The long wait is over. In the early hours of the morning of the 4th October puppy No. 1 made her appearance. After a fair number of strong contractions with nothing happening, I realised that there might be a problem. On examination I saw that Puppy No. 1 was presenting head first. Cassie was very nervous and, I suspect, holding back a little. I had to try to get the pup’s feet so that I could help it out. Once I had located them I then had to wait for another contraction so that I could help ease the pup out. After another two contractions the pup slipped out. I was not sure if she would survive, but she started wriggling immediately. A girl – whelped at 02:35! By now Cass was so freaked out that I had to sit with her and pacify her until she finally relaxed. At about 05:00 the contractions started again, with another pup being born at 05 :25. This time a boy!
When I inspected her I could see that there were no more puppies. This was confirmed by X-ray later in the morning. A very disappointing result as we were expecting four. I suspect that mating her for the first time at 5 years old had something to do with this result.
In the meantime we were keeping pups warm in a basket since Cassie was not interested in the whelping box that had been prepared. Her selected “nest” was the bottom of my bedroom cupboard. I cleared out the shoes and made her comfortable. Now she was happy. She had a nest of her choice, warmth and quiet and now accepted the puppies.