We had a very busy couple of months with not 1 but 2 litters being born in December.
It had always been our plan to mate Alleria first, but when her sister Lexie came into season before her, our plans for Lexie were brought forward. We had discussed though, that up until the day of insemination for Lexie, if Alleria came into season we would postpone Lexie's litter. So imagine my sudden conundrum when the day AFTER the artificial insemination for Lexie, Alleria came into season.
After plenty of discussion and my mentor talking me around, we decided to go for it. The girls would be due over the Christmas break, which worked out great for their owners, and honestly, it worked out well for everyone.
Lexie was due on the 12th. Her mum would be making the drive from Canberra as soon as school let out on the 11th. But do you think Lexie was going to wait? No. She whelped her litter during the day, finishing up about an hour before her mum arrived. It meant that she was all cleaned up, the whelping box was also cleaned up, all the puppies were dry, feeding, warm and content and Lexie was also settling into motherhood like a natural. When her mum arrived, she temporarily forgot anything but the joy of the reunion and immediately jumped out of the box, tail wagging crazily, then popping back into the box to show her mum what she'd been busy making.
Alleria decided that Christmas Day wasn't already a big enough day and decided to welcome her babies 2 days early on Christmas evening. Fortunately i'd already picked up Glen from celebrations and had just finished the worming, weighing and nail clipping for Lexie's 2 week old puppies when Alleria made a tiny sound to alert me that she'd decided to go into Labor. She'd given me none of the usual signs, but suddenly and without any fuss, she was whelping her first puppy.
Again, in truly spectacular form, her mum was due to arrive the following day, and we'd calculated that Alleria's earliest due date was the 27th so it was a bit of a surprise. Once again mum arrived to be greeted by a very happy girl, proud to show off her new friends she had made all for herself.
And so we found ourselves welcoming the New Year with 13 brand new puppies
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