Katie and Her Princesses

Katie was found as a stray with Samm, the Standard Poodle in rural Alabama by a lineman. We don’t know Katie’s breed, but she is either a Standard Poodle or a Doodle. I sent her DNA test yesterday. There were also two Shi Tzus with them, but only one was able to be caught. That is Hazel who is going to her forever home soon. Katie and Samm spent a couple weeks at a vet’s office while we prepared their homes up here. During that time Katie went into heat. While the staff did notice and separate them, I guess it was too late.

Katie and Samm arrived on Nov. 29th. Samm went to Pat’s foster home and Katie came to what is known as “The Camp”. I call it my home. She was here to see if she is going to fit into the Marchek household and also to see if this miracle, of an early breeding, might have happened. As the weeks went by her underside was showing that it was getting ready, but I really didn’t think she was any bigger. She started getting more food, cottage cheese, coconut oil, pollack oil, you name it. Everything an expectant mom would need. We calculated that her due date might be Jan. 27th.

On Jan. 24th she was out playing with our pups that were born last May and having a great time. She ate two cups of food at 10:30. At 1:30 I went to let everyone out of their crates, and there was a pup in the crate. Unfortunately, it had passed. We went right to the vet and they saw at least three more pups, so we rushed home to have them. Still very sad about the one that was lost. No telling what might have happened. She had no signs of labor. We spent the day together waiting for these special pups, but nothing happened. At 8:30 we went to the emergency vet. They gave three doses of Oxytocin, but nothing. Katie was going to surgery for a c-section. I was going to the waiting room for three hours.

At 10:50pm the nurse came out and said that we had four girls! Three black and one brown. The pup that had passed that morning was also a girl and black. Katie recovered and the pups were tended to. At 2am we headed home. It was 3:30 before I got to bed and then up at 5:30, 7:30 and then took a cat nap until 10. Such a special day. The pups were doing great and had photos and videos taken.

Day 1 video

Day 1 video

Day 2 – Our runt is not doing well. She did not get enough nursing overnight. With that said, now she will get attention every two hours round the clock. I rushed her to the vet at 7:45am and they gave her fluids, while I went to Wal-Mart to get the ingredients for the formula. Please never use canned formula. I have always used Leerburg’s recipe and it makes all the difference in these little lives. Goats milk, organic yogurt, a farmer’s egg and a little Karo syrup. So much better than chemicals. As of the time I am typing this she has had two tube feedings and is looking better. Hopefully we can get her strong enough to nurse soon, but will watch her like a hawk and supplement if needed.

2pm-Our smallest Princess has had three supplemental feedings and nursed for a long time. Best news ever! She is scooting around. Whew, let’s hope we are out of the woods. She is still the smallest, so will need me to be with her every two hours at her feedings. They are so worth it.

Day 2 video

Day 2 video-Runt feeling better

Day 2 video

Day 3– After getting up every two hours through the night to tube feed our runt, the day has been quite quiet in the nursery. Eating and sleeping has been the order of the day. In 24 hours the black pups went from 10.6 oz to 12.2 oz. and 10.4 oz to 11.7 oz. The brown pup went from 9.5 oz to 11.3 oz. She is not the best eater. Our runt went from 6.8 oz to 8.3 oz. I guess it paid to wake up every two hours. They are growing up! It is so sweet to watch them throughout the day. So I have made some choices on names. Of course they are Princesses, so the brown one is Alexandra. Named after my father, Alexander, who passed away just 47 hours, to the minute, from when they were born. Our runt is now Grace, or Gracie to her mom. It is by the grace of God that she is still with us after her rough start. I am thinking Caroline is in there somewhere, just have to figure out how to tell the two black ones apart.

Day 3 video

Day 3 video

Samm wrote to us on facebook. Here he is. Our proud daddy!


Days 4, 5 & 6

Over the weekend the pups ate and grew. All are over one pound, except for our runt, Gracie. She was a bit touch and no, not gaining weight one night, but has not steadily gained. This baby stuff makes one nervous. So, they all now have names. Alexandra is brown. She is so pretty and even has red highlights. Not sure how I will let her go. Just not thinking about that right now. I might just have to keep them all. Grace is our little runt, who I guess was in her sack like a pretzel, so the vet named her pretzel. Caroline was given a locket by her father that she wears at all times. You will see he has a matching one, but his is much bigger than hers. Charlotte is our all black pup, but both her and Caroline have white hairs on the bottom of their feet. So it was a nice weekend. Katie is feeling great, and maybe a little too great. No running for her, but try to tell her that.

