October 27, 2009
I've been meaning to post some of these pictures. We had a Chihuahua Wedding in March, "for the kids". One of the homeschool dads, a pastor of a nearby church (although, they've moved since--we miss them!), performed the ceremony.
"Will you, Contessa Theresa Magdalena Benita ______ take Bubba Smith as your lawfully wedded husband?"
"With this Paw, I thee wed!" (courtesy bethro78)
In July, Tess went into heat and they celebrated their honeymoon, LOL! And 62 days later, she had four darling puppies. I will try to upload their pictures at some point~they are on a disposable camera that I need to put on a disk. The first three pups were born within 20 minutes of each other, and then we thought she was finished (this was between 2-3 a.m.). She cleaned them up, laid down, and nursed them. Around 5 a.m., I was afraid that maybe a placenta was stuck, and called an emergency vet. The woman who manned their answering service told me to rub a little Karo syrup on her gums (Chihuahuas are susceptible to low blood sugar) and that would stimulate her to deliver the placenta. I followed her directions (they never did call me back, by the way), and about five minutes later, Tess perked up and pushed out another puppy! We were shocked! At first I thought it was dead...well, I thought that about each puppy as they were born, lol. But Tess was trying to break the sack open, and I trusted her instincts, so I started helping her (I actually helped her with each sack because she would start around their tummies, and I wanted their mouths/noses cleared first!), and the pup stretched her front legs and opened her mouth! We were so happy! And tired!!
I vowed that I would never do that again, but we have had so many friends/family ask for puppies, that I might change my mind...