I've thought for the last week or so that Elli must be coming into her first season, as Ian's interest in her hindquarters has increased markedly. Sure enough, last night began the bleeding portion of the festivities. Though I've always lived around dogs, we never had any intact females, so this is also a first for me. Since I never did get around to ordering any "bitches britches," I'll be fast depleting the rag bag.
And since Mother Nature can never be convenient about these things, it was of course on the eve of my 16-hour workday, meaning it will be solely up to my husband to be responsible for clean-up and to keep an eye on both Ian and Elli to make sure Ian isn't getting TOO friendly with his sister. (We do NOT live on North Haven, after all.) Is it wrong to admit I was a little amused by the whiff of panic coming off of him?
I do have some questions I'll need answered though, namely: 1) How long does the heat cycle last? 2) When during the cycle is the bitch actually fertile? 3) Does the bleeding last the entire cycle or does it taper off before the fertile time?
Oh! And 4) Is my husband likely to survive the experience?