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Cuddles aka Puddles aka Tiddlebum

luckypenny
November 24th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Can you tell I haven't decided on a name yet :rolleyes:?

Right now, she's Cuddles because that's all she wants to spend her time doing :cloud9:. Cuddles is an 11 year Shih Tzu who was surrendered to a local shelter...pregnant and due within the next 2 weeks :wall: :(. After speaking with the director of our rescue (I so love that woman!), we brought her home on Sunday but, by Monday morning, I realized she wasn't feeling well. Rushed her to the vet hospital where she had x-rays and ultrasound, and put on IV. Fortunately, she's much better today and if all is ok tomorrow, she'll be returning home. Any signs of distress, or labor, and we'll be heading into the vet hospital immediately.

Please send all your good vibes and prayers her way so that she comes through this safe and sound.

Dee-O-Gee
November 24th, 2010, 09:11 PM
She looks so sweet and hope all goes well with Cuddle Puddle (name?) Are you going to foster her and the pups? Your such an :angel2:

Sending all my :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes: and :pray::pray::pray::pray: your way LP.

luckypenny
November 24th, 2010, 09:23 PM
We'll be fostering her until she goes into labor. Once the pups are born, if there are any complications, they will all be in more specialized care. If all goes well, then they'll be returning here.

It's the girls at the shelter who sought help for her, and the rescue that are the angels, klm :) . I have the easiest part in all this...I get to love her up silly :cloud9:.

Dee-O-Gee
November 24th, 2010, 09:44 PM
The girls at the shelter and the rescue are :angel2:'s as well. They couldn't have been :angel2:'s if they didn't know an :angel2: :)

Besides which, all the :angel2:'s I know, know how to love it up so you're still an :angel2: :D

Hope all goes well. :fingerscr

Rgeurts
November 24th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Oh lp... what a sweet little face she has!!! Extremely kissable :flirt:
All my thoughts and prayers will be with her (and you, of course!!).
I still can't believe someone would purposely (or even accidentally) allow an 11 yr old dog to become pregnant. That poor little thing.

klm is right, you are truly an :angel2:

lotsa :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes: , :pray::pray::pray::pray: and :grouphug:

Shaykeija
November 24th, 2010, 11:54 PM
Now that is a face i could cover with kisses....psttt you can aways bring her here for a visit....:cloud9:

TeriM
November 25th, 2010, 12:24 AM
What a beautiful face :lovestruck:.

I can't believe 11 years old and pregnant :eek: :(.

Tundra_Queen
November 25th, 2010, 04:52 AM
oh my dog LP! 11 Years? That is terrible...Oh the poor sweetie! Give her tons of kisses from me......I hope she will be ok and make it thru the pregnancy ok...the poor darling......:( I'm so glad u have her LP. How far along is she in her pregnancy?

Love4himies
November 25th, 2010, 06:47 AM
Holy crap, 11 and pregnant :wall::wall::wall:. What are people thinking :loser:. Well she is in good hands now. :angel: :grouphug:

Puddles, hehehehe, love that name. We named Puddles because it looked like she walked in mud puddles due to her pointed colouring.

chico2
November 25th, 2010, 07:25 AM
LP,that poor little sweet girl:(but her luck has turned,now hopefully she'll be strong enough to get through this ordeal:pray:

Marty11
November 25th, 2010, 07:39 AM
I am sending my prayers that all goes well in this pregnancy! :pray: Who could possibly let that happen at 11! Why was she not spayed! How many litters did this poor girl have? :wall:

14+kitties
November 25th, 2010, 08:24 AM
Adding my prayers to her safe delivery. You mf, are absolutely fantastic for taking her in. But then I didn't expect anything less of you once I read about her. :cloud9: :grouphug:
Just curious - did she not come with a name she is used to? :shrug:

diandpat
November 25th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Oh this poor sweet soul...she is finally being looked after. Hope it is not anything serious and she can come back to your heavenly abode soon :cloud9:

And though I agree about the angels at the shelter who wanted to give her a chance and the rescue angels stepping in also know that the call for a foster was made over a number of days and YOU were the angel with your plate already full who stepped up :angel2::angel2::angel2:

I sincerely hope she and all her pups pull through and go on to lead happy loving lives :goodvibes::goodvibes:

Dog Dancer
November 25th, 2010, 10:26 AM
She's so sweet. Praying that she's okay and makes it through this ordeal in good shape. I'd like to get my hands on the neck of the person who allowed this to happen to her and then dumped her! :frustrated: I cannot say what I'd like to say here, but I will say bless you for taking her in and giving her the love she so deserves. I agree with the others, you are an :angel2:

Chris21711
November 25th, 2010, 10:42 AM
I'd stick with Cuddles LP....just the name gives her warmth and a feeling of being protected and loved :cloud9:

Bless you and your cohorts once again :grouphug:

onster
November 25th, 2010, 03:32 PM
I like cuddles :lovestruck:

The poor sweetie, you are just so amazing LP, words can't even begin to describe the wonderful person you are.

Lots of prayers and good vibes for an uncomplicated delivery :fingerscr

luckypenny
November 25th, 2010, 06:15 PM
She's home :goodvibes:. What a big difference, she's feeling much, much better :highfive:.

I now have an idea of what it was like for dh to wait on me hand and foot towards the end of my pregnancy :D. The little princess made it clear she much prefers her own bedroom suite (she's taken up residence in my older son's room) and I'm in the process of taking notes on her preferred menu plans :rolleyes:. She prefers to eat off a plate and not from a bowl, has rejected all dog food, and has a preference for chicken...warmed up of course. Tomorrow we try ground turkey and sweet potatoes. She refuses tap water but laps up bottled water....slightly warmed as well. The little bugger is going to keep me on my toes, that's for sure :laughing:.

How far along is she in her pregnancy?

She's due in approximately 9 days.

Just curious - did she not come with a name she is used to? :shrug:

She doesn't respond to it at all. She's from a home where she lived with 20 other dogs so I don't imagine she was taught her name.

Chris21711
November 25th, 2010, 06:21 PM
The little bugger is going to keep me on my toes, that's for sure :laughing:.



