Being stuck behind two!
I was recently trundling behind a stream of cars at 11mph, when my eye followed the line to the leading cars it was not one, but two learner drivers. It was apparent these were causing the tailbacks.
Now to be fair, when I’m behind a learner driver I’m always patient, all drivers know how difficult learning to drive initially is.
When I had my first lesson with the family instructor he asked me ‘Do you know how to drive?’ , I thought it pretty apparent I couldn’t otherwise why would I need lessons? I answered ‘No’, and he replied ‘Oh both your brothers did!’ well that figures!
Now I like to think, and I’m told I’m a pretty good driver. Since getting my current car in September I’ve travelled 25,000 in just 7 months! I’m a pretty confident driver but now driving an auto it’s even easier.
I’ve driven in many parts of Europe in my own car and even in a left-hand manual rental. That totally messes with your brain as everything is mirrored, changing gear with opposite hand, and rear view mirror in the wrong place.
Many are surprised that it took me three attempts to pass my test!
My instructor was gobsmacked with my previous fails, even he thought I was pretty good novice driver. I failed first by not changing down gear quick enough when going up a really steep hill and the second time attempting to join a roundabout and stopping when I saw traffic joining from a concealed tunnel. I drive both of these junctions pretty much on a daily basis ever since!
What's this got to do with dog breeding?
Breeding is no different and perseverance is key.
I recently helped a first time breeder with two French Bulldogs. They wanted to mate their own dog to their own bitch, they Progesterone Blood tested and A.I as both were maiden and clueless, but the following day he managed a few natural matings too. He was sperm tested and was cooking on gas.
I scanned her at 30 days post mating and she was in pup, but disappointingly with just one. The owners were gutted, and rightly so, they had done everything they should have for her to be carrying a litter of six at least. They shouldn’t be disheartened and if they decide to do it again they should with the same optimism they had previously. Like I had to on my second and third driving test attempt!
Solo litters are generally a little more complex than your average litter. The worry is the pup will be too big to be delivered naturally or that she won’t actually progress in labour.
I put together a report about Solo Puppy litters and how you might need to change with your breeding practices in preparation, full details here.
This is where Sara Lamont the Canine Family Planner founder of HomeScan & Pet Mate Services will be sharing her observations in the world of canine breeding accrued from three decades in the field.