Primrose has been confirmed in pups to day. Her scan showed she is carrying around 5 pups. Really good scan with pups visibly wriggling and heart beats could be seen, so this would lead me to believe she has concieved from an earlier rather than later mating with Reggie. As usual seeing a scan I never lose that fascination and amazment how life grows inside us mammals. I do make my vet laugh, as each scan I am like a child seeing its first rainbow.
Her due date is the 1st October but pups could come safely 5 days either side of this date. This is Primrose's first litter and Ysobel is her mum. Primrose has been very motherly each time we have had a litter of pups in the home and with her mum being an excellant mum I am sure Primrose will take her first litter in her stride.
Belle who is Primrose's half sister (sharing the same mum), has had her first all over trim as she had her first heat and to keep her clean during this time we trimmed her all over and although was not sure about trimming of her lovely blonde rug, it suits her .
Archie who was from Smudge's litter and came to stay with us for a couple weeks while the Lunn family went on holiday returned home and I have been told has settled back into the fold, which is a testament to the temperment of Mum and Dad.
We had a little scare a couple weeks ago with Ysobel. I had removed a tick from her and around 24 hours after noticed she was limping and seemed very quiet. I took her temperature which was up and on examining her shoulder the joint was swollen and so where her glands either side of her jaw. This with a removed tick pointed towards Lyme disease and although out of hours rather than wait to the morning I rang the vet and I took her in. Some anti flammatory and anti biotics and 24 hours later Ysobel was back to herself but one of the side effects is she has had a massive moult which can happen when a bacterial infection goes through the body. The vet said "It all points towards Lyme disease" and it was treated as so. Lyme disease is reasonable rare in the UK but it has seen to rise in recent years and to try to prevent it during the tick season, which are the warm months of the year use a good pour on tick treatment and check your dog around every 18 hours as removing a tick within 18 hours of it attaching lowers the chance of tranferring of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. It is the slow feeding little hard shelled Deer ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Ysobel is well now and the only thing it has left her with is a dull patchy coat .
The children will be back at school the middle of next week and hopefully that will give me a chance to catch up on all emails and updates.
A few photos below of Belle with her new haircut, Primrose the expectant mum and brother and sister Toby and Jessica cuddled up.
“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!