I hope DH is taking notes on how it's done :laughing:

luckypenny
November 25th, 2010, 06:22 PM
:laughing: :laughing:

Shaykeija
November 25th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Welcome to the world of spoiled Tzu's :D:D Enjoy this baby,she is a love sponge right now. lol

luckypenny
November 25th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Is that really typical of most Shih Tzus, Shaykeija? I had heard that before. I would think she'd be ravenous but completely turns up her nose with most food offered to her. Our guys are certainly enjoying the leftovers though :D.

Shaykeija
November 25th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Well Lady Tyra is a piggy, she will eat anything. LOL Sir Quincy on the other hand,,,,warmed food, no left overs, only likes jasmine rice, white chicken, no dark, rare roast beef..lol

hazelrunpack
November 25th, 2010, 09:29 PM
Do you know how many pups she's carrying, LP? Poor dear--I hope it all goes smoothly for her! :goodvibes: I'm sure she's enjoying her stay at Auntie LP's :angel: :D

luckypenny
November 25th, 2010, 11:36 PM
X-rays showed at least 5 pups, Hazel. I've done a lot of reading these last few days and I'm a little nervous for her :o.

Late night dinner was a hit! She even had seconds so I guess my cooking isn't that bad after all :D.

TeriM
November 25th, 2010, 11:43 PM
Five pups :eek:. That's a big litter for a little dog :(.

Tundra_Queen
November 26th, 2010, 02:41 AM
LP...I hope she won't need a C section.

chico2
November 26th, 2010, 08:43 AM
LP,I guess at 11 and pregnant,having lived like she did,she deserves to be a Diva and you are just the right person to give it to her:grouphug:

Rgeurts
November 26th, 2010, 09:30 AM
Is that really typical of most Shih Tzus, Shaykeija? I had heard that before. I would think she'd be ravenous but completely turns up her nose with most food offered to her. Our guys are certainly enjoying the leftovers though :D.

My sister has 3, and they're ALL divas!! Even the male :o (he's probably the biggest!)

But for such little babies they have HUGE personalities!! I prefer large dogs, but Shih Tzus get to me. How can you not love those big, beautiful eyes and that soft hair :D :lovestruck:

BenMax
November 26th, 2010, 11:50 AM
LP I heard about this dog...and I heard that the rescue you are affiliated with took her thankfully.
My thoughts and prayers with her.:pray:. Others I heard also went into a great rescue in Ontario.:thumbs up

14+kitties
November 26th, 2010, 11:20 PM
She doesn't respond to it at all. She's from a home where she lived with 20 other dogs so I don't imagine she was taught her name.

Thanks LP. Didn't know she was in that type of environment. :o
Will keep my fingers crossed and send out lots of prayers that things go well for her. Little munchkin. :pray:

Love4himies
November 27th, 2010, 06:55 AM
Wow 5 pups :eek:, poor girl :(. You mentioned that she would be going somewhere else to have her pups, is that still the case?

Shaykeija
November 27th, 2010, 11:13 AM
I keep telling LP to sneak them here. Look G, Santa was really good to me this year..puppies..lol

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 11:53 AM
You mentioned that she would be going somewhere else to have her pups, is that still the case?

We'll be taking her to the veterinary hospital, L4H.

Love4himies
November 27th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Oh, sorry, I thought somebody was taking over the fostering after she had her pups.

Will you be fostering momma and pups afterwards then :D :pray:

hazelrunpack
November 27th, 2010, 09:24 PM
How's she doing today, LP? :fingerscr

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 09:38 PM
L4H, if all goes well, yes, we will foster Cuddles and her pups.

Hazel, my kitchen looks like a I cooked a 6 course meal for a dozen people. And you know what she ended up eating this evening? 2 teaspoons of green tripe, 2 slices of ham, and 1/4 slice fried bacon :rolleyes:. I cooked chicken, pork, and rabbit for her today...and opened 4 different cans of dog food. The little bugger wouldn't touch any of it :shrug:. Last night she only ate a couple of teaspoons of baby food and 1/4 hot dog wiener. It would seem she doesn't eat at all during the day, only a wee bit at night.

She sleeps a lot, most of the day and all night but, she's a waggy butt when she's up and loves to get brushed.

Shaykeija
November 27th, 2010, 09:54 PM
Oh that poor baby needs more food than that. Pasta, boiled in chicken broth got Quincy eating. I thought pork was bad for dogs, but you got to get something into her. You might have to hand feed her and get her to lick the food off your hand. Baked potatoes, hamburger, fried liver? I wish I was closer so I could help.

hazelrunpack
November 27th, 2010, 09:57 PM
What a sweetie!! Waggy butt :flirt:

I do hope she starts eating again! Sounds like she's getting you trained up in the kitchen! :laughing: I'll bet it smelled good in your house...at least till you opened the tripe. :p

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 10:06 PM
Shaykeija, we've tried beef and chicken liver, fried, baked, boiled. She'll only eat one or two tiny pieces of beef liver and only if it's fried. The first day she arrived, she ate a chicken meal I prepared, now she's refusing it altogether :shrug:. Whatever she eats one day, she won't the next. She will eat a few morsels out of my hand or off a flat plate, she doesn't seem to like bowls. Doesn't want hamburger, nor potatoes, nor ground turkey. Not cheese nor yogurt. We've tried mild cheddar, cottage, and ricotta. Dh is making some macaroni and cheese right now. Judging by her reaction so far, it would seem she only likes junk food :confused:. She went nuts over the hot dog wiener and the ham but only a little bit before she stopped eating.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Winston
November 27th, 2010, 10:13 PM
LP do dogs stop eating prior to delivering? maybe she is just at that stage of the pregnancy. What about tripe? sardines ? maybe even boiled pasta?

TeriM
November 27th, 2010, 10:17 PM
What about toast and scrambled eggs :shrug:. That often worked for Lucy.

and buy some of those arrowroot biscuits for babies, that often helped kickstart some eating.

Hope she eats better soon :goodvibes:.

