We have just had a well earned break which we both needed very much. I have been caring for my mother who is at end of life stages, and she has now perked up again. Which is fab as this means I can get on with more with my dogs again. Its a balance.
We are looking forward to Jovie puppies in July and I think she looks to have about 6-7 puppies inside her. Time will tell as she has not dropped yet. As puppies grow inside mum they get larger, and take up more room in the uterine horns. Vizsla carry them under the rib cage and this is why scans are so ridiculous inaccurate. As they grow the ones under the ribs drop down into the stomach and suddenly the belly looks bigger. Jovie tummy has not dropped yet. It should do with in the next week. Jovie is being fed a high protein diet, with lots of fresh herbs and seasonal fruits. She looks a picture of health. She has always lived with another dog in the house, but we are now separating her to give her more room to spread out. Another week and I will erect a large puppy whelping pen with area for her to spread out and be comfortable. She is being run with the others still at the moment but again in another week we shall start to walk her separate so they do not run into her. Every need, every care is definitely met.
I see so many new vizsla breeders asking questions on forums and I want to scream!!! Letting pregnant mums swim in cold water days before having puppies. Not giving them adequate diet. I couldn't believe the other week where one breeder hated her puppies so much because they scream. Vizsla puppies make noise from 3 weeks, and by 5 weeks are quite vocal. Your in the wrong job if you hate your puppies and you should never do it again. How any one can give so little care is beyond me. Leaving them in a small pen day and night is cruelty. The Vizsla needs space to run, develop muscle, explore and enjoy themselves. We have enrichment toys all ready. A happy puppy is a content puppy. I would advise anyone looking for a puppy goes to experienced breeders as you'll get a much better contented puppy. Frustrated babies have behavioural issues later. Too many see £ signs and cut corners. There are many excellent breeders in the UK, and we have many breeders who are breeding off their pet to make money, no health tests, not giving the enrichment they need. Choose your breeder wisely. It does matter!! Give a puppy farmer your money and they will continue. Ask to see the breeders license number and check they are legitimate breeders. You can read on our council website that anyone selling puppies is required to have one. We must stop fuelling this illegal trade in dogs.
Mrs Rachel Savage