Sweethearts Litter: Fall 2018
Week 1 - 12/9/2018
Introducing…the Sweethearts Litter! The four bundles of joy that Desert Sol Kiara (“Kiki”) delivered on November 29, 2018 are named for their parents’ sweet interaction upon meeting. Both Kiki and the pups’ father, Sirius Rising Samwell Tarly (“Sammie”) have very sweet and gentle dispositions, and love to give kisses to anyone unfazed by the Chinook tongue. And, because the kids in Kiki’s household speak French and are learning Italian, we decided to have fun with the names “Kiss” and “Sweet” in different languages.
While Kiki’s mother, Kyra, and sister, Zazu, had some long wait times delivering their litters, Kiki held out for the record. Jon flew out from Phoenix the day before Kiki’s due date to assist with the whelping, and all signs pointed to being on track when her temperature dropped the morning of her due date. We then went into Puppywatch mode for the next 36 hours, while Kiki lazed around the house and yard, taking lots of little naps, eating heartily, with little obvious sign of discomfort. (Meanwhile, the rest of us paced around…)
Finally, labor began in earnest and the delivery of her first pup, Bec, was quite dramatic. Jon confirmed it as his most challenging pup to deliver, but once out Bec rallied quickly and showed no signs of being worse for the wear. Pup #2 arrived with no fanfare at all — he snuck out with one contraction, which we noticed but Kiki didn’t seem to flinch. We lifted up her tail, and there was Baci…our second boy. After a bit of rest, the girls arrived — Dolce was #3, quiet and sweet, true to her name. The smallest girl, Bisou, arrived last, but she announced herself loudly…screaming her way into this world.
All of the pups weighed more than a pound each, successfully latched on quickly for their first meals, and easily transitioned to their primary function…to double their weight within the first week, which they achieved with flying colors.
The Sweethearts litter (as always in order of appearance):
Name Origin:"kiss" Québécois
About Bec:“Bec” means “kiss” in Québécois (Canadian French). Our Bec made his dramatic appearance as the firstborn of the Sweethearts Litter, giving Kiki and her delivery team a bit of a scare with his stalled entrance into this world. But, he’s balanced that with his generally quiet and docile nature. He is the most recognizable of his siblings, sporting a white blaze above his pink nose, along with white toes. From Day 1, he’s been the most efficient eater, easily doubling his weight by Day 6 and outpacing his siblings by 5-6 ounces. His birth weight was 1lb 1.7oz.
Name Origin:"kiss" in Italian
About Baci:“Baci” means “kiss” in Italian. Our Baci made a very quiet entrance on his birth night, but since then has been a bit more vocal when hungry, nursing or scooting around the whelping box. He likes to nuzzle and suck on the arm of the person who’s holding him in their lap, or on the neck of a sibling as he “dogpiles” on them. Maybe he is truly giving “bacis” to all who embrace him! His birth weight was 1lb 3.3oz.
Name Origin:"sweet" Italian
About Dolce:“Dolce” means “sweet” in Italian, and she is a true sweetheart — generally docile and accommodating in nature. In fact, there’s not much to write about her personality yet, as she is the low-key one of the four. It could be that she takes after her mother, Kiki, who apparently was a very quiet puppy until she burst out later with an extroverted personality weeks later. Sammie’s parents think that Dolce resembles him most as a puppy. Dolce could be the sweetest blend of the bunch! Her birth weight was 1lb 2.3oz.
Name Origin:"kiss" French
About Bisou:“Bisou” means “kiss” in French. Our littlest and last of the litter certainly doesn’t have a small personality. She came out screaming from the get-go, and continues to be quite vocal when she’s uncomfortable or hungry. She even seems to “talk” to herself or to her Mama’s belly while she’s in the middle of nursing, until all of sudden she’s falling off into immediate milk-fed slumber. We’ll have to see if she continues to be the most talkative of the siblings! Her birth weight was 1lb 1oz.