Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy birthday to our first litter!

Six years ago today, three special collies entered our lives.  We waited years before breeding our first litter of collie puppies.  And we waited, excited and hopeful, throughout Abby’s pregnancy.  We felt the puppies moving, and tried to imagine what they would look like, if they were boys or girls, rough or smooth.

Then a few days before Abby’s due date a hurricane named Irene hit the East Coast.  It hit our town particularly hard, and many houses on the beach were destroyed.  There was flooding, and we were left without power for days.  To stop looting of the destroyed homes, the National Guard was called in to patrol the area.

These homes were just a 1/2 mile from us

I read that the hurricane caused many pregnant women to go into labor early.  Our Abby decided to join them.  So there we were in the middle of the night, trying to deliver our first litter of puppies by candlelight!  Abby pushed for a while, and finally a little face appeared.  But the puppy was stuck!  And then the worst happened, Abby broke the sack. 

All that was visible was a little nose, and a little mouth with a tongue sticking out.  My sister thought the puppy was dead.  But we had to act quickly, to save the other puppies.  So my daughter and sister began packing everything we would need, as we prepared to take Abby to the animal hospital.  I remained with Abby, to keep her calm, and as I was sitting by the whelping box, the little puppy cried!  The puppy was still alive!

So we raced to the animal hospital, my daughter sitting in the back of the car with Abby.  Abby tried pushing a few more times, and was able to get the puppy’s head and one arm out.  My daughter was able to get the rest of him out.  He was a bit blue by this time, so my daughter rubbed him with towels, as I continued to drive down the highway.  He was a little sable and white, rough male.  Since this puppy was born in the car, on the way to the animal hospital, he was immediately given the name Ryder.


We arrived at the animal hospital, and they too were without power.  They had some lanterns, so the veterinarian helped deliver the rest of the litter there on the floor, on a pile of blankets.  The next puppy born was a smooth, sable and white girl.  She was born without her sack, completely blue and stillborn.  The vet tried to revive her, but it was too late.

Next came another smooth, sable girl.  She was born alive, though smaller than Ryder.  Ryder was the largest puppy, he weighed 12 ounces.  The little girl was given a few different names, but we finally decided on Kori.  After a little more time, a final puppy was born.  The fourth puppy was another boy, another sable, rough boy.  He was small like Kori, and weighed 8 ounces.  Which is still a healthy weight for a newborn puppy.  We named him Luke.


Kori, Ryder and Luke

While losing the one little girl was very sad, we couldn’t help being happy that we had three healthy puppies and a healthy mom.  We bundled them up, and took them home.  We watched them grow, and waited for the day when they would first open their eyes.  We laughed in delight when they began playing and when they discovered how to bark and growl.  We completely fell in love with our puppies. 

Kori (left) and Ryder (right)



Ryder, Luke and Kori

Luke, Kori and Ryder
Little Luke

It's hard to believe they are 6 years old already. Time has just flown by, and they have brought so much happiness into our lives.  Luke went to live with a wonderful family, who had lost their 12 year old collie. He is the best friend of two little boys named Matthew and David.  And Ryder and Kori stayed right here with us.

Ryder and Kori

Happy birthday - hope the next 6 years are full of many more fun adventures!


  1. oh my how nervous you all had to have been!!!! You had to have been beside yourself! So sad you lost one but thank goodness you now have Ryder and Kori!!!! Beautiful post!! Happy Happy Birthday! DakotasDen

  2. Happy Birthday to the three pups. That is so sad about the little girl, but how much worse it might have been if you hadn't sought help so quickly. And how much joy they have brought to your family.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  3. We never knew the story behind where Ryder came from, what a wonderful story , we loved reading about it. mags

  4. OMD, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BURTHDAY! I am so sad abouts the little one that didn't make it, butts so happy this story has a happy ending! I just loves baby pictures! you guys are so cute! I hopes you guys all have a most FABulous celebration...and if you needs me to drive the margarita truck overs, just let me knows!
    Ruby ♥

  5. Oh my goodness - what a story. Thank goodness for your quick action that saved the three. Happy Birthday to your sweeties
    Hazel & Mabel

  6. Happy Birthday ... what a special litter and how much love was inside of this wonderful story

  7. What a wonderful ending♥ We didn't know that you could get both rough and smooth collies from the same litter. Happy Birthday, Ryder, Kori and Luke!

  8. Oh a very happy birthday!!!!!
    What a special time and what beautiful photos you posted!!
    Haven't they all grown so quickly?! It's lovely to look back on how we all change, that's what makes this blogging so special :)
    Lots of licks, your good friend Morrie!

  9. Happy belated barkday to pawsome collies that have a pawtastic tail to tell.

    Sherman & Gemini

  10. Wow, we had no idea! What a great story! Happy birthday, friends!

  11. Happy Birthday to them all! What a story, we're so glad it mostly turned out well, other than the one loss. It sounds like such a wonderful experience, though it must have been very stressful at the time!

  12. hello collies its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted birthday to yore first litter and menny happy reeterns!!! they groo up to be verry byootiful dogs!!! ok bye