Wednesday, August 31, 2022
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller
First, I want to thank everyone who sent texts, emails, and cards to wish me happy birthday!
August has been a crazy month.
Have you ever had one of those weeks (or months) when, looking back, you wondered what you did and where the hours/days/weeks went? That is what happened to me in August. I visited family in Florida to help with our two grandsons while our daughter recovered from a surgery. The boys were a lot of fun and then it was time to go home and when I got here, all I could think was the half the month was gone and I had accomplished nothing.
I had escaped from the terrible reality and trauma surrounding the birth of Winter's puppy. He was born on the Friday before I had to leave for my trip. Winter's labor was hard and not much was happening. The puppy was stuck in the birth canal. I called our vet's office at 1:00 to ask for help and was told by the person answering the phone that she was out to lunch and they were very busy but she could get me in at 4:30 if I wanted an appointment. I still get hot even remembering that call! 4:30 was hours away.
The puppy was finally born, a male, but he died. Oh the hot tears of sorrow, frustration, and anger all mixed together!! He was a huge puppy - over 9 ounces. He was a beautiful boy with gold color and white markings on his feet and face. I Knew we should have had a C section earlier in the week, but Winter's progesterone was at 8 and, for that reason, the vet thought we should wait. As traumatic as it was, I am glad I was there. It would have been awful for Lynn to face that alone.
If you are one of those people who think breeding and raising puppies is easy, think again. There are constant worries from pre-breeding through whelping. Then different worries crop up as the puppies grow. Are they all eating? Is their mom taking care of them? Is their mom eating well enough? Is the smallest puppy getting pushed away from the nipple? Will I be able to find good homes for each puppy? The list goes on.
And some might say, "Well, look at the money you make off those puppies!" To that I say, "Let me show you my vet bills!"
Just an FYI:
If you have traveled lately with your dog, you know that most hotels/motels are charging ridiculous amounts for your dog to stay with you, in addition to their already high prices. Isn't inflation wonderful??! Anyway, if you feel like staying at a Red Roof Inn, here is some information that will save you some money.
And here is Jaxon