We are definitely in the home stretch for our lovely Miss Sophie – and I am so very thankful for the cooler weather this week which has made things a bit more bearable for her !! She is certainly slowing right down – and still enjoys a wade in the lake but is not her exhuberant self when it comes to water activities. Even walking across the lawn has become a bit of a chore as she is visibly carrying quite a bit of extra weight. She is also eating much less – probably due to the fact that there is very little space left in her abdomen. She is now measuring approximately 95 cms. around the waist. We have begun monitoring her temperature a few times daily – as any significant drop right now signals the onset of labour. The fetuses are fully developed at this point and can be born safely from anytime now onwards.
Much like Analiesa – Sophie is convinced that the garden would make a much better spot for the birthplace of her puppies than the one I have set up for her 🙂 She has taken a liking to the exact same corner spot in the garden where Analiesa was digging away and trying to make a nest just a couple of weeks ago. At least it is better than the one year when our girl Beauty was determined that the spot underneath our neighbour’s boathouse was the perfect whelping box !! From now until the big day I will need to convince Sophie that I have a spot much more comfortable for her and her little ones in the living room….
We will continue these next few days to make Sophie as comfortable as possible – and will be praying for a safe and easy arrival of her new little family….