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Usually 24 hours before labor begins. But her appetite has been like this since she was brought to the shelter and it's been over a week now. Her energy is good when she's awake, she's clear eyed and focuses on me. What's left of her teeth aren't in very good shape though (I've also blended a lot of the food I've offered her). She is on antibiotics for that so if it's her mouth, hopefully it will start working soon. The vets said to feed her whatever she'll eat at this point and to offer her something every two hours.

diandpat
November 27th, 2010, 10:22 PM
Without a word of a lie both Ginger and Hobo's first "full" meals in our home was Kraft Dinner. Both of them snubbed their noses at EVERYTHING we were offering. Like your sweety they both were coming from stressful places and had been neglected. As Kraft Dinner is my favorite thing to eat for lunch I decided to share some with Ginger after 36 hrs of her eating next to nothing and she scoffed it :laughing: Two years later, after 36 hrs with Hobo he scoffed the Kraft Dinner too :shrug: Now it is their gotcha day lunch (among many other lunches during the year :p ).

Can't hurt to try...she really needs to eat anything right now until you can get her on to some healthier stuff!

You are too funny with the messy kitchen...been there, done that :laughing::laughing::laughing:

With you in charge there is no doubt she is going to be just fine...lucky dog!!!!

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 10:23 PM
I haven't tried sardines yet, Winston...I'll go try that now.

She just refused the cheese and macaroni.

Teri, we tried toast, eggs and bacon this morning...she only had a bit of the bacon. Never thought of the biscuits though, I'll put it on our grocery list.

TeriM
November 27th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Maybe she likes sweet stuff? Give her a taste of jam and if she likes it then smear some on toast.

TeriM
November 27th, 2010, 10:31 PM
As Kraft Dinner is my favorite thing to eat for lunch I decided to share some with Ginger after 36 hrs of her eating next to nothing and she scoffed it :laughing:

Sorry LP, mine thread jack .... I love Kraft Dinner too and my husband thinks it is disgusting. Really sometimes it's gotta be KD :laughing:.

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Canned sardines are a no go so far. And she just made a liar out of me. She wouldn't eat the macaroni off a plate but ate 3 pieces out of the bowl in my hands :rolleyes:. It's funny because when I offered her the ham earlier, she nearly bit my fingers off at the same time. But only a few pieces and then she was done.

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 10:51 PM
Here's another pic of Cuddles. She loves her pen! We take her out often during the day when we're moving about or just cuddling on the couch. But if one of us ignores her for a few minutes, she waddles to her pen and asks to be let back in.

hazelrunpack
November 27th, 2010, 10:57 PM
She's an absolute doll :flirt: Doesn't seem to be extra skinny--or is it just the fur making her look bigger?

I'll tell you a gross secret that I used to get Evan to eat when he had no appetite. If he thought it was people food, he'd eat it, but he had to know for sure that it was people food--so it had to smell like we liked it... :o So I'd chew up some of what I wanted him to eat, spit it back into my hand and then hand feed him with it. After a couple of mouthfuls, he usually believed me and started eating on his own :thumbs up

TeriM
November 27th, 2010, 10:58 PM
Wow, she really is a cutie :lovestruck::lovestruck:. Are they sure she is eleven? She looks quite a bit younger to me. Maybe the pups are pushing on her tummy so she feels full even when she isn't :shrug:. Is she burping at all or showing any signs of gas?

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 11:06 PM
There's a good idea, Hazel...as long as it really does taste good, lol. Don't know if I could be chewing on dog food but, who knows what a desperate person might do :laughing:. Her fur makes her look bigger than what she really is. I can feel ribs and hips but they're not protruding or anything. Her stomach is HUGE though.

Wow, she really is a cutie :lovestruck::lovestruck:. Are they sure she is eleven? She looks quite a bit younger to me. Maybe the pups are pushing on her tummy so she feels full even when she isn't :shrug:. Is she burping at all or showing any signs of gas?

Her previous owner said she was 11 and the vets agree she's a senior :shrug:. You may be right about her feeling full...the ultrasound showed that the pups are pushing all her organs. And yes, she does burp as soon as she's had a couple of morsels or licks of food. When she drinks water as well.

TeriM
November 27th, 2010, 11:13 PM
Any possiblity you have some nux vomica on hand? It is a homeopathic remedy very good for upset tummies and naseau. Do you think it would be okay to give her a bit of pepcid?

luckypenny
November 27th, 2010, 11:25 PM
I don't have any pepcid or nux vomica here but I could call her vet Monday morning to see if it's ok. I never thought of that, thank you.

Shaykeija
November 27th, 2010, 11:58 PM
I wonder if her teeth are hurting? Chicken weiners, turkey kebalsi, even some of that rollover. I know it is crap, but when Shayker was dying from RF it was the only thing she would eat, and only a little at a time. Did the vet check her kidneys? Poor little bug...give her a kiss for me..

Tundra_Queen
November 28th, 2010, 03:43 AM
L4H, if all goes well, yes, we will foster Cuddles and her pups.

Hazel, my kitchen looks like a I cooked a 6 course meal for a dozen people. And you know what she ended up eating this evening? 2 teaspoons of green tripe, 2 slices of ham, and 1/4 slice fried bacon :rolleyes:. I cooked chicken, pork, and rabbit for her today...and opened 4 different cans of dog food. The little bugger wouldn't touch any of it :shrug:. Last night she only ate a couple of teaspoons of baby food and 1/4 hot dog wiener. It would seem she doesn't eat at all during the day, only a wee bit at night.

She sleeps a lot, most of the day and all night but, she's a waggy butt when she's up and loves to get brushed.

LP,,,have u given her dry food? I know her teeth are bad, but maybe dry food was what she got before. Even dry food soften in warm water might help. She sure is a cutie!

