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Old 10-11-2009, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for the great replies! I put up fliers all around the neighborhood only saying: "Lost female." My dad said that since she's so pretty, someone might just show up and insist she's theirs. But if the true owners sees the ad, they'll most likely call. Today my mom is going to put an ad in the paper.

Meanwhile, Bella is very skittish so we decided to keep my two little sisters away from her since all they want to do is grab at her tail lol. Basically, the only "person" she likes in the house is our pregnant basset hound, Susie. She will not leave her side and luckily, Susie doesn't mind. So we decided to keep them in a room together so Bella won't have to be too stressed out. Susie already has her whelping box even though she's only 5 weeks, and we put one beside hers for Bella. I don't think Susie really liked that, because now she's not sitting in her nesting box. ??? I'm thinking she wants Bella's farther away.

But boy can Bella howl! Last night all she did was howl. We're wondering maybe if she misses her owner. My dad sat up with her when she started to get loud, and then she finally calmed down. Then this morning she went back to not liking him again

And yes, BullMastiffMama, I'm thinking maybe her nose got away with her (It's happened to our basset a couple times). We're going to keep up the fliers for a couple weeks. And oh yes, I'll definitely post pictures when the puppies come!

My mom doesn't want to abort the puppies and she said that even if she did, the owner might come and maybe get mad. We're not sure if this was an accidental pregnancy or not..
Thanks for the excellent links! I'm going to go look at them now I like the cottage cheese idea, I heard about it but I was never sure.

And if the owner doesn't come by the time the pups are born, we do have at least 3 homes available: my cousin, my best friend, and my sister's friend. My cousin has been wanting a dog for years and her mom finally said OK. And my best friend just lost her dog from old age and is looking for another. My sister's best friend I guess just wants one to add to her pack!

Sorry this was so long btw!
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:40 AM
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My mom doesn't want to abort the puppies and she said that even if she did, the owner might come and maybe get mad. We're not sure if this was an accidental pregnancy or not..
^That. I would have been very cautious about that, as if it is not an accidental pregnancy, they may have spent alot of money for that pregnancy and if you had went right away and had an e-spay, could have ended up with a lawsuit on your hands.

I'm glad that she fell into such caring hands! Wow, you're house is going to be full of puppies soon enough!
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:44 AM
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Whoa..... Nasty stereotype......

That is just not true at least where I come from, they don't keep them... no, but anyone I knew who had a hound that did not work found a pet home for them.... Not one, that I knew, dumped them or left them. I have know dogs to get lost and hunters who camp out waiting for them....

I can only speak of my area, but any time a hound showed up at the pound, people always said ***** Hunters* when they were usually from some byb who does not do anything with their dogs, let alone hunt them, then sells them to someone looking for a quiet lapdog and is taken in by the cute puppy... sigh

In my area, that nasty stereotype is actually almost nicer than what happens. The hound dogs out in the boondocks NC get shot in the head if they don't work or if they hurt whatever they're after. Often hunters will leave dogs, half starved (so they'll hunt) wandering on the side of the road so they don't have to feed them if they're not going to "earn their keep".

I know it is a hurtful stereotype but some of us have only seen dog so-called hunters abusing dogs rather than using them for their intended purpose.

To the OP: GREAT move on only putting female dog on the fliers! I'd hate for someone else in the area to just pick her up to abuse her or even use her as a puppy mill already knowing she's pregnant.

Even if the two females like each other, I do suggest giving each dog their own room for the whelping box because some mother dogs will get super territorial once the pups hit the ground.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:45 AM
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^That. I would have been very cautious about that, as if it is not an accidental pregnancy, they may have spent alot of money for that pregnancy and if you had went right away and had an e-spay, could have ended up with a lawsuit on your hands.

I'm glad that she fell into such caring hands! Wow, you're house is going to be full of puppies soon enough!
Exactly what we were worried about!
Haha yes... our basset hound only has 2 pups and today we're going to the vet to see how many pups Bella has. If this wasn't planned, we're worried the dad might be too big, like the case with our basset. Our basset hound might need a c-section because she got pregnant by a rottie. I'm still mad at my sis for letting them do it! (She thought it would be pretty funny, but then again, she thinks Emily Rose is the funniest movie ever)
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:46 AM
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Really?

