Saga of a woman old enough to know better who lets her life be governed by the ridiculous hobby of breeding and showing dogs, musing on life, the twenty first century, Cameron and his mini-me, and the occasional sheep.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Well, Belle has done it.  She is a mother.

She started at midnight.  Why do they do that?  Her own mother was always very civilised, and used to begin at dawn, but I have spent so many sleepless nights whelping, and wondering if I will be able to get help when needed.

Well, she soon produced one.  And she sat there, looking at it in horror.   Clearly she had done something very dirty – and in the house!  Would Mum be angry?  I rescued the newborn and spent some time reassuring her that she had done the right thing, and Mum was very pleased.    It took her a little time to decide that it was hers, and she should probably clean it up a bit.

Hours till the next one, again a little girl.   And that was that.   She settled down with her two daughters, quite relaxed and happy with them.

Belle`s pupppies 2days 14
All lined up, 2 days old.  The boy is in the middle

I was not relaxed.   She had been scanned for three.   And clearly she was not about to produce number three.   Cue a call to a friend, and one to my vet.   And the result was a drive through the early morning mists of Ayrshire to the surgery.

Another scan.   Yes, there was indeed a third in there, with a strong heartbeat.  Two injections of oxytocin had no effect,  (but  a strong cup of coffee for me worked wonders!)   Eventually poor Belle was carried off for a caesarian.  Fingers crossed and more coffee….and back the vet  came with a strong protesting little boy, who had been warm and comfortable and now was plunged into a strange world where it appeared he had two very pushy sisters.  Belle was totally  puzzled, but quite prepared to have an extra who wasn`t there when she unexpectedly went to sleep.

Back home, and all well.  I got her settled and really, she has never looked back.  She is an ideal mum. eating well, willing to go out (especially when she found out how much respect a mother gets from other bitches!) and quite happy.  I am a little less worried than I usually am with new litters in the first few days.

But meanwhile I will not be far from home. 
Well Done Belle, your puppies are adorable. I hope all is well after your op. xxx
It`s a funny thing, but the after-effects of the op seem not to trouble them. I suppose they are too taken up with the puppies. It was a keyhole incision, as the scan had pinpointed the position of the puppy in the horn, and over very quickly. Stitches come out in 10 days. Why she decided to have the two girls in the first horn and then not bother about the boy in the second remains a mystery.
Not sure at the moment what the future of these puppies will be....

Good job Belle! Looking forward to more puppy photos.
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