Love4himies
November 28th, 2010, 07:38 AM
What about scrambled eggs with cheese and hotdogs cut up. Even some tripe added to entice her to eat it. It may be easy for her to eat and get more nutrition in her that just hotdogs. I am not too familiar with dog nutrition, but I would be concerned about calcium leaching from her bones and teeth for the pups. It may cause further decay of her teeth. :(

Sending lots of :goodvibes::goodvibes: her way.

luckypenny
November 28th, 2010, 12:34 PM
L4H, I should have mentioned I add liquid vitamins and bone meal to anything mushy she'll eat (ie. baby food, tripe). I also have a couple of canine nutrition books with recipes so I've made her a few meals from those as well. I just have to get her to eat more than a couple of licks of it. She had more green tripe this morning which is great because she normally won't eat early in the day. I just threw an egg with ham (she liked a bit of ham last night) into the blender and fried it up with some butter. Just waiting for it to cool down before offering it to her :fingerscr.

fosterpat
November 28th, 2010, 01:01 PM
Hi lp!
Some of these small dogs are really difficult eaters....even when they are pregnant. I know your used to big dogs or dogs who will swallow everything and anything.
Here is a great website to help you out if you need it. It has always been very helpful to me when I have pregnant dogs or orphaned puppies.
www.dogbreedinfo.com
If you get to speak to a vet this week, I would ask them about calcium. She has a lot of puppies for her size and age. So you do want to make sure that she gets enough calcium for her and for her to be able to nurse her pups afterwards. Keep on giving her cheese, eggs and yogourt.
I do have a couple of questions for you. Are you actually writing down what she eats, ie what she actually ate and quantities? Perhaps it doesn't sound like a lot, but she does have 5 puppies and they are taking up a lot of room. Also maybe she's not moving around much. Perhaps letting her have a few little walks would be good for her.
Have you tried leaving the food down in her pen and then go back and hour later to see what she has eaten? Sometimes works.
My young son was always the one hand feeding these difficult little dogs.
He loved it....and they craved the attention!
Good luck and let me know if you need anything.
Pat

luckypenny
November 29th, 2010, 12:35 PM
SHE'S EATING! WOOHOO :goodvibes:!!!!!

TQ, I read your post this morning and thought to myself, "I offered it to her the first two days" but assumed she either didn't like it or perhaps her mouth hurt too much to eat it. I tried again today and she ate 1/4 cup! The antibiotics must be working :highfive:. I'm so friggen relieved I could cry :cry:.

Love4himies
November 29th, 2010, 12:48 PM
Wahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a relief!!!

L4H, I should have mentioned I add liquid vitamins and bone meal to anything mushy she'll eat (ie. baby food, tripe). I also have a couple of canine nutrition books with recipes so I've made her a few meals from those as well. I just have to get her to eat more than a couple of licks of it. She had more green tripe this morning which is great because she normally won't eat early in the day. I just threw an egg with ham (she liked a bit of ham last night) into the blender and fried it up with some butter. Just waiting for it to cool down before offering it to her :fingerscr.

I am so glad, I should have known you would have considered the calcium issue :o

luckypenny
November 29th, 2010, 12:57 PM
That's ok L4H, you couldn't have known how anal I am when it comes to feeding our dogs :D.

I don't want to look at another pot, frying pan, blender, etc. for another month :o :laughing:.

chico2
November 29th, 2010, 03:41 PM
L-P,you must be soo relieved and so are all of us,I'm sure:thumbs up
I suppose her teeth have to wait until the babies are born.
I :pray:everything will work out fine with her pregnancy and that she'll have 5 healthy puppies,I know for a fact,she could not be in better hands:grouphug:

Shaykeija
November 29th, 2010, 09:19 PM
I am so glad she is now eating. Now praying for healthy pups.

Dee-O-Gee
November 29th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Good news LP! Happy to hear she's eating. :thumbs up

Another thing you could do is mix 1 chicken boullion cube to 1/2 cup hot water then cool with a 1/2 cup cold water but toss in 4 or 5 ice cubes. Then let it cool to a slight warm temperature before letting her drink. This always worked when Gryph & Mollie had upset bellies but they especially loved bobbing for the ice cubes. :shrug: Acts as electrolytes to build up strength. :)

Tundra_Queen
November 30th, 2010, 04:57 AM
LP...I'm so happy!!! Come on Cuddles keep on eating...U got babies to feed! *doing the happy dance*

(I wish Marko had a happy dancer icon.....I get tired fast doing all this dancing.... LOL)

Shaykeija
November 30th, 2010, 08:41 AM
here ya go TQ

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homer
November 30th, 2010, 11:25 AM
What a cute dog :cloud9:

Tundra_Queen
December 1st, 2010, 04:01 AM
thanks shay! :laughing:

LP...how is cuddles doing? Is she eating more now? any babies born?:D

luckypenny
December 1st, 2010, 10:15 AM
Cuddles is doing well. She sleeps a lot but is perky and as affectionate as ever when she's awake. After a handful of kibble yesterday morning, she decided she was fed up with that too :rolleyes:. She did accept a few pieces of the Natural Balance roll late last night but then gave up. Finally got her to eat some Wellness canned.

No puppies yet although it looks like her belly is going to explode. She likes to lay on her back with her legs in the air but then can't turn over unless I help her...she's too cute :cloud9:. Her due date is supposed to be this Sunday so if nothing happens by then, we'll be taking her into the vet hospital all the same to be looked at.

hazelrunpack
December 1st, 2010, 12:20 PM
It's getting close then! Hope all goes well! :goodvibes:

A pic of the legs in the air would be lovely, LP. :D Just sayin'... :p

chico2
December 1st, 2010, 04:23 PM
I agree with Hazel,a legs up in the air pic would be great:dog:
we just have to:pray:she will be ok:pray:
Will you be looking after her and the pups after too?
Or does she go back to the shelter?

luckypenny
December 1st, 2010, 07:09 PM
I'll try to get a pic of that soon.

Chico, Cuddles was transferred from a shelter to our rescue organization. Our rescue doesn't have a shelter, only volunteer foster homes. It helps keep the costs down (no overhead or salaries) so all resources go straight to the dogs for vet care. If everything goes well, she should be returning here with her puppies.

Dee-O-Gee
December 1st, 2010, 09:37 PM
Sounds like you have everything all under control LP. :thumbs up

Now it's the "hurry up and wait" game. Hope all goes well for her. :goodvibes::goodvibes::fingerscr

I also concur with the rest. Laying on back with legs in the air picture sounds pretty special. :)

luckypenny
December 4th, 2010, 01:55 PM
The belly shot :D.

She's too adorable, I am completely head over heals in love with her :cloud9:.

