It’s a little past midnight on January 12th, 2011. It’s cold, very cold, and snowing. Neenee (pronounced Nay Nay) our 4-year-old English Bulldog is laboring with her third litter of pups
|Do I still have back legs?|
|OMG.....I can't breath!!|
Upon our arrival, the vet recognizes the seriousness of the situation and wants to proceed with an emergent c-section. She asks if it comes down to saving momma dog or the puppies, what would we want her to do? “Save the mother” we both say simultaneously and without hesitation.
|How could you not love this face??|
Bobby happens to also be on call for the NICU and gets a call while talking to the vet. She realizes what his day job is and insists that we both come back to help resuscitate the puppies, IF they make it.
We are each handed a lifeless puppy to dry, stimulate, and cord clamp. It’s not looking good at first but then one begins to breathe and move. Then the other starts as well!! Puppy after puppy are handed to us, all of which we are able to get breathing and moving on their own. All told five puppies make it!
Neenee must recover from her anesthesia, so we are setting in the waiting room with five bulldog puppies lying on a heating pad in a box. Five hours later, as the sun begins to show it’s self, we load Neenee and her new puppies in to the truck and head home. It’s been a long night and we both still have to be at work in a few short hours.
|Just an hour old!|
Unfortunately, Bobby is at work at feeding time. Eric calls and says he can’t get her to eat. Bobby relents and agrees to try to talk to her on the speakerphone. So in the NNP office of the NICU, there stands Bobby talking baby talk into the phone with a half dozen people watching on. At first, Neenee doesn’t buy it but after a few tries, Eric reports, much to his chagrin, that she is eating. A sigh of relief overcomes the office; after all we ARE in the baby business.
|The puppies at play time!|
|Bulldogs apparently love noses!|
Neenee and Eric’s favorite is now known as Sophie. Sophie is a big girl like her mother and has the stubborn attitude to match.