My wee labrador Midge now only has two weeks to go before the birth of her pups. She is very large already and does not like to run about quite so much. Starving all the time, she expects lots of treats and generally is becoming very spoiled. Talk about milking it, she is an expert. Tonight as we speak she is stretched out on my bed. I was in with her a wee while ago and you can see and feel the pups moving.
When she has the pups she will move to her special whelping box in the large kennel, complete with a warm straw bed and an overhead heat lamp. It is a large area with good outdoor space for when the pups get bigger. She has been a good mum to her last two litters, so I am hoping she will be as good this time. This will definitely be her last litter.
It is quite hard work as the pups get bigger, cleaning out the kennel and all the feeds, but I love it. Puppy breath - you canna beat it, eh Michelle.
I will have to either get my camera fixed or buy a new one before they are born.
I shall keep you posted on her progress.
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class
Any idea how many puppies there are (I presume the vet has seen her) ?
How many did she have in previous litters?
Midge is a black lab, isn't she - what colour was the dog, another black lab?
Good Luck, Danuta.
No she has not been to the vet. I usually take her in her last week. She actually looks very well with good bright eyes and a glossy coat. All is going very well. I could get her scanned by the vet , but they are sometimes reluctant to tell you how many the bitch is having in case they don't get it right. Yes, she is a black lab and the sire is black too. That doesn't mean that she might not have a yellow one. She hasn't before, but one of her brothers was yellow. Midge had six pups the first time and five the second. However the sire is different this time, so who knows. I just know she seems to be larger, earlier, than last time, but perhaps it is my memory that is at fault.
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class
That's really good news, Danuta. It is such an exciting event. We are really looking forward to regular updates and, of course, cute puppy photos in due course.
Scanning is a bit hit and miss, I agree. A few years ago we thought The Contessa (Min Pin) was pregnant and a good vet friend of ours at the time brought her portable scanning kit here to check her out. It was very inconclusive but there were "black dots" and led to higher hopes than we really ought to have had.
Labs can certainly play the spoil me game. My bro house-sat next door to us for a few months seven years ago. The lab was not supposed to be up on the sofa. He would stretch out to watch TV. Slowly, a paw would sneak onto the sofa. Gradually, the lab would ease herself onto the sofa or his tummy as though he could not possibly notice what was happening. Of course, he totally spoiled her. Hilarious.
Never knowingly underfed
Very exciting Danuta, all the best with birth and I am definitely looking forward to seeing the photos
These hamsters are 'Winter White' russian hamsters, which are bigger than the 'Roborovski' peanut hamsters. At a fortnight old, they were bigger than month old 'peanuts', and we expect them to get quite big by dwarf hamster standards because their dad is a bit of a fatty. Well, by fatty I mean round and fluffy! I don't have any photos handy at the moment but I'll get some copied off my old computer and uploaded tonight (if I remember)
I love hamsters, when my daughter wanted one I assumed they would be really boring. Not so, Stan our first ( Syrian) hamster was great fun and came to his name...then one day my daughter and I were out for a walk and saw the "hamster show' sign...came home with 2 young Russian Hamsters, Freda and Freya...they all came to Holland with us, where we had a little box room where the hamsters lived. er, yes, we ended up with 5 different varieties and I couldn't resist making them all cages with big runs attached...remember I'm the woman who releases trapped mice into the wild with a home and food supply....Stan and Freda and Freya lived to be over 2 years old, Quicksilver, another Syrian took over Stan's cage, Frodo took over from Freda. Freya went on for nearly three years, very doddery, rather like the Queen Mother, she would stagger out every morning when she heard her name called to say hello to the awaiting crowds...and then there was Frikka, the three legged hamster- three legged as she was always getting into scrapes and one day I found her upside down hanging by one leg from her little ladder...leg dropped off, she carried on like nothing had happened, just had a magnificent limp, still used to do really stupid things on a regular basis! Seeing those photos makes me really miss them...but once we got Andrew we had to stop aquiring new hamsters. Andrew likes little furry animals too much.
Don't even think about it TA. With the 'proper' police around you can even get locked up for it if they even get a whiff of what you are up to¦..
And good luck with your confinement Danuta...hope everything comes out all right .....
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