by Sunsilver on 05 December 2020 - 15:12
And it's very common for bitches to eat dead pups, or sometimes even sick ones. I'm sure after being inside her that long, the pup smelled nothing like a live puppy - it was probably starting to decompose!
I'm going to bookmark this thread and show it anyone who thinks about casually breeding their female, and it's just going to be a walk in the park. It's an excellent education of how difficult breeding can actually be!
It certainly isn't for the faint of heart!
by Sunsilver on 05 December 2020 - 15:12
I've long since forgotten where I found this, but the struggle you went through made me think of it. SO glad your female didn't need surgery, and that the vet was smart enough to check before he opened her up!
I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home.
She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone.
She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love . . .
Did some person breed her, or did she fall from up above?
I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize.
I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain,
The caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born,
The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn.
The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands,
This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this . . . or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong.
You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home.
You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right,
Two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight,
To save this little baby, but God willing . . . you just MIGHT.
Day one; he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,
You ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the joy your puppies bring, and everything's explained.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think of all that they endure to fill another's need.
For when you buy your puppy, with your precious dollars part,
You only pay with money . . . while they pay with all their heart.
... Author Unknown....
by Hundmutter on 06 December 2020 - 03:12
by mrdarcy on 06 December 2020 - 05:12
Love that poem Sunsilver and so very true speaking from firsthand experience.
Blacksable, so very happy and relieved for you, now sit back and let your girl do her job as you still have work to do, more fun though, after her job is done!!,lol,lol. Please keep updating us as the puppies grow.
by Jenni78 on 07 December 2020 - 19:12
by GSCat on 08 December 2020 - 01:12
Congrats on the puppies and God's answers to prayers. Early Christmas presents to you and your dog.
Yay!!! Something good in 2020!!!
Just wait until the pups turn into land sharks . . . Sharknado and Jaws have nothing on puppy land sharks LOL
BTW, puppy-proof any place your puppies will/could/might accidentally be/go NOW. Before they start getting into everything and maybe choking or getting poisoned. Or destroying something expensive or irreplaceable or mightily inconvenient.
You need to find a way to differentiate between puppies for people intending to buy. You may know the puppies by sight, but strangers won't. Different colored collars is one way.
Get your litter registered right away and keep careful track of the paperwork. You'll need names for the official names on the registration paperwork. Tradition is a breeder's first litter is called A litter and the names all begin with A. The second litter is B litter and the names all begin with B. Most breeders have their kennel name in the registered name. If you don't have a kennel name, perhaps your last name, or ???
Have a wonderful Christmas, but remember that ribbon, string, yarn, cotton beards and fake snow, styrofoam peanuts, etc. are horrible choking and strangulation hazards (including inside the throat, esophagus, intestines, etc.), plants like poinsettias and food like chocolate are toxic, cleaners and car fluids are toxic and caustic, essential oils, candles, fragrance thingees, etc. are often toxic, power cords are electrocution hazards when chewed, bulbs and ornaments break and can cut externally and internally, etc., etc., etc.
by GSCat on 27 December 2020 - 00:12
by mrdarcy on 27 December 2020 - 04:12
GSCat...was just thinking the same thing, would be nice to know how they are doing!
by Blksableworkingdogs on 27 December 2020 - 11:12
by Koots on 27 December 2020 - 11:12