Archive for November, 2007

8 weeks pregnant – leaving her at kennels

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

alda8weeks.jpg  Wed, 2 Aug 2006 – Leaving Alda today was almost as hard as it was on recall day in January of 2003. I told her that she has an important job to do, then we’ll see her in 6-7 weeks. I don’t think she understood, but she definitely wasn’t as anxious as she was at that time. GDB has become her second home since then. I dropped off Alda (and the food), then proceeded to Breeding to give them them the cardboard cameras.

Lost appetite – feel pups move

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

alda-belly.jpg  Sun, 30 Jul 2006 – Well, we’ve finally hit the change in appetite. She did fine with her middle of the night “snack” and with her breakfast around 5:00. When it came time for her mid-morning “snack”, however, she just stood there and stared at it. So, I dumped it out, got a different dish and put in some dry kibble and mixed it with several tablespoons of canned food, making a sort of hash. She thought this was pretty good stuff and practically inhaled it. We’ll see how she does in another hour, or so.

A couple of days ago, the pups felt like a little flutter when I put my hand on Alda’s abdomen. Last night, it was definitely more like a thumping that I was feeling. The pups were certainly active early this morning. It’s a wonder that Alda can get any rest at all. It doesn’t seem to bother her, though.

Mon, 31 Jul 2006 – Alda’s doing well. She moves around a lot when she’s sleeping, so I can tell that she’s having a hard time getting comfortable, but she’s hanging in there. I haven’t noticed any pitiful sighing or moans. She’s still eating well, as long as I continue to give her the dry kibble mixed with some canned food. We are now on a similar schedule to the one that I remember you talking about before: 9 PM, 1 AM, 3 AM, 6AM…. She doesn’t eat at the 3 AM one, but she usually needs to do some kind of business around that time. I got a glimpse of the “rolling earthquake” last night. It’s hard to believe, but she’ll likely be a mom within a week. In some ways, the time went by very quickly. And, even though it will be good to sleep a little longer during the night, I know that I will miss her. She’s really been very good through all of this.

7 weeks pregnant

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

alda7weeks.jpg  Wed, 26 Jul 2006 – Alda is doing well, in spite of this heat. Today is a little cooler (I was able to get the house temperature down to what I usually keep it at this morning…for the first time in days.) She’s been eating 6 meals a day since yesterday and so far, so good. I’ve been feeding her five meals a day: 1 1/2 cups at her usual mealtimes, and 1 cup at the other three times. Because of the heat, one of these “snack” feedings has been in the middle of the night, which seems to work out well. It’s a whole lot easier to do the walking at that time, too. Of course, if I had a job, this would be difficult. Since that’s not a factor, we’re free to experiment. Today I feel more tired, so we’ll probably go to bed earlier tonight and get up later on.

I think I told you her collar is on the first notch. I measured her yesterday and came up with 32 (A) and 30 (B), which didn’t quite match up with yours at the same time…but, I may not have put the tape in the exact same spot, either. I can definitely feel the puppies moving now. I’m giving Alda daily sponge baths (I have noticed the occasional droplet of milk), she’s still shedding, although her belly isn’t bald, yet, and she’s loving those belly rubs. I also noticed that in the past few days she’s become less clingy…I think it’s become too much effort for her to get up and follow me wherever I go. It appears that the rest of the time that I have her we’ll have more normal temperatures. I hope so. She’s done well with all of this, but she deserves to be more comfortable (we both do!)

shedding, whining and eating

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 – Alda’s hanging in there, but she really doesn’t care for this heat (who does)? I told her today that if this continues for too much longer, we might have to start reversing our days and nights. She continues to shed a great deal, the whine is becoming a little more frequent, she’s somewhat larger, but everything else is about the same. Fortunately, she’s still got her appetite. Her mealtime radar is all off now because I added that third feeding in the middle of the day. I do think it helps her comfort level (and probably her digestion) to have the meals be smaller.

really slow walks, made faster by cat

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Wed, 19 Jul 2006– I’d forgotten Alda’s flair for the dramatic. Last night, near the end of our walk, she was moping along, looking extremely forlorn….kind of pitiful, actually. At that point, I happened to notice a cat so I started talking to it. That certainly perked Alda up…she started prancing like a pony…all the way back to my house. She forgot all about the moping routine. Sometimes, I think she just needs a distraction, something to take the focus off of how miserable she feels. I’ve started singing lullabies to the pups. I’m willing to bet that’s something that hasn’t happened in prior pregnancies. Alda’s not quite sure what to make of this….

