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

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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

Regression

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

Comfort

Backstroke Snooze

December 12, 2012

Puppy #1 is enjoying a snooze on her back.

Snoring Pup

Azawakh Puppies

September 13, 2010

Tawzalt and Azelouan Stroll

Tawzalt Idiiyat-es-Sahel (Aslam Idiiyat-es-Sahel X Semteende Idiiyat-es-Sahel) was bred by Ettebel Azelouan (Multi. CH Tombouktou’s Qulood X WeWille Dari) on August 22. The due date for puppies is approximately October 24, 2010. Both dogs have FCI pedigrees and the litter will be registered with the FCI. Both brindled and solid fawn colors are genetically possible.

Please email inquiries about puppy placement to brian dot reiter at gmail dot com.

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Cassandra and her Puppy

April 27, 2009

This photo of Cassandra and Tawzalt is from last July 4th. Cassandra loves Tawzalt.

Cassandra with puppy Tawzalt

Our Sophie

February 27, 2009

In 1996 just outside of a small West African village my wife (though at the time we were just dating), Christie, recovered a tiny, wailing puppy in the Bush. The puppy was alone without littermates and with no bitch in sight. We later learned that when a bitch has an undesirable litter of puppies one way of getting rid of the problem was to have boys spread the puppies out into the bush as far apart as possible in hopes that they will die before the bitch finds them. In general this was a practice of people who considered the dogs to be a sort of large rat in the first place and never wanted the bitch hanging around in the first place. Among the Mandinka people with whom we lived in that particular corner of Africa, dogs are absolute pariahs who survive on the food waste and trash that is discarded over the compound wall.

Sophie from infant to adult

Sophie from infant to adult

The puppy was so tiny that her eyes were not yet open. It was much too young to have been weaned. We didn’t have anything like bottles or formula to nurse this dog. Christie bought a can of condensed milk at the little village store and dribbled it into the puppy’s mouth with her finger. I found out about the new little family member by bush letter, which is to say that Christie wrote me a letter and gave it to a passing car headed in my direction and which was eventually delivered to me. At the time I was working a couple of hundred miles away. When I read the letter I as completely stunned. I couldn’t imagine how we could possibly take care of a tiny puppy, but we did and I managed to overfeed her so that she was fat. When it was time for us to return to the USA we brought her with us.

Postscript
A friend asked me what was wrong with her tail because it looks like it is chopped off in the top photo and the other two photos don’t show it. The answer is nothing was wrong with it. She had a normal tail. The top picture is just framed awkwardly and the tail is hidden rather abruptly by a tree stump that is barely visible at the edge of the picture.