Alison's Pregnancy

12-04-2009 - 10th day of pregnancy

Until now, there hasn't changed much with Alison. For a cupple of days, her mammary system is being a bit warmer than usually & slightly swollen. These activities have taken place much earlier than after all her other heats when she wasn't mated. And this morning, she's also felt a little bit sick for the first time & vomited some bile. But hardly half an hour later, Madame was fine again & has demanded insistently something to eat. If she's conceived, the fertilized eggs should have reached the womb. Perhaps that's the reason for her nausea? Perhaps it's the first symptom of pregnancy?

12-15-2009 - 21st day of pregnancy

Already 3 weeks have gone by since mating. And it's still hard to say if Little Miss has changed somehow. For she's always very devoted & cuddly as well as incredibly greedy, it's hardly possible to even increase these habits. Maybe she's a tiny little bit more quiet & sleeps a bit more, but far from strikingly much. Today, Alison has been bothered with morning nausea once again. This could have something to do with the - hopefully - exsisting embryos which, at this stage of development, don't move freely within the uterus anymore but should have attached to the uterine wall & now be connected to the blood circulation of their mother. Within 3 days, we'll attain certainty because an ultrasonic screening - to which we're already feverishly looking forward to - will be done.

12-18-2009 - 24th day of pregnancy

By now, all speculations have an end: today's ultrasonic scan has given proof that Alison in fact is pregnant. Indeed, we've already gained the feeling during the past few days that she had conceived. The more exciting question rather was how many puppies she would roughly be carrying. Our vet was able to discover several embryos & gave a cautious statement about the number.

The ultrasonic picture at the 24th day of pregnancy:

Ultraschallbild

Her weight today was 7,8kg (17,2lbs). That's a slight increase of about 300g (0,66lbs) since mating.

12-23-2009 - 29th day of pregnancy

Today, the 5th week of pregnancy has begun & Alison now receives a slightly increased ration of food. It seems as if she has felt a little bit sick this morning. For she hasn't taken the chicken leg I offered for breakfast with great delight as she usually does but nevertheless has eaten it altogether.

Her belly girth measures 42,5cm (16,72in) today which means an increase of 1,5cm (0.6in) since the beginning of pregnancy. Her outward appearance still hasn't changed much:

Alison

12-29-2009 - 35th day of pregnancy

Within the last few days, Alison's appearance has changed to looking much more pregnant. You could literally watch her tummy grow & so the girth today measures 47cm (18,5in). Since this night, she's also showing the transparent, glutinous discharge typical of pregnancy. Little Miss keeps doing well & is thankful for receiving higher food rations.

01-05-2010 - 42nd day of pregnancy

It's already the 6th week of pregnancy which is coming to an end today & the belly keeps growing & growing: Alison's girth was 53cm (20,87in) this morning before breakfast. The pregnant Miss enjoys the wintry weather with it's snow but has become a lot more quiet by now. Who would ever have guessed that this crazy little thing would turn out so composed & reasonable one day?

Pregnant Little Miss today:

Alison

01-10-2010 - 47th day of pregnancy

Today has been the day: Alison has returned to her place of birth, where her puppies are supposed to also be born. Mommy Garbo & favourite friend Elmira have welcomed her warmly. So there are about 2,5 weeks left during which our little "fatty" - today's weighing revealed 9,4kg (20,72lbs) - will get used to life at Vivi's once again & her immune system will be able to adjust to the conditions there. Then, the babies will hopefully be born as stress-free as possible & immunologically protected in an excellent way.

01-14-2010 - 51st day of pregnancy

We've been to our vet once again today because Alison's CHV1-vaccination had to be boosted. Moreover, another ultrasonic scan has been done. The mother-to-be & her puppies are fine: we could see the little hearts beat powerfully. The babies are all developed quite equally, equipped by now with everything needed for a dog's life & very lively.

Because of the number of puppies the uterus already reaches into Alison's chest. Nevertheless, she hasn't any problems yet, so there still must be enough space for her stomach to expand after being fed. For her belly growing, Little Miss - normally full of beans - now behaves quite leisurely & deliberately. Weighing her at the vet's has had for result a weight of exactly 9,6kg (21,16lbs).

01-20-2010 - 57th day of pregnancy

Today is the beginning of Alison's ninth & therefore also last week of pregnancy. For two days the litter box has been ready for being entered & the future mother has been able to get used to it. Nevertheless, she's, of course, still allowed to sleep wherever she wants to. Now, it happens from time to time that Little Miss is unable to eat up her meals completely - so it's apparently getting narrower & narrower within her belly as the pups keep on growing, the womb is expanding & thus restricting the other inner organs.

And this is how fat the tummy of our mommy-to-be is on 57th day since mating:

Alison

Because of her increased weight of already 10kg (22,05lbs) by now and a belly girth of 58cm (22,83in), she temporary prefers a calm & cosy place for sleeping to being in motion. Her puppies instead are occasionally quite lively, you can distinctly feel their movements!

01-23-2010 - 60th day of pregnancy

This morning at about 10 o'clock, Alison's temperature has fallen; so there's every indication that the pups would be born within the next 6 to 36 hours. Moreover, she has been quite agitated, inspecting the litter box very carefully from time to time & scratching the blankets inside of it. However, she has still been determined not to miss her meal at noon & in the afternoon, we have even been able to persuade her to go for a walk despite the cold & frosty weather.

When it has been time for supper at about 18 o'clock, Little Miss hasn't touched it anymore but couldn't withstand a bit of cheese. Until going to bed, she has been relatively relaxed, napping on the sofa, only changing her position every now & then & occasionally licking our hands extensively.

01-24-2010 - day of birth

This night has been anything but peaceful & relaxed for us: Alison has been very agitated, changing constantly her place on the couch for the litter box, the dog bed & my mattress. On occasion, she has vigorously been scratching the blankets in the litter box & licking alternately my hands & the dog bed. In addition to that, she has also asked for several times to be led out into the garden for relieving herself. For the panting said to be typical of the opening phase, however, we have been waiting in vain.

At about 5 o'clock in the morning, Alison has moved back to the litter box, beginning to breathe heavily & to groan quietly. So she has obviously been going into the first slight labours. They have rapidly grown stronger & Alison has been feeling quite unease because of not knowing what was going on. Now & again, she was whimpering during the contractions & has been grateful for some encouraging, laudatory words.

Until 8.30 a.m., the situation hasn't changed very much: the vulva still didn't appear particularly widened, a puppy still wasn't insight yet. So we've decided to take Alison out to move a little bit. But instead of peeing, she started to push & before we could bring her in again, the first puppy has seen the light of day outside by -10°C (...°F). Only 2-3 powerful contractions have been enough to give birth to Alison's son & to put him right into my hands. Mother & child were, of course, immediately brought into the warmth of the house & the litter box!

Even before his umbilical cord was completely cut & the little boy was licked dry by his mother, he has already been on his way to find the teat. Merely 20min later, he had to already chair the latter with his sister who also entered the world with her head first as he did. Afterwards, Alison had a rest for a bit more than one hour before giving birth to three more puppies within 30min. 2 males & 1 female have reached the world with their hindlegs first.