They are coming! She is in the doghouse and “unreachable”… so will have to wait until they all arrive before I think she’ll move… She’s very “in the zone”! Stay tuned.
I had hoped to be able to post at least the beginnings of the birth process with Elsa.
The snow storm did arrive, so I rolled out of bed and checked on her first thing. She was definitely nesting. She came out of the dog house long enough to say hello and then returned where she scratched and laid down.
I brought her inside.
Nothing has happened since except for two requests to go outside. After taking her potty stop, she headed to the dog house and the big tank… both times I have retreived her back into the house.
It snows and blows and I want to be a part of this… but it seems like nothing is happening after all.
In an hour and a half, I start teaching…
She’ll have to be on her own.
I know she’s a great mother… but I sure will miss being part of the process! I’ll check about midnight when I finish teaching… and let you know what’s going on… maybe she can put it off until tomorrow????
She is sitting next to me as I type.
Her breathing is faster than normal, due in part to the heat of the house, but part is the squirming mass within her.
Elsa is the jealous type. The one dog that will push others out of the way to get a pat if she thinks I’m not paying attention.
Elsa is the quintessential English Shepherd “leaner”. My recliner seems to pant from her breathing and leaning into it.
The whelping “box” is ready in Daniel’s room.
The dog house in the wood shed has a new arrangement with surrounding straw bales to protect and contain the new pups.
A snow storm is on its way… predicting 6 inches here. Hopefully we won’t get more like the 20″ they predict for Laramie, or the 24″ they predict for the Black Hills. Time will tell if the drop in barometric pressure will affect her like it does cows…
We’re on the downhill slide… two days and counting!