For those excited people waiting to hear how Cruz is doing, she is just days away from whelping. Something that is so exciting for you is incredibly stressful for me. I don't mean to rain on your parade. I still want you to be excited and jumping for joy! But I would appreciate all your prayers and good thoughts. There are so many dangers that non-breeders do not know about. Dead puppies, stuck puppies, deformed puppies, sick puppies, all these things can cause death to the Mom. It is not a job for the weak of heart. When I get phone calls asking for breeding dogs I know that 90% or more have absolutely no idea what they are getting into. And that's one of the reasons why I won't sell breeding dogs.
So why do I put my dogs and myself through the stress and dangers? Because I want people to have partners. Because without a K9 partner their lives are missing something extraordinary. Whether the K9 partner is a PTSD dog (there are 2 going for that job) or a service dog (1 from this litter) or a family protector, they are all extremely important jobs. These dogs will fill a void in someone's life that they may not even know they had! If their dog can bring them 1/10th the joy my dog's have given me, I'd be happy! I live for my dogs, and they live for me. It's a perfect partnership!
Cruz is due on the 15th but she has delivered her 2 previous litters 4-5 days early. Of course she could surprise me and be late too! I'm trying to go to bed early in anticipation of a possible 48 hour stint but I'm not always successful. And even if I do I'm sleeping with one eye open watching and listening for signs of Cruz starting labour.
So please send prayers and well wishes our way. I will keep you informed as I can.
PS I know I'm way, way behind on my emails! I took 10 days off from the computer as my one and only vacation this year. I was here, taking care of the critters, but I needed a break from the computer. I'm heading into my 6th decade in a few weeks and I'm just not savvy enough to keep all forms of communication going. I don't know how they do it without getting burnt out. And maybe they are! But I'm slowly catching up on the emails so I thank you for your patience. Again!
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