If all you're interested in is cards, skip down through this post to see today's cards. If you like puppies, read on. Many of you know that Shea, the brown dog in my photo on my sidebar, died of cancer last spring. Her brother, Will (the black dog), is 12 now so I'm thinking if I want to be sure I don't end up dog-less (that would be a dire state of affairs for me!) when he passes away, I'd better get a puppy soon.
Their breeder has become a good friend of mine and invited me over to watch her lovely English Cocker Spaniel, Snow, give birth this weekend. It was quite a thrill watching the miracle of birth. We were up all night as she started panting and pacing and went into the whelping box late in the evening, and then labour started at 3:00 a.m. when her water
broke. The first pup was born at 4:35 a.m. so we were up most of the
night. She had 3 girls, 1 boy. They were all born by 6:00 a.m. so we
got a couple of hours of sleep after that. Here's a couple of photos:
One day old puppies aren't the cutest things in the world but give it a couple of weeks, and they will be adorable.
It amazes me how animals have such strong instincts to know exactly what
to do. Even though she'd never had puppies before, when each puppy came out, Snow immediately started tearing off
the birth sac and licking the pup vigorously to get it breathing and
then chewed through the umbilical cord.
In 9 or 10 weeks, one of the sweet girl pups will be coming home with me. So expect to see quite a few puppy pictures!