Puppies a little sooner than planned??

It was half expected as Eliza came into season a couple of months early, but Dime is also now in season and this brings forward my plans for her last litter. This time she will hopefully be visiting a cracking blue boy from a good show line. I hope to keep a puppy from this mating in order to continue my silver line. Pictures and further details of the sire will become available once everything is confirmed.

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A little earlier than expected!

For the last 17 years my girls have been very dependable with their seasons always going at least 7 months between their seasons, often going 8 or 9 months, but Eliza has now broken that unwritten rule and has had her second season just 6 months from her first. Whilst this is not a problem, especially as she is too young to even consider mating her, it does mean that I am left wondering when the other girls will come in. My next planned mating should be with Dime so I am now on red alert, just in case she follows Eliza's lead.

Here are a selection of pics from some of our recent walks, one of which was a walk with 2 of Eliza's brothers and a Dime/Cash pup.

I am very pleased to report that Tibblate is thriving, due to now being a singleton she has no competition and consequently is very laid back, she is more often found smuggled into Emily's bedroom than in her kitten bed :) We have now decided on a name for her (as she is staying with us Tibblate is too close to her mum, Tibbs), she will be Polly and I think that that has to complete our Fawlty Towers theme as not only is Tibbs going to be spayed, I think we have used all the names of the regulars from the series, apart from...

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This litter was most definitely unplanned as Bob had only recently reared a litter of 2 kittens, but I can't claim that I'm not pleased to have it. Many will know that just about 9 weeks ago I lost Manuel after a short but aggressive illness. In his last few days he was brought indoors for nursing. Despite being extremely poorly it would appear that where there is a will(y) there's a way. I present Manuels swan song, 5 stunning kittens. The last pic in the album is a video of the birth of one kitten, so you may or may not want to see it if you are a bit squeemish. At first glance it looks like we have 2 blue girls, a blue/white girl, a torti/white girl (that will almost certainly be staying here) and a black/white girl.

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A bit of a surprise

I'm sorry but I'm a bit late updating my blog, Tibbs finally went into labour on Tuesday afternoon, she produced her 1st kitten at about 6pm but although it looked perfect it was unfortunately stillborn. It was followed quite quickly by a 2nd kitten, this one was also stillborn but judging by its appearance it had been dead a little while, this did not bode well for the chances of Tibbs having any live kittens, but fortunately she then produced a strong and healthy little girl. I was so relieved for both her and myself, this is Tibbs' last litter and of course we lost Manuel just a few weeks ago so this girl was my last chance to keep their line going.

Tibbs was very content with her baby and completely settled into motherhood. A facebook friend christened the baby Tibblet, which has stuck. Today I had to go into work this evening. When I got home I checked in on Tibbs and Tibblet only to find they had been joined by a little blue and white girl, now known as Tiblate :)

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Sometimes life seems very unfair.

After the surprise arrival of Tibblate everything seemed to be going well for Tibbs and her 2 babies, but last Tuesday I noticed that the umbilical cord on Tibblet didn't look right, a call to the vets ended with her being prescribed a course of antibiotics. The next day the cord looked a lot better but she was not right in herself and was not suckling properly, so I started to syringe feed her. By Thursday one of her back legs had swollen really badly and she was obviously not a well kitten, she had septicemia and the prognosis was poor. As she was still responsive we decided to start her on an additional course of antibiotics. Again she appeared to be fighting the infection and by Saturday morning there was definite improvement in her leg, but by the evening she was worryingly quiet. I carried on with her feeds through the night but by Sunday morning it was evident that she was losing the battle and was now showing signs of distress, so the heartbreaking decision to let her go was made. R.I.P Tibblet. Her sister, Tibblate is thriving.

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