Great news! Dixie had her puppies Friday night between 8:30 pm and 4:30am. (She was due today) Wow, I had no idea it took so long! We have 5 white males and 2 white females! It was an exhausting night, but very exciting. Everything went very smoothly. I felt rather relaxed throughout the process since it all seemed so similar to my own natural childbirths. Though Dixie did have it worse in that she had to go through delivery 8 times in a single night. Yes, she had 8 puppies, but the last one was a still born. I knew immediately, as it was smaller, lifeless, and did not look well formed. My daughter was a little sad about it, but I said it was just natures way. It would be much worse to have a puppy die after birth.
One thing that is interesting from a genetic point of view, is that all the puppies are pure white, except the second born, who is a very light almost beige-white. Isn't that interesting from a genetics point of view!? Both parents have the double recessive white gene, but even then there are variations. Nonetheless, my research indicates that that puppy too will turn white as she matures!
Dixie is being a great mom and the puppies are nursing well. We will keep you posted on the progress of the puppies. It is a very exciting experience all round!