We have four Cavapoo pups born this morning. The temperature never lies and as I blogged yesterday concerns that Ysobel was going into the first stages of labour and that her temperature had dropped which is for a bitch a sure sign of labour beginning within 48 hours, Ysobel had me up all night, as she digged and digged her bed, panting and puffing and then at around 8 am we had the first strains with the first pup arriving at 8.20am and all done and dusted by 9.30am.
Ysobel is a very fast whelper and the first three pups where born in 20 minutes but unfortunately the third puppy was born dead and like her first ever litter you could see it had been dead for at least 24 hours and was probably why Ysobel had gone into labour early, as this Saturday is nine weeks since her first mating, so these pups are at least 3 nearly four days early. I would think the reason for this pup dying is that its placenta had detached at around 24 hours previous to birth as there was no fresh blood in the cord, the placenta was not a good colour and the pup had started to peel. Ysobel is a very agile girl and my suspicion is that her love for jumping down from and up onto the patio wall when even heavily pregnant may be the cause of this pups death and the pup in her first ever litter.
We have though thankfully four healthy pups and mum in fine fettle. Three of them are a very good size for full term let alone 3 to 4 days early and then we have Titch weighing in at only just 5 ounces but don't let his size fool you, he has needed no help and is latching on to mum, with a suction that you would be proud to have on a hoover.
Mum is cleaned up now and all afterbirths accounted for, my husband has come home now for a couple hours to take charge whilst I get a nap in.
I will be intouch in the next few days with people waiting on this litter. Photo's below show events as they happened and unlike Dolly when she gave birth there was not much time to blog between pups, once Ysobel starts labour there's no time to twiddle your thumbs.
Lastly a quick thank you James about the dog food. Eden is one of the two dog foods I am looking at, the other being Barking Heads. Have got my sample this morning of Eden, by the way the dogs where following me around as I carried the sample bag undone and my most discerning diner Toby (who I would like to get another pound or two of weight on over his back) tucked into it, my dogs may of just made the choice for me.
Enjoy the photo's time for shut eye for me.
Nearly forgot to say, "Three boys and one girl." My fault for all the boys, as I said to someone, "that as she had predominantly had girls I would hope for more girls than boys in this litter," I did also say to them, "I might regret saying that."
“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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