December 28th, 2010

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*gets ready to hand out the cigar shaped doggy treats*

Molly finally went into labor last night but the poor dog is so restless its driving everyone nuts. She keeps pacing and panting and digging at the bedding, and doesn't seem comfortable even in the area she chose to birth the pups. She actually has two areas she's favoring: one in Mom's bedroom, the other is the loveseat in the living room (we've sectioned that off so no one goes near it and have it covered in a bunch of old towels and blankets to keep it clean and to keep the pups from going down into the cracks if she ends up having them there.) I know we should get her to stay in the bedroom but this bitch is over 100 lbs and there's no way to really control her movements. It's like trying to force a mule to go where you want.

We're keeping an eye on her in case we need to take a trip to the vet. When I'd first told mom about problems that American Bulldogs can have with birth (needing a possible c-section because of the pups heads) she said that the daddy was probably a pitbull since that's all that the people had where she'd gotten Molly. So hopefully the pups will be manageable without needing a c-section.

I told S that she should prepare herself in case she needs to reach up inside of Molly to help a pup out and she turned a lovely shade of green, stating 'screw that, I'm not putting my hand up there!' Mom and I laughed and Mom told her: like I told Shannon (that's me for those not in the know) when her dog went into labor when she was a kid, it's your dog, it's your responsibility...I've helped birth my own pets when I was a kid and I'm not doing it again. That's when S' eyes proceeded to practically pop out of her head. Don't worry, if things go south and S panics too much due to her 'delicate sensibilities' Mom and I will help Molly and her pups out.

We'll all just be so glad when these pups are born because poor Molly hasn't been able to lay down comfortably for a couple weeks and teets look more like utters swaying in the wind. Plus, we're tired of Molly peeing everywhere. Doesn't matter if we'd just walked her (which has been done every hour), she comes in and pees (usually on one of the kid's beds) and Mom and I are tired of having to wash bedsheets and scrubbing beds every day. LOL Molly's pregnancy has surprised me and Mom because its seemed different than all of the other dogs we had to deal with when they were preggers and given birth, but then they were little dogs. Mom said that with the Doberman and the German Shepherd we'd owned when I as a kid were different because the dogs went off by themselves in the back of the house and had their pups without any indication that they were even in labor.

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And We Have Achieved Birth!

And the first puppy has arrived! Molly decided to forgo the other two places she chose to give birth and is currently between the couch and loveseat and working on pushing out puppy #2. He or She came out very easily and has a black coat, and actually smaller than I expected and I'm wondering if she's not going to have more than the 8 that I'd guessed (I'd read that she could have up to 14.)

Be expecting piccies once all the kids have decided to out and play. :D

eta: puppy #3 is coming and so far they're all black.

eta 2: It's 3:02pm and she's on pup #5. So far everyone is doing good.

eta 3: 3:53 - #7 just made her presence known. #6 so far looks to be the runt and was born in the bag but Momma took care of that quickly. We've got 4 boys and 3 girls so far

eta 4: it's 7:00pm and we think Molly has had the last one. She's still panting hard but she's finally started drinking water again. After #8 we figured she was going to have one more but nothing happened then Molly walked around a little bit before laying back down. S found #9 in the hallway in front of her bedroom door still in the birth bag (there were actually two bags around the pup). Mom told me to cut the bag off of the pup, move Molly away from the other pups, and see if Molly would 'take care of it' herself, she did - Collapse ) S got sick, not knowing that dogs did that with their young. Given the fact that Molly hadn't moved since she started pushing I'm pretty sure that this one was stillborn and she knew it and wanted to have it away from the others. So we've got 5 boys and 3 girls, all of the black with a few white markings on either their face or chest.

eta 5: 7:44pm - I spoke too soon. She just had (technically) #10. It was also born in the bag and we had to help rip it but Molly took care of the rest herself. It looked kind of dicey at first on whether she'd clear the airway quickly enough but she did good.

HH has rocked the house during all of this because she's pretty much stayed at Molly's side during most of the birthing. And it's not even her dog! Mom said that she can have choice of the litter since we have to find a new home for Goldie.

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Puppy Pic!

Okay, looks like Molly had one more in her because after I did my last update on the previous post she popped out #12 at 8:15pm. This one was also born in the bag but HH quickly got it off her. We almost lost this one because Molly wanted to clean herself off instead of the pup but HH kept putting the pup in front of her face and Molly started cleaning the pup's face before it died (this is why I didn't update that last post in case it passed away or she had another).

I took some pictures when there was only 8 pups but I haven't been able to get a clear shot (Molly keeps putting her big head in the way) for all 11. I'm glad this is over with and I know I'm not the only one.

Poor Molly is wore the heck out.



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