They all made it! That x-ray was both exciting and frightening, and we still had an expected due date of Feb. 9. But at 8:30 Wednesday morning, she was ready. The first four came within 90 minutes, and she was done by 4:30. It was both a sprint and a marathon. Käthe never had a real pause, and then she was suddenly in charge of 10 screaming little buggers. But she is handling it herself, insisting we not interfere. Which is good. We don't need to handle her newborns too much, and she needs to do this herself.
Luckily, wonderfully, we awoke to ten puppies still alive and feeding. Today has been a mix of cries, suckling, quick food and bathroom breaks for Käthe and bedding exchange/box cleaning for us, and repeat. We couldn't be happier for her. 10 is so many and this was so confusing and frightening for her too. But she's doing it. And we will take all the hope you have that all puppies and mother stay healthy.
And what's the count? Admittedly, I might have misidentified a wet, recently licked clean black and tan dog for a black one, and there is no need to stress her too much by handling her puppies, but we're pretty certain of the following: Four Black Females; Three Black & Tan Females; Two Black Males; One Black & Tan Male.
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Thanks. Congratulations Käthe!