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Hello Follow the Litter-ers! We have a brand new family to introduce to you! This is sweet mama, Cadillac, and she came to Helen Woodward Animal Center nearly ready to give birth. She is a Jack Russell blend and just days after settling into her foster home, she had her babies! We were expecting two or three babies since Cadillac’s tummy was on the small side. She surprised us and her foster family by having five beautiful puppies.
Here’s a peaceful moment with one of her babies. Cadillac is a great mama!
Meet the whole clan! Cadillac had five babies total, three boys and two girls. At just a couple days old, they only nurse and sleep.
Close up of the babies. Look at that sweet, pink face!
Speaking of sweet faces, Cadillac has a heart-melting face for sure! Our foster family tells us names are picked for the babies – we’ll reveal those next week!
This is what the puppies do most of the time. Sleeping! They huddle together to keep themselves warm when they’re not nursing off Mama Cadillac. Cadillac does get to take breaks when her babies are asleep, too! Everyone needs a little “me” time.
When Cadillac returns, the babies worm their way to nurse! And then it’s Family Nap Time.
At the Center, we name litters in groups. Cadillac is obviously named after a car, so the babies all have car names, too! This is Mercedes. Next week we’ll reveal all the puppies’ names!
The puppies are just starting to open their eyes
It’s this little one’s first close up. Looks like they’re sleeping right through it.!
In fact, they still mostly sleep through everything. Except when eating, of course!
Here’s the whole family for a snack together. The puppies are getting stronger every day!
Another puppy opens his eyes for the first time!
But please, no autographs yet!
Hello everyone! Here’s an adorable family photo for you today. While the puppies’ eyes are now open, their preferred hobbies are still eating and sleeping. Their foster mom says that they do explore for a couple minutes at a time, but after that, it’s back to eating or napping!
Cooper and Bentley telling each other secrets! We wonder what puppy secrets they are whispering about.
Sister Mercedes decided to explore Mom’s food!
The puppies venture out of the pen for the first time! It’s a big world out there, little ones!
Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a glorious day because we have the cutest close-ups of the puppies today! Enjoy ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ over those lovable faces. (Each puppy is named after a car type since “Cadillac” is their mother’s name!)
It’s true, the puppies came to visit the Center for their medical checkup. Even Cadillac got a checkup, too! She was very patient while the medical team examined her and her babies.
Mercedes was such a good girl for her checkup! She stood ever so still while our veterinarian checked her heart rate and breathing with a stethoscope.
Siblings wait outside for their checkup!
After the family went back to their foster home, it was business as usual: eating and sleeping! Mercedes and Bugatti also showed interest in their mother’s food.
Little Bugatti didn’t know quite what to do with such a big bowl!
It can be pretty tiring caring for five hungry puppies. Cadillac does get some “girl time” to herself and she enjoys it on the sofa!
It can also be tiring growing up! The puppies do stay awake for a few minutes at a time to eat, attempt to play, but then they’re right back in “nap mode!” This is Tesla snoozing on a family member.
Mercedes sneaks a peek before dozing off! Peek-a-boo!
Cooper prefers the “upside-down” nap method.
Group nap photo! After their brief play-time, the puppies are back in the bed and using each other as warming blankets.
Over the Thanksgiving break, Cadillac has weaned her babies and is getting some much needed R&R before starting her quest to find a forever family. She’s currently loving life with a foster family and getting some much-needed TLC after all those “crazy kids!”
Cadillac’s adorable gang has come into the Center and just received their spay and neuter surgeries. Look for them on the Dog Adoption Page to see when they are available – it will be very, very soon! We’ll post an update here when they are, too.
Wednesday, December 4: Follow the Litter puppies are now available for adoption! Our Follow the Litter mom, Cadillac, will be available soon. Good luck, puppies!!