Arabelle is definitely pregnant. Based on when we saw Ritter and her mate, she is due on April 27th. (They are from different litters by the way.)
We are scheduled to be away from the farm on a family vacation at that time, but we have good people here and know she is in good hands.
We came up with the following "whelping box" for Arabelle on the porch. JB even worked it out that we can peer in through our bedroom window!
Our plan was to have one litter of puppies and then get the dogs fixed. We thought it would be fun for the kids, and we could make back a little of the costs of buying the dogs.
Arabelle is slowing down considerably and getting quite large. I'll take her to the vet on Friday for an X-ray so we know how many pups to expect.