Muffy gave birth to a "puppy" Saturday. She did not eat her breakfast, so I knew something was up. Muffy always eats her breakfast...and then tries to eat Brody's, too! I really knew something was up when she started panting and attempting to build a nest in her crate. Poor Muffy suffered from a false pregnancy, giving birth to a Pear Pizzazz colored, squeaky football.
Muffy takes very good care of her "puppy". She cleans it, and makes certain it is in position to nurse. She carries it with her everywhere...inside and out. The "puppy" even sleeps with her, which means it sleeps with us. Imagine rolling over onto a squeaky toy at 2:00 AM!
I called her vet, Dr. Brooke, who said that this is a very emotional time for Muffy, and we should not take her "puppy" away from her. She should be fine in a few weeks as her hormones return to normal. False pregnancies occur in 60% of all unspayed females. I have always preached spaying and neutering your pets, and I still wholeheartedly believe in this. However, to show dogs in American Kennel Cub conformation shows, they cannnot be spayed or neutered. But trust me...once she receives her AKC Champion title (she already has her United Kennel Club title), there will never be the possibility for any Muffy Puppies...real or imaginary!
And oh...the only trouble with her baby is that this was Brody's favorite toy! Leave it to Muffy!
Until next time...