Puppies! She’s gonna have puppies!Posted: January 24, 2008
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!