active as well. They move around more in the box. After they
have had their feeding session, some of them find a secluded spot
in the whelping box to do a little nap.
Rommert Hazenberg: 'topdog'
and secretary of the Dutch Bracco Italiano club, Rommert Hazenberg,
couldn't wait to drive to Kleine Huisjes as soon as he could,
to have a look at the wonderful litter. His eye fell on a beautiful
orange/white male puppy which, according to him, will grow up
to become a topdog.
twelve hungry mouths
but surely Isotta regains her appetite. Especially the mashed
'dog-burgers' are welcomed. And while the food comes in through
one channel, eleven hungry mouths see to it that it dissappears
just as quickly.
10.00: a quiet night
to the previous nights, any night is quiet. But tonight really
was. Everyone: Isotta, the puppies, our guests and ourselves had
a very good night's rest. Isotta appears very relaxed and satisfied
and so do the puppies.
'a beautiful litter'
a day and a night before. But Isotta is quiet now and is totally
devoted to her offspring. The puppiest seem content. They drink,
sleep and find a warm place against their mother. And Isotta?
She stretches and enjoys life to the full. The first visitors
have met the litter. The Ferweda family, Duca's owners, couldn't
resist to drop in and have a peek. And in the evening Gianpaolo
Poggio arrived with Sylvia, who owns Giulia. Gianpaolo flew from
Italy, just to have a glimps of the litter. He seemed impressed
with the quality of the puppies. The eyes, ears, noses and lip,
all seemed more than ok. Thing look good.
one of the hardest nights in our lives, we're finally done. Isotta
stuck with twelve deliveries, including one dead puppy. The young
mother is doing fine again. She has already regained her healthy
appetite and she clearly enjoys her puppies. We would like to
thank everyone from all over the world who watched our weblog
and supported us with kind words. Many special thanks go to Gianpaolo
Poggio for being an intermediate in Italy. And many thanks also
to Bitte Ahrens, the owner of the father of this litter: Axel
del Monte Alago, for letting us call her in the middle of the
night for advice. And a very big hug for Lammy and Wim who surprised
us by having a breakfast delivered to our doorstep. Thanks again,
we'll keep you informed through our weblog.
the last one?
is totally exhausted. And so are her helpers. After a night without
any sleep we helped Isotta deliver her eleventh puppy. Eighteen
hours after her first puppy a beautiful brown boy was born.
at long last, number ten
the birth of number nine every sign pointed to a quick birth of
number ten. Exhaustion took its toll on Isotta, however. She couldn't
cope pushing anymore and had to rest. After a waiting session
of a gruelling five hours number ten finally arrived: a healthy
brown boy. We think that this is the last puppy. But we're keeping
our options open.
Isotta is not ready yet
is late, but Isotta still has some work to do. Just now, she gave
birth to number nine: again a girl, but this time orange/white.
0.10: number eight
after the birth of number seven, Isotta starts to push again.
Number eight is a lovely girl with a beautiful brown colour.
one dead, one alive
the first six puppies it went quiet for three hours. Isotta was
relaxed and licked and suckled her offspring. Only after a short
walk outside, she started pushing again. The reason of the delay
was a little brown puppy that came out dead. Always sad, if something
like that happens. Luckily the white/orange male that followed
her, was very much alive.
just when Jeroen was having a look at the photos, Isotta thought
it a good idea to give birth to her sixth: a beautiful orange
and white bitch
the four have a brother
was kind enough to let us finish our dinner. But there wasn't
time for coffee. As we were taking away the dishes, she started
pushing again. The result is very nice orange boy.
hello to number four, a dark bitch that came out smoothly.
exactly six pm, the third puppy was born: a brown bitch. Brother
and sisters are lying besides each other, enjoying their milk.
puppy, a bitch
one hour after the first puppy, Isotta delivered her second: a
sturdy orange and white bitch. Isotta is getting the hang of giving
birth. The second one came out very smoothly.
16.10 h.:first puppy is born
has started. Just before four Isotta gave birth to her first:
a beautiful brown male.
the first signs
has been a tough night, especially for Marieke who stood by Isotta
most of the time. Last night Isotta started to show the first
signs of contractions. She was sighing and breathing heavily.
This didn't prevent her from cuddling up on Marieke's Mattress
next to the whelping box. We are expecting Isotta to start giving
somewhere in the late afternoon or the evening.
ready for the delivery
one day to go we are ready for the delivery. All the equipment
we need is at hand and the whelping box is prepared. Even though
it will probably take another day, Isotta might have other plans
and start giving birth earlier. Any which way, we are ready for
week, still growing
has started her last week before delivery. If everything goes
as calculated, she'll be delivering on the 25th or 26th of August.
Isotta is ready for it. She spends her days with doing as little
as possible. Her belly has grown to impressive proportions.
tests her new whelping box
whelping box arrived from Belgium yesterday. In stead of traditional
wood, the box is made of aluminum and plastic. Isotta tried the
box out and seemed happy with it. She took her afternoon nap in
it and didn't feel like moving to her blanket in the kitchen.
cooling down after the puppy-reunion
for the Vicini-dogs that weren't pregnant, yesterday was a tough
one. Let alone for Isotta who endured the puppy-reunion with an
occasional lip, but otherwise problemfree. Today Isotta took it
Isotta resembles her mother
is still growing, just like her appetite. She is doing very well.
And while the birth of the puppies draws near, she starts to show
the same small habits her mother Pandora had when she was pregnant.
Just like her mother, Isotta likes taking short naps lying on
her back. And just like Pandora, Isotta doesn't like close company
while she is resting. Especially the male dogs that are staying
over can expect a raised lip when they come too near. If the resemblance
stays after giving birth, the puppies will have a great time as
Pandora was the best mother puppies could wish for.
much news about Isotta's pregnancy. She is coping brilliantly.
Sometimes a little grumpy and always hungry. But she is doing
fine and she is steadily growing. As from now the combination
Isotta x Axel with pedigrees is online.
a healthy appetite
closer Isotta gets to the day of delivery, the bigger her appetite
seems to get. To keep the hunger away we have started to adjust
Isotta's feeding pattern. In stead of the two meals in the morning
and evening, she now gets four meals spread over the day.
pregnancy starts to show
has taken a while, but at last Isotta is starting to develop a
belly. Apart from the occasional 'hormonal' fit, Isotta copes
very well. The first half of the pregnancy has gone by without
Intoducing father Axel del Monte Alago
opportunity, called Marieke the chance to be the first to use
Axel del Monte Alago, son of Rivana, as stud. Axel has become
a top contender in the international show circuit and is top of
the list of eligible studs. Vicini thanks owners Bitte Ahrens
and Pierluigi Primavera for this opportunity. Also many thanks
to Gianpaolo Poggio for his work as mediator.