Atchafalaya Mountain Ash
Ashley is a special girl. With her 9 littermates, Ash was born into the
world about a week early, and with the large number in the litter,
several like herself were very tiny. Life was not easy and Ash lost 3
of her littmates in the first two days. Ash herself was very weak and
made several trips to the vet and was not expected to live.
But she was a fighter and did not give up. She was also happy
and never behaved like a tiny sick pup. She would always try to eat and
move around and puch in for a drink and later even walk, even though
she was still at birthweight at almost 3 weeks of age with siblings
over 4 times her size.
Eventually all her immature systems caught up and she started gaining
weight at around 3 weeks of age and she never looked back for the next
6 weeks. After that she was just a normal puppy with no sign of those
difficult first weeks, aside from being a kilogram lighter than her
More details of the early days can be dug through on the
Both of Ash's parents, Shitani
, have been
tested and found to be clear of
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CL)
, as per
report numbers on her parents pages, and so
Ash is clear by parentage. For more information, please see the
Border Collie Health page
Ashley's Difficult Puppyhood
Ash at day 2 - all 140 grams of her...
At 5 days with no weight gain, Ash was very small and weak.
At 2 weeks, Ash had little energy spare for keeping warm,
even with the heat lamp keeping the whelping box nice and toasty. She
liked to curl up with her bigger brothers and sisters. She was still a
mere 200 grams.
At this stage, while still just 2 weeks old, Ash went to live
with a new group of siblings who were more her size. Dot's pups were
born when Ash was 15 days old and she was still a mere 210 grams. Her
new friends were heavier at birth, with Henry a whopping 320 grams,
but getting some milk with Dot and the 3 guys more her
size was a lot easier.
With sore eyes and minimal weight gain over the first
three weeks, Ash
was on her feet, gaining weight, and on her way up. She still looked
like a sick little puppy, but was now actually starting to look like
she might actually make it.
3 weeks and still able to sleep on a palm of a hand...
At 4 weeks, things were starting to look better.
6 Weeks. A real puppy!
Ash decided early on that running was cool.
Ash remains a happy girl... Most of the time...
And older Ash at rest...