Anyway, at the end of the day, I had to make some disappointing calls and inform those who had planned to collect their pups today that it was a no go. Some had rearranged work schedules for the event, others had long drives that had to be planned in advance. And all, of course, were looking forward to acclimating their new family member to their homes. With the news, my apologies too were offered. But... health first. And once again, I find myself drawing on my nursing skills with nine pups to treat for infection as well as administering the standard post procedural meds to the five pups who were cropped. While it's slightly different administering drugs to pups than it is to people, the whole process certainly brings back the memories. Schedules, weight based dosage, calculations etc. all very familiar. With a background in healthcare I'm usually pretty quick to pick up on things that "just don't seem right" were health is concerned. Lot's of experience with that sort of thing. The pups have suffered from intermittent loose stools but as previously mentioned, that in and of itself isn't what I would consider uncommon. Quite common actually and most definitely not a medical emergency. If they had not been otherwise happy and active pups maybe I would have known prior to the implementation of the microscope and a delay could have been prevented. A delay rather than obviously sick pups though is certainly my preference. Pretty sure all puppy parents would agree. Tomorrow we welcome those who want to come visit their pups to break up the wait. A couple will make the trip... most will hold off until Monday with the hope a clean bill of health is granted. Following the recheck Monday, if we get the green light, I can only assume the pups going for crop Tuesday will get a green light too! Updates and hopefully some decent photos of the cone-heads to follow. I wish it would warm up! We're all missing our outside time! Probably no one more than me.