|Happy mama with her 7 babies|
But after an interminable period of panting, digging and clear discomfort, at about 9am, a day earlier than expected, Emmi scuttled outside for a last poo then settled down to her contractions. Which lasted all of 10 minutes before the first puppy arrived! In fact, I was at work when I got the call from Jay that contractions had started. Before I had even made it to my car, the first one was arriving. And, oh boy, did they come thick and fast after that. A new record was set for quickest birth - between puppies 4 & 5 only 3 minutes.
Props to Jay for presiding over the delivery of a puppy all on his ownsome for the first time. Perhaps next time I can nip to the pub for the event and leave him to it. No?
So here are the Lintu puppies. Lintu is Finnish for "bird", chosen because the sire of these puppies is Finnish & Norwegian Champion Shacal Tiltaltti, and Tiltaltti is Finnish for "chiffchaff". These puppies have all therefore been given bird baby names too.
Puppy 1 - WOODY (woodpecker)
Time of Birth: 9:15am
Colour: Brown tri (or possibly brown wolf sable)
Puppy 2 - ROBIN
Time of Birth: 9:50am
Colour: Brown tri
Puppy 3 - RAVEN
Time of Birth: 10:10am
Colour: Black wolf sable
Puppy 4 - ROOK
Time of Birth: 10:21am
Colour: Black (possibly wolf sable)
Puppy 5 - BUZZ (buzzard)
Time of Birth: 10:24am
Puppy 6 - PUFFIN
Time of Birth: 12:13pm
Colour: Brown wolf sable
Puppy 7 - MERLIN
Time of Birth: 13:05pm
Colour: Wolf sable - with markings just like daddy
Yes that's right, for the second time, Emmi managed to produce an entire litter of 7 puppies with only one girl present. She likes her boys, clearly. And who can blame her, when she does them so well?
Thanks to Jane & Mark not only for lending me their sweet Emmi-pie, but also for coming up with the great names. Puppies are a family affair after all.
For those of you who are wondering why I can't tell whether some puppies are solid tricolour or wolf sable, it's actually not always easy to spot at birth. It will get more obvious over the next few days. Hopefully.