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Fennario's  Workingman's

Casey Jones - Yellow

Whelped: 6/17/21

Male   

Registration #FEN200-WM-6

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Birth Notes

Birth order: 6th born, sac on, breech spine up

Birth weight:  15 oz

wolf sable black toes all four feet

 

  

 A  Casey Photo Journal

August West x Stella Blue

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 Dogs of Fennario 5 weeks report - he refuses to give up. We discovered a cleft palate issue that must have been the issue to begin with. Perhaps he did not have pnuemonia afterall. The slit that runs down half the length of his palate is in the center. He can manipulate larger chunks of food around it and it does not go into his nasal cavity. This puppy has a mission in life, he's got something to do and he seems determined to do it against all odds. He has learned to bottle feed himself, and sleeps mostly through the night with no feeding.  He is very sweet, loves to be held and communicates his needs clearly to us both through body language and vocal cues.

Eating, pooping and sleeping - Its all backwards from what we normally have to report.  He eats between 4 and 6 tablespoons of homemade gruel formula per feeding.  We supplement with high calorie nutritional supplements. and Menuka honey

Body and Bone - He is so thin,  "body mass index" (if pups can have one) must be close to zero. But I see him growing a little every day.  His bones, as thin as he is, are nice and straight. His ears are tiny and look like they are standing up. His "boad" eye is healthy and the damaged tissue is scarred over nicely.

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TEMPERAMENT TEST SCORES - 3 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks

3 Day notes
 The last born, several hours after consistent intervals of the other five.  He nursed for the first 24 hours. After that, respitory infection set in. He's seen the veterinarian at 3 days old, very weak and weighing only 14 oz's.  He's determined and insistent. Strong for as sick as he is, he works at getting to mom even though he can't nurse. He is a dark wolf sable, and will have "goggles" when grown. This experience will either make him tougher than ever, or frail and susceptible.  As much as he's being handled he already knows how to get out of your grasp. The experience is going to affect his temperament, my guess is he will be a bit of a chicken, needing intense self confidence exercises.   
This was written at 10 days...

3 day score: N/A - neonatal illness
3 week notes
It's been a tough three weeks for this LITTLE guy as he has not been able to eat on his own this whole time. He is now using a bottle with an extra large nipple. He has good moments and bad moments.   His temperament, is, for all intents and purposes, permanently altered but our keeping him alive. 
He now goes to one corner of the whelping box and cries very loudly to be fed. He hums and "talks" while he's eating, which may make swallowing easier for him.
One of his eyes had an infection and is not opening yet, but the other "good" eye opened at exactly three weeks.   
The other puppies like to pile on him, and he can until he can't breathe enough and he manages to wiggle out from under them.

He takes to our touch very well and doesn't fight anything we try with him.
Weight: 32 oz.'s

3 week score : N/A - neonatal illness

6 week temperament test notes

Casey Jones is something else. I expected to have to nurse this little guy through the first several months of his life. Maybe I will have to at some point, but for now he has the heartiness and the appetite of a 6 week old normal puppy.   I do not do anything other than put dry kibble into a dish, present ample potty pads near the door, and he's managing his own little life very well.   Auggie is the only dog that stays in the house during the day, so his dad has been Casey's major adult dog role model.  We're lucky with that I guess.  and grateful. Little Casey acts much like an adult dog and doesn't demand attention or get caught up underfoot.

He may have some developmental issues physically, (like being small and only having one good eye) but mentally this "Lion in a Lamb suit" is as sharp, quick witted and stable as a rock in a hard place.

Weight 7 weeks 6.5 lbs