Thursday, November 17, 2011


Mary-Grace gave birth to her 1st letter yesterday.  As I had predicted all the way through her pregnancy.  Are due date was Saturday the 19th.

She has given birth to 5 boys and one girl.  one boy and one girl were 7 ounces and the rest were 8 ounces each.  This is a  VERY  good litter weight of puppies wise.

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 have said all along that I need a top notch male out of this later.  Now I have five to choose from!

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.


marilyn said...

Congratulations and jubilations!!!
Who's the Daddy!!!!
I hope that all goes well, and that you catch up on your sleep tonight.
Won't bother you by 'phoning now....we'll speak soon.
Lots of love
Marilyn xxx

Anonymous said...

I might need to come round for one of your coffees soon...congratulations!!

Iris said...

I believe you and I should have a coffee together soon, too. Let's see. What time would 10a.m. in England be here in Virginia. Do you still drink coffee around 12:30? That would be 6:30 here. The pups are so adorable, as usual.

joannamauselina said...

Congratulations to the proud parents (you and Marygrace.) It sounds like you were an excellent midwife.

Yarnhog said...

Oh, excellent! Congratulations!