Early Labor Signs
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Early Labor Signs

Our gang getting ready to meet the puppies.Here are our little ones anxiously awaiting the arrival of Shiloh's little ones! Shiloh is huge and we are sure she is showing some signs of the early stages of labor. She has been panting throughout the night and all day today. She also has been "nesting" by investigating different locations inside and outside of our home to use as her nest- none of which are nearly as nice as her lovely whelping box! We will see to it that ultimately she labors in the home, but it is very common for dogs to go off and find a private secluded area in which to birth the litter. The biggest development is that Shiloh has been refusing food!!! That is a big deal, and it is a very accurate sign that labor should be getting underway within the next 24 to 48 hours.
 
Shiloh is growing larger with each passing moment.We are trying to get extra rest and tidy up the home so that we can devote our undivided attention to the whelping and first days of life for each of the puppies. Their most vulnerable time is right after birth. The pups are small and helpless with little ability to regulate their own body temperature. We will be encountering many sleepless nights ahead... so now is the time to get some rest and prepare for the big event. I think I am nesting just as much as Shiloh!
 
Shiloh resting in the laundry that I am trying to get done before the puppies arrive!We have been taking Shiloh's temperature twice a day for the last few days, and although she is showing some signs of impending labor her temperature has not yet dropped as a concrete indicator. I will write more as labor draws closer, but for now I'm going to go tidy up my nest- and then get some rest just like mama Shiloh!

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aMBER on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:38 AM
I think it is so incredibly neat that you keep up with journals letting the "people" (ones that are looking to purchase a pup) in the loop. I have enjoyed reading your journal entries, and I have also e-mailed you to find out a little more info on your upcoming litter. You guys look like a great breeding home. all the work you put into your pups shows how comitted you are to seeing the pups get the best up on best care through the years and help out the soon to be owner's with he process of making the transition that much easier. Thanks for all the great work you do* It's breeders like you that the world needs more of*~
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Joy on Saturday, October 15, 2011 6:19 PM
Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement!

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