Wednesday, September 19, 2012


After much thought I have taken a 'leave of absence' from the Hospice Shop.
Several reasons.

With puppies due any day now, I need to be here for at least the next two weeks to make sure Coco cares for them properly.

Then we have school holidays straight after that, which means I would have been 'away' from the Shop for the next month guaranteed.

Then I have other things on my mind... which could mean me having to travel out of Auckland at the drop of the hat... so I cannot guarantee I would be able to do my shift anyway.

So I rang 'The Boss' and very reluctantly quit.  She assured me that my 'job' would be there for me when I can go back.  That's so nice to know. 

I will miss my contact with all the regulars who come into our shop, and the ladies I work with (well... except for Mrs Smellpants!).

COCO:  today is day 56, last time she delivered on day 59.  So *squeals* it's gunna be SOON! I am a mixture of huge anticipation and being a bit scared!!  I hope she has no problems. 

 ABOVE:  If I'm busy, this is where I can find them 9 times out of 10.  I hope Coco doesn't think she's having her pups there on Steve's bed!

 ABOVE: I went out to find an exercise book to record the puppies daily weight gain.   I found this one and it's perfect!  We weigh the pups every day so we know how well they are doing.  It also means if we see one start to slow down in weight gain we can make sure it gets an extra feed during the day.

ABOVE:  The top of the page is for a photo of each puppy at birth, and on the second page will be a photo taken on the day they leave home.  Each puppy will have two pages.  I think this book is going to be a lovely 'keepsake'.

Because the vet's receptionist stuffed up our appointment yesterday, Coco is having her X-RAY today at 1pm.  Then I will find out how many she's got in there!  


So far today I have done some freakin housework, sewed some more and now I've got Teddy and Coco on me lap chillin.  I can feel the puppies moving on my lap, it's so cool! 

Yaaa... the X-Ray went well and after they had done it they called me into the room to see the images.  OMG so exciting. The Vets are going to email me a photo of the puppy's X-Ray tomorrow too.  Awesome.

YOU have exactly 8 hours and 44 minutes to guess how many pups, how many Boys/Girls ad what time of day the first one will be born!!!

Lacy and Keera are here for the afternoon too... so I've got backup if I need it with whelping pups.

ABOVE:  I reckon she can still get a bit bigger!
But not much!  The Vet said she was pretty much ready to have them pups !  It was so cute at the Vet's... there were two vets and two Vet Nurses in the exam room... and they all fussed over Coco ... anyone would have thought she was the Queen's Corgi!  lol

ABOVE:  seriously though, she is gorgeous!!!  She's tired though... that belly full has slowed her down something rotten!

ABOVE:  Miss Muppet at 9 weeks old.  She's so alert and a very happy wee baby.  Lacy is doing an awesome job of caring for her.

End of Day:  Very happy with how the day has gone... I felt really nervous about Coco's x-ray for some weird reason!  But she's fine and so are her babies.
nite nite.


  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Awww cute. It's like a Plunket Book for the puppies!!!!
    Good luck for the x-ray. Being a radiographer I can only imagine the the difficulties in xraying a dog. Peiople are bad enough sometimes haha!
    I am going to go out on a limb and say......
    9 puppies !
    6 boys
    3 girls
    Friday 21st
    9am ish

  2. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Awww cute. It's likea plunket book for the puppies!

  3. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Good luck with the xray. Being a radiographer I can only guess at the logistics of trying to xray a dog. I have enough problems with people wriggling and moving etc as it is.!!

    9 puppies!
    6 boys
    3 girls
    9am ish


  4. That looks like it will be a great book!

    I thought at first you were going to take a leave of absence from the blog and I about cried. TG that's not the case :)

  5. Coco is getting huge isn't she! I think 5 puppies 3 males and 2 females and she'll have them on the full moon at 6 in the morning.
    Glad to know that beautiful quilt isn't in the whelping box. Just kidding!!!
    Do they want you to make them one?

  6. So much planning for puppies. So exciting:)

  7. Awwwww Coco is so BIG now puppies soon that's for sure you're excited we are EXCITED!!!!

  8. Hi Chris,
    You've been busy!!! I'm catching up on my reading-- so much going on with you.

    First Miss Keera-- Sooooo beautiful and sweet. And so much hair! She's gorgeous.

    And the puppies! I'm excited for you! Can't wait to see them.

    xo jj

  9. It sounds like with all you have going on that taking a leave from the Hospice shop is a good idea. You will enjoy it all the more when the time is right for you to go back.
    Coco looks plenty ready for those puppies to come.

  10. Anonymous9:39 AM

    I'm going to say 5 puppies, 3 girls 2 boys. I can't wait!! Her first litter was soooo cute!!...debbie

  11. Goodluck with the puppies - so exciting. I have absolutely no idea for number or sexes so will take a punt!

    5 puppies
    3 girls
    2 boys
    First born 2am (just to piss you off before you fall in love with them!)

  12. I'm so excited about the puppies! Here is my guess.

    6 puppies
    4 boys
    2 girls
    First one born at 11:02pm.

  13. Love the book, perfect for this job.

    It is a shame about the Hospice but you can always go back when it suits you and they know where they stand at the moment and you don't have to feel guilty about not being able to do your shifts.

  14. Keera is looking so cute and I can see both of her siblings and mum in her.
    Lovely wee thing!

  15. Anonymous4:59 PM

    HI Chris,
    Keera is such a cute baby! I love seeing new photos of her developing and growing :-)

    My entry for the pups is as follows;
    5 puppies
    3 boys, 2 girls

    Can't wait to see the puppies!! They were a great source of smiles for me and my fella last time Coco had them!
    Leanne (Adelaide!)

  16. First off let me say that Keera is a beauty!!

    I say Coco will have 7 pups. 4 girl's, 3 boys and the 1st will come at 3:00 PM.

    Glad you can take off from the shop to devote your time where needed.

    God Bless~

  17. 6 puppies
    4 girls
    2 boys

    There you go!!!

  18. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Wow Miss Muppet(sorry Miss Keera) is just like a little Porcelen Doll.Such a delightful little girl.



  19. Already put my guess in for the puppies but just wanted to say boy oh boy Miss Keera is so damn gorgeous!!!! I just want to fly up and cuddle her right now!!!

  20. Anonymous9:33 PM

    Here's guessing
    7 Puppies,
    5 boys and 2 girls
    First puppy at 4.30am

  21. Anonymous9:34 PM

    Gorgeous Miss Keera, what a little beauty,

    I just cannot remember if I said how many pups, if I have , then its me age lol.
    8 pups 4 of each.

    poor little Coco I hope she is ok.

    cuddles for Coco & Keera.

    Joan UK

  22. Glad you had a good day, I have to say it again, Keera is the most adorable baby I have ever seen, look at her little rosebud mouth and her skin is so perfect, I wish I could see her. She is very, very alert and seems beyond her 8 weeks.

  23. That baby girl is so gorgeous....just saying!

  24. I'm getting anxious for the pup's arrival. Enjoy your break from the Hospice. Have fun with those puppies once they arrive.

    The baby is just adorable. Love the red hue to her hair.

  25. Keera is growing up! Becoming a little kid. :)

    I hope all goes well with the travel and things on your plate. Been thinking of you.

    Coco does look comfy on that quilt, though.


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