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Azawakh Puppies @ 21 Days

December 29, 2012

Tawzalt’s puppies are 21 days old today and it is time for their first attempt at solid food. These two are really developing personalities. They are starting to have energy to explore and play a bit rather than just sleep and eat. Afouda tends to be the more vocal and adventurous of the pair. She is also hungrier. Tazoudi really enjoys snuggling with Tawzalt, her sister or even the stuffed toys Tawzalt has brought into the whelping box. Tazoudi is a a more cautious observer. Somehow, though Tazoudi explores less, she manages to discover more. She is the one who I find peeking out of the door in the whelping box.

Afouda, 21 Days

Afouda 21 Days

Afouda 21 Days

Tazoudi, 21 Days

Tazoudi 21 Days

Tazoudi Escape Attempt @21 Days

Afouda and Tazoudi, First Solid Food

This first meal is traditional African millet porridge with ground beef and cottage cheese. 

Azawakh Puppies 21 Days 1st Solid Food

1st Generation

Sire, Ettebel Azelouan

Azelouan Alert

Gallopin' down the trail


In Pursuit


2nd Generation

Paternal Grandsire, Tombouktou’s Qulood





Maternal Grandsire, Aslam Idiiyat-es-Sahel

Aslam stand

Aslam with Afelahlah in hole behind

Aslam bamboo


3rd Generation (Paternal)

Great Grandsire, Kusaylah Al-Ifriqiya

Kusaylah 4

Kusaylah 6

Kusaylah 8

Great Grandsire, We Wille Casar

We Wille Casar

3rd Generation (Maternal)

Great Grandsire, Kaisoon Al-Ifriqiya




Great Grandsire, Ailal Al-Ifriqiya

Ailal bamboo


Azawakh Puppy Naming Day

December 17, 2012

In the Sahel, there is a tradition of a naming day ceremony where the village comes together to celebrate a new life and the cild is given a name and welcomed into the community. Tawzalt’s puppies were one week old yesterday and we gave them names. In one week the puppies have nearly doubled in size. They spend a lot of time sleeping and eating but are also busy with their noses snuffling and exploring their whelping box. They are doing their utmost to try and seek out adventure in their little world.

Many thanks to Daoud for his help with Tamasheq Berber words for puppy naming.

This is Afouda

Afouda means strong or solid literally, camel. Afouda was the first born with a thirst for life.

Azawakh Puppy Afouda @ 1 Week

Azawakh Puppy Afouda @ 1 week

This is Tazoudi

Tazoudi means to be sweet. She has very pretty white markings against deep chestnut brindle.

Azawakh Puppy Tazoudi @ 1 week

Azawakh Puppy Tazoudi @ 1 week

First Week in Review

December 16, 2012

The High-Flow Nursing Technique

Puppy #1 discovered a massage technique to get more milk to come out faster.

The Miniature Puppy Pile

Mini puppy pile

Tawzalt Added Stuffed Toys to the Whelping box

I think Tawzalt is a little unsatisfied with just two puppies. She has added three stuffed toys to the whelping box and goes to retrieve them whenever we put them away. She previously had shown no interest in these plush toys in at least a year.

Mamma, puppy and extra puppy


Tawzalt was feeling needy after a week and wanted to be the puppy again, instead of the mommy. Theodora is comforting her.


Backstroke Snooze

December 12, 2012

Puppy #1 is enjoying a snooze on her back.

Snoring Pup

Birth Announcement

December 10, 2012

Tawzalt had a small litter with two females born late on the 8th of December 2012. Puppy #1 is sable fawn. Puppy #2 is brindled and irish marked.


Morning Snooze

The Den

December 7, 2012

Tawzalt has become obsessed with digging. I think this is what they call “nesting”.

The Den

Tawzalt has had an uneventful pregnancy. She is in her final week or so before whelping and we can feel the puppies kicking in her belly. While she spends most of her time sleeping these  days, amazingly she came within an inch of catching a Pied Crow yesterday. She can still really move when she wants to.

Pregnant Tawzalt

Tawzalt's Ektorp

Maternity Ward

November 28, 2012

My carpenter just arrived with a whelping box for Tawzalt. I think it is a good sign that one of the dogs immediately took up residence. Unfortunately, it is the father, Azelouan, that rather than the expecting mother that went in for a snooze.


Zel in Whelping Box