It appears that whilst we enjoyed our little break, our dog sitters, through no fault of their own, were a little less adept at keeping the pooches in their normal enclosures, and Trixie, the only un-sterilised female got a Christmas present from Lucky, or was it the other way round!!!
Either way 11 days ago Trixie gave birth to 5 puppies, 4 boys and a girl. We originally thought Deefer was the most likely responsible candidate, but none of them share his reddish rusty colouring so this seems rather doubtful now.
It is more likely to have been Lucky.
Lucky by name, Lucky by nature??? !!!
The only saving grace is that it is generally easier to re-home dogs rather than bitches, so we must remain hopeful that we will be able to find good homes for them all. Judging by their current size and growth rate, they are not going to fall into the lap dog category, but more guard dog material of reasonable proportions. If Trixie and Lucky are the parents, at least they should be attractive in canine terms, which may help their likelihood of finding new homes. Trixie is proving to be and excellent and very protective mother.
We have named the puppies as follows:
Any contributions to the “Tre Cancelle Dog Fund” gratefully received !!!