Maddy's Diary for her breeding with Ruger
December 19, 2007
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my babies - all SIX of them!!! Starting at 3am
I had a pre-labor period most of the day Tuesday (one of my "nesting"
moments on the couch pictured above) and then went into hard labor
around 2:30am. I wasn't really sure what to do when the first
puppy started coming out - should I push it out? Mom could see her
nose coming out and told me to PUSH! So I PUSHED and out she came!
After that, it was easy peasy! I didn't even get up for most of
them. I LOVE mommyhood! It is the GREATEST having my own
babies to nurse and take care of!!! Now I am going to sleep since
the sun is getting ready to come up : )
THANK YOU AUNTIE GAIL for staying up with me ALL NIGHT and helping my
mom!!!! It was so nice to have you there!!
It's a girl, girl, boy, boy, boy, GIRL (I LOVE my mom so I gave her a
3rd girl - thanks Ruger)!!
Pink Girl born 3am - 13.8 oz
Green Girl born 3:40am - 15.9 oz
Red Boy born 4am - 12.9 oz
Blue Boy born 4:23am - 15.5 oz
Black Boy born 5:35am - 14 oz
Purple Girl born 6am - 15.8 oz
Yes, I AM a girl!!!
||This is just the most AWESOME
experience. I have been so jealous of my mama Lexi wanting to
be with her babies, and now I have babies of my OWN!
Time to rest - it has been a long night.. zzzzzzzzzz
December 17, 2007
Dear Diary, well it should be any time now! Mom has all of this
stuff out in the house telling me that is all for me!! So this
will probably be my last entry before motherhood. So, mom took
some pictures of me in my rather round condition. Below that are
pictures that have been in my diary showing me week-to-week.
My next post should be of my beautiful babies - HURRAY!!!
So who says you can't take a glamour shot when you are with child!
Then again : )
It is the standing part that is harder!
My journey thus far:
During 8 weeks
During 7 weeks
During 6 weeks
4 - 5 weeks
At the start
December 11, 2007
Dear Diary, I went to the doctor yesterday. They hoisted me up
onto this REALLY cold table and I just lied there while they moved me
around on my side. That's ok, I just thumped my tail HARD against
the table. It kept them all laughing!!! The tech actually
had to hold my tail when they took the x-ray - something about a blurry
picture. Try and make a happy girl anything other than a HAPPY
So I was put up there the first time and I overheard the tech saying
something about me needing to go to the bathroom to get rid of some
"interference." So off I went with mom outside and found a great
place to rid some of the "interference." Back onto the table again
- repeat performance including the tail thumping and laughter.
Then they let me down where I had wigglebuttitis! They love me
there telling me that they wish all of their vizslas were as happy and
nice as I am. That was a really nice thing to say about me :
So something about an x-ray. I overheard mom say that this should
help when it comes time to whelp. It feels like I have a hundred
of them in there playing drums on my organs!
The consensus is that I have 5 or 6 babies in there. There are 5
that are easy to see, there is just a question of whether there is a
number six that is playing hide and go seek. So we will know next
week for sure! Here are my x-rays if anyone wants to guess.
In the meantime I am spending a lot of time resting. I try to keep
my discomfort to myself although when I finally lay down in a ball I
just can't help letting out a loud groan. I am just feeling a bit
"large" these days and it is hard to get comfortable. I have to
pee a lot now too. I can't believe that it is almost time. I
am getting very excited to be a mommy!!!
December 3, 2007
Dear Diary, more of the same. About a week after last report,
I am still just plugging along. I continue to "shake and bake."
For those that don't know what my body does when I'm happy, let's just
say "shake" is just the beginning! My wiggle butt ways are still
very much alive as I continue to "bake!" Not much change is shape
over last week, just a little rounder I guess. I just HATE
standing there like a science experiment getting my picture taken!!
Next time different spot PLEASE!! Oh well, lots of naps and mom is
spoiling me rotten. So I continue to take advantage of it ALL!
November 27, 2007 (Day 38)
Dear Diary, not much to say in 6 days, but I am starting to grow!
I am not 6 weeks pregnant yet and my mama Lexi told me that I really
won't be getting big until 7 and 8 weeks, but I am happy with my little
pooch! My waist and tuck up are GONE. Now I am just a brown
tube. I am starting to get a little "rise" in the rear now too.
