On October 5th our neighbors invited us to a celebration for Roger's 60th birthday. Brandon and I thought to go for a bit as Winnie seemed fine and it's just next door. After dressing, however, I decided to stay behind. She looked ready. Sure enough labor started but first pup didn't appear until midnight. She rested and had another at 1 a.m. Then she rested. When she didn't continue with labor at 4 a.m. I started looking at my vet options. Of course it's Sunday morning at 4 a.m. so my options are limited. The Missoula Pet Emergency Center invited us in and we gathered what we could think to bring and went in. Luckily our kids are teens and could take care of the rest of the animals because we would not return home for many hours. At 6:30 a.m. Winnie was given Oxytocin to help her contractions and she gave us our third pup. However the x-rays the vet took showed six more inside. 2 more shots were given and no more pups appeared. At 11 a.m. a C-section was preformed. Winnie seemed strong just not in labor so I felt confident she would pull through but would any of the six pups inside make it? Brandon and I hadn't rested properly and I was not sleepy at all just wired. I walked down Reserve and thought "I am grateful to have three and mom." But hoping for more. Anything more! I wondered and fretted would any babies survive beyond the 3? At 2 p.m. a technician appeared and said she had 6 pups for me. I was happy to hear some lived. Then she brought me to them and I wept. She meant 6 more!!!!! They had all 9 of Winnie's pups alive!!! She saw my shock and comforted me as I told her how grateful I was and truly astonished that we didn't loose a pup. Winnie was spayed during the operation and no sign as to why she stopped labor. She's exhausted, sore and ready for home but still sweet and tail wagging. I went to bed at 8 and slept until midnight as I have to relieve my family from puppy duty. They have school and work. It's okay the one thing I like more than sleep are babies. Thank you Pet Emergency Center!