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.