- She weighed 101 pounds (poor girl!). That's lots of puppy weight.
- Her temperature is still normal (phew). When it drops, it means she'll start labor within 24 hours. Stay tuned (we're doing daily temperature checks now).
- She's producing milk (phew and uh-oh). "Phew" in that we suspect she'll have no trouble providing for her pups (yay), and that the pups will get the colostrum they so need to protect them; "uh-oh" in that Elsie never actually started dripping colostrum/milk from her teats until she was close (within 2 or 3 days) to whelping. It seems a tad bit early to be able to express milk from Kenya, so maybe Kenya will be on the tad-bit early side.
- oh... yeah.... the x-ray. She had her tummy x-rayed. It was a good x-ray. Nice and clear. Lab tech did a great job.
Well, I'm having some technical issues getting the images posted here (will keep working on it tonight though). But I DO have images to show you when I get it all figured out.
You did want to see the images, didn't you?
Oh... what did we see?
That's right. I was going to tell you what we saw in the x-ray.
We saw lots of neat things: Kenya's ribs, her intestines, her hips, her vertebrae...
Oh... and yes.... we saw... PUPPIES!!!!! Puppy heads and puppy spines. :)
Well... more than one and less than twenty. How's that?
So are you dying with anticipation yet?
Okay. I'll be nice. I won't make you wait until I figure out the pics.
Little Miss Kenya Bean, after only tying once with Ridge and being a first-time mom (both usually indicators of smaller litters), has AT LEAST eight puppies in there. Eight heads are absolutely clear on the x-ray. Ah... but I'm pretty sure we're looking at nine... I think I see at least one more.
You'll have to let me know what you think once I get the images up (again, hopefully later tonight).
So much for a tiny litter this time. :) Hee hee. Puppies! Lots of puppies! :)
Stay tuned for images. I'm working on it!
'Til next time,