They now have a baby monitor on them and as I type this I can watch them nurse. It is the best thing ever. Also, the princess’s palace got a front porch, as you will see. Katie doesn’t seem to like it, but maybe she will as time goes on. Enjoy!

Day 4, 5 & 6 video

Day 4, 5, & 6 video


Days 7-13 (I guess that is week 2)

Katie and her princesses and doing wonderfully. Although their milestones are exciting, you hate to see them grow up. Right now they can’t hear or see, but they have started making noises. They sound like little birds. For two weeks the birthing suite has been quiet and now all of the sudden their are noises. It brightens my day. Caroline, Alex, and Charlotte are all two pounds. Little Gracie is one pound and five ounces. She grows every day. Just at a slower pace. They are so precious to hold and I can’t get over my love for their wavy hair. Katie has magnificent hair. We are still waiting for her DNA test, but I met two Standards at the groomer yesterday. One had really tight spiral curls, but the groomer said the other had a totally different haircoat. Kate has large ringlets. God is good. He has blessed me with the most wonderful gift in them. I could not be more thankful. Enjoy their photos and videos.

Days 7-13 video

Days 7-13 video

Days 14 & 15

The girls just keep getting better and better, and bigger and bigger. Their eyes are opening, but they can’t see much. Just slits right now and things are blurry. They are starting to look like real puppies and I miss their babyness already. I have to spend all the time I can with them. These photos and videos were taken on their two week birthday and the day after. By the way, Katie chewed the wire on the baby monitor, so no more puppy tv.

Days 14 & 15 video

Days 14 & 15 video

Days 16-21

It has been five days and our Princess have changed quite a bit. They are getting more vocal and we hear a bit of barking and odd sounds that are like wild animals in their suite. They play in bit with each other in that they try to bite each other. They also bite their legs. Their eyes are open. Not sure about their ears, but they should be, so I keep talking to them like I always have. Their nails are long and Charlotte got hers trimmed last night. A few a day and the job will get done. They are filling out more and looking more like dogs. They wobble around a bit.

Big development: They were getting out of the pool. I thought for a couple days that Kate was taking them out and then realized they were getting to her out on her porch. Yesterday, out with the pool and a board went in front of the door, so Kate can get in, but for the time being the pups can’t get out. They do hang by the door, so are very smart and know mom is on the other side, but needs her alone time. I bet they smell her. Things us humans don’t think about.

So today they are three weeks. Happy Birthday Girls! What a joy they are. Enjoy!

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

Days 16-21 video

What a Beautiful Weekend!

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Yes, he is real. No, he is not for adoption. For those of you around about two and a half years ago, you will know that this is Baby Brooks. He was born to a puppy mill mom where 110 dogs were seized three days prior. She arrived on Sun. and he was born on Mon. and was only 2.5 oz. Mom, Callie, was about eight years old, had a cataract and some hearing loss. The last thing she was into was her pup. I raised him, she was around, but not helpful, tube feeding him every two hours round the clock for six weeks. He is now a big boy at four pounds and has never been without me. Needless to say, he is one in several thousand. Not a million yet, folks.

I guess while I am blogging and this funny story came to mind, I should share it. Many of you know that my friend Becky has been the force behind the Alabama arm of Fluffy Dog for nine years. She was up here this past fall and right before she was ready to go back to Alabama we lost Brooks. Now Brooks does not go outside like most dogs. He goes out, does what he has to and comes in. The world is a big and dangerous place for him. He has plenty of room to run in the house. If we go outside, we are always together. So as Becky was getting ready to leave Brooks was missing. It was dark. We were yelling for him and all running around with flashlights. The pond. Oh my, the landscape pond. Nope. Did something get him? How did he get out? We looked everywhere. No Brooks. Becky had to leave and we were just beside ourselves. There was nothing more to do. I sat on the couch and thought about what could have happened. He makes these talking noises and I thought I heard him. So I called. Nothing. About twenty minutes later, I heard it again. Am I hearing things? I opened the recliner. Is he in the couch? Remember, four pounds. We are looking for something about the size of a guinea pig. I heard it again. It just didn’t last long enough to track it and there was no response to calling him. I opened up the kitchen cabinets again. Yes, kitchen cabinets. Then I opened the pull out garbage cabinet and he just strolled out. Yes, he was behind the recycle bin in the roll out garbage cabinet. I bet not many people can say they lost their dog in their cabinet, but it happened here.

