Millie is now approaching 8 weeks pregnant. She looks very well in herself & has just started to slow up a little. From Wednesday I will start the 24 hour vigil of her as she drops into the time zone that she could whelp (give birth) any time.
I will move her to labour ward tomorrow which is a pen in our living room with the whelping box in with heat lamp in place ready for the new arrivals. It is always good to get Mum settled in where you want them to give birth choosing a place which is quiet which you can observe them without being intrusive.
Millie as most will know had a cesarean with her last litter after successfully delivering three pups, a pup decided to come bum first which was okay if its legs had not been back as well which was bad luck. Because Millie has had one litter successfully & delivered three of her last litter okay, we know she is capable of giving birth & her cesarean was because of bad luck not because she is not capable of giving birth, so with the vets advice we decided we would bred her again but if a cesarean this time instead of this being her penultimute litter it will be her last. Which is not a worry as my main concern & priority at this time is to get Mum & pups through the birth all safe & sound. I cannot help but get excited with each litter as the birth becomes eminent. At this stage I have all to gain but all to lose if complacent.
The slide show below is Millie taken over the last 7 days. The photo's are very flattering as Millie seems to look more pregnant in the flesh than in the photo's. Her tummy has been a mass of movement since a couple days ago when upto then you could only feel the pups moving but now it looks like they are having a football match in her tummy.
Crufts has been in full swing this week & will hope to blog tomorrow on this & the busy week we have ahead at Poundlane health testing dogs & getting Belle's leg re X-rayed. More tomorrow all going well.
“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
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