Musings Part 10 – Letting Go

September 25th, 2010

Today is probably the hardest day of all as my first breeding experience comes to a close. After running on the two girls to 4 months old, and trying to make the right decision, my heart broke as I handed over my little Party Girl to her new people. They will give her a fantastic home, and I have no doubts in my mind that she will be happy and loved and spoiled absolutely rotten, as is the right of a whippet Read More...

Musings Part 9 – Leaving the Nest

September 25th, 2010

This whole experience has been a whirlwind. Only a moment ago these were teeny tiny helpless babies, and now they’re all little people ready to head out to a brave new world. Diamond Boy is the first to go just a few days before Christmas. Tracy and Dawn (Teya’s breeder) come down the night before to help evaluate the puppies and ensure that the right pup goes to the right home Read More...

Musings Part 8 – Time Flies

September 25th, 2010

Well it’s finally time to pick up where we left off before Chelsea and Savannah’s story. All I can say is that if I thought time dragged and dragged while waiting for puppies to arrive, boy does it fly after they get here. As my dear friend Patience said on one of our updates on the whippet boards it’s “amazing the time which can evaporate while you watch little things breathe!” Never was a truer word spoken Read More...

Musings Part 7 – Chelsea & Savannah’s Story

September 25th, 2010

Within a couple of weeks of Teya’s mating I believe that Chelsea and Savannah know something’s up. Even though we can’t see any sign of pregnancy, their behaviour changes. It doesn’t change so much in their actions toward Teya as it does in their personalities in general. As the pregnancy progresses, each of them steadily reverts back to their puppyhood Read More...

Musings Part 6 – Day 66-67: Bittersweet Reality

September 25th, 2010

Going into this there were a few things I KNEW. I knew that whippets were relatively easy whelpers. Had this not been the case I never would have considered it, even for a second. My girls are too important to me to knowingly take that kind of risk. I also knew that no matter how careful you are ‘stuff happens’ so it wasn’t without any risk Read More...

Musings Part 5 – Day 63-66: Countdown & The Beginning

September 25th, 2010

Day 63 – Countdown Waiting, waiting and more waiting. Teya is NOT coming early after all as I feared last week at this point. Instead she is going to bake those buns in her oven until they are well and truly cooked. And she is thoroughly enjoying watching me slowly lose my mind, and even adds a few tricks to help it along its way faster Read More...

Musings Part 4 – Day 59: Waiting…

September 25th, 2010

Hmm, maybe I’ve been counting wrong. Today is day 60 if I counted the day of breeding as Day 1 (which I was), but the charts say Saturday is day 63, and that’s when she’s due – and since today is only Tuesday turns out I've been off a day, and have had to go back and re-date my musings and all the photos Read More...

Musings Part 3 – Day 47: The Transformation

September 25th, 2010

Teya has a wonderful sense of humour. All my dogs do, actually, but Teya in particular is using hers now, especially after deciding I’m the Worst Whippet Mummy in the World. The evening after I write my last Musings, Tracy drops in for a quick visit. She hasn’t seen Teya for a week and she notices a difference immediately ‘Oh Wendy she’s HUGE!’ I’m not really convinced, but then I see her every day, so the changes are hardly visible to me Read More...

Musings Part 2 – Day 40: The Worst Most Evil Whippet Mummy in the World EVER!

September 25th, 2010

I think I must be the Worst, Most Evil Whippet Mummy in the World EVER (well according to Teya anyway). Teya is a little tart dog – we’ve always known that - she'll flash her tushy at anything that moves, whether she's in season or out.  So we finally took her to have her boy.  First she snapped at him, but the second she clued into what was going on she was like ‘well come on then – none of that mushy stuff – I don’t need courting, forget the sweet kisses, just get it on will you!?' Now what’s cruel about this you may wonder – well because of my sciatica we had to have ‘strangers’ involved so there was an audience for her indignity Read More...

Musings Part 1 – Day 37

September 25th, 2010

So here we are at 5 weeks now.  I feel like I've been through the mill.  First my sciatica goes right at the time we're supposed to breed Teya, and we have to make the decision to go ahead or not.  We do, and it goes well (PHEW).  Now for the waiting period.  The books (and Karen Lee's excellent article which I have handy right by the computer) all say you'll see nothing really for weeks except small changes, and perhaps some mood changes Read More...