October 11th 2012 6:06 pm
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Maybe, maybe not! NM thinks I am pregnant...or I swallowed a watermelon, BOL! But, she says I am still bleeding so she is too nervous and is bringing me down to stay with OM on Sunday.
OM says she will keep an eye on me and will take me to the vets next door for an ultrasound. Then, she will report to all of you. Catch ya later!!!
October 14th 2012 5:37 pm
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First, when I came into the house Mom said I wasn't preggers, it must be a false pregnancy. But, since I was pretty heavy instead of just soft fat, she decided to take me up to the vets tomorrow for an ultrasound to make sure.
After I had my supper and Mom let me outside she looked again and said I was DEFINITELY pregnant, no question!!!
But, I do still have that bleeding issue so now Mom is going to take me up to the vets to find out what's up with that. I am certainly NOT sick, I am happy and playful and eating and sleeping and have bright eyes and all that stuff. It is NOT an infection type bleeding, it is bright red, fresh blood only.
Mom says she still thinks I conceived too many puppies and some of them are being aborted. I guess that is certainly possible!!!
Mom won't let me play with ANYONE until the vet says I am okay so for now, I am bored and I have NO NEW PHOTOS!!! Soon, I hope!
October 15th 2012 11:22 am
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Well, Momsie took me up to the vets a bit ago. I was not pregnant looking since I had already digested my dinner and neither Mom nor the vet thought I was preggers, hehehe!
Soo, they decided to do the ultrasound and find out for sure! Instantly, they spied one puppy and its heart was beating away. Then, they saw another one but it was quiet and then I moved so they had to try again. FINALLY, they saw BOTH of them at once and BOTH hearts were beating away and BOTH babies were moving all around like crazy.
Sooo, Mom scheduled my c-section for November 2nd.
The vet thought I must have some sort of irritation that was making me bleed so he gave me some low dose antibiotics that won't hurt my babies.
NOW, Mom will probably let me go out with the other dogs again, I hope!!!!
October 28th 2012 6:03 pm
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This weekend Mom made me a nice pen in the living room. It has a box for me and my babies, a nice heating pad AND a hanging heat lamp, and my food and my water, of course. Because I have to pee ALL the time, it also has some pee pads.
I like it cuz I am right in the center of all the attention. Everyone that comes in has to see me and to see me is to love me and to love me is to pet me, BOL!
I have also discovered where I would LIKE to have my babies! Mom has a step from the shed to the back yard near the chickies. It is a nice step and has a nice, hollowed out bottom. I think there is just enough room for me and my babies under that step so I have been working on making it comfy and a bit bigger.
Sadly, Momsie said NO WAY, so every time I go near that step she brings me back into the house.
Mom says I am HUGE and she isn't sure how I can last until my appointment on Friday. We shall see, I guess!!!
November 2nd 2012 11:37 am
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Bright and early Mom took me to the vets and LEFT ME THERE!!! I was supposed to have my operation at 7:30, but since Mom left me and I wasn't in any hurry they made ME wait while the vet did some other stuff and some appointments.
Finally, just as Mom had about worn out the phone calling to see if everything was okay, they did me and found THREE puppies instead of the two they were looking for.
Well, after all, Mom DID say she was hoping for a cream male JUST like Lukie, my Daddy, but she was pretty sure that two brindles probably wouldn't have a cream male. The first time they called Mom and told her there were three she asked what they were and they said two boys and a girl. BUT, she didn't ask what color, silly woman.
Anyway, they said to come get me, but then they called back and said I was too cold so I had to stay longer. Mom was still grooming so she said fine, then she called back and asked what colors. They said one cream, two brindle, BUT Mom forgot to ask which was which.
Finally they called and said I could come home! Mom came right up and the minute she saw the cream one she KNEW it was HER Lukie Grandson!! Sure enough, it's MY boy! Mom says his name will be Lincoln, Link for short. The girl is very, very little like me and the other boy is the middle sized one.
