More Good News by far! Pups arrived last night, between 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM. Big strong active pups that were quick to catch on to nursing. We've got 7 of them, 2 boys and 5 girls. One of the black girls is an incredibly cute triple-patch - both ears and one eye. All are doing well, as is Holly.
The Bad News is that there are only 2 boys, and both of them appear to be black-spotted. I did this litter because I wanted a liver Argus son for me. I'm a bit bummed there are no liver boys, but so be it. Most people would be thrilled to have mostly bitches. Maybe I'll get my boy next time, if there is a next time.
4 of the 5 girls are also black spotted, which is also a bit disappointing. Oh well.
Holly's temperature was normal on Saturday night, but was on it's way down Sunday morning. The temperature drop means that pups will follow - eventually. Her "due date" was 11/20/2012 +/- 2 days. The plan was to take turns checking on her Sunday night, but when I went down at 10:00 PM I decided to get my sleeping bag and pillow and spend the night with her. My old bones did NOT appreciate it, and I'm stiff this morning, but it was good that I stayed close as the first pup came at 3:00 AM. Holly was an easy whelper, with vigorous pups and strong contractions, but is still fussing over the cords a bit too much. She cut several too close and I had to tie off most of them to prevent the pups from bleeding, not an easy thing to do by yourself (Ron was asleep).
Nose and eye trim is very good, and many of the pups were born with complete pigmentation. One thing we will not have to worry about at least, but I can never relax and enjoy pups until I am sure they can hear. Argus has done good hearing numbers, but this is Holly's first litter. Fingers crossed!
Thought I would go to work this afternoon for a half day, but with Holly fussing over cords I guess I'll stay home, just to be sure. I need to make sure she can manage the pups and keep things in order anyway. And maybe I can take a nap too. Hah!
Dew claw removal scheduled for Wednesday,