Cuddles is now eating about 1/2 cup Orijen and 1/3-1/2 cup of Wellness canned puppy food per day. Super perky and following me around like a little puppy. She even let out her first bark today, it sounded so funny that I thought it was a burp at first :laughing:. She's doing really, really well :goodvibes:.

Winston
December 4th, 2010, 01:59 PM
What a great shot LP! She is adorable! look at that precious face...her belly is pretty big eh? Anyday now? do you have any idea what type of dog she was bred with? please say a small dog like her?

Sylvie
December 4th, 2010, 02:00 PM
She is so adorable. Is tomorrow the day???

luckypenny
December 4th, 2010, 02:50 PM
..her belly is pretty big eh?

Yeah, it's pretty huge.

do you have any idea what type of dog she was bred with? please say a small dog like her?

Of the 20 other dogs that came in with her, only another male Shih Tzu wasn't neutered so we're assuming that is who she was mated with. I saw him today and he's all dark gray and little bit bigger than her.

She is so adorable. Is tomorrow the day???

Her previous owner said that tomorrow is supposedly the 60th day. If she doesn't go into labor, the vet had said we can go to 63 days before bringing her in to be seen. We'll most likely do another x-ray and ultrasound and decide what to do then.

Winston
December 4th, 2010, 02:54 PM
I hope all goes well for her! :thumbs up

luckypenny
December 4th, 2010, 03:00 PM
Me too, Winston. I'm worried silly :o.

Winston
December 4th, 2010, 03:19 PM
If your confident in the vet I am sure all will go well. From what you have said she seems to be doing rather well...so I am gonna stay positive for her! :thumbs up

chico2
December 4th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Me too,she just has to do well:pray:
I can sense another foster-failure in the future;)

luckypenny
December 4th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Oh Chico, maybe in another lifetime :). She is the perfect pup though :angel:, a true lap dog :cloud9:. Our guys are absolutely insane compared to her :D, she deserves a much, much better suited home. Ours are kept separated from her so she gets the peace and stress-free environment she needs.

14+kitties
December 4th, 2010, 06:06 PM
I keep checking in here to see how Cuddles/Puddles/Tuddles is doing. Keeping my :fingerscr things go well for her. :grouphug: to you mf for your strength to keep on helping the helpless.

luckypenny
December 4th, 2010, 06:20 PM
Thank you 14+ :2huggers:

Sylvie
December 4th, 2010, 06:27 PM
I am going to think nothing but positive thoughts :thumbs up

Shaykeija
December 4th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Ahh LP you have been bitten by the Tzu Tzu love bug. LOL The little buggers worm their way in so fast. :cloud9: Is she tatoo'd? Yep those tummy shots are cute, she looks like Sophie did when she was full of pups. I am glad to hear she is eating.

Dee-O-Gee
December 4th, 2010, 09:03 PM
I too am with 14+ and keep checking in on Cuddles' progress. Still keeping the spirits high and :pray: :pray: :goodvibes::goodvibes: higher! :cloud9:

rainbow
December 4th, 2010, 10:14 PM
I just read this thread now and once again, LP, you are an angel to help those in need. :angel: :grouphug:

It is so sad to hear that her previous :loser: owner would still breed her at 11 yr of age. :wall:

Glad to hear that she is eating now and I hope she delivers the pups without any complications. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Tundra_Queen
December 5th, 2010, 04:59 AM
LP...I love the belly shot! She is so sweet! I hope everything will go perfectly and pups and momma will be just fine! :grouphug:

luckypenny
December 5th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Cuddles went into labor this morning. The first puppy was born around 10am and the last at 3:30pm. She had 7 in all although the second was stillborn :( :candle:. The remaining 6, 4 boys and 2 girls are all fine so far and suckling well. Cuddles is the best mom ever :cry:. Thank you all for the good vibes and prayers :grouphug:.

Will update soon.

Chris21711
December 5th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Too Cute LP, bless little Cuddles :cloud9:

The pups look like little squigglers.....now you have to find names for them all :D

Did she have them at home or at the Vets?

:candle: Little One :candle:

Shaykeija
December 5th, 2010, 07:12 PM
I am so glad she is doing fine. OMG all those puppies...

hazelrunpack
December 5th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Oh, my, LP! Such lil puplets!!! :flirt: Glad it went relatively well! So nice that she had them at a decent hour for you! :D Sending :goodvibes: that everything goes smoothly from here on out!

:candle: Puppy

Love4himies
December 5th, 2010, 07:21 PM
I am so glad it went well, LP :thumbs up :cloud9:
:rip: wee Puppy :candle:

Dee-O-Gee
December 5th, 2010, 07:45 PM
OMG! They look like little Gryphons with all those spots! :cloud9:

Happy to hear Cuddles is doing well and in good health.

:pray:'ing everything from here on in goes well for her and the puppers. :grouphug:

:rip: Little second one. :( :candle:

luckypenny
December 5th, 2010, 07:54 PM
Did she have them at home or at the Vets?


It all happened very, very fast. The first two were born in the car on the way to the vets, within a minute of each other. As soon as we arrived, she had the third and then was able to relax some between the rest of them.

I am so glad she is doing fine. OMG all those puppies...

I know, eh. We knew for sure 5. After the fifth was born, she was x-rayed and 2 more puppies were visible. I thought the vet tech was joking...I had to ask her, "for real?" several times :rolleyes:. Once it was certain everyone was good and the puppies were eating well, we came back home. She's taking such amazing care of them all :goodvibes:.

