Dolly's Cavapoo pups are now five days old and all doing really well. Tonight I have loaded up a video of them all suckling today. They are all there but two are not very visible as underneath the melee of their siblings. Just waiting on one person to get back to me and then all these pups have homes waiting for them. If you are on my waiting list and I have not contacted yet, sorry that a puppy has not been available to you from Dolly's litter and I will be in touch soon with news of Ysobel's coming litter and where you are waiting on her litter.
We already have one with a name. Dex, which is the golden boy and he will be joining his sister Luna from Dolly's last litter born back in October 2011. So I am able to put a name to him in photo's and being the only boy makes him pretty distinguishable. We will put collars on the pups in a couple weeks time, so this will make them more recognisable individually.
More photo's below taken today. One photo shows Dolly looking in over at her pups in the whelping box. When our bitches are confined with pups we never restrict them to just the whelping box but make a pen around the whelping box, which gives mum the chance to eat and drink away from her pups and when her pups are fed, lie away from them. A bitch for the first couple days will in most cases not leave their pups only to go to the toilet. Food and drink for the first couple days is offered in the whelping box but after eating the afterbirths of her pups, she will not eat that well for a couple days. Nature is amazing, as the pups are born the placenta that kept them alive, now will be what nourishes their mum and if a wild canid will help to keep them all alive whilst mum over the next couple days regains her strength, a wild canid will need to be back not long after birth with the pack hunting. Some will advocate removing the placenta before the bitch can eat it with the reason that she will have diarrhoea. A bitch will pass after eating the afterbirths a couple dark loose poo's after whelping but I feel the benefit of eating the placenta out weighs any negative, sometimes nature knows best.
Most bitches if afforded the room and the pups are in a warm whelping box, from around the third day after feeding and doing the puppies ablutions will prefer to take naps just lying outside the whelping box. This is not the mum rejecting her pups, as she will know when to go and feed them, when she starts to hear their dolcet tones calling her. If confined to just the whelping box very often this can cause the bitch stress if her pups are twenty four seven in her face.
I worked on a farm where they had a beautiful working collie bitch and when on heat once, the next farms handsome working collie came a calling and the result was six little collie pups. Lass had her pups, denned down deep in a stack of straw bales and the morning after having them, her love for the sound of the quad bike starting up was to much and to Freddie's surprise he looked around and their was Lass sat on the back of the bike ready for work. She went off did a couple hours sheep work and on return she was seen disappearing into the straw bales. She reared all the pups and still worked. I had the pups at eight weeks and homed them for the farm and they all made healthy working dogs. Its not natural for a bitch to be totally confined in with her pups and allowing a bitch freedom to come and go into her pups makes her a far better and relaxed mum. Imagine if you where looked in a room with your new born baby twenty four seven, I think you might get a bit cranky. Mum's care is as important as her 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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