Saturday, October 23, 2010
Oh, what a night! I left work at lunch time yesterday, because I knew the time was growing near and she would feel more comfortable with me around. She kept grazing on food and laying on her own up in our bedroom during the evening. Around 9 p.m. I figured I had better go to bed and try to get a little rest as I was ancitipating an all-nighter. I only half slept as I listened for her to show some signs of hard labor, other than her light panting. I remember hearing her licking herself, and the next sounds I heard was a puppy crying!
I flew out of bed, cradled the puppy in my night gown and we flew out to the whelping area in the heated pole barn. Good Grief! She just laid there so quietly and had the first little girl. By 4 a.m. she had 12 puppies - 2 of which were still born and I figured that was it. She settled in to sleep and I tried to do the same in the recliner. The next thing I know she is licking again and she had number 13, but sadly this one was still born.
As sad as it is to loose 3, I think it is a blessing in disguise. This being her first litter, she (we) will be busy enough with 10.
I did miscount the sexes though - and we have 6 males and 4 females. I think my sleep deprevation had me a little confused.
Here are a few pictures:
I will be in touch with those of you getting a new baby!!