A neighbour of mine who I sometimes take walks with in winter (she has a female Bichon Frisee ‚Feli’ who is as old as Molly, 2 years 8 months, Molly and Feli are quite happy with each other) is a successful accoucheuse (midwife) and runs her own small birthing centre – but does not know much about dogs. In her profession she is a bit on the alternative side, swears by Shamanic practices and deeply mistrusts mainstream medicine and MDs in general. Ok, that’s her own business. BUT: In spite of my warnings Feli was mated by a Maltese (‚A female dog should have a litter once in her life!’ is her opinion ) while her owner was on vacation in Peru (her housemaid managed the mating on October 31). Neither does my neighbour know the family of the Maltese nor does she really know if Feli is pregnant (‚her nipples have grown’, that’s what she found out).
She strictly rejects to see the vet with Feli, but is ready to ‚take the things as they come’ without preparing a lot for the delivery nor for the time after, with the puppies.
What I certainly will do is to hand her out the package of information which I have found on the internet with my best recommendations.
Now I ask myself: Do I worry too much – as my neighbour is a midwife by profession? What does a person have to observe by all means if a dog gives birth?