Received this lovely update for Pepper a couple weeks ago. Pepper is our Polly's litter sibling from Puddin' and Teagol's litter of seven pups.
I just thought that I would drop you a line to let you know how Pepper is getting on.
I love her dearly, she is such fun to have around, despite the mischief that she gets up too. Yesterday I heard a joyful yelp coming from the sitting room and found her inside the underside of the sofa. She liked going under the sofa on her back an chewing at it and had made a hole big enough to get in! I have now stapled netting around the bottom so that she can’t get in, she is most put out. We
She is a quick learner, when it suits her, and has learnt to sit and stay for long enough that we can now play a simple hide and seek. Foxy is still her favourite toy so we play hide and seek with that too. The only one we are struggling with at the moment is heel, but a harness rather than a collar has helped here even though we both hate it.
She enjoys her walks especially along the coast path and is pretty good at staying within 10 yds of me and will even come back whilest bounding up to say hello to a passer by, she loves Everybody and they love her.
The only problem that I am having is that she will not stay asleep in a room if I walk out so I don’t think that she really sleeps as much as she should during the daytime. At the moment she sleeps in a crate in my bedroom, when I can move her downstairs then she might feel more secure in her crate.
She has brought a lot of joy to my life, I love her company and it is surprising how made people you meet out walking talk to you when you have a dog especially a beautiful, friendly puppy.
I hope that all your building works are all finished and that Blottie is safely in pup. It was lovely to see your video of Polly playing with Billy.
Thank you Jane.
Best wishes Gilly and Pepper"
As promised some footage of Blottie and the pups she is carrying moving. I took this last night whilst she enjoyed the comfort of my bed. She is around 8 weeks pregnant now.
Blottie is now nearly 8 weeks pregnant as we approach this weekend. The pups can easily be felt moving now and can also be seen moving. I will try to capture this on video hopefully before they arrive. Going from her previous litters. I would not be surprised if they arrive by the next weekend. She is well in herself and just starting to get a little fussy about eating.
Just to let everyone know on the waiting list, that this morning I received an email from Kate who was 11th on the waiting list. She has been fortunate to find a pup called "Maggie" and respectively informed me to be removed from the waiting list. So everyone below 11th place will now of jumped one place up the list.
Blottie is now around seven weeks pregnant. She is around two weeks from the birth of her pups, so time for the whelping box to be put in situ and her her to get accustomed to the area she will give birth in.
Blottie is now around six weeks pregnant and looking very big for this stage. This evening I have been able to easily feel movement of the pups she is carrying. Blottie with her previous two litters has had big litters of ten and nine pups. I think unless she is carrying a lot of fluid, she is carrying a big litter again. It is now getting her through the next two to three weeks safely.
Waiting list for Blottie's litter is closed
Please read this blog Waiting list unchanged and the waiting list is closed
A bitches gestation is around 63 days (9 weeks). Blottie was five weeks from her first mating on Monday and five weeks from her last mating on Wednesday. So she is around 37 to 39 days pregnant. She is looking big for this stage of pregnancy and from palpation she is giving all the signs of carrying another good size litter. Which actually worries me rather than making me rub my hands with glee seeing £ signs.
She is ravenously hungry all the time at this stage. I think because of her size she is getting as much in, as she will struggle to eat as she blossoms. I tend to find bitches ravenously hungry at this stage is often an indication they are carrying a good size litter. I made some sausage rolls for pack lunches yesterday and this morning one of our children left one of the sausage rolls a bit to close to the side in the kitchen, as they turned to the cupboard to get the cling film. They turned back and the sausage roll was gone and so was Blottie, who had been watching them closely. She was found in the living room eating the last morsals of the sausage roll. A bit naughty, but she is pregnant.
The two photos are of her watching us eating a bit of cake with afternopon tea, after she had just eat a plate of meat and biscuits. The look on her face, you would think she had had nothing to eat all day.
We finally got Sasha spayed on Monday. She was meant to be done back the end of March, but lock down happened and then she was booked in to be spayed as we came out of the first lock down, she then decided to come on heat two months earlier than usual. Thankfully with this lock down are vets are still doing spays, as I was worried it would be delayed again. Sasha got through the spay with no complications and three days later is recovering really well.
Caught this bit of video of Billy and Polly playing together yesterday morning on my return from milking. The background noise is some of the dogs excited by my return and playing behind me.
Over the last couple weeks away from the blog, I have been catching photos of Polly in her crate with different family members. Anyone care to have a go at how each of them are related to Polly? We have Teagol, Puddin' Blottie, Smudge, Henry and Toby in the photos resting with Polly in her crate.
Still busy trying to finish up the work we have been doing on our home and realised it's over two weeks since I last blogged. Since then we have gone into another locking down, so this means I won't be getting Blottie pregnancy scanned. I am tho pretty confident as she approaches five weeks pregnant on palpation of her tummy that she is pregnant and carrying a good size litter. She has been having a bit of sickness along with being ravenously hungry. Which are all good signs at this stage. Fingers crossed!
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