7 month female - first heat? What do I do?

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Barked: Sun Dec 30, '07 6:08pm PST 
Ok, so this one caught me by surprise.

I have a male and female sibling set of blue heelers. They are just over 7 months old. My intention is to spay/neuter, but I was thinking 9-10 months for that.

Female's genitals are swollen and she is bleeding. Male seems to have no interest. ??

Am I missing something? Is the first heat not one that attracts male attention?

New to this, sorry.

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions