Left too early...
There were 13 puppies born total, 2 boys and 11 girls.
1 boy and 3 girls were stillborn. We tried to revive them all, but unfortunately it was too late for them.
1 girl was born with a congenital defect. It would have made her life too dificult, most probably filled with medical problems, so we had to let her go on 04.10.2021.
1 girl didn't gain weight as well as the others and we had to take her to the vet to revive her on 12.10.2021. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts and sleepless nights, she gave up on life and stopped eating on her own early in the morning of 14.10.2021. Because from that point on it would have been just about keeping her breathing and not getting her better, we decided to make the tough choice to let her go.
On 9th November we had to say goodbye to another girl. Because we already got our registration numbers, she would have had the name Azure I'll Catch Up Under the Southern Cross in her pedigree, we started to call her Kačenka at home. unfortunately Kačenka didn't grow as well as the other puppies. We really hoped that she would get our of it and catch up to all of the other puppies, but at 5 weeks old she had little less than 2kg and she wasn't able to walk on her hind legs. We don't know what exactly happened, but we think that in an effort to stimulate her legs to walk, we overstimulated her brain which seemed to have been developing in a normal rate. And either it wasn't well developed or her it became too big for her head and started pushing on her head which then caused severe seisures. Unfortunately after the fourth seisure in a few hours in front of a veterinary neurological specialist we had to make the decision to stop her suffering. Kačenka was our miniature newfie and although it wasn't the easiest decision, we know it was the best decision.
The last puppy that we had to say goodbye to too early on 23rd November 2021 was a girl with the purple band, Azure Wait For Me Under the Southern Cross. Purple was born with only one kidney and an ectopic urether. At 5 weeks of age she had a surgery on the ectopic ureter. Everything looked good, but unfortunately the day they took out the stitches her condition changed rapidly, on 23rd November her kidney failed completely and there was nothing else to do but make her suffering shorter. This death hit us very hard, mainly because the veterinary clinic that did the surgery was saying that being lethargic is normal behaviour after taking out the stitches, only an emergency vet clinic told us that unfortunately her kidney was slowly failing the whole day. We can't turn back time, we can only learn and if we experience a similar situation again we might make different decisions.
All these puppies have grabbed our hearts and are still keeping a tight hold on it.
They will all be missed.