And yes, they are doing It. Clearly, JJ and Tooey both thought that today was the perfect day to try to start puppies.
Tooey went into season on April 23, so this would seem like the right time, just looking at the calendar. But there are no guarantees.
Tooey’s progesterone blood level has been checked every couple of days for the last week, and it is just not rising the desired levels. The vet said that it seems “stalled” at 3 ng/ml. Reading around on the web, I find a lot of variation on what the recommended level is for breeding, but most say that ovulation occurs at 5. So…
On the other hand, we can consider the analog method of making these determinations. While the potential sire is interested in the whole idea nearly the entire time the potential dam is in season, she is supposedly interested only when the time is “right”. Blood test? she says. We don’t need no stinking blood test.
Even so, another blood test will be done tomorrow with results available on Friday. So who knows? Maybe a mix of science and intuition will give us good news soon.
Note added on May 10: another tie today. Bloodwork be dammed!