BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sassy Says

Happiness is a Warm Puppy
~Charles Schultz

My mother bred her Schnauzers, Penny and Patrick in 1999 and we had a litter of puppies. I use the pronoun we because I was the doggie midwife, helping deliver the litter of 7 puppies. I'm not sure where Mother got the idea that I knew anything about dog whelping, but when she called in the middle of the night saying it was time, I went racing over to hold Penny's paw.

Fortunately, Penny had a relatively easy delivery and was an excellent mother, which left me with very little to do, other than calm Mother.
There was a period of excitement when one of the pups was stillborn. The poor little thing just lay there and Penny wanted nothing to do with it. Mother was pacing the kitchen floor, with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other screaming, "Kit, do something!"
(My mother grew up in Savannah and sounded more like Paula Dean than Paula did herself.)

I had watched enough episodes of Emergency Vets that I knew to resuscitate a puppy by gently rubbing the little fellow in an attempt to stimulate and warm. When he didn't respond to gentle rubs, I got a bit more aggressive and started breathing my warm breath on him. He finally gave out a whimper, Penny immediately started licking him and within a couple of minutes he was nursing away with his litter mates.

I knew after that experience that I had made the right decision, to by become an educator instead of a veterinarian.

Happy Weekend and Happy Trails,


JackDaddy said...

When I first read this, I thought Sassy was the one being the midwife. I was thinking that that was one amazing dog! :)

I think women handle emergencies better than men!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Sometimes Mother Nature kicks in and we instinctively know what to do in those situations. Had it not been for my husband and I when Lilly had her last litter, one of them probably would not have made it. Our sweet, precious pets need us to be there for them- you witnessed a miracle.

Love the picture of you with the pups!!

Have a Fantastic Friday.

Anonymous said...

Morning Kit!!!
What a wonderful story today and warm and fuzzy pictures...I just want to reach through the screen to pet them. Midwife indeed you were a life saver. Speaking of Emergency Vet I REALLY miss that show on TV. Several years ago there was a Vet Practice out of Alaska that was good too but it vanished.
You all enjoy your day and weekend,

Anonymous said...

With those skills, you could have become a nurse! lol

Deb said...

Love the Charles Schultz quote :-)
Great story - I smiled when I read reference to you sweet Mum & Paula Dean :-)
Have a great weekend Kit. Hugs to your 3 sweeties!

Ina in Alaska said...

Wow I learned something today. I learned that if a pup is stillborn you can still bring it back!! I never knew that until just now!

Shellmo said...

Wow - I loved hearing how you sasved that puppy!! I think you're an educator, vet and nurse all rolled into one!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh? She didn't say to get it some butter?

SERIOUSLY, tank woo fur sharing the story and the pikhs!

My mom's sekhond khanine growing up was a miniature schnauzer named Fluffy!


GoldenSamantha said...

What an awesome story - and I love your characterization of your mom! I'm sure she's one terrific lady! (Thanks for all your AK observations - we got sick immediately upon getting home and attributed that to a need to return immediately. We loved it so much that we wanted to move there pronto! What a gorgeous, wonderful state.) And again, love this story!
Hugs (basically) from me,

Anonymous said...

You are one multi-talented lady and your mother was a hoot!


Kathy said...

What a cute picture of you with the puppies!!
Oh my, you saved that puppy's life!
How wonderful!
I also wanted to be a vet when growing up, but realized all of the sad parts involved, took a different path!

Jackie said...

I am not sure I would ever compare Aunt G to Paula. In my memory Aunt G as a grander lady than Paula could ever dream to be. Love -j