Sometimes the truth hurts
I strive to be as honest as I can be with my breeding program. Sadie had a very hard labor and what I should have done was schedule a c-section but I wasn't sure about her true due date. So, we did a natural delivery. I found puppy number one when I got home from work and thought yeah lets do this. Four hours later, Sadie had still not had her second pup so I ended up having to assist the next 5 puppies. The last puppy was was breech. We worked for over an hour trying to get that puppy out and to my surprise she was alive. However, she had a good heart beat, but just never was breathing correctly. So she passed. Wednesday, I took her to the vet to get an x-ray to make sure she was finished. I really felt like she had more than 6. I got her settled and all was well when I went to bed last night. I am not like a lot of breeders, I do not separate my puppies from the mom when I am not present. I slept hard and found one puppy dead this morning due to mom laying on top of her, so now we are down to four. I have been breeding for 19 years. Bullmastiffs for 13 and you just have to be prepared for these types of things. That is one of the reasons I don't take deposits until my pups are at least three days old. Yes, when stuff like this happens I doubt myself and feel like I need to change everything I do. So one a positive note, at the moment we have 4 health puppies, two girls and two boys. Mom is doing awesome with plenty of milk to spare. I have contacted those on my waiting list and am looking forward to posting pictures this weekend.