Not without some drama mind you.
I've been expecting them for a couple days now. The excitement started last
night, but not how you'd think.
My Dear Old Buddy had some kind
of episode in the night, I feared it might be a stroke, he lost control in
the bed in the middle of the night, and then he had great difficulty
walking, falling over, staggering, stumbling, running into walls. Gosh I
My vet opens at 7:30 on Saturday
morning and when they opened I was about 5 minutes away (it's a 15 mile
drive through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel for me).
All's well with Buddy, it is
"just" a geriatric vestibular incident, and he will get better (WHEW). Of
course I had to call my mom's CNA to come over while I was gone. For the
last several days I had been telling her the signs to watch for with Zephyr
in case she went into labor. I wasn't worried this morning because bitches
almost always whelp in the middle of the night.
At about 10:00 Donna called me to
tell me that she thought Zephyr's water had broken.
HUH? I'm at the vet's, at least
a half hour away, Buddy is on IV fluids, they think I need to take him to
the emergency vet because at that point they thought it was a complication
of his kidney disease.
Now what do I do? I asked for
him to be prepared for me to take him home quickly.
Then I got another phone call "We
have a black and white puppy". Mind you Donna is a CNA but doesn't know
anything about whelping puppies! Good thing Zephyr knew what to do, cutting
the cord. Oh My Golly
I was in the car on the way home
when the second pup was born. Donna sounded less scared with that one than
the first one. Both were breathing, Zephyr was taking care of them...
And fortunately my 86 year old
mom with Alzheimers was still asleep!I got home for the rest of the
delivery, fortunately everything was pretty easy and Zephyr is a great mom.
2 boys, both brindle I think
(hard to tell if they are black or brindle when they are still wet!)
4 girls, one I think is black,
the other 3 brindle All nicely marked.
Weights between 8 & 14 oz
Buddy is OK
Donna, Mother and I had champagne
when it was all done!
I didn't do anything fancy for a
picture but here it is, I didn't want to disturb mom and babes. I'll get
more pictures in the next couple of days with better resolution so you can
see the pups more clearly.
I'm ready for a nap...
shhhh, babies sleeping here!