Dolly's pups are 4 days old now & all seems well. A video & numerous photo's of the brood below. These little pups should be aiming to double there body weight by the first week being born from 5 to 8 1/2 oz & already today all have put on 4 oz at least. This is amazing work by Mum as with such a big litter for a Cavalier you might expect the weight gain in the first week to be below average but Dolly is yet again proving a super Mum with her abundant milk & very relaxed manner to it all.
Ysabel is now looking close to the home straight & will be keeping me up tonight on the sofa bed. Not sure she will come tonight but being so close now & with her temperature dropped, off her food & vigorous bed digging I would not risk leaving her unobserved.
Hope to have some news tomorrow as I will be off to the vets late morning for Lucy's scan with my Mum stepping in as midwife while I do this. Lucy is around 28 days from mating now so hope to get a good scan to confirm that she is in pups.
Ysabel in the photo's below in one of are whelping beds. We use newspaper pre & during birth as Mums can scratch it around between births as very often just before a pup is born a Mum will vigorously dig & then after a birth any wet can easily be removed & replaced with clean.
“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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