I am really excited about the next couple of months. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been spent sitting in whelping boxes with a bunch of rowdy puppies or kittens crawling all over me, gnawing on my fingers and ears, or just sleeping in my lap. In the latter case, I'll sit there long after my legs have fallen asleep, unwilling to disturb them.
Lulu, my sweet 3 year old black Lab, is expecting. I'll be midwifing the birth - it will be my 3rd puppy litter, and Lulu's first and last (I've also served at the births of 5 litters of kittens). We have Lulu's whelping box all set up, and she and I check it out every day. And Mary has set up a blow-up mattress next to it so I can spend the first several nights with Lulu and the puppies.
Lulu is doing great - her spirits and health are excellent, but she is uncomfortable - I think it's because the little guys are moving around - I can feel them! - and she thinks she looks fat (she definitely does, but don't tell her). She's getting lots of tummy and back rubs, as well as extra treats.
Yesterday, we went to see our vet, Dr. Greg Burns, a Board Certified theriogenologist (animal reproduction specialist) at South Mesa Veterinary Hospital, to find out how many house guests we should expect to show up sometime late next week (we're both betting on Wednesday night). Greg and I came up with the same number from looking at the x-ray, but I'll let you take a crack at this on your own, and then in the comments later, I'll tell you our guess. And of course, I'll be posting puppy pictures after the event.
Mary & Dick Greenberg
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