The early days of a pup they are in overdrive growing, so that is why I try to get as many photo's as possible up, so people that can only visit us once before picking up their pup can get an idea of how much Mum puts into from day one until they leave her.
They are now two days old and I can see them growing before my eyes. All our girls are happy to have humans around their pups from day one and with Smudge she is also not worried about the other dogs peeping over the partition to catch a glimpse of her babies. For Treacle and Henry this is their first experience of hearing and seeing a litter of pups in the home and Treacle on hearing the first pup sqeaking kept woofing at first , as if to say, "What's that ?" but now takes no notice. As I said last night Henry was a bit weary of me and I think this was due to the fact he could here Smudge yelp as a pup was expelled but could not see her, but could see me in where the noise came from, so I think he was a little worried I was hurting her, but he's okay now with me and enjoys looking over the partition at the pups. He has a close friendship with Smudge, so I understand his concerns for her. The photo's show our two youngest in with them this evening and they only go in with the pups under strict supervision, our children don't know life without dogs, as I and my ancestors before me would of not known what it was like to not have a dog, so handling a dog/puppy is second nature to them.
Sorry to people waiting on me contacting them, I had to go and source a new washing machine today as we are getting to a code red for laundry in the home, new washing machine is now in situ, no clean underpants crisis averted, I will get to it tomorrow.
Finish on a video of Smudge and her pups. When the pups are first born up to around two weeks old they need to be kept at an ambient temperature of between 29 C to 35 C and as you can imagine this can be uncomfortable for Mum along with the fact her stomach is also insulated with her teats full with warm milk adding to the warmth she is feeling, so when Mum is nursing her pups she will tend to pant heavily due to the heat. Smudge was heavily sleeping, so we can hear her snoring heavily in the video, all short/flat nosed breeds snore to a certain extent and can be a sign of an underlying issue with their airways, especially if they snort and have a rapid or laboured respiratory rate when awake. Although Smudge is a snorer , she seems to not be effected in her breathing when awake and on the go.
It is said of dogs, "If Mum is not panting nursing her newborn pups, you have not got them warm enough." Listen out for the lovely suckling sounds.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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