@elbrant said in Princess Sparkle...:
@JENGOSMonkey I'm so excited for you (and the Princess and proud Papa!) !!
SO AM I! It's coming! Maybe by Sunday. Bet is for Monday which would be great!
@zande said in Princess Sparkle...:
@jengosmonkey One tool which Marvin always had at the ready (along with his Douglas Aircraft overalls whelping suit) was a pair of special scissors with very long blades and rounded ends so he could, at need, cut the cord. Basenji Moms are notorious - paw in stomach of neonate and rip. This can cause hernias.
I love the Douglas Aircraft suit! Too late to hit a surplus now. I've read so much. Probably too much. I have so many people giving me advice that I'm a bit overwhelmed.
I just hope I don't screw this up. Herniated umbilical cords frighten me. I'm going to be really careful with that. I don't want to cause that. Some say clamp it, cut it, release the clamp and see if it holds. Clamp it, tie it off with thread, then cut it, see if it holds. Clamp it, tie it off and pinch it off to constrict it, etc.
Diet, supplements, meal frequency, etc.
Heat lamps, heating pads. 90 degrees, 80 degrees, look for puppies bundled up or spread apart.
At this point I need one coach... my breeder. She'll see everything real-time as it happens. She's trusted me with her dogs, and I trust her. I see myself as an extension of her and her breeding program, but she's the boss. She's a great mentor, coach, and friend. She's never steered me wrong and in retrospect... she knew what I was going to experience with her two dogs well before I ever had a clue.
I just hope all the pups are good. Reading Muriel's book... there are things that can go wrong that I can't control like cleft palates and intestines not being inside the pup. That's the s*** that's feakin' me out. Or still borns. Or missing a placenta.
This is why I keep saying don't do this without a mentor, a coach and a friend. I'm excited, but to be honest... I'm nervous too. I'll feel better when all the pups have their paws on the ground.
I'm probably sharing more than I should, but this forum was so supportive when we lost Jengo. Not sure I'd be where I am today without that support. So, I'm including you in on the ride. Keep your fingers crossed and as always, thank you SO much for your support and guidance.