The B’babies are 9 days “old” today. Mommie Kira is doing a perfect job, very confident; she likes to take a rest in the garden or take a walk, and she keeps uncle Sisko out of the whelping room giving minimal signs without ever being bitchy.
Meanwhile the B’babies are gaining size and weight constantly, and they seem to change by the minute! They are more than a 1000 grams now. They still look more like guinea pigs than dogs, but they are happily crawling and staggering on 4 paws all through the whelping box. They can not get out yet, but who knows what will happen, when they have opened their eyes!
We are quite curious …!
Bear with me! It’s quite a job to take pictures of jetblack pups. I am not using a flash, so I am dependant on natural light, and that does not always work as I hoped for.
Saturday was the day! After having almost finished her burrow in the garden and going through several phases of mild labour, Kira got restless. We didn’t let her escape to her burrow, what she thought stupid. However she accepted the whelping box, it is already familiar to her.
Shortly after noon she gave birth to 2 dark grey (agouti) boys, Benedict and Bonifatius. About 2 hours later an all-black girl joined the party, Beata. Kira took her time, she stayed calm, took care of her babies, even when in the afternoon a grey boy, Bernard, was born. And before dinner she came along with another all-black, a boy we named Brendan.
Then Kira was finally resting, we cleaned up the box and renewed the blankets. The pups are big and strong, quite demanding. Kira takes care of them very fondly and watches over them. Uncle Sisko lies outside the room, longing to get in, but he dares not to, because he might be growled at.
Yet, in 4 weeks Kira happily will let him take over care and education.
Today Kira got the second shot against CHV (canine herpesvirus), so that the newborn pups will be safe from that disease, because CHV is a very dangerous condition in which a whole litter can die a painful death within 48 hours.
Kira herself is all cool and happy. Even that twitchy giant black dog in the waiting room didn’t vex her. The vet examined her before vaccination and she was very pleased with Kira’s condition. Kira is sleeping and dozing a lot, she enjoys food and her walks – just not the usual length -, and she is cheerful and attentive.
Now we are entering the final round. The pups are due by mid March, and some things still have to be prepared, before the little Sibes will turn our lives upside down for two or three months. We, Salai’s family and the people on the waiting list are quite excited.