Moments After Birth, And Puppy Was Mostly Clean
Just the other day, we noticed that Penny was acting strangely. Quaking and whining much more than normal. I asked Amy to check our veterinary book (which we should have already done!), just to check if I was correct in the average gestation, that I *thought* I remembered.
Whoops, I had not remembered correctly and Penny's due time was RIGHT THEN, rather than a month later!
Amy and I quickly worked to get a quiet, comfortable place ready for Penny. In the end, she didn't care for our nest and was more comfortable on the couch, on a blanket and having one of us with her at all times. Penny is a timid dog anyway and this strange experience was making her rather anxious. So we took it in turns to stay with her; Amy fulfilling most of that role.
When Amy came out to eat her dinner, I thought I heard Penny moving around in the sitting room, so went to investigate and sure enough, she came running out of the room. I brought her back in and sat with her, but by this time she was contracting. Eeek!
She gave a few pushes, and within minutes I could see a puppy, still in his membranes, coming out back-side first. Amy arrived at this exciting stage. Another push brought puppy out, up to his neck. Penny stopped pushing at this stage, which was a little worrying. I tried stimulating her and with the next little push the puppy came out!!!
Taken Today - Almost Two Days Old!
How excited we were!!! I opened the membranes around his nose and mouth, and presented him to Penny, who took care of business, and cleaned up the whole area and puppy very well. She was a champ!
We waited for quite a while to see if there would be any more puppies, before moving her into a cosy, clean nest with her baby. There were no more puppies, which is probably just as well for Penny!
All the kiddos are delighted with the new arrival and Amy decided to call him Ralph, for the duration of the time he is with us. Ralph is SUPER sweet!!! ♥
Penny is completely fine with anyone else approaching her and the pup, but she keeps a close eye on the puppy's papa Scruffy, and gives him his marching orders if he gets too close.