14+kitties
December 5th, 2010, 09:15 PM
:candle::rip:little2 :candle:
Cuddles - you are an amazing little lady. Great job!! :cloud9: Momma LP - You're pretty darned special youself!! :grouphug:
Now to not fall in love watching these little ones grow and thrive. :lovestruck:

Tundra_Queen
December 5th, 2010, 10:20 PM
Awww they are adorable!! Good girl Cuddles,,, :grouphug:
Shay are u thinking the same thing I am? :D

LP, I'm sorry to hear about the 2nd puppy. :( :candle:

I hope Cuddles will start eating more now that her tummy has space to expand. *S*

Shaykeija
December 5th, 2010, 11:36 PM
LOL more pictures please.....:cloud9:

Melinda
December 6th, 2010, 06:11 AM
just saw this thread now (don't know where my mind has been), what a great person you are!!! that poor pet going through that at her senior age, will she have enough milk for 6 pups? they are gorgeous, hopefully we'll see more pics? any idea what the father was? same breed?

chico2
December 6th, 2010, 07:38 AM
Phew,I am soooo glad she had no troubles,except for the little one that did not make it :rip:little one:candle:
Since we cannot be there,cannot touch the little ones and Cuddles,lots and lots of pics are needed;)
:pray:Cuddles will have enough milk for the babies:fingerscr

Melinda
December 6th, 2010, 08:11 AM
the little one in the middle, is she/he all white??

Kodie's Mom
December 6th, 2010, 10:11 AM
Aww sweet little soul, this will be her LAST litter. Glad she and her pups are all good. Bless her little soul, I wish I could adopted her but I have enough at this time.

luckypenny
December 6th, 2010, 11:03 AM
I hope Cuddles will start eating more now that her tummy has space to expand. *S*

She's eating well today. She had about 1/2 a can and a couple of handfuls of kibble last night, another 1/4 can around 5am and 1/2 a can about an hour ago. Only thing is, right now, she's only eating if I hand feed her while she's nursing so I offer her food every 2 hours. Same goes for water but I'm careful to offer her some every hour.

LOL more pictures please.....:cloud9:

For sure, in a little while I'll post more. Although right now the pups are always eating so I don't want to disturb them. I'll try to take some of them individually when I weigh them again.

will she have enough milk for 6 pups?

So far so good :fingerscr. We'll weigh them twice a day to make sure though.

the little one in the middle, is she/he all white??

No, he's got some brown spots on him. Some have small brown spots while others have more.

You know, I thought the worst of it for her would be the birthing. But watching her overnight and this morning, that was the easy part. Nursing and cleaning her pups takes so much out of her, it's non-stop. I don't know when she sleeps :shrug:. There's nothing fun about watching a momma dog like her have to go through this at her age :(.

Marty11
December 6th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Luckypenny your an :angel: for this dog. I'm sure mom is exhausted but with you by her side she will get throught it. How precious those little puplets. :cloud9:

fosterpat
December 6th, 2010, 12:25 PM
Hi lp....don't worry, cuddles is being a good mom. Just like human mom's with newborns...they sometimes have to be reminded to eat. It's normal for you to have to handfeed or remind her to eat. In a few days, she'll be comfortable enough to start to get up for a few minutes at a time and drink or eat.
I know she's finicky, but if she'll take it, you can try giving her a little beef bouillon to lap up. It will give her a little energy and help her out with feeding the pups.
Seems like she's eating ok to me. That both mom and pups are healthy and survived, is really an amazing thing. You obviously are doing something right...so don't worry so much!!
Take care.
Pat

rainbow
December 6th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Oh my, they are so tiny. :lovestruck:

Glad everything went well and looking forward to seeing more pics as they grow. :cloud9:



:rip: little one that didn't make it :candle:

Dog Dancer
December 6th, 2010, 04:06 PM
LP - as the others have said, bless you for helping out this sweet soul. She'll do well with your help and support. What sweet looking pups, and mom of course is just too much! :grouphug: to you LP. RIP sweet little #2.

hazelrunpack
December 6th, 2010, 09:15 PM
What?!? :eek: No additional pics?!? :frustrated: (:o Ya, ya...I know...you have a lot on your plate right now! But whenever you get a chance, k? :D You know--in some of that 'free' time... :rolleyes:)

How is the new family doing this evening?

Shaykeija
December 8th, 2010, 09:22 PM
Any updates? I told hubby tonight that is we did not have 4 pups already, Cuddles would be comming here. lol

TeriM
December 9th, 2010, 12:48 AM
So glad that Cuddles came through okay :thumbs up.

and another request for pics please :D.

Tundra_Queen
December 9th, 2010, 11:00 PM
Any updates? I told hubby tonight that is we did not have 4 pups already, Cuddles would be comming here. lol

LOL I knew u were thinking that! LOL

Shaykeija
December 10th, 2010, 01:08 AM
Yep I could give her the life she deserves and all the love ,good food, warm beds that she needs. But I am sure there will be someone (LP):rolleyes: lol that will give her the home she needs.

luckypenny
December 10th, 2010, 11:55 AM
The puppy pack at 5 days old. On the far left is the Hercules of the group; he's humongous! And right next to him is his little sister who was first born; she's the tiniest :cloud9:.

shirley1011
December 10th, 2010, 12:14 PM
LP...they are adorable...and hope Cuddles is taking some much deserved rest...Bless you for caring about them.

14+kitties
December 10th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Awwwww, almost nothing sweeter than looking at pics of baby puppies. Except baby kitties. :p :cloud9::cloud9:
They are doing so well in your loving hands mf. Thank you for being there as always. :2huggers:

Dog Dancer
December 10th, 2010, 12:21 PM
Hercules, love the name, I hope it sticks. The puppies look like they are thriving between mom and you LP. What lucky little guys they are.

SIL
December 10th, 2010, 01:14 PM
LP...they look amazing!!! Great job Cuddles :thumbs up:highfive:
:grouphug:for the whole family human and furry:D

Love4himies
December 10th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Ummmmm, do I read that right 5 days? That means we missed pics on day 2, 3, and 4 :frustrated:, c'mon LP you know better than that :yell:, we don't like waiting for pics :yell: :laughing:

Oh my, it is so hard to tell where one ends and the other begins :cloud9:, I bet they are just the cuddliest things every :cloud9::cloud9:. How is Cuddles doing?

rainbow
December 10th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Awwwwwww, tooooo cute :cloud9: and they look so chubby and healthy. :goodvibes:

How is Cuddles doing? :fingerscr I think we need a pic of her too. :goodvibes:

chico2
December 10th, 2010, 04:27 PM
A black and white bundle of puppies:cloud9:could we see some faces in the next pic that you are taking tomorrow;)
Thank's for being who you are:grouphug:

Ooops,I see it looks more like they are brown/white..

