Blottie reached four weeks since her first mating with Ernest on Tuesday and four weeks from her last mating today. On palpation I am pretty confident she is pregnant. She has been ravenous for the last couple weeks and this morning she was a bit sick and has been off her food, which has been her behaviour pattern on her three previous pregnancies. Having a few days of what seems like morning sickness around the four weeks mark.
This is Blottie's final litter, and if not for the tragedy of losing her daughter Teagol this year in an accident, she would have been spayed (was booked in to be spayed the week after Teagol died) and retired from breeding by now. This litter has been done solely for retaining puppies from. We will hope to keep at least two from the litter, all going well.
Blottie is now six years old, healthy and had her three previous litters easily. This is going to be a very emotional four/five weeks for us, my main concern that Blottie gets through her final pregnancy safely.
I told her last time, it would be the last time, so I worry when I see her vomiting (been there and done that myself several times) and no doubt I will worry as she becomes ever more uncomfortable as the pups grow. As I suspect she is carrying a good size litter again.
So please be mindful of this and give a little space. I can be prickly as I never enjoy, what can seem like a feeding frenzy when people become aware we have a litter on the way. At this time my concerns lie with Blottie not whether anyone gets a pup from her.
Here are the links to the births of her three previous litters:
Ernest and Blottie's ten pups 2017
Casper and Blottie nine pups 2019
Ernest and Blottie's ten pups 2020
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Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol