We had promised ourselves to take it easy this year: no stress, everything cool, let's let Mother Nature do her job. And when Blixem and Barbie became in heat end of August, we really relaxed. No anti-biotics cures, no blood tests for progesteron, nothing of the sort. Blixem almost wrecked Brandons bench and with Barbie we ready to take on the experiment with Bizkid. But oy oy oy, such a young dog, will he know what is expected of him! Marco called me time after time at work with stories like: it is not goimg to happen, he cannot tell back from front! etc. There was a moment that we thought it best for Bickel to take over, but just in time Bizkid saw the light. So also there we had a mating and a coupling. And now we had to hope for a succesfull ending. Also now we had chosen quite consciously not to do an echo after 30 days, this had prooved us wrong already so many times in the past. But on November 5th we did have an X-ray made of both ladies, we needed to know what to prepare for. Well, unfortunately Blixem was (again) not carrying, but Barbie was, this was excellent! In the days to come we kept an extra eye on Barbie and I even skipped the Clubmatch of the NVAI on Saturday the 13th of November, I knew that I would not feel at ease there. Sunday I noticed that Barbie was really restless, lots of digging, lots of drinking, lots of peeing, panting, and in the evening no appetite! That was a signal for us that it would not take long anymore. At night we took her to bed and around 3 o'clock I noticed that her water broke. So I moved to the bathroom with her, where we only just prepared everything for the delivery. Between 3 and 5 o'clock whe had 6 contractions every 10 minutes, but between 5 and 6 these activities dropped. So around 6 o'clock in the morning I called my vet, but he said that it could still take while. We agreed that I would call him again around 9 o'clock. Meanwhile, all contraction activity had stopped with Barbie. So around 8.30 hrs I called a friend who breeds Cairn terriers and I asked her what she would do. She advised to contact the vet again and to make an appointment for him to examine Barbie. Better checked double than being sorry afterwards. I could come around at 9.30 hrs. That gave me some time to shower and to contact work (because it was obvious to me that I would not go to work that day!), and prepare Barbie for the visit to the vet. Marco and I agreed that I should prepare for a ceasarion, so we filled up hot water bottles, got towels, all in the thermobag! Once at the vets we did not linger, Barbie was prepared for a ceasarion, especially now we had seen that the birth process had started. The vet gave me a choice: I could go home and then they would call me when Barbie had regained consciousness or I could wait in the waiting room. I answered that I would definitely not go home, I would drive Marco crazy! So I went to sit calmly in the waiting room. Within half an hour I heard screaming, good heavens, these puppies have good lungs! All of a sudden I was allowed to hold the puppies and I called Marco right away so he could hear them scream. Also Barbie came round really quickly and we were allowed to go home soon afterwards. As these two puppies were delivered through a ceasarion, I thought that "Big Bang" as a prefix was appropriate. After all, they were practically born at the same time. The female is called in full Foxy Bee Big Bang Bazinga (fans of the Big Bang Theory will recognize this:-)) and the male called Foxy Bee Big Bang Bazooka.
After two days the belly cords had fallen off nicely and after 7 days they have both doubled their birth weight! This is really really good and they are developing above the curve. Barbie is still showing her maternal instincts in being a good mother, but after a week you do start to notice that she is ready for some more excitement in her life.
Last week the puppies took again an incredible growth spurt, last Friday they were at 300% of their original birth weight. Today we notice their eyes and ears opening a bit, Barbie is getting less and less rest. Soon Mummy and her puppies will move to a more lively environment, where they will get a taste of what is going on in the household!
Last week the puppies were dewormed for the first time, oh my god, did this taste terrible! On Saturday mummy and the kids moved down to the living room for more space, lots more action, noises and other stimuli.
My god are they present, loads of noise :-)
We are outside in the snow brrrrr.
We are watching tv.