This is just a brief email to let you know that Rogue is doing great. Her belly is definitely big and round and feels like she's got some Mexican jumping beans in there! In the week prior to delivering, it always seems I start to notice the babies moving in mom's belly and the closer she gets to bringing them into the world, the busier they get!
Since Rogue is far enough along to go at any time now, we have been monitoring her temperature. The past two days she has been at 100.2 F and 100.1 F. This is a normal lower end temperature for a dog. Typically, when a dog is getting ready to have babies, her temperature will drop about 24 hours in advance of labor. This means that if Rogue's temperature drops to somewhere around 98.5-99.0, we will know to start camping out in preparation for new arrivals!
Other signs that a dog is getting ready to go into labor includes decreased appetite (or stopping eating completely), digging and scratching at the nestbox, and pacing. Rogue is still eating a little, but not much (she holds out for biscuits). I have her nestbox clean and lined with towels, but no digging yet.
Based on all of the signs and symptoms, I strongly suspect Rogue will have her puppies on Friday night into Saturday...but we will see. When I find out more, I'll make sure to let you know!
PS - I sure hope this all made sense, because I am literally falling asleep at the computer writing this!!!!!