Last year three of my girls came in season within days of each other. 😮
(The girls usually all have two cycles per year, one about every six months. They don’t all come in at once thankfully. So it might take three to four months for all of them to go through one cycle; say January-April before they’re all finished. Then that is repeated again later in the year)
So there I was trying to decide what to do with these three; breed one, breed two or breed all three? Oh my! So I decided to wait on the youngest and let her mature a bit longer and breed the other two. And then only one got pregnant….. Ongoing decisions of a dog breeder.
So this year it happened again; except it was four girls that came in season within about a two week period. Hmm…here I am again. Okay, so Murphy shows up a lot here (as in Murphy’s Law 😉). If I breed two only one will get pregnant. Or I could try three and end up with one litter like last year, or maybe two. I mean seriously, with Murphy around what are the odds that they’d all get pregnant? One was a first-timer and they don’t always cooperate with the whole process. (“Mom, why is that boy following me around all the time trying to get me to play? He never liked me before!”). One is getting a bit older (not past the “mothering” age), but older, and she did miss (didn’t get pregnant) the last time I bred her.
So, I go for it! What have I got to lose ( a lot of sleep, Jen…). If for some chance we get three out of the four pregnant, I have plenty of people on my waiting list to place those sweet puppies. That’s not an issue, thankfully.
Well, apparently Murphy went on vacation…..yep, you guessed it. Every.single.one.got.pregnant. 😳
Farewell sleep. Farewell bed. Hello couch, my old friend. 😝
So what do we have coming up? A lot of people are going to be happy because all of the upcoming puppies will be blenheim, apricot or red.
First will be my little sausage..