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November 18th, 2009 at 08:42 am

Yesterday was a helluva day. Warning - kinda sad and ranty.

My mom called me around 10AM at work and said she was taking her dog in to get a c-section and it was at 11:15 if I wanted to watch. She just went through a c-section with another dog and when the momma dog came to she tried to bite the pups and wouldn't let them nurse. My mom bottle fed them but they both passed away after four days. This was just a week or so ago so she was pretty shaken up. I went for moral support and also because I have welped about 15 litters with her. So she was told that there were probably 4, maybe 5, pups in her dog. After 5 came out she said 'this must be it' and the vet said 'nope - there are at least that many more to come!' and our jaws dropped LOL. She ended up having 10 pups. One had a cleft palate and ended up passing soon after birth (I have never had to watch a puppy take its last breaths, VERY sad) and another was VERY premie (like 7 oz. and for a german shepherd pup that is TINY). He freaked us out for about a half hour but is now fighting like hell and holding his own. Our breeder said that she has never had that small of a pup make it. So a couple more days will tell. DF and I will be picking out one of the boys - I'm going to watch the premie and see how he grows, that endearing little guy grabbed my heart from the start. So far so good.

I had a skin screening to check out any moles yesterday and everything came out great - apparently I have a 3.5-4% chance of ever developing skin cancer in my lifetime. He said to come back every year or two. Only cost was $30 for a copay and it was well worth it for the peace of mind!

Talked with my boss yesterday as well ... We need to lay someone off because her performance has been VERY lax for months now but my boss is extremely non confrontational. I would be taking over her work and getting that $1200 raise I mentioned before. The boss is going to give her two weeks notice today when she gets in - we will see if that happens. Ha!

Happy hump day!

3 Responses to “Wowza”

  1. fern Says:

    Watching the dog have her litter must've been very interesting; i would've wanted the preemie too.

    For what it's worth, next time around, many community hospitals offer free skin cancer screening clinics, usually in the summer. It would save you the cost of the copay. I've been taking advantage of these clinics for years, as I have very fair skin and thought getting sunburn when i was younger was "healthy."

  2. financeaholic Says:

    thanks for the tip! i'll check around our new neighborhood next summer and see if anything is available!

  3. whitestripe Says:

    my DF's dads dog had an emergency c-section about two months ago. she is a jack russell but very small (was the runt of the litter herself). DF and I have a male jack russell who sired her.
    apparently the first pup got 'stuck'. that one did not make it, but she had two more, a boy and a girl. the girl is a big guts and is about half the size of her mother already! and the boy had a 50-50 chance of surviving when he came out, but he was a tough little one and is now only slightly smaller than the girl. we are getting the boy, very soon, and the girl left last week to go to DF's grandparents. it is so sad for DF's dad to watch the pups go away, he has become quite attached to them.
    it is a very emotional thing to watch and go through, it was nice of you to be there with your mother.

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