Dr. Young said that, while their hearts were beating, essentially Whiskey's babies were stillborn, never having taken a breath on their own - and they tried for hours. Joy, Jim and Jess asked that I tell you how very appreciative they are for all the prayers and support. Their hearts are broken (Joy said she literally went through a box of tissues today) but they knew Whiskey's was a high risk pregnancy. She is only 8 months old - that's sort of like a 12 or 13 year old human giving birth. She's biologically capable of conceiving, but her body was not yet ready to nurture babies.
I know our audience is the choir, but this is yet another example of why it is so important to spay and neuter - early! Had Whiskey given birth in the wild, she would not have lived, either - her first baby was stuck in the birth canal. Had it not been for the long, hard work by the vets and techs (at the Banfield, White Marsh, PetSmart, where Joy and Jess volunteer), our Whiskey would not be with us.
But Whiskey is with us... and doing well... and that's cause to rejoice! She is resting comfortably and J2 has set up crates side by side in the living room for Whiskey and Tango to recover from their surgeries. Yes, Tango went in, as scheduled, for his neuter this morning before Whiskey's condition went into crisis. And now Joy & Jim have to figure out how to get two fiesty little semi-ferals to take their pain meds and amoxi!
Wish them luck and not too many scratches, folks (I know they'll do fine - they are two persistent humans!) and, once again, thank you for you immediate outpouring of support! You can't know how much it has meant!