We have officially entered Roo Watch 2012!
Okay, so you might be wondering what the heck that is and why you should care. Well… here ya go:
Roo (our blue tri-colour, smooth coat Chihuahua) is five days away from her estimated due date. She delivered her first litter in May of 2011, five days early. So while we hope she keeps on baking those sweet buns until their are good and finished, there is a possibility they may pop out of her toasty little oven early. This means we are now on Roo Watch 2012.
Why should you care? Well heck! Roo is awesome, and her two little girls Alice and Dee Dee (from her first litter) are even awesomer, so you know these new babies are going to be at least as awesome as their mom and half-sisters. I love them all to pieces, so you know I won’t be able to help but share. And seriously, who the heck doesn’t love baby puppies???? 😉
I am creating a new tag and category here at TD365 so you can track all Roo’s progress and see how her babies are doing after they arrive. Any time a post contains an update on Roo or her litter, it will be tagged with Roo Watch 2012 and the matching category. I think it should be fun. Heck, maybe I’ll even create a little graphic especially for her updates. Who knows. LOL
For those who are interested, our puppy nursery is actually a great big “rabbit” cage. It’s really not suitable for rabbits, but it makes a perfect place for a Chihuahua and her babies to start out. With a puppy pad and food and water bowls at one end, and a compostable “litter box liner” (with a low area cut out to allow her in and out without having to jump) with a thin lambswool crate pad in it, a heating lamp at the ready, and a water bottle over the puppy area in case momma doesn’t want to leave them – it’s absolutely perfect. It keeps the puppies safe and warm, and also gives mom an area to get away for brief periods to eat and potty while still keeping close watch. I am also able to keep the entire thing elevated to avoid any drafts that may creep along the floor, which just makes me feel a little better.
Tonight Roo is resting comfortably in the nursery, she was panting a little about 1/2 hour ago, but has settled back down. So I’m hoping it was just happy panting (which is something she’s known for doing when she’s excited). Unlike last year, when she caught us off guard while I was away at a dog show, this year, we’re all set and ready – but still hoping she waits until closer to her estimated due date on the 29th. 😉
Hope you’ll enjoy Roo Watch 2012 as much as I do. I promise to do my best to keep you updated with all the exciting news – including lots of snapshots (gotta love how handy the iPhone is).