Friday, September 29, 2006

Due Dates

So how do you decide when the puppies are due?

The gestation time for puppies is 63 days or 9 weeks. But it's not that easy if you don't know the exact day the puppies were conceived.

In her fantastic book The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies, author Muriel P. Lee says that you can calculate the due date(s) by counting 58 days after the first breeding and 63 days after the last breeding. This "formula" works well if the breedings were all natural and both dogs were "willing participants.

But in the case of Kelly and Rapper, becuase we were so anxious to have this work, Ken was doing artificial inseminations almost from the day Kelly got to Oregon until it was clear she was out of season, a span of 8 days, making her possible due dates from October 13 thru October 25!!

In my personal experience, the girls I have bred in the past (all the same lineage) have always whelped 59 - 61 days from the LAST breeding they were willing to participate in, or about 63 days from what appeared to be the most breedable part of their season.

Kelly is of different lineage, so I hesitate to make definite statements about when she is due, but given what I've experienced before, and given what Ken told me abut Kelly's willingness to be bred, and Rapper's interest level, my guess is that her actual span of due dates is probably October 16 - October 25.

My personal "target date" based on what I've seen before is October 21st or 22nd.

Anyone care to place bets on a different date???

Tuesday, September 26, 2006



Can I say it again?


I picked Kelly up from Ken about 5:00 Sunday afternoon shortly after he arrived at the National. She was glad to see me but she sure does love Ken.

My initial reaction at seeing her is that she looked HUGE. Either Ken had been feeding her way too much or she was pregnant.

Mid way thru the week her breeder, Lynette Blue of Polar Mist Samoyeds palpated her and felt puppies. Meanwhile, Lynette's friend Hal (who is a vet) didn't feel puppies so I was left in a quandry. Did I have a fat girl or pregnant girl?

We arrived home late last night and first thing this morning I called my vet and made an appointment for Kelly to pay a visit. I decided not to ultrasound (so no pictues of unborn puppies today) but instead to do the blood test. I also did a glucose test on her as she is drinking water like there is no tomorrow and I was worried about gestational diabetes.

The pregnancy test was positive (YAY AGAIN!!!) and the glucose test was normal (another yay!).

So now Kelly gets to have extra food (Kelly says YAY!!!!) and do whatever she wants for the next month. Due date is around October 20, more on that in a future post.

Now I'm off to do a happy dance...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Kelly, I'm on My Way!

Well, I'll be on my way in about 8 hours....

Max, Sam, Babe, Icer and I head out to Post Falls, Idaho at 7:30 tomorrow morning where we'll have a week long party/dog show with our very best friends.... and I get to pick the hopefully pregnant Kelly up from Ken.

See y'all in 11 days....

Monday, September 11, 2006

Random Picture of Kelly #3

Proving she can get down and dirty with the best of them....

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Random Picture of Kelly #2

Wonder what Kelly looked like at 9 weeks old?

She was pretty cute....

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Pictures of Rapper

Well it's about time, isn't it???

He's about 3-4 years old in this first picture:

And here is what he looked like as a young puppy, about 9 months old:

He's a pretty handsome fellow isn't he? It's easy to see why Kelly and I decided he was the right boy for her! Okay, maybe it was just me who decided.....