The time has come to tell my story again.
I can only tell the honest truth.
I try to stay happy and optimistic like a Golden should but I must admit last year was hard.
We lost Rockin’ Roy and 2 other main players at Sun Dog. My adored uncles Lassen and Yolo.
Mama Jo wanted me to have puppies last year too.
I did my best to make her wish happen but it was not meant to be.
I guess I was not myself with all the sadness going on.
It is hard to be joyful and think about new life in the mist of death and suffering.
Besides Mama Jo would have had to help me with puppies.
And that would have taken her away from caring for Rockin’ Roy.
But this year things have changed.
Spring has sprung.
The trees are blooming, the birds are singing and I got BABIES coming!!
Let me tell you my story.
The time had come.
I had that weird feeling going on inside me.
You know….. when the babies are coming.
I had to find a place to give birth and to take care of my babies.
It had to be somewhere safe away from predators.
Under the hot tub seemed perfect.
I had it all figured out.
But Mama Jo disagreed.
She insisted I come inside.
So like a good Golden I complied.
Up on the bed I went.Mama Jo sat with me while I was laboring.
I love it that she stays with me when I am going through a big thing like this.
She knows we are in this together.
Part of being successful at laboring is to conserve your energy between contractions.
I’m good at conserving energy.Sleeping almost anytime comes easy to me.
I’m a dog.But then things got serious.
I got right into the whelping box just like Mama Jo told me to.
I felt secure in there.
A girl needs security when she is about to spill stuff out of her body.
I felt the need for heavy panting.
It came natural to me.
I needed to get my tongue in shape for all the hard work ahead.I needed to hunker down. I felt a little panicky.
Like how do I get out of this?
Mama Jo told me it would all be over soon.But I could not control myself.
I needed to paw at anything in site.
I needed this weird awful feeling to be gone.I needed to push, bear down, get the babies out!I felt my pushing was successful.
I knew a baby was coming out soon so I had to check down there.
Darn it. No babies yet. Even with all that pushing.
I wanted to hang my head into the shadows.
Sometimes you feel out of control in labor and you want to give up.
But Mama Jo was getting all the tools of our trade out so I knew she was right.
The babies will come. It will all be over soon.
Thank god for Mama Jo.
What would I do without her?
Before all the babies came Mama Jo had to check on the other two whining at the door.
They still need to be taken care of too.
As usual my canine mom wants to know what is going on.
She already knows what is going on!
She has been through this more times than me.
A baby Sun Dog. Before I knew it I had five.
Controversial Photo ALERT
You may want to close your eyes and scroll a bit.
This may shock you that Mama Jo took a photo of my stillborn pup.
Mama Jo takes pictures of everything.
I delivered her right after the photo above this one was taken.
She was pink and perfect but she never took a breath.
I licked her like a good mama should but I could not get her to take a breath.
After me Mama Jo worked on her for what seems like too long of a time.
To try to get her breathing.
She wanted her to grow into a big dog Sun Dog like me .
To be a joy in someone’s life.
But it was not meant to be.
Mama Jo named her Little Angel and says God took her to Rockin’ Roy in heaven.
Rockin’ Roy adored all the puppies but the little females where his favorites.When all was said and done I ended up with seven baby Sun Dogs.
I was tired.
I was not too sad about loosing Little Angel.
She was my gift to Rockin’ Roy.
Plus I already had plenty of babies to take care of.Mama Jo had to let in my mom and aunt in our room to meet the new Sun Dogs. As usual my mom, Miss Maisie Rose, got a little jealous over the fact that I have the babies and she does not.
But I feel a little sorry for her too.
Having babies is a special time that ever mother cherishes.
And my canine mama suffered big losses last year like we all did.This is my official “All Done!” photo.
You may notice I have a little leprechaun amongst my babies.
If I must explain I’ll just say it is a rare natural phenomena with light puppies.
My baby sac and placenta was tinted green with stuff called biliverdin.
So my baby got stained green.
I really don’t care and either does Mama Jo.
He’s happy and healthy and we know the green tint will fade away.
Here I am getting my first meal after birth.
I let Mama Jo know I would not be leaving the whelping box for a while so she gave me breakfast in bed.
I felt kinda weird eating laying down but it worked. I felt satiated after my meal and so did my babies.Mama Jo had to put her foot down making me getting out of the whelping box for a linen change.
At first I was upset and so were my babies.
But we all settled right down.
Got babies. Got milk. Got green.
Got a great life.
Stay tuned for more Sun Dog Baby Tails coming soon.