Finally have got back on here. Tuesday evening my computer decided to start playing up. Firstly I thought it was the heavy rain fall causing connective problems with the internet. I have been unable to access my Yahoo email account or my website. Could get on each but was not responding. Narrowed it down to a problem with Internet Explorer and have set new defaults for my emails etc and have finally got back on here via Google Chrome.
I have over the last couple days run every possible scan etc through my computer cleaning it to within an inch of its life and have found nothing untoward. I am no computer buff in fact the total opposite but most times I figure out the problem eventually (I think I know what's wrong, just got to figure out how to sort it out) or as in the case at this time go around it.
Primrose and pups are now 5 days old and as you can see from the photos growing and thriving. Primrose is back fully bright after birth, with me arriving back from milking Tuesday evening. My husband said "She heard the other dogs excited greeting me as I got home and jumped up wanting to leave her pen and also greet me." Nice to see her do this as a sign she is getting her energy back after the birth.
Short blog tonight as have had this computer problem bugging me today and this afternoon had a massive baking session with the children for a cake stall for school tomorrow I'm feeling a bit worn out. Who ever said "Many hands make light work" did not know my children, as their many hands make a mighty fine mess but although the kitchen ended up finely dusted with a coat of flour and icing sugar and with more chocolate chips going into their mouths than in the cakes, we did enjoy ourselves and tomorrow my children will go to school armed with their pound coins and buy most of our cakes back. Lol
Firstly tonight can I just say sorry but Primrose's Cavapoo pups have homes and none of them are available. We will hope to breed litters again late spring/early summer 2013 and will post details at a later date.
Primrose's Cavapoo pups are into their second day and visiable have grown. In the first 8 days on average a pup will double its body weight from birth and with having four pups which is an easy managable litter for a Cavalier, I think Primrose's pups will easily attain this.
Cavaliers are incredible good mum's and normally have loads of milk and a relaxed attitude when rearing their young. Primrose has both these attributes and she is as relaxed in the flesh, as she looks in the photo's.
Tomorrow I will get on with emailing and contacting people, as our youngest child has started pre school, so all children are at school on a teusday and thursday which will give me time to catch up on administration hopefully.
Just a few snaps of Primrose with her pups now over 24 hours old and one photo of Belle and Jessica, which I found on my camera and yet to find out who took that one.
Primrose is doing well and all the pups seem to be thriving. When all her pups are sucking the expression on her face "As happy as a pig in mud" comes to mind."
I must confess I am trying to watch X Factor and just saw a lovely original performance by the first one up tonight, actually made me feel a bit emotional. Some would say X Factor is their guilty pleasure but I would say that what else is on telly tonight, if you only watch free view.Lol. Mind you, you got to get through a lot of branches and leaves to find some wood on it.
We have four Cavapoo pups after a visit to the vets to get the last whooper off. Primrose done really well easily giving birth to the first three pups all respectively weighing in just under 8 oz each. Text book birth. Then Primrose had a sleep with the water bag of the fourth pup appearing, I thought a nice straight forward whelping, after the trio of ceasarean sections we had earlier in the year. Two hours passed and Primrose slumbered occasionally licking and tending her three little charges already born. I took her outside for her ablutions and gave her some scrambled egg which she eat heartily but no pup. She then started licking herself and in the process broke the waterbags of the next pup and I then examined her. The pup was not yet presented but on examining her at this stage you would expect this to set of a contraction but she did not push against me and this examination of her did not get things started again, so now being three hours since the third pup being born I rang the vet and I took her in with her pups.
I thought it would be just some oxytocin and outcomes pup. The most assureing thing on getting to the vets in a time like this is the scan confirming a heart beat and confirming you have not been to late to intervene. Some might think I worry to much and intervene to early but you will never know that,but you will know for sure, if you leave it to late and seeing no heart beat on the scan for me will leave me questioning my actions for days and sometimes in the case of me it sneaks in years after. Its funny I was milking the other night talking to the farmer I work for about birthing in animals and he asked me "Do you have to keep a tight eye on your dogs when they are near birthing ? I said "Yes, especially as Primrose was a first time mother, its never good losing a pup just for the sake of ten minutes and some might think its about the money but when I'm working on a pup that has had a difficult birth, no thought of its monetary worth crosses your mind." He replyed "I understand, there's nothing more satisfying when you have had a difficult calfing with a cow and all turns out well." Thankfully today my difficult birth of Primrose's last pup was going to be one of those satisfying moments in life.
We got the pup out eventually and all well but after oxytocin not doing anything it was the old fashion method of me massage down on the uterus, so the vet could get hold of the pups back legs, as like all the other pups this one was coming backwards (I'm going to have words with Reggie (Dad) about putting them in backwards) When you assist in a animals birth like this, being a woman you could equate it to what a man may feel watching a castration, you have empathy, especially if you have gone through child birth.
Primrose bore the pain of the actions needed to get this pup out with bravery worthy of a medal and hardly whimpered just allowing us to get the job done. Eventually the vet could get hold of the pups legs and with me pressing down on each of Primroses contractions we managed to successfully get Whooper out. Yes Whooper and it was a girl weighing in at 10 oz, which is a big pup for this size dog and you can see she is visiable longer than her siblings. I think the name Whooper or Whale might stick for a day or two until her siblings catch up. I think Whooper got to have her own horn of the uterus, so has had a little head start on her siblings.
All are well now and after a antibiotic jab for Primrose we got home and mum and pups are doing well with Primrose very attentive and relaxed with her brood. We where never in any doubt Primrose will make a super Mum, as each litter we have had whilst waiting for her to reach over two years old she has happily taken on a role of nanny to them.
After a 5am start yesterday and only cat naps on the sofa last night on sentry duty with Primrose, I have a slight fuzzy headache, I think caffeine and tierdness induced, my husbands going to hold the fort whilst I catch up on some Z's.
Sorry nearly forgot to say, "Two girls and two boys."
First night watch of Primrose and she has just delivered her first pup a little girl. Primrose was very uncomfortable last night and I thought by dawn that things would start happening. The pups are a few days early keeping with what Primrose's mum has done with her litters. Now just waiting for the others to make their appearance. Primrose gave birth easily to this little girl backwards to, which is not always the easiest when the first pup. Must go looks like action stations again !
The photos below are of first pup minutes old.
Time seems to fly past and before I know it I have not blogged for a good while. Sorry to those waiting on our next litter but have had a few family matters to sort. Tonight though you will see Primrose is blooming at just over 7 weeks pregnant. We have the labour unit up and ready for action and Primrose can be found on occasion under one of our childrens beds or behide the sofa scratching and bedding up. She has been going in the whelping (birthing) box sniffing about and sleeping from time to time.
The rest of the pack is well with Dolly on heat at the moment. We are not mating her now and will hope to breed her last litter next year. We have just had a trimming session of all ears and Primrose has been trimmed up ready for the birth of her pups, as it enables them to keep clean and I can more easily see that all pups are sucking with a bit less belly hair.
I have now accumalated a lot of photos of pups we have bred and updates and I must discipline myself to get them all on here. Thanks to everyone who sends me updates, as always appreciated and hope yesterday that I have managed to catch up on emails. If I have not got back to you yet if you emailed me over the last month sorry.
Lastly are some photos of my husband last night having got in the door from work after 8pm after leaving at 5.30am finally getting to eat his tea. I think you might call this cupboard love. Note my husbands foot held up to stop Toby falling off.
“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 with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.