Getting clean for upcoming puppies means… BATH TIME!
Six days to go before… PUPPIES!
Puppy pen is set up and ready; supplies disinfected and waiting. Miss Deja had a bath over the weekend with disinfecting shampoo… WHEW! Special care was given to her belly/nipple area to clean all the cracks and crevices. The last thing I need to do is shave her belly to make it easier for pups to find the “milk bar”.
Deja’s ultrasound appointment is tomorrow, June 6th. We’ll get a “head count” (literally) to know how many puppies to expect on the big day! This will help in the throws of whelping to know whether she is done or not with delivering the puppies. (And if she acts like she is done but we know she still has undelivered puppies yet to go!)
It’s sort of funny… She doesn’t look overly big in these photos or when wet? In reality, she is HUGE!
Well actually 2 weeks and 3 days! Miss Deja is definitely carrying more than a few puppies!
Hubby was joking this morning about his new way to “exercise the dogs”. All he has to do is get up from his chair in the study and walk into the bedroom. Or the kitchen. And everyone gets up to follow him! LOL! Sitting at my desk now, I have a sea of gold surrounding me! Goldens definitely like to “hang out” with their people!
We are keeping a very close eye on Deja now (well, we keep a close eye on everyone, really). The “big day” is getting closer!
Time for the ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. LOVE those tiny heart beats!
It’s finally time to get the girls, Deja and Doodle, in to have their ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. I/we are THRILLED that Deja is pregnant with more than a few puppies! Sadly, Doodle is NOT pregnant 😦
It is such a bittersweet moment when you can be so happy yet so sad at the same time. And then I think… This is EXACTLY why we bred both girls. No matter how much we might try to “control” things, Mother Nature will always have the last say in what will happen. I guess I don’t need to worry about borrowing another whelping box or making a second separate area for both girls. Still sad about Doodle, we are very excited about the upcoming Journey x Deja puppies! I had hoped we would receive an ultrasound photo but unfortunately, due to technical problems, I didn’t get one. Still, watching those little (very little!) heart beats was such a thrill!
Deja will now be started on a maternity diet to help her help the growing puppies. Deja’s due date is June 12, give or take a day on either side of that date. We will have a maternity x-ray done a few days before her due date to count “skulls and spines” to know exactly how many puppies to expect on the big day. I keep whispering in Deja’s ear, PLEASE have these puppies during the day! Alas, it is most common to have puppies in the wee hours of the morning. Still, I will keep whispering in Deja’s ear! One can hope, right?!
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend! Whether you may be celebrating your mother or be a mother yourself, all mothers should be celebrated! That is exactly what we did for Deja; celebrated her as a Mother-To-Be! We can’t wait to meet her babies!