Friday, October 16, 2009

Not Yet

I've just realized I've been inconsiderate by not posting more about Diamond's progress. Because I'm here with her and know nothing is going on, it hasn't occurred to me that not everyone is so calm. Sorry.

Nothing's going on. Di is still incubating. Sunday will probably be the very earliest she'd go into labor and since she was bred several times over a week,it could be another week. I'm actually thinking Tuesday, for some reason, don't ask me why. Our weather is turning really cold... for this time of year... highs in the 40s, lows near or just below freezing for the next couple days. I'd just as soon she waited until after then. Cold puppies are crabby puppies and I really hate using a heating pad. But she's big. Pups haven't "dropped" yet, which is a little different with dogs than humans.

The canine uterus is "Y" shaped rather than one room like the human uterus. Pups are in both legs of the "Y." When whelping time gets close, they tend to bunch toward the opening. From the outside, the mom looks like she's swallowed a football sideways. I call it "pointing" and I have yet to meet a breeder who doesn't understand what I mean.

So end of lesson number 610 in Dog Breeding 101! Lesson 611 will be on common signs and symptoms of imminent whelping.

If the sun comes out tomorrow, I'll get another picture.

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