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Puppy Love

We have the perfect blend of dog for our family.  Callie is a great companion and a hunting dog.

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Learning to retrieve as a puppy

She can retrieve a duck in the morning and snuggle up in her bed next to ours at night.  She actually knows the command “get in your bed”.

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Cuddling with Mayzie

 

She is nearing the end of her puppy bearing years.  So, this past April, she was introduced to a beautiful male lab.

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Callie (dam)

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Charlie (sire)

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A few days later, she wasn’t eating much food for about a week.  Then, her appetite slowly returned.

Recently, we started to notice her belly really filling out.  We always suspected she was pregnant, so I took her to the vet yesterday for an ultrasound.  The vet shaved her belly, squirted on the gel, and performed the ultrasound.  The process was eerily similar to a human ultrasound.  Sure enough, she was pregnant!

Then, the vet started counting the puppies…

1…2…3…4…5…6…7  and maybe an eighth!

CONGRATULATIONS!  

I left the vet’s office and felt the panic setting in.  The vet explained the majority of the whelping process to me, but I was also struggling to keep an 11 month old child entertained.  I may have missed a few key points.  However, I do recall one part.  The vet mentioned that when the placenta separates there will be a dark green discharge.  When he said those words, I had to keep myself from blurting out “I’m out”.  Delivering puppies does not sound like a very glamorous process.

I turned to my friend Michelle for some advice.  She has delivered several litters and has given me a great overview of what I’m in for.  I now understand why dogs often are quite expensive.  Delivering the puppies will be a process, but that’s just the beginning.  I’m ready for the challenge!  Time to start collecting newspapers, old towels and building the whelping box…

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Practicing Retrieves

 

 

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One thought on “Puppy Love

  1. Remember I have also delivered 5 litters of puppies. I still have one puppy from her last litter that hasn’t gone home (tomorrow). You can always ask me for advice too! I just delivered some in February. Good luck girl! Just remember that the mom does most if not all of the work. I mostly sat there and watched to be sure nothing went wrong. She did have one pup die from 2 of the 5 litters – one was a runt and made it 3 days; the other was born and died right away. You just never know why – just like babies. I can’t wait to see the pics!

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