|Dixie prefers the coolness of the kitchen floor these last few weeks.|
June 25 is the expected date of whelping based on averages. Whelping may take place from the 59th (June 20) to the 65th day (June 26). If Dixie is late for whelping, then the latest date is day 70 (July1) If we were to start approaching that day, I would make a veterinary appointment to see what should be done.
So far all seems calm....though Dixie is looking a little restless, I haven't seen any of the typical signs of nesting yet.
Usually several days before a litter, Dixie will begin scratching the floor in the corners and behind chairs, as if she wants to dig a hole for some puppies. In preparation, we have set up the baby pool in the corner of our dining room. We filled it with old sheets and blankets so she can dig around and rip up sheets to her hearts content. But again, so far, she is quiet.
This time around Dixie does not seem to be carrying as large as in past litters. So I do not expect she will have as many puppies as last year. But that is all I can say at this point. I don't know how many puppies she will have....I can't even guess. So we will wait and see. We are hoping for a very healthy and smooth whelping!