The breeder just visited today to confirm what we had been hoping, Echo is definitely pregnant. She is due in about four weeks, so is five weeks in and already has a tummmy that shows, so likely a larger litter than average.
Yay for Echo's impending mummyness and for me not having to be the one to care for them!
Not uncomfortable/sick any more, and a little snugglier than usual, but more noticeable is the sleepiness. Not too fussed about going out at all, especially when it's cold. Seems to say "Nah, you go, I'll stay on the sofa".
The puppies will not be with me at all, Echo will go to the breeder's in three weeks' time and stay there until the pups are seven weeks (they cannot be separated from her until then by the Kennel Club rules), so a couple of months. But will come and visit her/them!
No, Echo was bought under a breeding agreement, so I paid only half the price of her and the breeder maintains the right to breed from her once or until she is three years old, whichever happens first.
Post by raspberrybullets on Jan 22, 2015 2:43:21 GMT
Yay for puppies! How old is she now?
I think for humans it's easier since we know what is going on and can make the choice of hospital or home birth.
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Not yet, we could't find a good time for an x-ray yet. But the breeder will have one taken, to ensure she knows they have all come out. Usually 3-5, initially we though more when she got very big in the beginning, but hasn't grown as much now. So I would guess 5.
Ah, she looks drowsy. Which breed is she? Here puppies have to be 8 weeks old when they leave their mother (who probably is rather tired of them then) and kittens have to be 12 weeks. Obviously dogs develop faster than cats.
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)
She is a Border Terrier. There is a newish regulation here that the mother has to be kept with the pups until they are 7 weeks, but I am not sure has the earliest rehoming age been moved from 7 weeks to 8 or not at the same time.
At any rate, she went home with the breeder last night (a good thing too, I was afraid she was going to pop at any moment), and will be there for 8 weeks.