Quick blog to let people know that Dolly & Ysabel are doing well. My internet due to the weather at the moment keeps disconnecting so I will be quick as have tried to blog over the last 48 hours with everything going down at the wrong moment & then I have given up in frustration. The photos are of the two girls over the last couple days. Dolly is now around 8 weeks pregnant with Dolly around 6 days after her.
Tonight I will start sleeping on the sofabed in the front room as Dolly enters the time now that she could pup as a bitch can whelp around 6 days early & the pups survive. I would hope for Dolly to hold on as close to 9 weeks as possible as the pups will be just that bit further on making survival after birth that much higher.
We have had premature litters before with Ysabel having her first litter a week early one being born dead which is why we think she went into birth early as he had been dead for a little while when he was born but out of the other four born we lost one more from just being to premature to make it. The three that lived were very small being all around 4 to 5 ounces when you would expect between 6 to 9 ounces at birth with Cavaliers. When born very early being there at the birth is paramount to their survival as Mum needs a bit of help to make sure they are breathing & to keep them very warm. Ysabel though was amazing with them & with our help & her Mothering the three that survived thrived.
When breeding dogs you should be thankful for what you have & not dwell to long on what you have lost which is easier said sometimes than done.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!