Treacle came on heat as most will know a couple weeks ago, then Belle and last night after noticing the male dogs sniffing around Ysobel a bit more than usual the last couple days, Ysobel is on heat. Ysobel will be spayed in the Spring when the weather is more clement. Ysobel is eight years old in a couple months time and getting the older bitches spayed means they are not at risk of getting pregnant in their latter years and due to not coming on heat, never need to be kenneled outside.
Finally today after thinking Smudge was looking a bit swollen and the male dogs have been sniffing around her as well for a couple days, a bit more than usual, she has started to bleed. Heat is taken from the first day blood is seen, although rarely bitches can have silent heats when they show no outward signs of cycling, but can still become pregnant. Bitches are normally happy to be mated around the 11 to 14 days of their heat, although this can vary with bitches a few days either way.
So we are through the starting gates for 2015. Really looking forward to her union with Henry. I have high hopes for this litter.
"Oops there goes another rubber tree plant." Check out Frank Sinatra singing the motivational song "High Hopes" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOI_SnESqhk sure to put a smile on your face and if not, I would check your pulse, as you might be dead. Lol
“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!