Two weeks after the wonderful arrival of Blottie and Ernest's litter we had Blottie's sister Bumble on heat and she would be also mated with Ernest. This mating like Blottie's has a bit of a tale to it as well. Nine days after noticing her coming on heat, she was ready to accept a mating with Ernest, all went well. Once a bitch accepts a mating, we then introduce the dog to her every 48 hours, until she declines his advances. Three days after Bumble came on heat, Sasha also came on heat, and Ernest we had noticed really likes Sasha.
So when we went to do the next mating with Bumble in the stable next to where Sasha was kenneled, Ernest decided even though Bumble was trying to catch his attention, to go to the partition between him and Sasha and stand there whimpering for her. I had never had this happen before and was a bit perplexed. The next few days, with Bumble most certainly still happy for his attention, he would not entertain mating her, but look towards where Sasha was housed. Six days passed and I considered Bumble must have gone over her time to be mated, and letting her out, Ernest and her ran around the side of the house, and I then came around to find him tied with Bumble, much to my amusement. We then put them together 48 hours later, and she excepted one more mating. Her Grandmother, mother and sister have all displayed long estrus periods on heat and tend to have good size litters. Bumble though had been mated on her 9th day and then a massive gap of six days before being mated again. What was Ernest playing at? Would Bumble be pregnant at all? With such a big gap in mating, would we have missed her optimum time for mating? I worried that she may only be carrying one or two pups, which is never good, as dogs have evolved to carry multiple pups per pregnancy, one or two pups conceived most often they then grow to big due to the extra nutrition and more room to grow in, to be born naturally. I would rather we had missed her altogether, than just one or two pups in there.
Only time would give us the answers. Around 28 days from her last mating I could feel that Bumble was most definitely pregnant, and got her scanned. The vet said, "Be prepared for another good sized litter." So for all Ernest's refusals to mate with her whilst he was distracted by the whiff of Sasha dead on heat, he had caught her good and proper. Now we would have to wait for the birth to know, when he caught her. Bumble's pups arrived and working back the dates, he had caught her from that first mating. It had all been done and dusted after the first mating. Are we to assume Ernest new that, and that is why he did not want to mate her, whilst he could smell another bitch at her optimum time? We will probably never know, but it does make you wonder about the olfactory powers of dogs.
We kept one of the Blenheim girls from the litter, naming her Lottie.
As with Blottie's litter, her sister, Bumble's litter also produced a beautiful litter of spaniel type puppies, and over the last eight months we have watched Lottie grow in to a lovely dog, along with her seven litter siblings, thanks to regular updates from their families.
In Part three, the coupling of Treacle and Casper. Culminating with part four, where are we, and where do we go from here.
“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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