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).
Wow. Seriously. This has been a crazy few days. The puppies are now three days old. Born early, and catching us unprepared. Unfortunately the very first puppy didn’t make it. Damon found Roo trying to bury it in her bed early on the morning of the 22nd. That’s when he phoned me (and where was I? a couple hours away getting ready for the ring, at a dog show in Regina).
I was a complete wreck that morning. And I’m sure Damon was too. Somehow we made it through though, and have three lovely LIVE puppies. One of the people at the show even commented to me in the afternoon (when I was feeling much happier having learned that we had healthy babies) that I was a completely different person than I had been in the morning. And yeah. I have to say, I felt like a different person by the afternoon. If you’d asked anyone who saw me, I was falling apart that A.M.. I didn’t know whether to throw up, to cry, or to roll into the fetal position… so what did I do? I cried, pulled myself together, took my dog Marnie into the ring, won another point towards her championship, went back to the hotel, and cried some more. And then cried again once the news became overwhelmingly happy.
That day really was a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Losing a puppy, having three live puppies, almost losing a puppy (thanks again to my fabulous Chihuahua friends for their advice and support, and to my amazing husband who was a total rockstar and brought him back safely).
The hardest thing about Monday the 23rd was the waiting. It was the last day of the dog show, and DH felt he had everything under control. So I had stayed in Regina. I didn’t get back into Saskatoon until around 5:30 or 6:00 – which just felt like forever. I couldn’t wait to see our new babies. And they didn’t disappoint. I’m going to see if Damon will take a picture of one of them in my hands – so you can see just how tiny and precious they are. Seriously, until you hold a three ounce puppy in your hand, it’s hard to really imagine such a tiny perfect little life.
Today was back to absolutely craziness. Because the puppies were early, we weren’t set up for them at all. So today was all about calling vets, a flurry of shopping all over town, with a last minute vet trip thrown in for good measure. And making sure we were home every couple of hours in between it all to ensure that the tiny boy pup was getting plenty of chances to nurse… because Roo has been picking him up and taking him OFF to make more room for the girl puppies. She is getting better about letting him nurse though – so I have hopes that soon we won’t have to intervene on his behalf.
Sooo… it feels awfully good to be able to lay in bed next to my sleeping girlie and see our little nursery set-up right next to the bed. Finally. 🙂