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Summer's first litter -- NOW WITH PUPPY CAM!

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EDIT: THE PUPPY CAM IS UP. HERE'S THE LINK: Puppy Cam

We are on puppy watch. We expect to have a litter within about 24 hours. As some here will remember, when we have a litter we put up a 24/7 webcam, so people can watch the puppies. I will put the link to it in this thread.

And I have to say right up front, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ASKING FOR PUPPIES FROM THIS LITTER. They have all been sold for quite some time, and we have stopped accepting applications. Sorry.

Summer was bred for the first time in August, and as I write this at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, she has just begun Stage I labor. Her temperature dropped this morning to 98°F, she has stopped eating, and as she lies here on the sofa next to me she is panting and occasionally starts digging in the sofa. That means we can expect puppies within about 24 hours. We think she has 9 puppies on board. Here is her x-ray, and below are copies with helpful drawings on it.

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The first time with a maiden bitch is kind of fraught, but she and the puppies look good, and they seem to be ready to go. You can see in the x-ray that two of them have already positioned themselves for the exit ramp.

Since we just moved I will have to find the puppy camera, so we may not have it up the moment the puppies are born, but as we always do we'll have it up within 24 hours.

I am backing off of the whelping and rearing this time, as Theresa is going to be the Head Honchette going forward, as I transition into retirement. But I will be providing support and will be her Litter Lackey. LOL! Theresa has been doing more and more with each litter lately, and it's time her to run with it, and I will just support her.

These pups will be with us until about the middle of December, and you will be able to follow them via puppy cam the whole time. We just moved and are still figuring things out. But Summer will whelp in our "puppy room," and the litter will be raised there. It is a big room apart from the rest of the house. Theresa will sleep with the puppies for the first 3 weeks (I don't mind not doing that this time!). But by the time they're about five weeks old we'll have the whole room dedicated to the puppies in various ways. Please forgive us if it takes us a few adjustments from time to time.

I think I've posted puppy cam links here for 4 or 5 litters, from Ziva and Khaleesi I think, but no others. For those who remember Ziva's and Khaleesi's litters here, Ziva is Khaleesi's mother, and Khaleesi is Summer's mother, and Summer is having puppies. Ziva is lying at my feet right now. She's going to become a great-grandmother within the next day or so.

Okay, we're on the clock now...
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Well, I think I've said enough. LOL! I'll be surprised if anyone has read this far.

Breeding is not for the faint of heart, as so many things can go wrong, and do. And even if everything goes right, it is a long, exhausting process that begins well before birth and lasts until well after the puppies go to their homes.

Any smart person would be with your daughter on this. Clearly, Theresa and I are not smart! :)
I'd be surprised if anyone DIDN'T read that. It's fantastic to hear about it all, so many people are like "Hey, I have a girl dog, you have boy dog. I like puppies, you like puppies...lets make puppies!" With no thought to anything else. People need to hear it.
 

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You may have seen me post something I've said many times, which is: "This is not a business, and you are not a customer."

Frankly, I have no idea if we ever make a profit. We don't even track all the costs of our dogs. We consider it a hobby and a passion, not a business. But I suppose profit depends on how you measure it. If you just count pregnancy costs, rearing costs and stud fee, we probably do, at least with some litters. But if you really want to define profit the way businesses do, then absolutely not. If you just count the costs of showing dogs, we're already under water, much less adding on food, maintenance, bathing and grooming, training, vet bills, health tests and certifications, and all the rest. Someone put together a list of total costs of breeding several years ago, and it has been posted in the GRF a number of times. I remember thinking it was pretty illustrative. I'll just say this: We couldn't make a living off it.

It's more like trying to mitigate the costs of your drug addiction by selling some of your stash. LOL :D
Was this it?
 

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I considered it after losing two puppies in this litter. But (1) surgery is risky, too; (2) if enough breeders do nothing but planned c-sections we could eventually wind up with dogs who can't whelp naturally; and (3) I don't believe that a natural whelp is riskier than surgery, and even if it is, we are always ready for a trip to the emergency vet rather than starting with surgery.

Lots of breeders I know are going straight to planned c-sections, but we're not there. We also think that first day of whelp is important to mom and pups, and a dam coming out of anesthesia isn't very plugged-in to her puppies.
If a dog has a c section does that affect her ability to have a litter in the future?
 

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It shouldn't unless there was bad scar and it healed bad. But I don't think a breeder would do that.
I guess I was wondering about the scarring. I know each time you have abdominal surgery (speaking of people here) you develop adhesions and such that make the next surgery more difficult, and I have heard that women who have C sections sometimes need to continue to have them with subsequent births or they risk uterine rupture, so I just wondered if dogs had any restrictions/issues if they had to have a c section.
 
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