We made it through Christmas, which saved the puppies from ending up with Dolly Parton Christmas songs as names, but today Dolly was just not “right”. I did several monitoring sessions with her that showed some contractions, but she wasn’t really showing signs of hard labour.
I called my clinic, and we decided she should come in anyways. To me the most important thing was that Dolly come through this last litter safely. However, being a holiday, the clinic only had one technician on.
So I put a call out to the dog show community via the ShowDogsOntario and CanadianShowdogs list, as well as asking on Facebook if anyone was available to assist at the delivery. It is important to get the puppies stimulated and breathing as they also get some of the anaesthetic through the mothers bloodstream.
One thing that has to be said about the dog show community is we come to the aid of each other when the need arises, and today was no different.
It only took minutes to have volunteers to help and a huge thank you has to go out to (left to right) Rear – Al McFadden, Peggy Wallace, Lin Hawkyard, Lynn & Norm Wolter and Sharon Roberton, and front Megan Groves and Kelly Ryan.
With all these wonderful people available reviving the babies was a smooth assembly line process and in less than 5 minutes we had eight screaming healthy puppies.
Dolly took a little longer to come though the surgery as she had some adhesions and seepage from her prior C-section that needed to be repaired, but thanks to Dr. Emily she came through just fine also.
So there are 8 perfectly marked beautiful healthy babies.
There are three brindle girls – one with a dot on her head, one with a point on the back of her neck, and funnily enough one with a white “whale” on the back of her neck (I will get a better picture of it later!)
Then there are 5 boys. One is red, two are dark brindles with big wide collars, one is a red brindle with a star on the back of its neck and the other brindle has a narrower collar.
All in all a lovely group of puppies, from two wonderful parents, and I am very excited to see how they are going to grow.
As previously planned, because the parents are “Dolly” (Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid) and “Mick” (Telltail Like a Rolling Stone) the theme of the litter will be Dolly Parton and Rolling Stone songs. I have a list and just need to decide who is going to be who!
And here is the first “Awww….” shot. This was taken while Dolly was stiil coming out of anaesthetic, and the puppies were nursing under a blanket. One popped his head out to say ‘Peekaboo!”