Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MAR 25 2014
so  now we get the speech--

everyone is soooo hyped on noel's upcoming delivery----and all looks fine-- she is not huge-- but definitely pregnant--because we can feel the pups running laps in her tummy.

all should be fine.  but with so many watching i feel i have to warn everyone  sometimes things are not fine--- with her last  she had 3 lovely beautiful pups  plus one that was born dead-- and one that wasn't really a puppy anyway---
it happens--

 in delivering pups more than about anything else  there will appear a couple people with perfect 20-20 hindsight-- and a whole bunch of things we did wrong-- because their second cousin louie had a litter of pups once under the stairs and they all lived so if i had just let noel  have the pups under the stairs all would have been fine.

i can not fight that logic-- because it will be there...

and i chose  the example "under the stairs"... because  every female about to deliver here  tries to get under the porch stairs...  a very long time ago i crawled around in that spider filled 24 inch crawl space looking for puppies... and found 2-- and they lived....but i have not intention of letting noel  pick her spot.....

there will be a few slightly different proceedures this time----
normally mommy nature has devised a system for severing the umbilical cord which works perfectly.. mom picks up the wad of goop attached to the pup, lifting the pup off the ground- sometimes swinging it around in a most upsetting fashion, at which  time the cord stretches and snaps about 5 inches from the pup   --- not one drop of blood gets spilled... that system works... however the minute a human decides to cut the cord... there is blood spilled all over   -- 

i know all that

however   this time.. we have been asked to  save  all this "material" for a stem cell project at tufts vet school...  so we will be ready with kelly clamps and dental floss to tie off  and cut the cord....    the whole  - cord cutting  thing is totally un-ncessary 
 i would hate to have anyone think they had to do this----we will also try not to interupt the mother's  instinct at cleaning and stimulating the pup -..

i must admit-- i am a great believer in mommy nature...and letting  nature take it's course  with this cord stretching and eating all the goop...  but  somewhere not to far from the birthing area is usually some dental floss.. just in case---   
with all the pups we have had... there was  only one which dripped a little red and we did tie it off...  and  usually if you see me in there with slippery hands i am just trying to stretch and snap the cord as mommy  would do... but this time we are going to tie and cut the cord...and save it all to fedex to tufts--- or they can come pick it up.. whatever...

so get ready..

we were live on abc fr a longtime on sunday--- and they had... over the picture.... "viewers are advised to use their discretion - this is live" 
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so ...on we go.....  we will start taking her temp a couple times today--- the theory there is  -- if we establish her normal temp-- about 100-101  it will drop to 98 which means she will go inot labor within24 hours..

that is old wive's tail #934  -- we have found it true-- and tihe  times it was not true we decided we had faulty temp taking  timing.

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our puppy call   list is on the wall--  the birthing book is ready-- earlene has washed her birthing sweater... 

and 1/2 the chicken bricks are sold.... you have  5 days   get a chance on becoming the latest   member of the prestigious "ipswich  shatupon  society"
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now.. sound and phone calls at mail call.
someone put all the retreatcardboards in rotation for actual use as poo pickers... so i have suggested you send one cardboar d with  your name and phone number -- AND A QUESTION ---on it and we will put them in the bingo roller --
KEEPING IN MIND  MY OPINIONS ARE  OFTEN  "SHEETS IN THE WIND"  ( EXCEPT WITH DRYERS NOW-- I BET NO ONE EVEN KNOWS ABOUT SHEETS BLOWING ON A CLOTHESLINE....)

THE PHONE CALLS HAVE BEEN FUN  ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SPEAKER PHONE WORKS---  SO SEND IN  A 3 X 6 CARDBOARD POO PICKER  WITH QUESTIONS AN DPHNONE NUMBERS...

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IT IS TUESDAY.... I HOPE SHELIA CAN SPARE US SOME TIME---  LAST REPORT... SHE SOLD HER HOUSE AND HAS TO BE OUT SOON-- AND HAS NO PLACE TO GO--- EVEN OUR  TIPI IS UNINHABITABLE AT THE MOMENT BECAHSE OF ICE BUILDUP...
I AM KEEPING MY EYE ON HER PACKING PROCESS-- AND HAVE THE HORSE TRAILER ALL READY TO GO.... SHE HAS ALOT OF  "STUFF"   --- I KNOW SHE HAS  LOTS OF MANEQUINS, A 20 FOOT LONG CHURCH PEW AND A WAD OF PURPLE RUG.  
I AM WATCHING....

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