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Litter July 11th, 2008

Around the birth

It was a very exciting time waiting to see if and when the delivery would announce itself. With a litter of one pup the chances that a section is necessary are increased because the pup has had all the room to grow. It can become too large to be born in a natural way. With small litters it also happens more often that the delivery starts later. It can even be suspended for days. We were very releaved that on July 10th Whispers temperature started to fall. After a quiet night, in the morning of July 11th (the expected delivery date) all the signs were there that the delivery was approaching rapidly.

The delivery

The final result:

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Time Gender Colour Ribbon colour Weight
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13:16 dog slate merle/tan red 340 g
14:10 bitch blue merle yellow 330 g
16:02 dog black/white light blue 390 g
17:04 bitch blue merle/tan blue 330 g
17:25 dog black/white green 320 g
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This show how a bitch can fool you big time. The first pup was born without a problem and carefully cleaned by the skillful mother. I had to look at the coat colour for a while; it was a merle for sure, but the dark patches do not look black but light gray. So it must be a real slate merle: a blue/white Border Collie which is also merle. After this pup was born I felt a mass in Whispers belly, so yeah! it wouldn't be a single puppy after all. Number two was born almost an hour after the first one and turned out to be a beautiful blue merle lady. After this Whisper decide it was time to sleep, so I was convinced that she was finished and I was over the moon with our twins. Almost two hours later she became restless again and after a lot of work suddenly another pup was born. A real unexpected surprise.

Oh well, the story continues because an hour later number four was born and less than half an hour later number five enters the world! I have no idea where she hided these pups (all of them are normal sized) and I'm still in shock. I thought I had a bit of experience when it comes to pregnant dogs but each pregnancy is as exciting and unique as the next. Words cannot describe how happy I am and how proud I am of our 'Flappie' (her nickname because of her floppy ears). I know a lot of people will be very happy that there will be a pup for them after all.

The pictures

Delivery of dog 1
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Removing the amniotic sac
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Full size picture. Number 2 (bitch 1) is skillfully freed from the amniotic sac
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Blue merle versus slate merle
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The first surprise: number 3 (dog 2)
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Number 4 already (bitch 2)
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The birth of dog 3 makes the fifthsome complete!
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Portraits

Dog 1
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Bitch 1
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Dog 2
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Bitch 2
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Dog 3
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