So much for my topline and rear! But I am loving it! I am
still really tired these days and take lots of naps. I am now over
the hump (ok becoming a hump!) - more than half way there! Mom is
going to take me bird training again this week. I won't be able to
run or anything - just yard work, but at least I get to go - YEA!
November 21, 2007 (Day 32 diestrus)
Dear Diary, well I am in between weeks 4 and 5. I have to say that
I am feeling much more tired these days. Lot of naps for me!
I am starting to grow a very small pooch. I know that my boobies
are getting bigger and my nipples are pink and HUGE!
So here I am in Nebraska when all of this started. Aren't I svelt...
I have a nice tuck up, a nice slender tummy and a nice thin waist!!!
Ok, so I am not HUGE yet! Here I am at 4 weeks. My waist is
getting to look like a tube and I just started to get a tiny little
Ok, here I am at almost 5 weeks. Not a very nice picture of me to
the left - oh well. The good news is that mom took me bird
Life isn't so bad when you can still point birds and retrieve!!!
But mom is INSISTING that I can't move anymore and that is a big bummer.
My tail is not as high as it used to be because I don't want to do
anything wrong. I think after a little while of doing this I will
feel better about the whole thing! I do want to make her happy
But I am feeling more like a blob these days. I hear from my mama
Lexi that this isn't even the tip of the iceberg yet - so I have that to
look forward to!
November 13, 2007 (Day 24 diestrus)
Dear Diary, not much happening these days! I am feeling so tired
though! My boobies are a little swollen and my rear end is still
swollen. If I didn't know any better, I would think I am pregnant!
Mom took me to find out today - I AM!!!!!!! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The cold jelly didn't bother me - NO! I got to see a bunch of
water balloons with teeny tiney babies!!! I even got to see their
So now I will just wait for them to grow! I think mom said I
should be due around December 17 - 19 or somewhere in there!
Now that I am in diestrus, the count will start
from 1. At around day 57 - 59, babies should be due if all goes
October 21, 2007 (Day 18 cycle)
Dear Diary, mom says that the smear today shows that I am in diestrus.
Good thing we know something about my cycle so we can determine when
babies would be due if all goes well!
October 20, 2007 (Day 17 cycle)
Dear Diary, I showed today. Mom says that I am ok, but I really
don't feel like showing much. I went through the motions and was
glad it was over. I WANT RUGER!
Thankfully, they all decide to give us one more time together since we
will all be leaving Omaha very early in the morning. So at 4:30,
they let us be together again. We were so glad to see each other!
We played, teased, jumped, ran, and then we tied again. This time
for 19 minutes. We figured we would make it longer this time since
we weren't going to see each other for a long time.
Mom wants to thank Ruger's mom and dad for being so WONDERFUL to deal
with!!! They are just the nicest people on the planet. Ruger
is one lucky boy!! I think I may have stolen a lick or too
myself!! Thank you Alan and Rene Blakemore! We look forward
to having you as part of our extended family!!
I overheard mom talking saying that I am my mother's daughter.
BUT, that I like breeding 120% more than my mama Lexi. I do
everything she does, but I stand and wait for it to be over.
Apparently my mama Lexi whines and complains until it is over. NOT
ME! I enjoy the entire occasion!!
Virginia here we come!!! Thank you to Diane Shearer for helping
with the sometimes chaotic trip! Ok, mostly chaotic trip!!
October 19, 2007 (Day 16)
Dear Diary, since we both show tomorrow, it is decided that we should
breed early today so we can have some recuperating time before we need
to show. So at 9am, we head to our favorite room. We now
know what that room means - YAHOOOO!!
So, we have another EXACT SAME performance. Tease, chase, tie for
Mom is watching my smears and I should be well on my way having eggs
ready to be fertilized! HURRAY!
I can say that I have been feeling a little different lately. I am
not 100% on my game. I keep looking everywhere to see if I can
spot Ruger. I want to be with him all the time now. I think
he feels the same way. Well, after this "show thing" we will get
one more chance to be together. That is all I care about for now.