6 weeks pregnant

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

alda6weeks.jpg  Tue, 18 Jul 2006- Alda gets more food starting today. I’m feeding her three times a day, so I’m giving her 1 1/2 cups at breakfast, 1 1/2 cups at lunch, and 1 3/4 cups at dinner. That’s a lot of food, but she’s supposed to be at 4 3/4 cups now. I’ve noticed a correlation between the number of cups of food and the number of poops she does in a day. Since I’ve had her, she’s been “doing her business” 4 times a day, and she’s been eating 3 3/4 cups of food. I’ll shortly be able to tell if that’s a pattern or if it was just a coincidence.

I didn’t sleep well the first night, so we went to bed earlier last night. It’s just so hot. It’s only supposed to be 103 today …. I’m sure we’ll notice a big difference. Yeah, right. I’m worried about Alda’s feet. We try to stay on the grass as much as possible, but always have to cross a little bit of pavement. I took her out the front by my deck yesterday to avoid that, but she ended up wanting to walk on it anyway. Go figure. Alda sends her love….

5 weeks Pregnant

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Sun, 16 Jul 2006 – Alda and I arrived home without incident. Once I arrived at the Hillcrest area of Antioch, the thermometer on the car registered 100. Since we’ve been home, the A/C has been running non-stop. Way too hot, but there isn’t much we can do about it. As I saw you in my rearview mirror head off in the opposite direction today, I was reminded of the song “See You in September.” (You may have heard it on an Oldies station….) Anyway, if Alda could have sung it to you, she would have. She’s got a big job to do before she gets to join you again, but it won’t be long. She immediately ran around the house once we got here. I’d bought her a new toy which she discovered right away and she actually played with it for a bit. There definitely wasn’t any adjustment period with her coming back here….she’s very familiar with this place. Alda sends her love, but she’s sleeping soundly right now.

Slow down on walks

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Bev traded Alda back to Gary for about a week.
Thu, 13 Jul 2006 – Gary writes
, “Alda is doing fine. If I walk her once a day she can go on a longer walk and does not slow down near as much. She has also started her pregnant wheezing wine. See you Sunday.”

Bev writes, “I see that the heat is supposed to return over the weekend. One report I heard indicated that out here the temperature might be 105 on Sunday. Needless to say, Alda won’t be doing much walking in that kind of heat. I try and get her out some in the AM and again around dusk. Alda must have completely switched over to the puppy chow by now. Did she tolerate that changeover OK?

What about this whine….is it a constant thing? She is only 3 weeks from her return date, so I imagine she’s starting to get pretty uncomfortable. I mailed some pictures to Bindy on Saturday. If she hasn’t received them yet, she should in the very near future. For a cardboard camera, they turned out quite well. I’ll be sure and take more at my house, plus take two cameras to GDB when I take her in. See you Sunday….”

Ultrasound exam – confirmed pregnancy

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

  ultrasound2.jpg ultrasound3.jpg Thr, 7 Jul 2006 – Ever the trooper, Alda endured her fourth ultrasound appointment today. She’s very accustomed to showing off her belly, so being on her back didn’t seem to really bother her. The cold goop they put on her startled her at first, but she handled the whole thing like the veteran that she is.

“Doc” quickly found 4 pups during the examination and it appeared that that was going to be his final estimation. However, when he was nearly finished, he indicated that he found 2 more. I’ve been telling Alda from the beginning that 6 would be a good number this time, so I’d like to think that this will be so. However, we all know that these numbers are only “guesstimates” at this stage. One thing’s for certain, however…she’s definitely pregnant.

Heartworm medication gas

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Sun, 2 Jul 2006– Alda’s fine, except for some nasty gas this AM. Don’t know if it’s pregnancy related or a result of the heartworm medication she had with her dinner last night. That’s been the only thing different in her diet. I remember that happening with one of the dogs I raised….might have been her. It’s not a big deal (I’ve got my gas mask).

Other than that, we’re doing very well. We were up for breakfast and business (hers) this AM around 5:30, but then we both slept until 9. She’s sleeping again now. The firecrackers have started around the neighborhood and Alda doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about it. She doesn’t even act as though she notices it. This is good, because it looks like we’ve got another couple of days to go. I think they start earlier each year.