Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A Load of Labradors on the Way!
Hello Labrador afficionados…despite the resurgence of near zero temps., there is definitely a feel of spring in the air. The light shows earlier through the bedroom window, the birds are singing a happier tune and the sun provides a warmth that was just not there a few weeks ago. On top of these environmental signs there is the heavy breathing, ever needing (more food please), these teats are meant for feeding little, black Lab curled up at our feet, announcing with every sigh that a spring flush is soon to burst forth.
Yes, we at Teapot Labradors are happy to announce that our girl Stella is with puppy! Without any medical test to confirm, we are still confident enough to report that the breedings of January 24-26th have indeed hit their mark and as I write this, puppies are in the middle to later stages of production inside the Stella belly factory. Without said tests, any guess on the number of pups would be just that, a guess. She was bred to a black male who, as with Stella, carries yellow, so the educated guess is that we will see some lighter Labs in the mix when all is said and done.
The due date is the end of March which extrapolates to some of you fine folks receiving a Teapot into your home in mid to late May. It also means that we here have but three short weeks to prepare for the litter, speculate on sex (a favorite pastime of mine) and consider and coordinate eventual homes for whatever number arrives.
In the meantime, Stella is partaking of the “how to build a better puppy” diet, getting an appropriate amount of exercise trotting alongside my obsessed (in a good way)-about-skiing wife, and waking up the light sleeping alpha male of the house multiple times during the night to empty her ever compressed bladder.
So life with Labs here in the north country goes on…dogs to greet us happily morning and evening, eagerly awaiting a simple routine of exercise and diet that seems to give them immeasurable pleasure and soon, a new pile of pups to worry about, marvel at and ultimately (and willingly) kick off into the world to brighten up another life. Take care and stay tuned.