If a shelter had found the dog, it would have very likely been e spayed unless it was too far along for it to be "healthy."

I guess I don't see the difference between a shelter doing it and some good Samaritans.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:47 AM
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In my area, that nasty stereotype is actually almost nicer than what happens. The hound dogs out in the boondocks NC get shot in the head if they don't work or if they hurt whatever they're after. Often hunters will leave dogs, half starved (so they'll hunt) wandering on the side of the road so they don't have to feed them if they're not going to "earn their keep".

I know it is a hurtful stereotype but some of us have only seen dog so-called hunters abusing dogs rather than using them for their intended purpose.

To the OP: GREAT move on only putting female dog on the fliers! I'd hate for someone else in the area to just pick her up to abuse her or even use her as a puppy mill already knowing she's pregnant.

Even if the two females like each other, I do suggest giving each dog their own room for the whelping box because some mother dogs will get super territorial once the pups hit the ground.
So should I put their nesting boxes in entirely different rooms? Bella won't leave my dog's side. But then again, Bella is going to have her litter about a week earlier than my dog's, so maybe by the last week she'll begin seeking a new spot...
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:50 AM
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Really?

If a shelter had found the dog, it would have very likely been e spayed unless it was too far along for it to be "healthy."

I guess I don't see the difference between a shelter doing it and some good Samaritans.
Yeah, I don't see the legal issue if you advertise that you have a lost dog and wait a reasonable amount of time for the owners to find her.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:59 AM
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Ok so I got some advice from a few breeders I know and it is possible to keep them in the same room IF they get along, Some mothers will clean and nurse another's puppies and basically take turns in each box. Some won't so you'll have to find out if one of your girls will be territorial or not. If they're good with it, you can leave them as is. Since your basset will go first, you'll be able to find out before both litters are on the ground if the basset mom with have issues with miss beagle sniffing around her babies.

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Old 10-11-2009, 12:06 PM
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I would be very cautious keeping this bitch near yours, I would hate to have something happen to your bitch and her puppies. What did the vet say regarding her health (you said she appeared sick)?

Hopefully she is missed by a good owner But kudos to you for helping her out.

On a side note, maybe I was "raised" differently, but I wouldn't go crazy on the cottage cheese, even though it loses a lot of it's calcium content during the curdling process I was always taught additional calcium is a no-no with pregnancy (during and after whelp, it's a GREAT thing and should be supplemented), but then I have never found there to be a need to switch a bitch to puppy food like a lot of others do. I would let the bitch get their calcium intake through their food, but supplement with additional protein. I did do a quick search to see if there are any articles out there, and found this:
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I only looked over the first article briefly, so not sure if it's from a reliable source or not thereafter. It does seem to try and play on fear, so I would research further as well and make up your own mind.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:44 PM
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What should I feed my pregnant/nursing dog?
PREGNANCY: If you didn't start a vitamin-plus-mineral supplement before breeding, start it when she is found to be pregnant. Do not over-supplement, as that may be harmful to the developing puppies or bitch. Over-supplementing with calcium during pregnancy, for example, predisposes the bitch to a disease called eclampsia.

The bitch should eat a premium adult food, such as one of the Drs. Foster & Smith Adult Formula Dog Foods prior to pregnancy and for the first few weeks of pregnancy. Starting the fourth week of pregnancy, begin adding Drs. Foster & Smith Puppy Formula Food to her diet. Each week, increase the amount of the puppy food and decrease the amount of adult food, so when she is in her final week of pregnancy, she is eating all puppy food. Increase the frequency of daily meals to three by mid-pregnancy. She may need to eat small meals every 3-4 hours during the last week of pregnancy as the puppies continue to take up more room (remember, most fetal growth occurs in the last two weeks of gestation).


I found this, too. I guess information has changed since I was last around a pregnant bitch and new litter of puppies. Thanks for the information.
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