The sixth of September eight years ago.
Well it actually started on the fourth of September. Old Erna, that wasn´t that old back then but still to old to get her first puppies to be honest. She hated most dogs back then, all actually except for one of her brothers and that gave the result of my two boys Orvar and Hector🙂🙂🙂 Naturally I hadn´t planned for her to have puppies and especially not with her brother but some things is just out of control. I can still remember the day Erna was born (a day and night of horror🙂🙂🙂 )and really didn´t want to go through with something like that again🙂🙂🙂
I remember that the contractions started on thursday morning and I remember taking the day off from work, I worked late shift that week so I didn´t work on Fridays. I knew this could take some time and sha was a bit early so I didn´t worry that much to be honest. I had put some white sheets in her bed so I could see if the water had broken, it gets green when it dries up You see. The contractions came and went but she didn´t seem to worry too much about them. This continued all night and I was up all the time just to be sure to be able to help if she wanted and needed it. This continued all Friday and she started to look a bit tired (who wouldn´t be🙂🙂 ) but I checked the white sheets and couldn´t see anything green at all.
I must have dosed off an hour or so during the night towards Saturday and it must have been then the water broke and she rearranged the sheets in her bed. But I was worried that nothing had happened and I called the vet several times, unfortunately it wasn´t my regular vet. Instead it was a young guy that didn´t think dogs were especially important when one could work with cows and horses instead. So every time I called him he only answered that he didn´t have the time and that I should call the big animal hospital in the next town. They always had a vet stationed at the hospital except for this time. Some kind of flu had hit the entire staff so they had closed for the first time ever🙂
Suddenly I saw that the water had broken and that it also was completely dry! I called him once again and he just gave me the same answer and when I told him the hospital was closed he said that they never close so I should try them again!! So I called a small veterinary station in Falköping and the vet, a substitute veterinarian from Denmark with a strange accent that I thankfully could understand though said I could come but that they didn´t have the necessary equipment if they needed to do a caesarean. She realized immediately that she could do nothing and said why don´t You call the big hospital🙂🙂
Fortunately one of the original vets came in just to check how things were going for the substitute and the first thing she said was, why don´t You call the big hospital🙂🙂🙂 It´s a bit strange really but they never seems to belive what one says so they need to call the big hospital themselves. Then she called the vet at my regular place and then he suddenly realized that he had made a fool of himself but still he was very reluctant to call any other vet at the station and said it would take hours for them to come to work. Well I know they don´t live further away from the station than I do so that was just a sad excuse to be honest.
But she called around and found an open place in a city called Jönköping, around 10 mil (62 miles) away and the last thing she said was hurry because she doesn´t have long time left. That was great to hear when one hasn´t slept more than two hours in two days. already on the way there I started to believe my car was breaking down, I have no idea why but that thought sort of got stuck in my head🙂 I had gotten a description on how to get to this vet station but was tired and somewhat high on coffee and missed it totally. But pure luck made me turn in to a road that led straight to the vet station🙂🙂
This vet station was a fantastic place. First they took care of Erna and then they placed me in a room with comfortable sofas and a tv, They gave me something to eat, I really don´t remember what it was and told me to sleep if I could. I knew that two puppies already had homes and I thought that I could take care of one or two myself so I said that only bring me four of them (if any survived, the only important thing was that Erna made it) and I don´t want to choose wich to keep. But I didn´t have to think of that in the end anyway.
It turned out that four of the eight puppies already were dead or dying with little chance to make it and suddenly they came in with a little trolley. First I only saw one giant puppy but then I realized that there were three tiny ones beside it🙂 The huge one was of course Orvar🙂🙂 I guess it was he who blocked the way for all the others.
Now even higher on coffee and still even more tired I started to drive home. The feeling of the car breaking down and the words that Erna wasn´t allowed to wake up beside the puppies so she didn´t hurt or kill them in the confusion after waking up sort of gave me a feeling of panic. This was also the first night of frost so I wondered all the way how I could keep the puppies warm if the car broke down and I had to wait for some friend to drive and pick me up. But there was absolutely nothing wrong with my car and i came home with both Erna and the puppies without problems🙂 It turned out that Erna was a lousy mother I really didn´t want the puppies around her. She gave them food and washed them bay that was it🙂🙂 But she was especially nasty towards Hector, she just couldn´t stand him and the other puppies didn´t like him especially much either, so he is sort of my very special dog🙂 But Orvar did change his mind when he was around six months old and now he stays close to Hector all the time🙂 Erna however didn´t change her mind about him until she was eleven years old (and he five).
I naturally told the original vet what had happened that weekend and after that I´ve been very nicely treated by them. I could see how he was embarrased when I told him how this young kid (he´s younger than me so I can call him kid🙂 ) refused to help me in any way and that I had to drive all that way to get help. everyone can do stupid choices and mistakes so I still go to this vet and there´s no better place to go. But I have to admit that I really don´t like to talk to this kid anyway🙂
Time for something to eat I feel and later today they show Eureka on channel six🙂
Have a great day!