TeriM
December 10th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Wow, that one pup really is a big boy :eek:. They look adorable :cloud9:.

hazelrunpack
December 10th, 2010, 07:29 PM
Yep, pics of Cuddles, too, please, LP! :D And more of the new fambly :flirt: What a sweet lil squirmy bunch of cuddlebums!!!

luckypenny
December 10th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Cuddles is still doing great. She's finally leaving to rest outside the box in between feedings. She also asked to leave the playpen twice today to stretch and run around in the big room outside the bedroom for a few minutes but runs right back to the pen as soon as she hears a peep. She's up to almost half a can of puppy food every 4 hours now. She still won't eat unless I hand feed her while she's nursing :shrug: but, it's my pleasure to do anything for her at this point :cloud9:.

...could we see some faces in the next pic that you are taking tomorrow;)

You're as subtle as L4H, Chico :laughing:.

Here are a few more that'll have to last you guys a couple of days. I try not to disturb them unless it's weigh-in time or when I have to move the two wee ones for extra feedings when their porky siblings are napping. Hercules weighed in at 200 grams this evening. One of his sisters, Suziecakes :D, is close behind at 180 grams. The two wee ones, Lil' 'Loudmouth' Laurie and Munchkin Murphy, are only 114 and 115 grams each. I'm such a dork with names but it's the only way I can remember who is who :rolleyes:.

Marty11
December 10th, 2010, 08:57 PM
SO BEAUTIFUL. :cloud9: Your doing a great job!!!!!! I love the names...

Tundra_Queen
December 11th, 2010, 01:44 AM
AWWWWW LP they are so sweet!!

Love4himies
December 11th, 2010, 06:20 AM
:laughing::laughing::laughing: Chico, great comment, that'll teach LP not to make us wait :laughing:

Oh my goodness, what a sweet, sweet girl that Cuddles is, and boy is she looking great :cloud9::lovestruck::cloud9: How are Lucky, Penny, and Nukka doing with the pups?

chico2
December 11th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Thank you LP:grouphug:,mommy Cuddles looks happy and proud,so sweet and you can really see how small the babies are,compared to mom.
I can understand how you don't want to disturb them too much with camera-flashes,so we'll be patient..promise:dog:

hazelrunpack
December 11th, 2010, 09:23 AM
Cuddles is looking so happy! And she's obviously an excellent Mum!!! :flirt: Thanks for the pics, LP! :D

Sylvie
December 11th, 2010, 12:01 PM
Cuddles looks great for 11 years old and just giving birth:eek:

What a good mama:lovestruck:

Thank you LP for being you.

Shaykeija
December 11th, 2010, 12:59 PM
She sure is a good mom. I cannot get over how much she looks like Tyra. Give her a kiss from me and a cuddle.

rainbow
December 11th, 2010, 01:43 PM
Cuddles looks great :lovestruck: and is obviously a very good mom. :cloud9:

Thanks for the pics LP :goodvibes: .....you're a great mom as well. :angel:

luckypenny
December 11th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Cuddles really is wonderful :cloud9:. She's starting to ask to go right outside today. Only for a minute or two but it's nice to get her out in the fresh air.

How are Lucky, Penny, and Nukka doing with the pups?

We keep them separated at all times, L4H. Cuddles doesn't know them at all (and our guys are too active) so I don't want to stress her. We keep ours upstairs and they use the back yard. Cuddles has my son's bedroom/livingroom downstairs and has access to the entire basement when she wants her zoomies. When she wants outside, we use the front yard. I don't imagine we'll be introducing them.

Love4himies
December 11th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Your pups must know that Cuddles and her pups are in the house though. Do they react at all? When I have fosters in my house, Jasper is always at the door wanting to play :cloud9: :lovestruck: and Sweet Pea is at the door hissing :rolleyes:

Dee-O-Gee
December 11th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Great pictures LP! :thumbs up They look so tiny! :cloud9:

It's different to hear of their weights as grams instead of kilo's or pounds. :o

TeriM
December 11th, 2010, 09:28 PM
I love that pic of Cuddles smiling with her babies :cloud9:.

luckypenny
December 12th, 2010, 06:12 AM
Your pups must know that Cuddles and her pups are in the house though. Do they react at all? When I have fosters in my house, Jasper is always at the door wanting to play :cloud9: :lovestruck: and Sweet Pea is at the door hissing :rolleyes:

They sniffed like mad at the basement door when Cuddles first arrived. Lucky scratched at the door a few times but he's stopped since. Nukka and Penny aren't reacting at all; Nukka just looks at me with her pitiful puppy eyes every time I go downstairs with a plate of food in my hands :D.

Lucky's being a bit of a jerk with the girls but that's not really new...he can be bullyish sometimes even when we don't have fosters so we just keep a close eye on him and don't leave the three of them together unattended. Dh was out of town for a few days and I noticed Lucky was acting up more during that time so I just did a lot of distraction and management.

It's different to hear of their weights as grams instead of kilo's or pounds. :o

Because of where I used to work, I keep comparing them to slices of salami :laughing:. "Oh look! Murphy went from 20 slices to 25 slices of salami" and "Suziecakes weighs 34 slices!" and "Hercules is gaining 4 slices of salami a day!" :laughing: :laughing:.

luckypenny
December 14th, 2010, 09:57 PM
Hercules now weighs 61 slices of salami.... :D

Cuddles and pups continue to do great. They're all growing so fast and Cuddles is up to 4 large cans of food per day :eek:. I can tell she's gaining weight as well as I can't easily feel her hip bones anymore :highfive:. Hopefully by next week, I'll manage to get close-up photos of each of the pups.

