Saturday, June 30, 2007

Week #4

Here is the pregnant belly picture, my guess is 3 puppies, but maybe we will get a surprise on Tuesday and there will be 5....that would make me happy.....and as some of you have learned, keeping me happy is the way to go!! *Insert pity for poor Jack here*

I thought everyone would like to see how she passes here days playing in the fields, the photo of her sun tanning unfortunately didn't turn out but was rather funny!
Envy has decided that eating is too nauseating for the last several days, but Nava has stepped up to her plate to help finish everything off.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bets, place your bets...

So I couldn't wait until tomorrow and took her in for an ultrasound today...of course she was completely 'full of it', and wouldn't go potty so we could only see one baby. So she is pregnant, but we have no ideas about numbers, other then seeing the one, but will go back on Tuesday after the long weekend so that I might be able to get a better U/S.

I have my puppy, so the rest of you will have to keep your fingers crossed! LOL

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I'm starting to have my doubts. Darcy said that I was feeding the girls way more then he has been feeding and so they all look pregnant except Envy! I think if maybe I could somehow stop staring at her it would be better, but that's really not an option! LOL

I have palpated her myself with no luck, her abdomen is just too tight and it's just been too long since I last did it....can't wait much longer....mind will explode....starting to feel head swelling...*POP goes Michele*

So here I go to sit in the corner and pout until 2:20 on Friday.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Week #3

6 more days to put us all out of our misery and find out one way or the other!
For all of you that are local, don't forget that the Dane Specialty (a dog show only for Great Danes) is on July 28 2007. More information can be found on either:

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Week #2

Here is Envy's belly at 2 weeks post insemination, I haven't increased her food yet but she seems to be really getting thicker, I realize that it's hard to tell in a photo when you don't get to actually see her.....I hate to admit it but I'm starting to get my hopes up - which is never a good thing until we have confirmation of an ultrasound. I'm so superstitious as to not even let people know they can have a puppy from a litter until they are over 2 weeks of age.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dane theme song!!

I love this song!!!! All Dane people should have it playing while driving down the road!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Week #1

One week has past so far, here is Envy's picture...Here is another picture which, in my mind sums it all up - she's laughing at us silly humans for staring at her tummy every week!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

...patience Grasshopper...

Am I the only one who feels like there are ants on my pants about this whole thing?? I know that it is TOTALLY ridiculous to think that I can see a difference in Envy already but there is something.....
....look past the razor burn, caused by the bad shave job...all the pictures I take are after dinner time for the dogs, usually about an hour or so after - this one about 2 hours after her dinner. Maybe it's just a swollen dinner tummy?

Being an only child really doesn't give me the ability to wait well (I have discovered), so forgive my ramblings!!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Canine Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date:Mon 4 Jun 107
Sire:Ch MiHi's A Starz' Born
Dam:Ch Diamond Danes Heavenly Sin
Breeder:Michele Grenkow
Sat 2 Jun 107
  • First day of mating.
  • 48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
  • The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Sun 3 Jun 107
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Sun 3 Jun 107 -
Mon 4 Jun 107
  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Mon 4 Jun 107 -
Tue 5 Jun 107
  • Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Tue 5 Jun 107 -
Thu 7 Jun 107
  • Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.
Wed 13 Jun 107 -
Fri 15 Jun 107
  • The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.
Wed 13 Jun 107 -
Wed 27 Jun 107
  • The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Sat 16 Jun 107 -
Sat 23 Jun 107
  • Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Fri 22 Jun 107 -
Fri 29 Jun 107
  • Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
  • Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
Wed 27 Jun 107 -
Sun 1 Jul 107
  • An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
  • It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Sat 30 Jun 107
  • Start to increase the dams food ration.
  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
  • The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Fri 6 Jul 107
  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Mon 16 Jul 107
  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Thu 19 Jul 107 -
Fri 27 Jul 107
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
  • Her breasts become even more swollen.
  • She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Sat 21 Jul 107
  • The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Sat 21 Jul 107 -
Sun 5 Aug 107
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
Tue 31 Jul 107 -
Fri 3 Aug 107
  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
Wed 1 Aug 107
  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Sat 4 Aug 107 Bitches bred via surgical insemination with Frozen Semen traditionally will always whelp on day 60...Puppies!

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Here are the pictures now that Envy is home and resting in a sun spot. Everyone at the hospital seemed to be happy with everything and they were doing the fertility dances too!

It also seemed to both Shannon (Duke's Co-Mommy - sire of this litter) and myself that it needs to be a star or constellation theme litter....once you see the parents registered names you'll understand! Envy is "Diamond Danes Heavenly Sin" and Duke is "MiHi's A Starz' Born". With that explained you will understand why this is the saying for this breeding:

Star Light,

Star Bright

First star I see tonight.

I wish I may,

I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Tomorrow is the day

Got the 3rd progesterone back this evening it reads 13.8 ng/ml, she will be surgically inseminated tomorrow around noon - so think happy thoughts!

Hopefully I will get a chance to post pictures tomorrow...I'm not sure if I will be able to get pictures of the surgery but at the very least you will have post-op pictures.