Dear Dr Gary, Thanks very much for this! It clarifies the situation perfectly and I have just one, well 3 follow ups. My daughter Clara(whose dog it is and the one who wanted her to have puppies) is now calmly sitting in Oxford, while I'm the one looking after Lilly and if I'm honest, wary of the dangers of a large litter that we would in any case just sell or give away... What is the point of 'breeding' if you're not a professional? Will Lilly 'miss' the experience of not having children?! Is she less likely to catch something nasty if she is spayed - in short should she be spayed if no litter is envisaged? You are the umpire on this one! Kindest, Oliver
She's fine thanks but reluctant to go far on her usual walk - perhaps 'cos she knows that the boys will be there - indeed I had to pick her up yesterday to keep a sex-craved acquaintance at bay - I shall take your advice in a few weeks (though haven't heard from Clara yet!) O
ps Gave you a glowing report and thank you!