Well, I'm having an odd evening. When I got home from work today I let the dogs out and started to do a few things and felt this large "mass" underneath on one side of Zoni as I picked her up. And then I started to freak out wondering what was wrong…and then after a while when I was considering the emergency vet I began to notice that more of her underside and teats looked like they were starting to swell....and then looked at the date and counted backwards on my calendar. Well, it looks like she is having a false pregnancy, which struck me a bit weird as I thought that they gain weight early on like they are having puppies. Today she just kind of blew up in the teat department which is around the time that I would guess she would be having puppies. I called her breeder, but she has not had any experiences like this one in particular with her bitches, so I just got off the phone with another breeder who has. So by her description this sounds pretty much like what this is. Strange since I had cut her food back early on when she was in season and she has been eating the same amount since then. She has actually been at a nice weight and looked really good up until today.
It's a little disturbing though, Zoni is kind of freaking out right now and looks somewhat beside herself. Keeps digging in the furniture, lays down for a few minutes then runs off again and lays down somewhere else and can't seem to get comfortable. I hope she has the imaginary puppies soon! She looks like she is a little itchy too and keeps rubbing herself against the carpet. A few of the teats look a lot more swollen than the other ones, so I'm going to keep an eye on that and probably work from home in the morning until she gets a little more settled. Poor thing.