But nothing is happening yet. Am glad Nena is waiting as she's filled out a lot this week and I'm beginning to think we'll have more pups than I had originally anticipated. She could have gone in for an x-ray this week, and answered the question on numbers, but I really hate taking pregnant bitches to the Vet and exposing them to who knows what. So, we'll just wait and see.
From the progesterone reading we had, and the day that the AI was done, we expect pups on the 27th +- 2 days, so they could have come as early as yesterday. Am betting on closer to the 29th, but it's up to Nena. If we were planning a c-section, we'd know when to do it, but we always prefer normal whelpings. I also prefer normal breedings, but in this case Nena was ready to breed sooner than expected, and a chilled semen shipment was our best option.
Nena is still ravenous! She actually put her feet on the counter yesterday to check out the chicken thawing in the sink. Pregnant or not this is not acceptable and I grabbed her by the cheeks, put my face close to hers, and reminded her of that. She was very apologetic, and being a really good dog I doubt that she will do it again. It's all about catching them in the act, and not accepting that kind of behavior. She continues to be an excellent houseguest.
If you're on the waiting list for a puppy, here's something for you to read.
- Pour cold apple juice on
the carpet in several places and walk around
barefoot in the dark.
- Wear a sock to work that has had the toes shredded by a blender.
- Immediately upon waking,
stand outside in the rain in the dark saying, "Be a
good puppy, go potty now -- hurry up -- come on, let's go!"
- Cover all your best
clothes with dog hair. Dark clothes must use white hair;
light clothes must use dark.
- Float some hair in your
first cup of coffee in the morning. Also put some
hair in everything that you cook!!! And in the pots and pans in your
- Run out in the snow/rain in your bare feet to close the gate.
- Tip over a basket of clean laundry, scatter clothing all over the floor.
- Leave your underwear on
the living room floor because that's where the puppy
will drag it anyway... Especially when company is coming.
- Jump out of your chair
shortly before the end of your favorite TV program
and run to the door shouting "No, No! Do THAT OUTSIDE!" Miss the end of the
- Put chocolate pudding on
the carpet in the morning; don't try to clean it up
until you get home from work in the evening.
- Gouge the leg of the
dining room table several times with a screwdriver. ..
it's going to get chewed on anyway.
- Have a backhoe come in and
dig random giant holes in your yard. Then go out
in the early AM and step in a few. Try not to break anything.
- Take a warm and cuddly
blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap it
around yourself. This is the feeling you will get when your puppy falls
asleep on your lap.