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 Our Border Collie litter

Brought to you by

HENRY

DAM : BORDER COLLIE X KELPIE

JACK

SIRE: TRI-COLOUR BORDER COLLIE (on sheepdog register)

Together they made 6 of these!

BORN: 28 JANUARY 2020

CONCEPTION TO BIRTH


What a fantastic journey of discovery it has been since the DATE the deed was done and Henry-Dog got preggers!
I am a huge supporter of sterilising your dogs at 6 months of age.
For various reasons we did NOT do this.
Henry-Dog
She was collected from a plot where she was not "fitting in" at the age of 6 months. She was in excellent health but needed a lot of
TLC to build her confidence and gain her trust.
She was "supposed" to be my dog after the sad goodbye I had to say to my heart dog Midas (Australian Shepherd).
Henry had other ideas though and decided that Jonathan was HER HOOMAN!
We delayed her spay so that she could adjust to her new home without the extra stress of surgery.
Jack
Born 11 January
It was my plan to neuter the man at around 9 months because of all the sport and Agility fun that we are hoping to do together.
There are many articles on the effects of bone density and skeletal development with regards to the effect neutering has on the way your dog grows.
Neutering male dogs appears to have a more dramatic effect on body and mind development.
LINKS BELOW TO BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN

https://dogsfirst.ie/health-issues/dog-neutering/

https://www.hillspet.co.za/dog-care/routine-care/benefits-of-neutering-a-dog

Seriously !! NOTE We are very responsible with our dogs and have crates and separator fences and gates to deal with a usually large compliment of dogs. Some are here for inboard training and need to be kept in separate areas. We thought......
We've GOT this!
We CAN do THIS!
The universe had other plans, we managed rather well for 2 weeks but at the peak of Henry's fertility there was a very sneaky escape!
Literally lost sight of Henry for 30 seconds. I cannot possibly use any more exclamation marks!!!!!
I wish I had a camera handy to film Jonathan’s impersonation of a grizzly bear when he spotted the buggers "joined" in the back yard.
BUT the deed was done.
So PLEASE don't think that it is an easy task to keep your intact bitch from falling pregnant.
NO there is no spray, pill or syrup that will keep male dogs away.
Yes, your vet can give your dog meds to stop the heat cycle but ALL vets will tell you its not the best option.
NO, DO NOT INJECT YOUR DOG WITH HUMAN CONTRACEPTIVES!
YES, males will for kilometres around know your dog is in season and will go to great lengths to break in to get to her.
YES, your female will try and escape confinement to mate!
So be advised SPAY/NEUTER your dogs. It is ultimately your decision but be aware of the risks and consequences.
My philosophy on this "accident" is that if I cannot ensure that our pups go to a good home where there has been a home check, I will keep the pups myself. I will take full RESPONSIBILITY so ensure our pups grow up safe, happy, well trained and LOVED above all.

NOTE: My personal preference for pet DOGS is SPAY AND NEUTER AT 6 MONTHS

CONCEPTION TO WEEK 3

Once the sperm from the male dog fertilizes the egg of the female, it just takes 12 hours for the cells to begin dividing, initiating the development process.
This four-celled being quickly multiplies to 64 cells, ready to form a head and spine.
During this phase of about 9 weeks, which may last anywhere between 55 to 66 days, the puppies are formed inside the mother’s womb.

 

WEEK 4

The foetus continues to multiply and develop, and at week 4 it grows a head, eyes and its first vertebrae. At this point, the dog foetus has nearly tripled in size and has already grown to 15 mm, or as big as a hazelnut.
The foetus also develops its organs and can be seen in an ultrasound at the vet’s surgery.

WEEK5-6

During weeks 5 and 6, the foetus starts to look more like a puppy, with toes, nails and whiskers. The foetus’s organs have completely developed, along with its skin colour. At the six-week mark, the foetus has sex organs and begins to develop into either a male or a female.

WEEK 7-8

Starting at week 7, the soon-to-be-pup’s skeleton has developed completely, and may be seen clearly by ultrasound. In preparation for the birth, the mother will start to develop a bald spot on her stomach so that her pup can easily find where to feed from her nipples.

WEEK 9

From day 57, the beginning of Week 9, the puppy can safely be born, although it will usually wait until 60 to 63 days. Not all puppies are born with the coat collar of adulthood. 
Henry's pups were born with pink noses that started to progressively turn black

 

 

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