So our next three dogs that I have to blog about are Blue, Popeye and Lili. Now I will have to backtrack a bit. If you recall Lulu and Cooter from my previous posts, you will remember that they are female and male. Well despite being together in the same area for like 2 years they failed to get pregnant. People told us that we might have to place a book or step for Cooter to be able to reach Lulu. Well we figured it it happened it would happen. Once we moved down to Brownsville, I am not sure whether it was the country air or if Cooter just had more room, but low and behold Miss Lulu was pregnant.
Well I researched and researched many a website, and educated myself in all things Basset. Towards the end of her pregnancy Lulu was huge, poor baby her tummy would drag on the floor. We had no idea when she was going to go into labor. One of our dear friends,Lili, just so happened to be available to sit with LuLu during the day. She had some prior experience with birthing pups(pugs that is). I really dont know what we would have done without her, to this day we thank her.
Pictured above is Blue and Popeye all growed up
- Blue is the one who was born with the turned tail.
- Popeye got his name becasue he was the strongest pup, and the first to do everything
- Lili originally was given to my Mother and Father in law, but when they moved down to Brownsville from San Antonio we took over Lili becasue we had more yard space for her.
The whole experience of birthing those puppies just goes to prove that you never know what you are capable of until you are put into these kind of situations. "I was up to my elbows in afterbirth"...that is my quote that Imost remember saying or thinking not quite sure which, that night.
Oh and that is probably the last time I breed a dog, it is a whole lot to put not only your momma dog through , but yourself if you are going to be serious about taking good care of her and the pups,a dnthen to find good homes, is another hurdle. So I strongly advise to seriously think not only twice about it, but like a hundred times about it.
I am now a firm believer in spaying and nuetering your dogs and cats.
if anyone has any questions regarding the whelping process and caringof the pups ie.. shots etc, feel free to email me. I am by no means an expert but I do know how much other's experiences aided me.
You can see Blue's tail here, he is the one in the far left of the pic.