Monday 19th September 2011 – 06.30

Now the book says that this stage of labour takes from 6 to 18 hours and in just half an hour we will reach the 18 hours, with still no puppies to show for it. Both Shadow and my Mistress look dreadful, having been up for most of the night and it looks as though my planned trip to the vet may have to be postponed. When everything began with Shadow I was worried that the puppies were going to be as much as a week early, but now we are looking at no more than 3 days. Our friend in Switzerland said that with our breed puppies are commonly 2 days early, perhaps we should all just have carried on sleeping as normal until that point!

I’m off to spend another day pacing up and down outside the delivery room and will keep you posted.