Here's a pic of the her with the puppies in her pen. We use the bottom half of an extra large Cargo crate as a whelping box and it's worked out really well. There's a heating pad on one half of it so that's where the puppies tend to nest while Cuddles prefers to lay on the half without where it's cooler.

the gang
December 14th, 2010, 10:18 PM
you are a :angel2: big time, brenda and the pins

Love4himies
December 15th, 2010, 06:54 AM
What a great setup :thumbs up. I bet she thinks she is in heaven :cloud9::lovestruck:

Ummm, that's 4 days between pics, but I guess that is better than 5 :frustrated: :laughing:

chico2
December 15th, 2010, 07:45 AM
LP,I cannot describe how it feels looking at little Cuddles,happy and well fed and all those little pups,you are an amazing :angel2:

Chris21711
December 15th, 2010, 10:17 AM
That is a fantastic setup LP :thumbs up....you've covered all the bases as usual :grouphug:

Dee-O-Gee
December 15th, 2010, 08:43 PM
If the puppers keep gaining weight, you'll have to switch to ham instead of salami! :laughing::laughing: :D :D

What a fantastic set up LP! :thumbs up Everyone looks so cozy in their little castle. :angel:

hazelrunpack
December 15th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Glad things are going so well! They do make an adorable family!!! :cloud9:

luckypenny
December 19th, 2010, 05:32 PM
The pups are 2 weeks old today...I can't believe how fast that's gone by already.

Hercules is still the largest of the litter weighing 426 grams. His eyes opened today.

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Suziecakes is 345 grams, the second largest of the litter. She's almost all white with a few small brown patches.

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Marbles reached the 300 gram mark today.

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luckypenny
December 19th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Checkers is 286 grams. His markings are adorable, he has four vertical spots from the middle of his head to the base of his tail.

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Lil' Laurie is no longer the smallest but she sure is the loudest :laughing:. She weighs in at 248 grams and hers were the first eyes to open today.

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And sweet little Murphy; he's only 231 grams but is gaining daily. His eyes also opened.

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shirley1011
December 19th, 2010, 05:41 PM
LP, they are all so adorable...thanks for the update

luckypenny
December 19th, 2010, 05:42 PM
And Cuddles grooming/nursing her babies :cloud9:. Not much room for all 6 to nurse at the same time but Cuddles patiently waits til they've all eaten before moving away for a little break.

luckypenny
December 19th, 2010, 05:45 PM
LP, they are all so adorable...thanks for the update

Aren't they :goodvibes:? I just want to curl up in the crate with them :cloud9:. I love their "dirty" noses :D.

shirley1011
December 19th, 2010, 05:47 PM
The last one with Cuddles is amazing...she is such a good mom.
It will be hard to part with them LP...the next few weeks are so interesting as they grow and become curious. You will soon get to help Cuddles with the feeding and she will be so grateful.

rainbow
December 19th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Awwwww, those little guys are getting cuter every day. :cloud9:

And, what a wonderful mom Cuddles is :angel: ......thank dawg this is finally the last time for her though. :grouphug:

Chris21711
December 19th, 2010, 05:57 PM
They are just too cute for words LP...I'd love to smoosh them :cloud9:

luckypenny
December 19th, 2010, 05:57 PM
You will soon get to help Cuddles with the feeding and she will be so grateful.

That's what I've been told. I was speaking to fosterpat telling her of my concerns for Cuddles' loneliness when her pups all get adopted and she'll be alone. She told me that by that time, Cuddles will want to get away from 6 crazy little puppies :D.


And, what a wonderful mom Cuddles is :angel: ......thank dawg this is finally the last time for her though. :grouphug:

I think we'll have a great big celebration when she gets spayed. As wonderful as she is with her pups, it's obvious how hard it is on her. She really enjoys going outside now, she has a bounce in her step and likes to wander all over the front yard. Never longer than 10 minutes though, then she runs back to the door to be let in. When she's outside of her pen, she runs from room to room to see if anyone else is there for some lovings :cloud9:, then runs back to her puppies to check on them, then runs around looking for more affection from everyone. She's just the sweetest girl ever :lovestruck:

rainbow
December 19th, 2010, 06:01 PM
That's what I've been told. I was speaking to fosterpat telling her of my concerns for Cuddles' loneliness when her pups all get adopted and she'll be alone. She told me that by that time, Cuddles will want to get away from 6 crazy little puppies :D.

I think we'll have a great big celebration when she gets spayed. As wonderful as she is with her pups, it's obvious how hard it is on her. She really enjoys going outside now, she has a bounce in her step and likes to wander all over the front yard. Never longer than 10 minutes though, then she runs back to the door to be let in. When she's outside of her pen, she runs from room to room to see if anyone else is there for some lovings :cloud9:, then runs back to her puppies to check on them, then runs around looking for more affection from everyone. She's just the sweetest girl ever :lovestruck:

She is going to make a wonderful companion for someone. :cloud9:

Shaykeija
December 19th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Hmmm Cuddles will certainly will be missed by her foster mom. Jezzz those pups are cute.

Frenchy
December 19th, 2010, 07:18 PM
Don't want to make anyone jealous .... ok , maybe a little bit :evil: I met the whole family last Friday. Cuddles is an amazing mom !! :thumbs up As soon as I approached the pups , she got up and sat in front of me , kinda saying that she was watching me closely. So I looked at the pups without touching them to not stress out Cuddles.

chico2
December 20th, 2010, 07:09 AM
LP,what adorable pics:cloud9:,thank you for keeping us updated.
Next will be open-eyes pics,right;)

Melinda
December 20th, 2010, 07:16 AM
I'm in love with suziecakes...something about the mostly white body and spots on her head, what a doll, they are all so cute!!

Love4himies
December 20th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Oh, they are just so darn adorable :cloud9::cloud9::cloud9:. All my foster moms have been ecstatic when they are finally relieved of their babies :laughing:.


Don't want to make anyone jealous .... ok , maybe a little bit :evil: I met the whole family last Friday. Cuddles is an amazing mom !! :thumbs up As soon as I approached the pups , she got up and sat in front of me , kinda saying that she was watching me closely. So I looked at the pups without touching them to not stress out Cuddles.
:yell::yell::yell::frustrated:, just through that in our faces :frustrated: :laughing: Glad to have you back :grouphug:

Tundra_Queen
December 23rd, 2010, 04:42 PM
oh myyyyy I want oneeeeeee....WAAAAAA:yell: oh heck I want them all!

What sweethearts they are. And Cuddles is so adorable!!! :grouphug:

LP...you are doing such a wonderful job! :grouphug: