Anyway I figured an explanation of sorts was in order since some of you may have noticed a change in Jess's due date.
Due dates are of course a guesstimate ... a textbook generality based on an average gestation period for dogs of 63 days. Jess historically cuts that short by a few however, so my personal guesstimate is May 10th... or maybe the 9th. We'll soon see how well I know my girl.
Anyway, as I prepare to prepare for pups I figured now was a good time to give everyone a run down of what to expect going forward. Some of you have watched previous litters come up but some are pretty new on the scene.
In about a week I'll be setting up a whelping box along side my bed so Majestic has a chance to get comfortable with the area she will whelp and then tend to, for the first 3-4 weeks, her pups. To date, I've not missed the birth of a litter and don't expect to miss this one either. Occasionally I'll be awakened by the first squeal of a pup but I'm up for the duration after that.
There will be lots of photos and updates along the way including some descriptions of what the pups are doing from day to day and week to week. Generally speaking I'm pretty quick to start blogging once pups arrive but give mom and pups a day or so to settle in before doing a complete linen change and obtaining first weights. Following the first, weights are measured and posted weekly. Doing so is more for my own knowledge and assurance that no one pup or pups are falling behind.