I was just walking Mother's PSW (personal support worker) out when she was leaving at 2:00 PM; when I came back in I heard the tiniest little whine. I looked at Lexus in her pen, thinking okay that is a weird sound for her to be making? Lo & behold, there was a little tiny black & white puppy in there with her, that she had just birthed. I was in total awe, as of all the German Shepherd litters we've had in the past I had never seen puppies being born. Mind you I witnessed one of our horses giving birth to her foal (which they say is very rare) & was totally honoured with that. It was totally cool & exciting to watch. So hence the excitement of being witness to Lexus' first born was equally as exciting for me.
I was so torn since I had to take my Mother to an eye appointment in Owen Sound, which ended up lasting over three hours including the drive there and back. But it turned out alright as Rob was in & out all day so he was able to get a couple of very good pictures (after they were all born & he moved them all out into the open as you will see, lol, he is still such a farm boy) once all 7 had been born in a matter of only 3 hours. Seven that is a nice number, and one of my favorites, and I am sure is one of Lexus' most favorite numbers at the moment too.
Presenting the Proud Mother & her Seven:
If my memory serves me correct, I believe there are 4 boys & 3 girls. We will be doing a more accurate inspection sometime soon.
Lexus is a very good Mother. I finally got her to leave the babies to go outside around 7:30 last night. Once she was done, let me tell you she hightailed it (with her little stub) back to the door, & if she could have she would have opened it herself to get back in. When Bandit came back in he went up to the pen to see what all the fuss was about in there, and 'oh man' his nose would have been taken off if there had not been wire in-between them !!! Not thinking Lexus will be having much use for that guy for a couple of weeks or more, lol.
I am going to miss all the action today, as I am attending a Caregiver Workshop put on by the VON in Owen Sound, but I will be able to depend on Rob for any 'action' I might be missing out on here today. I have never been to this type of workshop before, so I am looking forward to seeing what it is all about & to learn more. There are more & more people now a days looking after or having an elderly parent living with them, as I do my Mother. There are so many times that I feel so alone when the challenges of having Mom overwhelm or upset me. So I am hoping to come away with a more supportive feeling, as well as more knowledge of how to coop with those overwhelming days.
In all the excitement of the Puppies, the Wiarton Airport Weather forecast almost was forgotten:
There is that darn four letter word "snow" in there again !
I had mentioned yesterday that I have gotten a 'shot' of the local wild swans, and ran off without posting a picture to show that I really really did see them !
They are so majestic & graceful. If I remember correctly, when they had swans at Fairy Lake in Southampton when I was growing up, they were really 'mean'. As being kids, we probably didn't realize they must have been nesting close by & were only protecting their "Ugly Ducklings".
Speaking of beauty and another one of my favorites are roses. The rose my Auntie gave me last Saturday, for my Birthday, is so beautiful & is still looking as nice as the day it was given to me:
The seminar is an all day affair from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM, so I had Rob set the alarm so I could get up and running on time this morning. I think I had best get the Pantry Chicken Stew into the slow cooker, or there won't be any supper ready by the time I return back home. If the slow cooker has supper ready for us, that gives me more time with 'puppy inspection' !
Onward to getting supper & myself prepared for the day ahead.....