When Cain (mismark) couldn’t figure out that the huge things hanging from Phoebe’s underside were part of the milk bar, I actually got to use something from the whelping supply stash. First (as soon as we got home), I gave both puppies and Phoebe some Probiocin. The puppies got only a ml each and Phoebe got three. When Cain continued to be confused by the concept — and Phoebe was still too groggy to help him, I gave him some unflavored pedialyte — could have tube fed it, but he was sucking strongly — just in all the wrong places. So, I put the Pedialyte in a small syringe and let him suck on the tip, It seemed to perk him up.
This morning, Phoebe is in much better shape and both puppies have death grips on her faucets.
Adrienne spent last night here, so she went to Dr. Abernathy’s with me. They bedded her down on a couch with a blanket while we did our work. This Doc is simply a jewel. I’m going to be driving to Rio Rancho with all the dogs from now on. Last night he never hesitated when I called and said that Phoebe’s temperature had never dropped, she had done no digging, but was having contractions. (When we did the C, Abel’s head was in the birth canal). Doc told me to get in the car and start driving. Mrs. Abernathy was the assisting tech and they were as nice as they could be. We began prepping Phoebe at 11:45, removed the puppies at 12:05 and 12:10, were back in the car by 12:45, and home at 1:30. Adrienne helped me get the warming pad and clean linens into the whelping pool before she went back to bed.
I stayed awake with them until Cain figured out that sucking on Mom is very satisfying. So after three hours sleep, this is the morning report. I hope to sneak in a nap later and then I’ll post something that makes sense. Maybe I’ll even get individual photos.
Chase is intrigued by what is behind the puppy curtain. Inca knows and could care less. The brothers appear to be extraordinarily healthy and active. I’m looking forward to laying them out in the warming box to get a feel for their structure. Abel has handsome markings — though not quite as flashy as his dad. Cain — well, he’ll be someone’s beloved pet.