I am still pretty wiped and groggy but Mom says the babies are nursing and everything looks good so far. OF course, it will be a LONG night!!! Payback is so fun, hehehe!
It is with a heavy heart and through tears that I report that Lola for some reason just killed her little baby Lincoln. She was acting fine with him, he was nursing and I left for two minutes to check another dog. When I returned he was dying and he died in my hands.
I was not going to write about this, but, sadly, this IS also a part of breeding dogs and it sometimes happens. I have NEVER had it happen before, but I understand these Frenchies do have c-sections and don't have any opportunity to respond to the mothering hormones which are usually released prior to and during whelping. I am sure in her mind she though she knew what she was doing but I will never know.
At this point the pups are alone and I will only allow them to nurse under supervision and see how it goes. Hopefully her maternal instincts will kick in and the other two will be fine.
November 3rd 2012 10:03 am
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Well, we survived the first night!!! Mom was so worried about me and the babies that she wouldn't even leave me with them... they slept in the box and I had to sleep under her desk. It was okay, my belly hurt BAD and I need to rest!
Every hour and a half Mom got up, WOKE ME UP, and put me in the box to feed the babies. I did, they ate good! This morning Mom decided I was okay and awake enough to take care of them myself.
Mom was a BAD foster Mother...she didn't clean my babies and make them go pee pee or poop. Soo, this morning I had to spend HOURS cleaning them! Finally, they are good and they are even getting pudgy already, Mom says usually with us Frenchies and our c-sections that can take several days cuz our milk comes in slowly. Not mine, I have TONS of milk for them!
Well, I gotta go now, time for my after lunch nap with the babies. Mom is taking the others down to the lab pen and I promised I would be good and watch my babies nicely!
November 4th 2012 5:30 pm
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Last night Mom left me with my babies. I wasn't feeling good, and I had some sort of an attack and passed out, flat on the floor with a huge THUNK . Mom heard the thunk and got up to help me. She then found my little girl puppy had passed on.
Fortunately, I came to as soon as Mom shook me, but of course, she couldn't leave me with the baby. So, he went off to bed with her, in a box and she is feeding him a bottle.
I am still not feeling good at all, so I am sleeping in my crate. I don't even look for my babies, I don't want to look at anything. Mom is taking me back to the vet tomorrow.
Meanwhile, she is hoping Ali might help her take care of my boy baby. Ali always LOVED puppies and Mom is letting her see him when she feeds him.
Mom wants to remind EVERYONE, breeding dogs is not for the faint of heart!!! In spite of seemingly doing everything right, this has been a most terrible nightmare for both her and me so far.
Sadly, Frenchies are difficult to bottle feed as they tend to aspirate milk into their lungs. Mom is praying and hopes you will pray, too.
November 5th 2012 3:26 pm
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This morning Mom took me to the vets. While I was feeling a simdgeon better, I was still not myself and except for some ice cream last night, I have not eaten ANYTHING since Thursday.
Well, the vet found I had bad sounding lungs, especially my right one, and that I was breathing way too fast. I was also dehydrated and had a slight fever. Mom left me there and I have been on an IV all day, with some steroids and some antibiotics to make me feel better.
Mom called to pick me up... they said I COULD go home tonight BUT I have to come right back first thing in the morning for more treatments and fluids. Mom is hoping she can stay awake until it's time to go get me, BOL! They won't let me go until they close at 8 pm.
Meanwhile, my little boy is okay. He is fatter and bigger, but it drives Mom CRAZY to bottle feed him as the milk almost always comes out his nose if he nurses too fast. For some reason, he is not inhaling it into his lungs, thank goodness. Mom says the worst part of baby Frenchies is getting them old enough to eat on their own...she can't wait until that happens with him!!!
