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Comedy Hour at the Vet’s Office

Oh, boy!  It is so refreshing to have a vet with a sense of humor! We took Charlie in for her ultrasound but at the last minute, decided instead to do a radio-graph.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a radio-graph is an x-ray.  It is more accurate than an ultrasound when attempting to determine the number of puppies.


So there we were, Bryan, Charlie & I, waiting for the film to develop when Dr. Anwar comes in with a grave look on his face. He puts the film up, I peer at the classic back-lit grey and white image to see…nothing. No little skeletons on the film as I expected.

Dr. Anwar: “So…there is nothing here.  Just gas bubbles.”
Me: “What?”
Dr. Anwar:  “Yeah…no puppies.”

My mind is reeling at this point – How come she’s so huge? This isn’t my first rodeo. I know what a bitch in whelp looks like. I felt the pups move. How could this be?  Then it clicked…my vet was pulling a fast one on me!  I’m sure the clients in the waiting room thought we were having a party when they heard the raucous laughter coming from our treatment room.  I rewarded my vet with a playful punch to the arm.  What a stinker!  I’m still laughing about it as I write this post.  I have to admit that we deserved the prank as we are constantly joking with the staff and doctors at the clinic.

It is bizarre to see an x-ray that disputes your every known fact.  My brain was sounding warning bells and whistles… shouting in loud-speaker fashion: “Does not compute. Does not compute.”   This was an event worthy of blog sharing for sure!

So here is the reality: Charlie’s actual film shows 6 puppies.  I wont be surprised if there is an extra one or two hiding in there but the film was clear so it is likely 6.  If you are interested in one of Charlie’s pups, please visit our ADOPT A PUPPY page to download the forms you will need.

In the meantime, Charlie is loving her comfy whelping pool and continues to receive extra doses of affection and those comforting belly rubs she so adores. As for Dr. Anwar and his co-hort, Vanessa….good one guys, good one!  You deserve an award for being able to keep a straight face!  lol

charlie collage 2013 july
1) Charlie helps mom stretch her sore back.
2) Sweet faced Charlie                   3)  I`m not fat. I`m preggers      4)  Oh, yeah…luv me some belly rubs.


[Charlie  radiograph puppies prank comedy hour vet]


Mounting Anticipation

photo (62)I don’t know if I have mentioned it or not, but I am a new grandmother: a Meemaw….to a human! lol  My granddaughter was born in June of this year and I am tickled pink with her.  Is there anything more thrilling than holding that new life in your arms? Well…no, but newborn puppies are a firm second.

I was sitting on the sofa this evening with Cocoa and Charlie cuddled up with me.  As I gently stroked Charlie’s belly, I felt her wee babes rolling, kicking and stretching inside her swollen belly.  I just love that feeling.  Charlie was in that quiet place between awake and sleep, opening her eyes only when I stopped petting her.  She’s a real sucker for a belly rub.

Tomorrow, shphoto (68)e will be going in to see the vet for a pre-delivery check up and an ultrasound. While the ultrasounds do not serve as truly accurate devises for head counts, they do show active pups and we can generally get a close estimate.  Charlie is quite large so I would like to make certain we are not dealing with large puppies. Regardless, our vet goes on 24 hr notice and will meet us at the clinic should medical assistance be required.  ALs are easy whelpers for the most part but any dog can succumb to difficulties and I like to be prepared.

I spent the day shopping for last minute necessities and supplies for the delivery. I also set up her little whelping pool (love those things!) right next to my bed.  I really don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight as I am so excited to see the babies on the ultrasound.  They are just so darn cute!!

Until Tomorrow…


Charlie’s Due Date Draweth Nigh

Well, here I am: 11:32 pm on hump day – July 24/13.  Charlie is lying at my feet on the cool kitchen tiles, her belly bulging with growing pups.  She especially loves her belly rubs now and I’m able to detect slight movement.  I will never become accustomed to the miracle of pregnancy and birth.

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I thought I would write a brief update before I call it a day.  It has been a long few weeks as I race against the clock to launch our new website. A lot of work but worth the effort.

Charlie is due on the 1st or 2nd of August and my excitement is growing along with her belly!  She is such a sweet girl and this next week will be one of providing her with extra special attention and affection: they become a bit clingy as their date approaches.  We have things ready for her big day and I continue to keep her and the puppies in my prayers: health, wellness and an easy go of it for Charlie is what I ask.

We have decided on a theme for the litter names but will keep it a secret until delivery is complete and all are settled and well.  If you are interested in a puppy from Charlie and Redford’s mini litter, please see Adopt A Puppy to download the application for adoption forms. As always, feel free to call me with any questions you may have.  I am always up for doodle talk.


Charlie pregnancy Aug 2013