With fall in full swing we are anxiously awaiting the autumn litter's arrival! We visited the doctor this afternoon for an X-ray to determine a more precise number of pups that we can anticipate. It looks as though the X-ray confirms there are indeed 10 puppies. They are all approximately the same size, and as far as the veterinarian could tell they all looked healthy.
For now, Shiloh is growing rounder and rounder day by day- or it seems hour by hour. She looks as though she is ready for these puppies to come at any moment, but pups are almost always born very close to their expected due date. When progesterone testing has been performed to determine the date of ovulation, one can be relatively certain (within a few days) when labor will begin.
We are preparing our home for the wonderful arrival, by getting all of our whelping supplies in order, and assembling the beautiful whelping box that my amazing husband custom built for our litters of sweet little puppies. I do believe it is the finest whelping box in existance... Plus it is beautiful! It only seems fitting to have a special environment for such a lovely process like birth. There is nothing that compares to witnessing the miracle of new life coming into the world. We are so eager to meet all of these precious puppies!