Our Miss Molly returned to the breeder to be bred for one litter as part of original our agreement with them.
She was too nervous to pair with the stud so the breeder artificially inseminated her (twice, on two different days) to keep her from being traumatized.
She is due (63 days) on April 4th, this Thursday.
We had her x-rayed Saturday and found out she only has one puppy (at least that's all that can be seen on the x-ray).
She was going to return to the breeder to have her litter and remain there for 7 weeks or so.
Now the plans have changed and we and the breeder both decided it would be best if she stayed here at our home to have her puppy.
Has anyone had a dog that experienced having just one puppy in a litter, if that's still what it's called?
We have never whelped a dog before so we are looking online and in this forum for advice. I have created several places around the house that may be attractive to Miss Molly, in closets and under a blanket covered table. She will probably surprise us and have it on our bed or something.
I have had cats that had kittens before, but we've never had a dog that gave birth.
Diane and I are considering keeping the pup if it is a male. We have two females now and don't really want a third. That may or may not cost us anything since the agreement was, if the breeder whelped the puppies then we would get nothing but if we whelped and raised them, we would have second pick of the litter. Not sure how that will work out now but at any rate, they will get the pup if it is a female.
They have some very disappointed prospective GSD buyers now too.
More importantly, is there anything special we need to know or prepare for this weeks coming event?
Will the puppy likely be under-socialized? I've thought about going to the local SPCA and see if they have any new-borns that need a surrogate mother. I had a cat once that nursed and raised her own and another's litter all at the same time, about 10-11 kittens as I recall.
Will the mom be as attentive as she would with a group of pups? We figure at least there won't be a runt.
Whatever wisdom you all may have, share it with us please. I think we need it more than we even know. Thanks.
Here's her x-ray from Saturday.
Gee whiz, she was just a baby herself, she's only two.