Do dogs go through a menopaws?

One of the more unusual things to remember about my trip to NZ four years ago was my last menstrual cycle (period).
The menopause was a long drawn out process for me, and quite honestly I didn’t know if I was coming, going, been or about to arrive.
In the past, my having a bitch meant having her spayed, but in more recent years, my bitches have been left as nature intended and ‘putting up’ with a few weeks of inconvenience once or twice a year was never an issue.
Both of my GSDs were bitches, and apart from the occasional spotting, no-one would have known they were in season as they kept themselves scrupulously clean. My last bitch didn’t have a season for over 2 years before she died, and the one before her only once a year.

Maggie, like me, was never ‘regular’. It was very much hit and miss, though I could usually see the signs before the evidence sotospeak, but even then it was difficult to ascertain exactly when Day 1 actually was .
I used to calculate my three week vigil after finding the first spotting, and we would modify our walk times so as not to frustrate any young full blooded males we may have encountered.
We got to know so many people, we knew whose dog had been ‘done’ and who to avoid.
Again, it was never a problem.

Maggie would have 2 seasons a year, spaced between 7 and 8 months apart.
We had originally hoped to let her have a litter and keep one pup, but we could never find a nice Daddy for her, especially as the vet had said to be careful in choosing a mate because she was small.
sizeI did get a funny look from a guy with a beautiful 2 year old sprocker (cocker spaniel cross springer) when I asked if I could measure his dog. I meant the dog’s shoulders, but I have a feeling he was thinking along the lines of something else!

Maggie will be 10 in January, much too old to be considered for motherhood now, and I thought we may have seen the last of her seasons as the last one was at the beginning of June 2013.
She has been keeping herself clean as usual, but last night I noticed something familiar though couldn’t see anything, and this was confirmed today by a couple of blood spots on the floor.
She is indeed in season, so we shall have to be careful as 2 dogs (a black lab and brown and white jack russell) have moved in down the pontoon and I’m not sure what sex they are yet!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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