otto

gary roberts

Joined December 2009

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meet “otto”.
otto, a miniature smooth-haired dachshund, came into the world on 1st february 2010 weighing just 135g (4.8oz) about the size of a mobile phone. generally, i like my pups to be born weighing in at least 170g (6oz). doesn’t sound like much of a difference but it is.
otto was the first arrival at 02:40 that monday morning followed in close succession by his 2 larger sisters (180g and 187g or 6.4oz to 6.6oz). so, that first week we were quite concerned about him as he didn’t seem able to master the art of suckling and could only hope to achieve this with strength.
so, i set the alarm for every 2 hours, 24 hours a day for the first few days, and would hand-feed him a concoction of puppy “formula” (colostrom) and some added glucose to help give him strength. i would then help him settle on his mother and hopefully start suckling.
due to the intimacy of helping our beautiful una keep her son alive, i felt that we should have a name for him. whilst we won’t be keeping any of the pups, this will be the name on his pedigree papers.

by the 5th day i was setting the alarm for every 3 hours as he seemed to be gaining weight well.
by day 7, otto had become a fully paid up member at the milk bar and was now able to elbow away both of his larger sisters once he’d, “taken his seat”, at the same time. we all took a big sigh of relief!
i took this photo on monday 22nd february to commemorate his 3rd week birthday – i had just taken him off of the scales and noted he was now 560g (20oz) . he’s going to be a small miniature smooth-haired dachshund but i think he’ll also be a force to be reckoned with.

taken with a nikon d5000 / af-s dx nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6g vr (3.0x)

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the wires
ruby

olive – daughter to ruby, sister to rza

rza – son to ruby, brother to olive

ava – daughter to ruby, half sister to olive and rza

the smooths
rosa

una – daughter to rosa

otto & nigella – son and daughter to una, siblings to gretal

gretal – daughter to una, sister to otto and nigella

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