So…..we had a Meet & Greet at Camp Bow Wow last Saturday and five dogs have found their forever homes from that. We had three dogs come from Alabama yesterday, one tomorrow, at least two on Wed. and one next Sunday. They are: Petey, Daisy, McGrath, Dyson, Spike, Lucy and Snowball. I have added photos of the ones that came yesterday. Check out our site to see the others! http://www.fluffydog.net   Thanks for being a Fluffy Dog Fan.


Not sure how we got all these pups, but I guess if they are in need we will save them. Typically we see pups in need in the spring, but this year it has just not stopped. The biggest thing with litters is that they come in large numbers, like seven or eight. What one doesn’t realize is these are really eight dogs that need the same vetting, fostering, and all the promotion and paperwork that goes along with the older dogs. This has caused us for the first time to have over 100 dogs on our site. With that, we now have to say no to new ones. There just are not enough fosters for all of them. Just look at the pups we have now, three doxie pups, four of Omni’s pups, Dolphin and Snorkel, Petunia, four from the Squash litter, Maisey’s four.

Let’s stop here and take a breath. Maisey is an interesting one. She was pulled from a shelter as a single dog. When she went to the vet to get her health certificate they found out she was pregnant and due in a couple weeks. She had her pups on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. They are not three weeks and we wanted them to have a save trip here, so Pilots N Paws volunteer pilots flew her and the pups from Alabama to Burlington, WI where they were picked up by their foster mom. It really takes a village.

Moving on this weekend we had transported two litters. A litter of four and a litter of five. The four were from two dogs that were rehomed by a groomer and when they were taken to be spayed and neutered they found out the female was pregnant. She delivered four pups which the adopter raised until they were five weeks old. I am not sure where the other litter was from, but they are our MinPin litter. Unfortunately, when they arrived they were mixed, so we just had nine pups of unknown origin. Things are been very difficult with them. They are nine weeks old, but one passed away at the emergency vet the night it came. I have to say I don’t even know if it was a boy or girl, as it happened so fast. On Mon. another one passed. It has been very sad and we are doing everything we can here to try to keep the others healthy. They are only four pounds each. Just little loves.

Then there are Dixie and Trixie. One might think they are Golden Retriever pups, but they are going to only be 20 lbs. each. Maybe Spaniels. Just hard to say, but very pretty. Because of our sick pups here, we need to require that the pups have two shots before coming. Because there are so many in need, they may be transferred to another rescue.

Mondavi has two pups. I am not sure why she found herself in need, but she has a skin condition, so has to wait a few weeks to come up. Her pups are only seven weeks old. Just adorable little bundles.

And…….our last litter is Sierra’s. Her pups were only two days old when we were told she was in need. Although we want to help her, we are going to need a foster home to care for this very special family when they come. She has six adorable pups and we are waiting for someone to come forward. I have put up some of the pups photos, but to see all of them please go to our site http://www.fluffydog.net.

Lastly, caring for these pups has been very expensive. Any donations we can receive are greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.

The Puppies

So this is a peak into puppy life at Fluffy Dog. It was rainy this week, but warm, so they were out playing like wild Indians with Bailey. She is ten years old now, but is still the foster mom to the pups. If she isn’t playing with them, she is watching over them like you would expect a Great Pyrenees to do. Yes, those sunny days of watching the pups romp and grow up in the fields are some I will remember forever. Rescue has its ups and downs, but this is definitely one of the ups. In these photos you will see Dolphin, Snorkel, Holiday, Hyatt, Summer and Grits, and of course Bailey, “The Original Fluffy Dog”