started having contractions at 4 am on Monday November 28, 2005.
Since we live about an hour from Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Memphis,
we decided to head that way about 5:00 am. Dr. Gerald Blackburn is
our veterinarian who happens to truly be the best vet in the WHOLE world.
We are going for a planned c-section because of the history of Blueberry's
mother and grandmother and the general consensus that it is in Blueberry's
best interest. So thinking we have plenty of time, we stop and buy
the staff donuts for breakfast. Little did we know, Blueberry had
her own agenda for birthing these puppies. About fifteen minutes
from the clinic, Blueberry's water breaks. Lacey and I are just casually
sitting in the office parking lot, when Lacey looks to see how much water
there was on the floor. It is raining outside, 28oF, and
still dark. To make a long story short, she had a puppy in
the back of our van. While I was working on the first one, Lacey
delivered the second one which was feet first and upside down. It
seemed like eternity until Dr. Blackburn arrived at 6:30am, but he whisks
us off into his office to check on the first two puppies. Under very
careful supervision, Blueberry whelps six puppies, three boys and three
hours without having a puppy, Dr. Blackburn decides to do the c-section
for the final four pups.
is keeping a watchful eye on Blueberry as the surgery begins.
43 inch belly is prepped for surgery.
This is Dr.
Gerald Blackburn getting ready to make the incision which turns out to
be about five inches in length.
is moving along and out comes the seventh puppy. Puppy number seven
is the first one delivered by the c-section. Dr. Blackburn is checking
out the seventh puppy which weighed in at about 20 ounces.
was specifically requested as I wanted to get to see the uterus from a
43 inch belly.
brings puppy number eight into the world.
nine gets a quick tie and on to the last puppy.
and Candace Howell were working on the first two pups to keep them stimulated
and warm. They are the two superb vet techs that assisted in Blueberry's
surgery. We give many thanks to Lee Perry who photographed the c-section.
The four pups
are warmed in a box with surgical gloves for hot water bottles. Many
thanks to everyone at Gentle Care Animal Hospital. Everyone that
works there is always friendly and helpful. They are truly a nice
group of people. Kudos to Dr. Blackburn on another terrific job.