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Old 02-18-2011, 01:42 PM
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Hi all. I've just joined this forum and replied to one thread about being a brood bitch holder for Guide Dogs.

I've helped Guide Dogs for the Blind for 22 years, first of all being a puppy walker, then a brood bitch holder.

I've also helped Hearing Dogs with a brood bitch and her puppies, pluse a rescue dog who delivered her puppies at my house.

I have two golden retrievers. Fable is 10.5 years old, and Tara (brood bitch who has had three litters), is 6 years old.

I am looking forward to meeting new dog-loving acquaintances on this forum.

Best wishes

Joy
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:15 PM
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Hello from Norfolk!

Fantastic work you're doing, I would kill to be a puppy walker for a year but I'm trying to get hold of a puppy for myself and I wouldn't want to handle two at a time!

Bet you've got lots of cute puppy pics to share...
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Thanks, Pawsaddict. Arizona sounds lovely

Hello Tulip. Yes, you're right. Lots of work and early mornings with just one pup at a time! What sort of pup are you looking for?
I really don't know how I had the energy to have one each year ; Definitely loads of puppy pics!
Now, with the whelping and raising of the pups, it's a lot of exhausting work at the time, but lots of times in between to enjoy the brood as a pet.
Best wishes, Joy

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Oh definately - puppies are like new borns! Constant vigilance, lol! As for having a brood bitch, I show my own bitch and she's having her first litter around September time, I'm very nervous and excited! I find myself waking up in the middle of the night, clutching for my Book of the Bitch after a niggling thought has woken me up.

As for my new pup, well the breeder is importing a bitch from Czech and she will have a litter, of which I'll hopefully get a show boy from! Though my dogs are both Miniature Schnauzers, I'm taking a break from showing them (it's very, very competitive!) and dipping into Cesky Terriers, so that's what this pup will be.

So how often do you raise a litter? It must be incredibly exhausting, I bet you sleep well at night!
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:01 PM
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The Book of the Bitch is great. Also lots of info about whelping and raising the pups on the net. I bought several books and videos but there is nothing like the real thing, and every whelping is different, a bit like every human birth is different.

Tara had her first litter of guide dog pups in April 2007, her second in August 2008, her third in April 2010. We are waiting for her next season around beginning of April when she will be mated for her fourth and final litter.

It's a wonderful experience but also very worrying, exhausting and time-consuming. I love every minute - so long as all goes well, and with Tara, she has easy whelpings, very quick deliveries, hardly time to write down sex, weight, etc. She had 12 pups, 10 pups, 12 pups. I've asked her nicely to have eight or less next time ;

The other litter, a very young stray golden retriever who was adopted, then found to be pregnant, was in August 2007 (8 pups). And another litter for Hearing Dogs was in January 2009 (8 cockerpoo pups).

I'm sure you will enjoy the experience with your bitch but you will certainly worry about her. I always worry but am careful not to let my girl know that, so she is calm and relaxed.

Take care, and good luck.

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As a brood bitch keeper do you keep the pups just until they are ready to be placed with a puppy raising household (I am thinking that is what you refer to as puppy walker - the school we had our pup through called it puppy raiser)?
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WOAH, those are enormous litters! Flipping heck!
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welcome to the forum i hope you know that we are all expecting photos of all these cute li'l pups



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