Busy couple of days retrieving Cavaliers from the local countryside as we have Roe Deer around at the moment one whiff & they are happily of in hot pursuit although only in their dreams will they ever catch one but it is a joy to see them working as a pack & I admit I love to see dogs working.
Also at the moment have had the clippers out tidying up ears for winter as I keep my Cavaliers ears trimmed underneath for good ear ventilation & it does work.
Lucy is now around 3 weeks hopefully in pup, she is a maiden girl which means she has not had pups before.She is already showing a change of demeanour & her teats look more pronounced & pink but always careful not to get to excited yet as bitches can have phantom pregnancies which is were the bitch shows all the early stages of pregnancy but is not pregnant, they can even produce milk sometimes it can be signs of a hormonal inbalance but my vet told me that it also in some bitches is a throw back to wild dogs or wolfs were the Alfa female would be normally the only bitch to reproduce in the pack & to insure survival of all her cubs the other bitches will produce milk to help feed her young as well which if true just shows what team players dogs are & in my mind makes them even more amazing.
Due to the interest in Lucy's hopefully future litter we will scan her at 28 days to confirm if she is pregnant as to be totally sure by just looking at the bitch I would not be happy to say for shore until they are 42 days in pup. Scanning a dog is much the same as for woman. The vet will normally clip the hair of the abdominal area first & with gel on the end of the scanning instrument will gentle put pressure on her adomen & work around the area of her uterus to hopefully catch an image of a pup feotus at this stage it will be the size of a pea so it is quite a skill to finding them & it is also interesting to see & recognise organs inside your dog. This process can be done from 28 days to confirm pregnancy & to roughly know how many pups they are potentially carrying.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.