ON Thursday the 1st of march it was a “ snow day” for the children, thankfully!!!
Dotty was in labor Wednesday night when I went to bed 4am Thursday morning I expected a nap but to be woken by my husband that things were starting ( this stage can be an hour or 24hours)
I woke at 9am naturally and was surprised and a tiny bit disappointed but at least I was caught up with sleep
12 noon I asked hazel to take dotty out for a wee but watch her very carefully as she rushes into bushes and we cant get her out very easy
Dotty was less than 6ft from hazel when she went through a fence hole ( blue peter badge at the ready as it was clearly made when we were not on puppy watch)
So what she had done was fit through a hole and was sat maybe 5 meters between our 2 sets of fences – escape fencing , hence two sets , but she had weaved herself through conifers to get where she was and she was furiously digging, hazel shouted for help and I went running, in my slippers and summer dress into a snow storm ( the house is super warm )
Hazel ran out our garden and round the other side of the fencing , I spoke softly to dotty and asked her to come nothing!!!!, I shouted at dotty nothing !!!! and panic set in, we were going to need a chain saw as no way id fit my hips between the trees, and id need to get to her fast, she wasn’t coming out
Cydnie, my daughter aged 10 , has grown up with the dogs obviously , and came running out with towels and my welly boots – dog emergency procedure is to bring towels and alert the other adult if needed , the boots were a bonus as I was now feeling pretty sore and cold
Cydnie thought nothing of being thrown over a 6 foot security fence, and crawling between trees to get to dotty , once there she was to pull dotty out by her collar , that was NOT happening , dotty was pulling back as cydnie ( whos a tiny thing and certainly not near as dotty ) pulled
We noticed waters had broke, in the mud pit dotty has dug ……. Cydnie was thrown a rope lead and a rope and I had to pull through the fence to get dotty out, who was pretty much refusing!!!!
Cydnie guided dotty out watching for her tummy , as I was meters away and blind to it all in the snow anyway , dotty arrived and Cydnie was sent back down the path to check for puppies!!!! Just incase.
Where cydnie had crawled she had cut her hands and knee and also been whipped on her face with branches, not once did she complain ( until she was sat with a hot chocolate , extra marshmallows did she even notice )
Within 5 mins of having dotty inside her first puppy arrived, cydnie got to name her and choose the theme “ snow”
If cydnie was not there its likely id have been whelping dotty in a mud pit or the garden as it would haven’t taken me a longer route to fit to where dotty is – plus no one was picking me up and chucking me over a fence as easy as I did with cyd- George wasn’t home ! typical
Dotty had 8 puppies, the first 3 were within 30 minutes and she didn’t mess around, big explosive contractions and fast exiting puppies- just what we wanted!!!!
Dotty and puppies are fab, cydnie feels like a hero, and rightly so!
Day 3 we sat down to have the dew claws removed, and the power went out , so that was done by candle light – thankfully I love candles and we soon had at least 20 in the room.
Heres hoping the rest of the puppies journey is abit smoother sailing, dotty however is clearly thrilled with herself and puppies
We are thrilled with her and her puppies