Friday, March 23, 2012

We Welcome The Heart Litter!

Yesterday Chex had quite a day.   She started with slight contractions around 1:30 pm and was slow in starting.  We saw the first pup, Miss Pink, at 4:07.  Everything went really smoothly with the first five pups, but by 8:00 it was clear we might have a serious problem.  A phone call to my wonderful veterinarian, Kevin Cummins, was followed by a trip to the hospital to evaluate what was happening.  After an ultrasound and x-ray we knew that the stuck pup was big and was trying to come through the birth canal upside down.  Trying to rotate him was not working, so we had to do a C-section if we wanted to save one, if not both, of the remaining pups.  So off to the OR they went, while Jim, Lise, Cindy and I waited with Mark, Dr. Cummins' son.   In a fairly short time we heard voices from the back room and were able to watch Alex and Marco work on both pups.   I can tell you there is nothing sweeter than the sound of screaming puppies!   Dr. Cummins came out while later and introduced us to "the cute couple," Mr. Teal and Miss Olive.   Chex came around well enough for us all to head home by 12:30 and she settled in nicely with her pups.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce the Heart litter:

Miss Pink, born at 4:07 pm, weighing in at 16 oz
Miss Black, born at 4:25, weighing in at 16 1/8 oz
Mr. Rust, born at 5:25, weighing in at 16 1/8 oz
Miss Rainbow, born at 6:00, weighing in at 15 1/8 oz
Miss Plum, born at 6:30, weighing in at 16 3/8 oz
Mr. Teal, born at 9:50, via C-section, weighing in at 18 3/8 oz
Miss Olive, born at 9:50 via C-section, weighing in at 16 1/2oz

Thanks to Dr. Cummins, Alex and Marco for being there for me, Chex and her two pups.   Thanks to Mark Cummins for keeping us company while we waited!   To Cindy Groveman, thanks for being the calm presence during the entire experience.  To Phyllis Covino, thanks for staying with Scoop and the Country Music litter while we all headed off to the hospital.   To Andy Chmar, thank you for putting up with the texts and phone calls during your anniversary dinner with Gayle.

I am uploading photos and video shortly - so enjoy!!!


Deb said...

So glad everyone is healthy and fine! Those pups were so big! And what would a major event in Andy and Gayle's life be without some dog/puppy/breeding interruptions? Bless Andy!

Joyce Davis said...

I read your words with a lump in my throat and a big smile and sigh of relief when there was the sweet sound of puppies screaming.
These are big puppies and Mr Teal is really big. So glad that Chex is doing well.
Now we can all rest easy and watch them grow.

Hugs to one and all.


sionag black said...

I am SO relieved to hear how well everything turned out!! You will all need a big, long rest about two months from now, Chex and Scoop included.

Kathy said...

Glad things went OK and yay for all those girls! :)