Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me - AND 5 NEW PUPPIES!

Today is my birthday...and I got the amazing opportunity to participate in the birthing of my friend's dog to her first litter of pups!  It was one of the most surreal things I have ever done.   It really leaves me speechless to think about how God designed the entire birthing process.  Every detail is not by chance; why the momma does each step is all part of God's perfect plan to give life.

This was a first for me as well as "Stella" (momma pup).  I must say, I was proud of her - she did an amazing job.  I was also proud of me (for not being completely grossed out).

We crammed our way into the bathroom where the birthing center was set up.  As you can see in the Polaroid, I was in the tub.  I was there, camera in hand, ready to do whatever I could to help.   There was so much to do and yet really so much that was just up to nature.  Even though I did very little and just asked a lot of questions and took a lot of pictures...I really felt like a Doggie Douala.  We did everything we could to help her and sometimes I wonder how animals do it on their own, without us.  The afternoon included:

  • massaging the momma
  • cheering her on and encouraging her to push
  • times of worry or anxiousness - asking if its been too long between pups?  is she ok?
  • times when we had to help keep the puppies from being stepped on or keep them warm, 
  • there were umbilical cords to cut, 
  • sacs to remove, 
  • general "clean-up" 

I'll be honest, just like in childbirth, there are some really gross moments.  However, there were times when all you could do was stare at the tiny baby puppies and say, "aahhhh".

I mean really...look at this face!  Isn't he just adorable?!?

We laughed, we joked, and we loved.  Loved the puppies.  Loved the momma.  Just loved.  Dawn loved the tiny little girl - we named her Truffles.

So, "well done" momma Stella.  You have 5 new baby puppies to take care.  And I have one amazing experience that I got to celebrate on my birthday. 

After it was all said and done, Stella got to relax with her puppies.  Good Job Momma! 

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Baby Puppies
Happy Birthday to You!

with love,


  1. What joy to see life happen right in front of you. What an adventure for your birthday. Loved seeing these pictures.

  2. Thanks for coming and helping us Tam! It wouldn't have been the same without you.


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