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Gertie the spaniel has just, finally, come into season, so we'll be off to see her beau soon and hopefully hear the patter of many tiny feet in early Spring!

Gertie's a black cocker and her young man is a golden one so we're hoping for a good mix of pups, and if there are plenty then we'll keep one, I'd like a golden bitch. We already have a few 'sold' so I'm hoping she'll carry more than three.

Squeal! I am giddy with delight at the prospect. If anyone with any dog-pregnancy advice to share would like to add a comment I'd be grateful!

Posted at 27th Dec 2008 - 03:28PM   Posted by KittyB   Excited! Comments: 13

Westerwitch's Avatar OOoooooo really excited for you - er do you think I should alert Milla - I'm sure she wouldn't want to miss this Twisted Evil

Posted by: Westerwitch on 27th Dec 2008 at 03:34PM

Elizabethm's Avatar How exciting! Now if only Ian was so dead against having a dog - could be grounds for divorce on his part. Hi Ho, you can't have everything I suppose.
Hope it all goes well. xx

Posted by: Elizabethm on 27th Dec 2008 at 04:20PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Whoops, I meant to say if only he was not so dead set etc! Makes no sense to me why he is so clearly cant write proper sentences about it.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 27th Dec 2008 at 04:21PM

Pondside's Avatar Kitty you are a glutton for punishment!!!Laughing The pitter patter of little feet comes with a whole lot of unattractive other stuff - but puppies are sweet! I'd just rather have someone else do all the work!

Posted by: Pondside on 27th Dec 2008 at 04:36PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Yes - I remember it well. Many moons ago I had a dalmation bitch who had two litters of puppies. I made the mistake of getting the timing wrong so that the first lot were born around the end of May. It gets light early in the day during May and at the first sign of dawn the pups were awake and if I didn't get up promptly and deal with them they were in a fine old mess before long. I lost a lot of sleep over the next few weeks. They were adorable and I had no difficultly finding homes for them although I don't remember making any money out of the project.
I was also a useful exercise for the children re 'the birds and the bees' a topic covered extensively in other posts.
Anyway have fun and I hope everything works out well for you.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 27th Dec 2008 at 05:47PM

Faith's Avatar Oh how lovely! Looking forward to all the news about it!

Posted by: Faith on 27th Dec 2008 at 07:22PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar Yeah - I've got some advice - DON'T!
Been there - done that - got the teeshirt - AND somehow during all the awful sleepless nights - yes I AM talking puppies - I found myself pregnant! I was NOT Pleased but dont tell my lovely 17 year old will you? But puppies -- arrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>wait for me Milla>>>>>>

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 27th Dec 2008 at 07:31PM

Fennie's Avatar I raised - with some help from Wilhelmina my sister's errant labrador bitch - so errant that she had been palmed off on me - a litter of lab pups, all suitably Andrex, three black, three yellow. We gave them pet names like Heffalump and Flash and Kennel Club names after places in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. (Well you have to call them something) One yellow pup was long and thin and with a distinct light stripe on the shoulder. We called him Woolney - his Mum's Kennel Club name, Boscombe after something or other in a Sherlock Holmes story, I've forgotten which, and Tiger - because he was long thin and yellow. Tiger was a mischevious imp and because of his ingratiating nature and apparent intelligence (which was unfortunately all show) we kept him. His first seriously mischevious act was to impregnate his mother at a ridiculously early age and in a few weeks there were another litter of pups mewling under the stairs.

Because these were 'in-bred' they proved harder to get rid of although they were better looking than the first lot and proved the rule that hybrid vigour is unknown in dogs. As the three unsold black dogs got older and older they learnt to knock the front door by putting their noses under the door knocker and letting it drop. Bang, bang bang....Bang, bang bang.....

Whether this qualifies me to offer any advice I don't know. But I wouldn't do the puppy thing again. I am with SBS. It is seriously traumatic!

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Dec 2008 at 07:49PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Same here! We're hoping to get Sparky mated next week so watch this space. I've found a good website called and it's full of info. Think we should keep eachother posted!!

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 27th Dec 2008 at 09:10PM

Camilla's Avatar Oh how wonderful Kitty, would love to own one, hope you find lovely kind homes for puppies when they are born.

So Sparky is going to be a Mum too Crystal, lots of adorable puppies, I am quite tempted to have another dog but my Daisy Boo likes to think she is 'top dog'!


Posted by: Camilla on 28th Dec 2008 at 01:14AM

KittyB's Avatar Gee, sounds like I'm in for it - or rather we - me and CJ!
Ah well, built in supprt group, with two of us going through it.
This has shattered a few illusions - 1) it will be straightforward; 2) I will pay off my overdraft from the proceeds of sale of puppies;
3) Why don't they sleep?
Oh no.
I'll just keep thinking about the beautiful little wrinkly-nosed bags of soft soft fur. And puppies smell so nice... and all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well...

Posted by: KittyB on 28th Dec 2008 at 10:05AM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar But they are adorable!!!! Esp Cockers... love puppies and am also planning a litter for Gemma my Tattie's daughter in the laste spring.. have been there before and yes it is hard work but such such fun will send the wonderful list of things to do as soon as I find it again. It was given to me by a professional breeder and had worming timings and what to feed both mother and puppies...Tattie by the way had them in my bedroom, she started top have them in the bed but luckily I checked under the Duvet in time to gently but forcibly move her!!!!
Oh and they do sleep a lot you just never notice cos' when they are awake they are a force of natureVery Happy

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 28th Dec 2008 at 11:31AM

Not quite sure why everyone thinks it's traumatic, it's just time consuming. Why do they disturb your sleep folks? After the second night we just let the bitch get on with it, mother nature usually knows what she's doing. The labradogs puppies were nine weeks old past Friday and they are just fabulous. All gone to good homes, bar one super little black dog. Any takers anyone? Rolling Eyes

Posted by: @themill on 28th Dec 2008 at 06:58PM

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