Silver's pregnancy x-rays
Yes, they are really in there. Three years ago at about this time this is what we saw when we got x-rays to find out how many puppies were inside. Although they don't show up on this photo, each black dot represents the center of a puppy head. These pictures were taken at 45 days from the first day of breeding and was too early for a clear definition of the puppies skulls. Their bones were just beginning to calcify and only made a slight impression on the x-ray. The vet took three different shots hoping for a clearer pictures. Though this x-ray only shows four puppies, they confirmed at the time there were six. We later got x-rays done at 54 days confirming there were 10 puppy skeletons inside. Their heads were near the bottom while their spines went up to Silver's backbone.
54 day x-ray.
Can you find 10 puppy heads?
At about the seventh week I was able to feel movement from the puppies closest to the pelvic region. I could lay my hand on them and feel this flutter under Silver's fur. At eight weeks I was able to feel a few of the puppies individually, but there was nothing like seeing that first x-ray and having solid proof they were really in there. It was one thing to feel and know, it was another to actually see them. I was unable to take my eyes off the x-ray pictures as reality began to really sink in. It was exciting and scary and humbling all at the same time. We were going to be Grandparents!!
There is something about those moments that quiet you and thrill you all at the same time. Silver's entire pregnancy was such wonderful and beautiful experience. We were so honored to partake in the journey of the beauty of life that was created by two such unique dogs. It was worth all the worries and fear, to have all of the love that surrounded us each day about the true meaning of life.
I can still not put into words how seeing those x-rays made me feel and I don't know that I ever could. The beauty and mystery of it, I can never forget.