Dolly's pups are now 12 days old & just starting to see their eyes open. Have just had to slide in a higher plank at the front of Dolly's whelping box as twice today one of the black pups has managed to get over the lower plank & found sucking Mum who was lying just the other side. Although still unseeing & unable to hear they are getting quite mobile & can be seen taking their first wobbly steps. The sense of smell the pups have is pheonomenal as you watch Mum arrive & just by smell alone the litter will turn straight towards Mum & straddle & now wobbly towards her & at arrival use the smell of her milk & touch to locate a teat. They can be fooled slightly with sucking as when we are nursing them they will happily suction on to your finger, top lip or ear lobe but soon realise they are not getting any milk.
The children are now making regular visits to nurse the pups & get them used to being handled. We have had several wet hands tonight as the boys bits only have to have a slight touch & they wee. The girls already at this age are slightly more refined & you tend to escape with a dry hand after nursing them. My children are used to pups & their accidents but do not appreciate it when its a sticky poopy hand that they get from nursing a pup at this young age.
At this age bodily functions are encouraged by Mum licking them & then Mum cleans it all up to, so nursing a pup at this age can stimulate the effect Mum has when licking them. Around 3 to 4 weeks they start to control their own motions without needing encouragement from Mum although Mum is still happy to clean up the mess.
Ysabel' pups are a week old today & they are all doing really well with Tinkerbell looking more like Tubbywell. Ysabel is happy for her daughter to visit her half siblings as a couple days ago she just wandered in with Ysabel & Ysabel was unconcerned having Primrose with her but no other dog at this time is allowed in at this time. Normally from 4 to 5 weeks Mum relaxes of & allows pups to mingle in the pack.
Some photo's of the rest of the gang tonight & a video of Dolly showing one way if your little how to feed 8 growing pups. Enjoy !
Dolly & her Cavapoo pups
Ysabel & her cavapoo pups
“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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