Thnx for the replies, PERFOMANCE KENNELS - the mum is being free fed at the moment on high quality puppy food with water always available and since I started the goats milk she is looking much better.
Sorry I didn't reply about the puppies I think I got a bit carried away with the posts :-), she has 10 puppies and probably because of sleep depravity staying up most of the night worrying that she will squash them and rescuing the puppies for the first few days until she figured out what she was doing !! ( she is in the house now ), I failed to process in my head all the information :-)
So now I have figured out the reasons for all the crying ( or I think so anyway )
1 - half of the puppies sleeping the other half step over them to get to milk ( crying )
2 - once they get to milk crying over who will get best pick ( crying )
3 - puppy strayed away from mum a little bit ( crying )
4 - mum moves pups around as she cleans them ( crying )
5 - a bit of a sqeek at sleep time when they jerk ( I heard this is normal ? )
All of whom make sense and as I get abit more sleep nowadays It does not seem that bad ( guess a bit grumpy and it seemed worse than it was !! )
Now so many people have been bashing me for THINKING ABOUT IT when it comes to sterilizing young puppies, as I had said that I would do my best with the new owners wasn't enough, but I took the liberty today when most shops etc.. where open fter new year and looking at it with the vet and shelters, it turns out that there's a law in Greece saying that you are not allowed to sterilize any puppy/dog that is younger than 6 YES 6 months of age its illegal !!!
So I am left with two options keep the pups until they are 6 months old fix them and then find them homes or apply some sort of written agreement, any ideas ?
As for the breeding part I didn't say that I would breed my male just because he had good temperament ??? someone else though sought and people just assumed that was my point of view !!! without ( probably ) reading my replies. I don't think that you should breed a dog just because of that, there are many more factors that come into play, genetics, structure, and for whatever use the dog will be used for etc.......
Secondly please read the posts, I said that I would breed considering we got hold of papers, that does not mean that I am determined to breed him NO, but it does mean that if a good female comes up and the puppies have already been secured to good homes ( as that's how I believe breeders should do it, you can agree to disagree ) than yes there could be a possibility to breed him.
Considering the fact that I have been approached by countless amount of people that wanted to breed with him and I haven't for various reasons (but just saying :-).
As with the female being fixed I have clarified that in another POST ( not going to bother reposting !! )
People keep banging on about DONT BREED DONT BREED, you will just ad to those on the street.
I strongly disagree with you, the actual problem is with the owners not the number of DOG'S ( to a certain extent of course )
someone said that would I be able to take care of the pups myself if so and so etc.. !! ( probably not all of them even if I could feed them as 12 dogs need allot of time and hard work in order for them to become well balanced dogs.
Concerning to that I have a cancer stricken 80% paralized dad at home we take care of and a wife 9 months pregnant it will be allot of work !!!!!
On the other hand I now a few people who could not take care of their dogs but taking the time found them very loving and caring homes.
So I am a very strong believer in that, and here is a piece of an article by the city shelter that says pretty much the same thing !!
It’s worth mentioning that from the 3,000 stray animals, as estimated, at the Heraklion Municipality, only one fourth are really stray animals, while the rest are dogs left by their owners to walk around unsupervised.
There are many complaints regarding great numbers of stray dogs in particular areas within the city of Heraklion. But when the personnel of the kennel reaches these areas discovers that these are housed animals that do not bear the necessary microchip and wander around without the supervision of their owner.
and here the website
Measures for Stray Dogs in Heraklion - The Animals Shelter in Heraklion
if anyone wants to check