Havanese Puppies are Arriving

Phoebe went into labor about 7 pm tonight. She delivered her first puppy at 9:31. I was a little worried….that’s a bit of a stretch. Then I learned why. Little puppy girl #1 weighs 240 grams. That’s one very large puppy! Second puppy came on her heels weighing in at 164 grams. Another girl!
A happy mother to be!
Phoebe’s water broke about 7:30 pm. She’s cleaning it up here.
Cleaning up Puppy #1

Puppy #1 delivered at about 9:31 and weighs 240 grams.

Two girls so far….both black and white and very strong!

Here We Go Again!

We have very exciting news. Phoebe is pregnant. The lucky father is my friend, Denise Gregg’s Dino. Dino is not just an AKC champion but a Grand Champion. Better yet, he is a real sweetheart! His photo is on top, Phoebe’s on the bottom. 

My best guestimate is that Phoebe is on day

Here is the chart which gives you some idea of what is going on.

Jensen Canine Pregnancy Calander

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date: Thu 13 Dec 2012
Sire: GCH CH Amblers Watching the Girls Go By
Dam: Roughriders Winnett
Breeder: Jacqueline Carney
Fri 30 Nov 2012 First day of mating.
48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated                                        again.      
Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time                                                     enhance the chances of fertilization taking place.
The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Sat 1 Dec 2012 Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.

Sat 1- Sun 2 Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.

Sun 2 – Mon 3 Dec Fertilization occurs in the oviducts which lead from the                                                 ovaries to the uterus.

Mon Dec 3 – Wed 5 Fertilization eggs migrate down the oviducts and into                                                       the uterine horns.
The migration continue to enable even spacing of the                                                  embryos.
During this migration the eggs will grow into a                                                     blastocystes.

Tue Dec 11- 13 The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.

Tue Dec 11 –
Tue 25
The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
During the next two weeks the important organs will                                                  develop.

Fri Dec 14  – Fri Dec 21 Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may                                                    become thinner.

Thu Dec 20 – Thu 27 Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes                                                    or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may                                                    appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while                                                 and vomit from time to time.
Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day                                              might help.
Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax                                                       the uterus.

Tue Dec 25 -Sat 29 An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian)                                                         can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
It’s now the best time to do this because the embryos are                                  walnut-sized now and easy to count.

Fri Dec  28 Start to increase the dams food ration.
Don’t overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
The fetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.

Thu Jan 3  The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.

Sun Jan 13  It’s very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might
be a bit more difficult.
Wed Jan 16  –
Thu 24 
Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
Her breasts become even more swollen.
She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for                                                    a suitable place to have her puppies.

Fri Jan 18  The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her                                            abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout                                                 the day.
You can easily detect abdominal movement now.

Fri Jan 18  –
Sat Feb 2 
Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm                                                   water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the                                                nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.

Mon Jan 28 –
Thu 31 
Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.

Tue Jan 29  You might want to start taking the dams rectal                                                       temperature each morning and evening.

Fri Feb 1  Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the                                                           dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average.                                        Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day.                                                Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young                                              to survive.

This javascript was originally designed by Suzan van Prooijen at the Cattery El Sham’s Pregnancy Calendar version 1.8
rewritten for a canine by Debra L Jensen Copyright © 1996&1997 Suzan van Prooijen, Cattery El Sham – The Netherlands

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Update on My Own Havanese Family

Here are some photos I took the other day of the five Havanese in my life.  Maxi’s puppy, Digger, (formerly Burst) lives with my daughter on the weekends and with me during the week so he doesn’t have to be cooped up while she’s at work. Lily is the girl I bought from Kathy Ambler. And, of course, Phoebe, Maxi and Marli are my older girls.

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