1: Pregnancy and birth
Hip score 6/4 = 10, eyes last tested clear 16/3 2013,
winner of 7 Best of Breeds, 1 CC and 2 Reserve CCs,
holder of KC Good Citizen Gold test award
was mated on the 13th of
December 2013 to
(Goldmali Bohemian Rhapsody)
Hip score 2/6 = 8, eyes last tested clear 16/3 2013,
winner of 1 CC, holder of KC Good Citizen Gold test
Rona at 5 weeks pregnant, just
about starting to show
6 weeks pregnant
6 weeks and 4 days pregnant.
(Stomach shaved after the scan she had at 4 ½ weeks)
7 weeks pregnant and getting
8 weeks pregnant
8 weeks (56 days) pregnant. We
honestly thought she'd end up having 10 to 12 puppies, she
was that huge!
We thought the puppies would
be born early as Rona looked ready to burst, but she took
her time. On the 12th of February 2014 (day 61) she
decided to check the whelping box out.
In the evening of the 12th she
started nesting a lot and licking herself. So we stayed up
all night watching her.
The first pup did not arrive
until 12.10 pm on Thursday the 13th of February. A dog.
(And by the way, no I do not read The Sun! We have
been given newspapers from various kind people. The only
papers we read are the dog ones!)
The first pup. He later got the GREEN collar.
I normally put the already born pups into a box in a
corner of the whelping box when the next pup is about to
arrive, to stop the mum from stepping on them by
accident. However, that did not work with Rona! She
promptly took the pup out again!
At 12.30 pm the second pup arrived, a bitch. She later
got the PINK collar.
The bitch pup
Looks so uncomfortable with no bedding, but it's
difficult to use bedding when pups are actually being
born -you need newspaper to soak all liquids up. I kept
putting more papers in but they quickly got wet and also
With the first two puppies.
Suckling. Dog to the left, bitch to the right.
At 2 pm the third pup arrived, a bitch. (Far left.) She
later got the PURPLE collar.
At 2.10 pm already the fourth puppy arrived, a dog. (At
front) He later got the BLUE collar.
At 3.20 the fifth pup arrived, a bitch. (Not sure who
she is in photo.) She later got the RED collar.
4 pm and the sixth pup arrived,
another bitch. She later got the YELLOW collar.
She is at the front here.
6 pups all trying to suckle
Proud mum with 6 puppies
Finally at 5 pm the seventh pup
arrived, a dog. He later got the ORANGE collar.
After the seventh pup Rona relaxed. And that was it. We
had expected such a big litter but there were "only" 7
-which of course for Rona's sake is much better than a
larger number -better for the pups themselves too. I had
to disappoint 4 potential buyers, and all the 7 pups had
homes from the moment they were born. (One of course
will be staying here!)
All done and finally clean soft bedding for the new
This dark blue vetbed made most photos look odd in
colour -the pups here look darker than for real, ad the
vetbed looks grey when it is blue
The 7 pups a few hours old
And now all the fun and hard work starts!
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