Maggie has got ‘a little’ broody recently, though we were used to it when her season was in the offing and just let nature take its course.
I wonder if bitches go through a ‘menopaws‘ like us women do, as she hasn’t had a proper season for about three years. We never had her spayed as we wanted her to have pups but could never find a nice daddy. Then when we did, a lovely sprocker in 2013 and last year a cockapoo, she was too old.
At bedtime, if I don’t get in pretty quick, there’s not much room for me as Maggie has her three babies around her, gently mouthing or nudging them into position, stretching herself out after turning round and round to get the bedding ‘just so’.
If I’ve managed to nab a slither of mattress, the babies are arranged between me and her, then with a grunt and a flop, usually against my hip, she settles down and is soon asleep.
Last night she was a little restless, but eventually (after an hour or so) the babies were settled, so was she and I could finally snuggle down under the duvet.
One of the babies fell off the bed with a thud, and she was instantly awake, sniffing and paddling the bed trying to find it. I put on the light so that she could see where it was and looked at the clock. It was 12.32.
Baby was retrieved from the floor, carried to the food mat in case she wanted a drink (I kid you not, she would have made such a wonderful momma), then returned to bed where the nudging and mouthing began again, including reorganising her other two ‘charges’.
I turned off the light only for the PIR in the corridor to start flashing indicating the battery was low. I got up and turned it off, putting the one in the bedroom in the hall in case Maggie got up again.
I suppose I dozed for a hour, then suddenly Maggie sat bolt upright on full alert. We had managed to deter her from barking at such times on the boat and when we were camping but if something was amiss, she would alarm up like this and make us aware.
Blindly feeling around me, all babies were present and correct. I was grumpy and tired, but managed to get her settled again around 3am.
I slept until just before 6, aware Hubby had an appointment this morning so we didn’t want to be late. I dozed again, finally getting up at 7.45.
Our neighbours have been away celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and she had mentioned last time I saw her that they would be home in the early hours of Thursday morning. I can only think then that this is what alerted Maggie at the time.
Unlike me, she is now catching up on her shut-eye, two of the three babies snuggled beside her. The third is under the bed where it fell off when I made it this morning.
Photo : April 2018 with 2 of her babies. It was the little guy on the right that fell off.