Page 1: Pregnancy and birth
Penny (Cymry Penny Wise Goldmali,
left) was mated to Mats (Mats Van De Vaardekenshoeve
at Goldmali IMP BEL, right)
Our two very best dogs as far as temperament goes,
both with show AND working lines behind them.
Penny was scanned after 4
weeks, and found to be carrying more than 10
5 weeks pregnant
6 weeks pregnant
6 weeks and 1 day pregnant
6 ½ weeks pregnant
7 weeks pregnant
55 days 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
enough, Penny went into labour the very next day, on day
first pup, a bitch, was born at 4.50 pm. (She was later given the pink
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.
everything 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.
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.
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.
with 3 pups. Bandaged leg after the injection.
four (far right) has arrived
am everyone except Penny and myself had gone to bed, and
the fifth pup was born. A bitch, who later got the
At 3 am
the sixth pup was born, but sadly she was dead at birth.
a dog pup arrived, so now there were 6 puppies. He later
got the beige collar.
another bitch pup arrived. She later got the pale green
another bitch pup born. She later got the dark green
another bitch pup, white collar.
came out and it was truly morning
and Judith arrived 30 seconds too late to watch another
bitch pup being born. Yellow collar.
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.
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.)
ID collars fitted
I finally got to bed at 11 pm that night...
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