Puppies! She’s gonna have puppies!

I can hardly believe it. It’s been almost a year. Dragging my feet, but at wit’s end trying to get Gompa puppies into this world, last spring I enlisted the help of a veterinary reproductive specialist. Dr. Milan Hess came highly recommended. She’s a specialist, complete with DVM and DACT behind her name. (Kathy, we need to investigate..) She’s a breeder herself; some rare breed from Finland. Just returning from a two-week trip to Finland, we could hear her latest import in another room. “I traveled to Finland to bring back a yapping dog. I could have gotten one right here!”, she said as she spritzed the alcohol solution onto Nagpo’s tummy. Almost instantaneous, as she placed the sensor on Nagpo’s tummy, she declared, “She’s pregnant.” She moved the sensor to show us a more puppy-like image.


See the puppy? Ya. Well, even if you were there, it was difficult. The beating heart, however, was very apparent. As was the next. And the next. In the image above, the smaller circle on the left is the head. The large circle on the right is the body. The tiny comma-on-its-side shape in between is the heart. The beating heart. The beating heart of a – as of now – live puppy. There was another. And another. Three beating hearts!

Dr. Hutchinson, another veterinary reproductive specialist who presents seminars around the country to breeders, said his practice is an emotional roller coaster. People are either really, really happy or really, really sad. Having left Dr. Hess’s office in the past year, after each ultrasound – 5 to be exact – really, really sad, today I finally rode the high side of the roller coaster. What a ride!

The ride isn’t done. There maybe some hills to climb, some curves to navigate, but we’ve made it this far. FINALLY!! Here’s to the rest of ride being smooth. No bumps allowed!

12 Comments on “Puppies! She’s gonna have puppies!”

  1. rose hugel says:

    Debby — Its the end of a long day here on the east coast. This news was just so exciting to see posted. Your happiness is contagious, it brought a smile to imagine those little puppies to be! This is great news for you. Not being a “religious” person, every so often I just have to say, There is a God!. Congrats!!!

  2. Faye says:

    all I can say is YAY!!!!!

    I’m so happy for you . After all the ups and downs with the program – this is thilling news indeed.

  3. Kathy says:

    It’s time for a Snoopy Happy Dance!!
    And a hug for the little mother to be!

  4. Melissa says:

    Debby this is such awesome news, brought a tear to my eye.
    Positive thoughts for a uneventful pregnancy and smooth delivery~

  5. Vickie says:

    The mists have parted with renewed hope for a regeneration! Paws crossed …

  6. Kelly says:

    This is thrilling news Debby!! Not one but three puppies! Yeah for Nagpo! Ranpa send her best wishes to the new mom to be. Even though Ranpa is sad she couldn’t contribute to the Gompa line, she is happy that she can keep her girlish figure:)
    Yippee is all I can say and that the *door* still isn’t shut.

  7. Susan says:

    Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah !!!!

    Panchen, Raji, Rinchen and Sammy (Tsante) are all rootin’ for Nagpo and her precious cargo !!!!


  8. Gail says:

    I am so happy for the group and the puppies to come…I am sad that I don’t have a Gompa dog but at least we got Panchen here and he made it to Susan’s, which was where he was supposed to be, with his clan. Carry it on Nagpo and Panchen, too…Much love to Debby and all the Colorado Gompas…You will be in our prayers every day!!!

  9. Chris Geiser says:

    Taz and Cozmo (my Shih tzu guys) and I are doing a Crazy Happy Dance to celebrate the puppies!!!
    Love to all,

  10. hello Debby, congratulations on having a new litter in the future. I hope everything will be great.



  11. Katy says:

    Abundant gifts of precious new life…God bless and keep you, Little Ones, and grant a healthy and safe delivery for Mom. What wonderful technology, to be able to see them in all their nascent glory! Tiny hearts beating in the safety of their mother’s womb.
    Congratulations, Nagpo and Grandma Debby!

  12. Shelley says:

    Your desire and persistence to maintain an ancient thread is to be commended. Iris and I are very happy for you!

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