She also remembered a few years ago when Ali had Georgie. Remember the little boy Frenchie that came down to be with Ali cuz his Mom had no milk and he kept getting pneumonia??? Ali managed to take good care of him and he did survive and is now a healthy adult. Hopefully, although Ali doesn't have any milk, she will decide to take care of my little boy since I can't. Mom says she was at least sniffing of him last night when he was trying to snuggle with her. We shall see!
November 7th 2012 3:56 pm
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Well, I have pronounced myself cured! Mom isn't so sure, she says I am still coughing like crazy, BUT, I have found my appetite and I did even play with a few of my toys today, at least the ones I could get away from sis Hilda!!!
Mom took me off to work cuz she had to take out my catheter and she wanted to keep an eye on me. Since it was Laurie's day to work she brought Hilda so Mom decided we could share an expen in daycare.
First of all, Hilda stole the big, cushy comforter and left me the regular old dog bed. I worked that out by lying there, shivering, every time Laurie walked by. It worked, next thing I knew I had my own comforter, right in my dog bed, hehehe!!!
Next, Quincy was playing with my favorite toy and Mom and when they got done, Mom tossed it in MY expen for me. Hilda raced over and loomed over it. It was okay, Mom said, "HILL DA"., she immediately left it and I grabbed it and took it in my bed!!!
My baby is still okay, too. Mom was worried cuz he isn't pooping! When she picked up my antibiotics, she took him along and the vet looked at him. He thought the baby was still way too small, which crushed Mom...she thought he looked really good!!! Anyway, Mom decided if he wasn't pooping and the vet thought he was too small, maybe she wasn't giving him enough to eat?? Soo, today she is feeding him every TWO hours instead of every three hours. So far, he has a FAT belly and he's only pooped a tiny, tiny bit. Hmmm.
And, the worse is that he blows milk out his nose almost every time he drinks! Of course, the vet immediately thought he had a cleft palate but Mom had checked that first...his mouth is fine! And, even though the milk comes out his nose he isn't aspirating it, so Mom is now thinking he keeps sucking more than he swallows. Dunno, no milk came out his nose when I fed him!!!
Mom did let me see him today and lick his bottom...she thought maybe I could make him poop. Didn't work, and when I almost bit his tail Mom said that was enough for me.
Hey, I NEVER said I wanted to be a mother!!! That was HER idea!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot... My BEST FRIEND and nephew, Louie, sent me the nicest Lounging jacket today! THANK YOU, Louie!!! He thought I would be lounging with my babies but guess that's not gonna happen. Not to worry, I can still wear it lounging in the living room, watching TV. Mom keeps her house VERY, VERY COLD!!! And, when I go back to NM I will probably need it, too. It is VERY COLD up in Northern NH where we live!!!
November 11th 2012 3:16 pm
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My baby boy is ten days old today. In honor of that big day, he opened his eyes!!! Mom says he now weighs about 10 ounces, too, which is still a little small but well within the range for a baby Frenchie.
Mom is still feeding him every two hours, except she makes him go THREE hours at night. She said she was getting way too tired!! She finally found an old fashioned latex nipple and that is working pretty well for him. He doesn't have it blow out his nose nearly as much, which makes Momsie feel MUCH BETTER.
Me, I am feeling pretty good, too. Tomorrow I get my stitches out and that will be nice! I still have to take those silly antibiotics and they give me a HUGE tummy ache so I can't enjoy my meals very much. Since I am Mom's little piggy, I do still eat MOST of my dinner though.
Today Mom even let me go down into the lab pen with everyone. It was pretty nice down there...warm and sunny. Not a bad Fall day I must admit. I LOVE Fall days!!!
In honor of the warmth, Mom finally got the last of the storm windows up. I was hoping she would hurry up because New Mom is supposed to come NEXT WEEKEND and pick me up!!! She has some shows so she will spend the night here with Old Mom and I was worried that her bedroom would be too cold for ME to sleep well. Not to worry, ALL the storms are now up in the guest room, whew!
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