Strange happenings here. Suddenly this white box has appeared - what can it be?
I had a look through the window - is that my furry bedding in there?
Open sesame - the door lifts up - and that IS my furry bedding in there!
I checked it carefully - definitely my bedding.
Then Leigh tells me it's a Whelping Box ....which is..? 'For when you have puppies' Do I remember anyone telling me about this...mm maybe...and is that why I've been feeling decidedly seedy this past week and my waistline has been growing a bit (I thought it was because of too many treats over Christmas). Oh no - I'm not feeling like having my picture taken now!
In fact I think I might not want my picture taken for a very long time...
More detail from Leigh:
We are now 38 days from when Magic was mated and the signs are positive that she is pregnant. She definitely looks a bit stouter and we have cut the hair from her chest and tummy as her nipples have grown larger and the breast tissue is swelling. She is sleeping a lot more and she also has a clear discharge which our 'breeding Bible' The Book of the Bitch says is a fairly reliable indicator of pregnancy.. The usual length of pregnancy in dogs is around 63 days which means Magic should be due around the second week in March. We have set up the whelping box for her to become used to it before the time and are busy accumulating newspapers and an assortment of equipment in optimism! More to come on this front over the nest few weeks ..