The babies are finally starting to look like puppies! Eyes and ears are fully open and they are struggling to get up on their feet. Although...........more than 3 or 4 steps and then it's time for a nap. They tire so easily at this age.
This next week will see them learning how to play with each other......and they will start making little puppy growl noises.
The 2 sisters are in the front. The tiny girl is still tiny, but she is growing at a nice pace. She manages to keep up with the others, but I still worry a bit about her. Hopefully it is just in her genes to be small, and not a physical problem. Time will tell over the next few weeks.
The boys are growing in leaps and bounds and the glimpse of promise is definitely apparent with these two. A good breeder is always breeding first in hopes of improving their line, with each generation. Whist I had high hopes for another girl to go forward with from this breeding, it is apparent that the boys in this litter show the most potential. Nice big eyes and big smoochy heads at this stage.
Featured in these puppy pictures is my first attempt at Overshot weaving. This blanket was made for my grandson, Aidan, last year. The pattern was found in an older Handwoven Magazine, issue: May/June 1993.
The satin binding on the edges is all hand sewn and hides a few less than perfect selvages.......we all have been beginners for at least a little while, right?.....LOL Thankfully an end feed shuttle has helped my selvages immensely!
The waffle dishtowels, featured in my sidebar, will be coming off the loom tommorrow to be sewn and wet finished. The next project on the loom will be some overshot table runners for my dining room. I find that overshot weaving is one of my favorite types of weaving.
This past week has been a very difficult and trying week. Breeze, the mother of the puppies somehow managed to either rupture or herniate a disc in her back. I have never seen an animal in so much pain as this girl was. She was having such intense muscle spasms, that she would completely twist her head and neck upside down in pain. Through it all, her eyes were just begging me to do something to help her.
My vet who practices traditional veterinary medicine, had precious little that he could do for her, short of putting her on steroids to reduce the inflammation. However, we were dealing with a nursing mom and the puppies were just too young to be weaned. Steroids also weaken the immune system, every time they are given. So, I spent a day in panic, calling vet certified chiropractors, acupuncturists and even someone who practices reiki, desperately trying to find someone that could give my girl a little relief from the pain. Everyone was either out of town or busy and I was feeling very despondent.
I then remembered a very kind man, who is married to a friend of mine in the Cavalier world. Dr. Larry Bernstein is a homeopathic vet and helped me once many years ago with my girl Dancer, who we lost last year. A homeopathic vet operates in a different method than a traditional vet. The homeopath, looks to treat the whole dog and looks to find a specific remedy that will allow the dog to heal from the inside out, by bringing the body into balance.
Dr. Larry prescribed a few remedies that quickly gave my girl a certain level of relief, however, she continued to have wild spasms in her shoulder area. We tried another remedy, which set her back a few steps, so we changed course and went in another direction, using a remedy called Belladonna. Within a 1/2 hour and 2 doses of this remedy, the neck spasms completely stopped. By the next morning, she was able again to clean and care for her puppies. Today, she is back to her old self and pain free. We were able to get her to this point, without the invasiveness of steroids and she was able to continue nursing her babies, so that they didn't lose ground.
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Bernstein. He is a kind, compassionate and generous man and his method of medicine has made me a complete believer in homeopathy. From this point forward, I will work with a homeopath in conjunction with a traditional vet with my animals.
Knitting and Spinning
Needless to say, not much knitting was accomplished this week. I lacked the concentration to focus on knitting for more than a little bit here and there. Being that I was up all night, giving Breeze her meds every few hours, the brain was just too darn tired to work too hard.
I did finish one of the Old Shale socks....I love this pattern!
What I did find comforting were the gentle rhythms of the spinning wheels. I find spinning to be a very relaxing and mindless activity. For me, spinning is complete Zen.......you can let your mind wander, or in my case, let it rest a bit and still create something lovely.
I hope to ply the skeins over the next few days.
Goodnite Sweet Babies........
Now, if only I could climb in that basket and take a nap with them...LOL
Have a great weekend!!!