Have been trimming claws today, really only dew claws need trimming on are dogs as all of them get enough running around to keep the other claws worn down. The dew claw is a little pad with a claw which appears on both front legs on the inside about 2-3cm up from the paw, they can also be found on the inside of the back legs of some dogs still and I have two dogs with dew claws on their back legs which are Millie with a claw on both back legs & Pippa who only has one back leg with a dew claw. These claws need to be checked regularily as they recieve no natural wear & will keep growing & curl back round into the dogs paw causing injury & pain to your dog. They are thought to be the remains of a fifth pad & claw much like are thumb, but through evolution is slowly disappearing due to the fact that it is not really needed, in a lot of working dogs they are removed at birth because they are prone to tearing them of in later life with then the risk of damage & infection to the leg.
Caught Millie with her pups regurgatating again to day. This is a very primeveal instinct which most Mums will do if allowed. It is when the bitch eats & then goes in with their pups when they are from about 6-8 weeks. The pups should have the natural instinct to crowd Mum around her face & lick her mouth around the corners & this will then make the Mum bring up her stomach contents & is the way wolves feed their pups in the wild until old enough to chew & ripe raw meat & bones themselves. Millie though can get a bit to enthusiastic doing this & you have to be careful that she is digesting some of her food as she could then lose weight, so the best thing to do is when you feed the Mum do not let her in with her pups for at least 2 hours by then the food is to far along the digestive system to be regurgatated. Today though is Sunday & most Sundays we have Roast Dinner & today was chicken which after, as we always have two chickens we strip all the soft tissue off & give the dogs a treat which includes Millie. After eating her treat, I saw her jumping in with her pups thinking she's going to give them a little drink, forgetting about her regurgatating to then see her bring up every thing she had just eaten, so the pups also got Roast Chicken today.
“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
Hello, I am Jane!