puppies to Mats
Page 1: Pregnancy and birth
Penny (Cymry Penny Wise Goldmali, left) was
mated to Mats (Mats Van De Vaardekenshoeve at Goldmali IMP BEL,
Our two very best dogs as far as temperament goes, both with show
AND working lines behind them.
was scanned after 4 weeks, and found to be carrying more
than 10 pups.
5 weeks pregnant
6 weeks pregnant
6 weeks and 1 day pregnant
6 ½ weeks pregnant
7 weeks pregnant
8 weeks pregnant.
When I took this photo I said I thought it would be the last as Penny
was so big and so uncomfortable, hardly able to move, that it was
extremely unlikely she would go full term.
Sure enough, Penny
went into labour the very next day, on day 57.
The first pup, a
bitch, was born at 4.50 pm.
(She was later given the pink collar.)
It took a long time
for the second pup to be born. Penny's contractions more or less
stopped. We called the emergency vet who told me to do an internal
examination and feel for a pup. Indeed there was a pup in the birth
canal, and just as I felt it, Penny pushed, her waters broke and
moments later the puppy was born. A dog, born at 7.34 pm.
(Black collar.) The vet said things should hopefully speed up now.
slowed down again, and at 10 pm we called the vet back who suggested
we come in. So we left Benjamin in charge of the dogs and set off in
the van with Penny and the two pups. At 10.40 pm we had to stop
quickly as a pup was being born. A bitch. (I kept thinking it was a
shame it wasn't a dog, as I could have called him King of the Road!
This being the K litter, and all my pups being named after songs.)
She was later given
the red collar.
At the vet's Penny
was examined, given a calcium injection straight into a vein, and
then an oxytocin injection too, to hopefully speed things up. Penny
was good as gold. The vet said there didn't seem to be anything
wrong, just a very slow labour, probably due to the fact that there
were so many puppies.
We arrived back home
and at one minute past midnight on Tuesday the 7th of April (daddy
Mats' birthday!), the fourth pup was born, a dog. Blue collar.
Penny with 3 pups.
Bandaged leg after the injection.
Number four (far
right) has arrived
At 2.15 am everyone
except Penny and myself had gone to bed, and the fifth pup was born.
A bitch, who later got the purple collar.
At 3 am the sixth
pup was born, but sadly she was dead at birth.
4.20 am a dog pup
arrived, so now there were 6 puppies. He later got the beige collar.
5.20 am another
bitch pup arrived. She later got the pale green collar.
7 live pups now
8 am another bitch
pup born. She later got the dark green collar.
8.50 am another
bitch pup, white collar.
The sun came out and
it was truly morning
10.20 am and Judith
arrived 30 seconds too late to watch another bitch pup being born.
10 live pups and we
thought Penny had finished (after all, she'd had 11) so we gave the
new family clean bedding. John got ready for work and was giving
Benjamin a lift home.
Messy Penny but nice
clean pups, all ten of them
Then at 12.40 pm another bitch pup arrived. She was born tail first,
was rather stuck, the sack had broken and it took quite a while to
bring her round -but eventually she started breathing properly.
Brown collar. And Judith got to see the birth.
Then finally at 2.50 pm a final dog pup arrived. Orange collar. All
in all the birth had taken 22 hours and the puppies actually have
two different birthdays. (But as we cannot register more than one
birth date, we will have to go by the majority and choose Tuesday
the 7th as the birthday for all.)