As many of you know, Leidy began whelping at noon yesterday. She waited four hours between the first two puppies, then three hours, and then it began to vary, but was nothing you would describe as “Poppin’ ’em out.” The last puppy, a brindle boy, was born at 4:00 this morning. He was stillborn and we could not revive him. We’ll run into the vet’s this morning and get Leidy a shot of oxytocin to be sure she is not retaining any placenta. So, the final count for the poll/contest is 2 girls (1 red) and 5 boys, a total of 3 reds and 4 brindles. Three people, Dawm S., Dawn F, and Tracey W, had the correct number, but no one guessed only two girls and no one guessed 3 red puppies. So, I will consult with Chase and Leidy to decide how to award the “Good Guessing” prize. We’ll announce that over the weekend.
Leidy is taking motherhood in stride. She’s wanting to curl around her babies, but, of course, that hides a number of the faucets. She needs to lie out flat to give the babies access.
I’ll weigh and photograph the little guys/gals this morning. Overall they have very flashy markings and their color is deep and rich. I’m surprised to have so many reds, but rumor has it that there are people who love red. So I’m betting they all go to great homes. Chase is brindle and both his parent’s are brindle, but we know from the Magic litter that he produces red, Leidy is a brindle, her father is a brindle, but her mom is the devilish redhead Inca.
More later from the household that never sleeps (or so it seems).