|The gang so far: Miss Lime (yellow female), Master Blue, Master Red and Master Green (all black males)|
It's 5:15 a.m. EDT (March 31st), Elsie is snoring, and four precious puppies are singing contentedly as they nurse and nuzzle their sleeping mom. Elsie's been in labor, on and off, now for 24 hours. Not to worry; she's just fine.
I can feel other puppies in Elsie's belly (kicking and active), so this is just the intermission. Second half still to come. Elsie is, of course, splitting her litter over two dates (she's done this every time). So, our March 30th pups have arrived; the March 31st pups have yet to introduce themselves. :)
Lest you worry, the rest of our canine crew is just fine. Pinot (one of Elsie's pups from her 2007 litter) and Tuc (the sire for this current litter) have to check things out every time they have the chance (Kenya, Ridge, and Chessie seem oblivious):
Thankfully, I got a chance to nap during this early morning lull. DSD Sarah suggested I lie down for a bit since she was here for the overnight (DH had gone up to bed). I said something about, eh... maybe just ten minutes, and promptly fell asleep with my gloves on (and slept 2 hours). Sarah and DFS Daniel couldn't resist grabbing a pic of my lovely sleeping attire, gloves included:
We're not done yet, though.
With more pups to come, Elsie still needs her humans to reassure her:
|DSD Sarah providing support for Elsie while I nap (yes, only four pups delivered so far, and look at that belly!)|
And that's where we stand for now!
More to come, so stay tuned.