October 17, 2007 (Day 14 cycle)
Dear Diary, Ruger's mom and dad (and Handler) are worried about Ruger
showing on Saturday if he has to breed the same day. Mom is
worried about me too. So we all decide to breed again today and
then skip a day so we can breed again on Friday instead of Saturday.
OK WITH ME!! So at just about the EXACT same time as last night,
we had a repeat performance. I LOVE the teasing! I think
Ruger does too! We ran around again and then I got tired and let
Ruger catch me. We tied again for 10 minutes and then we went our
separate ways and once again basked in the afterglow. I REALLY
LIKE THIS! NO KIDDING!!!
October 16, 2007 (Day 13)
Dear Diary, the vet calls and tells my mom that my progesterone level is
3.9 and what a nice spike I had considering how low it was the day
before. My mom had some colorful comments knowing that the first
test was wrong.
Ruger arrives! My mom is SO happy. He is a REALLY nice boy!
So mom and Ruger's mom and dad agree to let the two of us meet and see
if we are ready to do anything around 6pm. I am not ready yet,
really - but what the heck. Let's see what happens. So off
to the hotel room that mom and Diane shared. So it was me, Ruger,
mom and Ruger's dad Alan.
My mom pokes fun at my mama Lexi for being a tramp since she really
likes to tease, and she doesn't mind breeding at any time. Whether
it is the right time to make babies or not. I overheard my mom
saying that if I had 10% of my moms love for breeding, I would be ok.
Ruger is SO HANDSOME! I really like him a lot! I have SO
MUCH FUN teasing Ruger. Running him around the room. Up and
down the beds, around the luggage stand, in and out of the bathroom.
You name it - we covered every inch of that room! Mom and Alan
were trying to hide the smiles and laughs - but I saw them! But
then I started to get tired after a while. Ruger is in good shape
and was able to keep up with me. So finally, I stopped and let him
do his thing. I was a real trooper and he is a true gentleman.
We tied for 10 minutes and then each of us went home to bask in the
October 15, 2007 (Day 12 cycle)
Dear Diary, this is the day in my last season where I was getting ripe
for breeding. Mom is anxious to hear from the vet about the blood
test yesterday. The vet calls and says that my progesterone is
1.8. Mom goes ballistic and says that there has to be a mistake.
Mom brought the microscope along for the trip and has been doing vaginal
smears the entire time. She knows what she sees on the slide.
The vet calls Antech who tells the vet that Maddy isn't ready and that
it is common for progesterone levels to drop. Mom basically calls
the vet and Antech quacks and insists on another blood test.
Thankfully, Meg Farmer was set up next to us with a car (hurray!) and
was able to drive us the short distance to the vet to get another test.
This was not a good day for mom. She was really mad!
October 14, 2007 (Day 11 cycle)
Dear Diary, we arrive in Omaha! So mom decides to find a clinic
that could test my blood before we got to the hotel to set up. So
we stopped and my blood got tested. It should be getting close
October 13, 2007 (Day 10 cycle)
Dear Diary, the RV is just about all packed up and ready to go!
Mom decides to take me in to get one last blood test before we leave -
literally as soon as we get back from the vet. The test shows 1.3.
So there is still time!
October 9, 2007 (Day 6 cycle)
Dear Diary, since I ovulate faster than my mom Lexi, my other mom
decides to take me in to get my progesterone checked. It came back
at 0.8. Thankfully we have a long way to go until breeding time -
not to mention a lot of miles to Omaha!
October 5, 2007 (Day 2 cycle)
Dear Diary, mom seems to be ok with the news and is putting together an
action plan for me to meet my "love connection" out in Nebraska.
Since my stud man is going to be at Nationals too, it works out pretty
well. I guess I will be about ready to breed to Ruger around the
time of Nationals. So, mom is actually sounding very excited about
the news! That makes me happy too!
October 4, 2007 (Day 1 of cycle)
Dear Diary, today I started my season. I wonder how mom is going
to feel about this with the upcoming trip to Nebraska for Nationals.
Let's see, there's me, mama Lexi, Nouli, my 7 five week old sisters and
brothers, my other sister Daphne, my friend Paige and her daughter
Bailey and the 2 humans - mom and Diane. Hmmmmm...