The 1st part of labour was not very long in that it became obvious early Tuesday evening that she was going to go into labour. I was up all night with her Tuesday night and she grew increasingly restless and she finally had her 1st puppy at 10:40 AM Wednesday.
Poor Mary-Grace. The 1st 3 puppies were all proper breach and I had to manoeuvre each one of them out of her and she screamed her head off. However, the following 3 just plopped out.
She has settled down very well with them. They have already grown and are doing really well. I initially thought that they were all brindle and white with one almost solid brindle. However I now know that one of the boys is a gold and white and to all the other boys are indeterminate colour wise right now. I do not care but it will be interesting to see what they turn out to be.
I have never bred a litter in this manner before. I was showing Mary-Grace and I had absolutely no intention of having a litter of puppies this year. The last time that I showed her I was in the class and I heard this voice as loud as anything with inside my head which said you should read this girl now. I ignored it until I got into the car on the way home and the feeling was really insistent that I ought to breed her. The next question in my mind: well who on earth would I breathe her to? Immediately a dog's name came into my head. He is an obscure dog because he is not shown but I have seen him and been over him and know that he is a top-notch Lhasa Apso. I remembered the telephone of the woman as I was driving home and so I called her. We arranged a mating the following day and that was the only mating that she had.
I am of course completely exhausted as I have more or less lost 2 nights sleep. I have had 2 naps so far today and I am sure that I will be sleeping well tonight.