a September 6th, 2009

  1. Preparing for Phoebe’s Babies

    September 6, 2009 by myeye

    Puppy Surround 9-6-09

    This didn’t come with pink in it — so we need to keep thinking “girls”.  The tummy rubbing mantra continues.  I measured Phoebe’s girth and it is 24.5″.  I needed this plush fabric because we changed the location for the whelping/wading pool (which is bright yellow) from the master closet upstairs to a corner of the living room downstairs.  To make Phoebe feel more enclosed and to prevent drafts, I got a piece of carpet to go under the pool, and an x-pen to surround it.  This fabric will become a curtain that encloses the x-pen to prevent drafts and to make Phoebe’s corner private.  I’ve not opened up the entire 3 yards, but suspect that even upon meticulous inspection I will find no Cardis amongst the cute little dogs.

    Next weekend will be devoted to Phoebe’s space.  I’ll get out the sewing machine and away we’ll go.

    I bought Myra Savant-Harris’ books (Newborn Puppy Care includes a DVD) and used her list of “necessities”, along with one provided by Cathy Ochs-Cline, and another from my friend Bonnie to create a puppy warming box, and to obtain all the emergency contingency equipment and supplies.  I’m really lucky to have a small health care organization as a client.  They obtained many of the items for me wholesale.  My carpet installing friend contributed the base piece of carpet for under the wading pool as well as a larger piece to go under the whelping box when we move everyone to a bigger space.  I found flying saucer puppy dishes, the x-pens, #8 French feeding tubes on eBay.  Amazon had good prices on a small and a medium heating pad, forceps, surgical scissors.  Everything else is from Revivalanimal and Wal-Mart or Target.

    I’m working on a CWCCA Bulletin article about whelping supplies, sources and costs — incorporating all that I’ve learned from my friends and from my own research.  I plan to be REALLY ready for the babies! I also plan for Phoebe to have them in the whelping pool and not under the daybed.

  2. Two Legs Are Better Than One

    September 6, 2009 by myeye

    Left is the side on which I wear my watch.  Left is the side on which I wear my watch.  Left is the side on which I wear my watch!  I can remember that — you’d think.

    So, Chase only scored 93 today — mostly because we had a “do-over”.  The sign said “finish left”, but I asked Chase to go around — shoot!  That’s to the right.  At least I caught it as soon as I did it and asked for a do-over.  He was great and I’m his schmuck of a handler.  It caused him to finish 5th, BUT, he received a green ribbon.

    I handed the little Olympus to a steward and asked her to take a photo of the judge handing us the ribbon.  She tried — There are a couple in which the judge has no head.  (That’s what she gets for being substantially taller than I.)  So, here is the best of the worst, and a couple of photos of a cloudy sunrise from our Trial site that I shot when I first arrived.

    Tomorrow — will our Chaser have earned his RN?  Left is the side on which I wear my watch!

    Green Ribbon II 9-6-09

    Sunrise 9-6-09 w Balloon

    Sunrise 9-6-09