Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first week in foster here!
We had two weeks to bond before Wiggles was expected to give birth. She is good in the house during the day and loves her walks when I get home. We also play in the backyard – she loves any bit of snow – such a puppy still this girl is! It is so nice watching TV with a cuddle buddy and snuggling before sleeping – of course that is when she needs her belly rubs.
As I was on my way to becoming a professional canine midwife, thanks to Google, I had determined that she was going to have two puppies – the perfect amount for a small dog. Wiggles ‘helped’ put the whelping box together – Kirsty (CHS Behaviour Counsellor) had explained the assembly procedure twice but apparently that was not enough for me so it was a struggle. I did prevail – even when Wiggles moved some parts to other areas of the house. I had the sterile gloves, baby aspirator, weigh scale, lots of towels and sheets and blankets, camera, cell phone programmed with Jenn (CHS Foster Coordinator) and Kirsty’s numbers, and had memorized the location of the 24 hour vet hospital. I WAS READY.
Two weeks????? I should have listened to Betty.
DAY 6 with Wiggles: We went to bed at 10:00pm – did our usual snuggle routine then fell asleep. Wiggles needed to go outside at 11:00 pm, 11:35, 12:00, 1:00 am, 1:20, 1:45. At 2:00 am I said “Wiggles lay down”. She settled in for a bit then she jumped off the bed and was sick – my brain was numb at this point and, frankly, I was getting a little agitated. I let her outside, cleaned up the vomit and we returned to bed – I was stern at 2:30: “Wiggles lay down” – I pulled her close to me in the bed and added “now sleep”. At 2:45 she was shaking, jumped off the bed and was sick again. Immediately the realization washed over me like a sudden heat wave (and a huge dose of guilt) I don’t think I have another week of “just us girls”.
I was fully awake now and followed her to the whelping box – of course she was sick again before entering it the poor bug. She quickly destroyed the perfect nursery I had created by doing this nesting thing – she kept going in circles then finally lay down – her tail was rigid and quivering – you could see her belly moving and she whimpered a bit. THIS is happening NOW!!!!! I sat down in front of the opening to the whelping box with a towel in my hands.
Just after 3:00 am she expelled a clear jelly bean with a beautiful white furred baby inside – before I could even assist with the towel (I forgot to boil water) she had the baby uncovered, umbilical cord severed and it was breathing on its own. I was stunned – in complete awe – shed tears. This was fantastic and, according to Google, this was a boy. I had a few moments of panic as I thought he was supposed to start nursing right away but Wiggles was insistent on cleaning and cleaning and cleaning until she finally let him nurse.
I emailed\texted Jenn & Kirsty to tell them we were Aunties now. A little part of me hoped I woke them up with my message!
I saw movement still in her belly and knew that the other pup would be out soon – I hoped for a girl – twins would be a nice thing. It was quite a wait and she strained a lot until another white furred babe was born – it was a girl! The family was complete – the babes nursed together. WE were done!
Half an hour later Wiggles stood up and a white furred little girl just suddenly “dropped out” – okay I was out by one – triplets are cool. We are done NOW.
Twenty minutes later I had a leg cramp – I jumped up, stepped on one of her squeaky toys which startled her and made her jump out of the box – and a white furred little boy “appeared” on the carpet by my feet. Wiggles jumped back in the box and started crying – I gently scooped up this little boy in the towel I had been clutching from the start and laid him beside Wiggles – he was cleaned and nursing in record time.
The mess was minimal – Kirsty was right – I really have to start listening to her.
Wiggles had four beautiful, furry pups.
Wiggles came to me to have her head stroked and for a hug but quickly returned to her newborns. I decided to nap on the couch that the box was pushed up against, to wait and also to be near her in case she needed me.
It was just over an hour later I awakened to what I can only describe as a “wet noise”. I jumped up and saw the dark shape she was licking and rushed over to see what an after birth looks like. Apparently it looks like a brown\black and cream husky type puppy. Are we serious right now? Five puppies!
6:00am – Wiggles please tell me you are done. By 10:00am I relaxed & so did she – she wanted to go outside and to eat and to hug. Five babies are enough for a little girl like her – of course there was no way I could go to work; we have just been through an ordeal! Seriously I am so appreciative that I was able to experience this
Wiggles is a good mom and still a love bug puppy herself.
I have been told that I now have three weeks of ease – nothing to do – Wiggles does all the work……
Wiggles and her pups are currently not available for adoption as they spend the next several weeks growing, bonding and receiving lots of TLC in foster! Stay tuned for more blog posts on their progress in coming weeks! We will also be sure to post when Wiggles and her pups are available for adoption at Calgary Humane!
Interested in becoming a CHS foster parent and having foster adventures of your own? Learn more on our website today!