Had a wee bit of an anxious moment this morning after taking Sparkle's temperature. It was 99.5 F - down a whole degree from the last 3 days. One of the signs of impending labour is a drop in body temperature of about 1 degree that stays down. This signals that labour will begin in 24 hours. So, a week before the due date, one should take their girls temperature so that one will know when that drop occurs. As the due date draws nearer, one should take the temperature more frequently.
So, I took her temperature a few hours later and it is back up to 100.3 F. I don't expect pups in the next 24 hours, however, I anticipated her due date for April 14th - but, I think maybe it might be sooner.
None-the-less, the whelping box will be installed today and all the whelping equipment will be at hand and ready.
It has been my experience that dogs instinctively know when it is a holiday - because they just love having their owner take them to the vet under emergency circumstances after hours, on weekends and most especially if it involves a statutory holiday...they hate seeing their owners with any money in their bank account.