She was 12 of 12 in her litter so this didn't shock me too much and according to my information, it actually can be a positive thing for her even though it will be a lot of work. I read that the more puppies there are, the smaller they are and the easier they are to birth... less likely to get stuck. She is a good bit smaller than Jazz so I was concerned her puppies could be big ones and difficult for her... especially for a first litter.
I started taking her temperature daily this week. It hovers around 100-101. When it starts to drop it will be one more signal that we are about to get to work and witness a miracle.
I put the whelping box together last night... all by myself. I have to say THAT was a miracle because I can't put anything together! I get all the parts and screws mixed up and have to do it backwards multiple times before I succeed... if I ever do. I am hopeless on Christmas Eve. Just let me encourage you and pour the wine!
Anyway, it was fairly easy. I bought it on line and was surprised to discover it didn't have a bottom. Because I am placing it in a room with carpeting, I will get some plywood and a piece of linoleum to put underneath... that will be this weeks project as well as assembling a warming box for the pups.
My whelping kit is all together... got that on line too. (Canine Breeding Innovations out of Georgia) It has everything in it and made life a bit easier to have it sent to me as opposed to running all over with a check list. I have been quite busy the last two weeks with the opening of a show I helped direct (Kentucky Cycle at Bainbridge Performing Arts), several auditions and new head shots. (John Ulman, Seattle... thanks John!)
Well... moving into a new day. I will try to take pictures today of the things I bought and post them. You can investigate the products then if you are interested. Have a Great Wednesday!