Photo's of Millie's Cavapoo pups & yesterday their eyes have started to open, so will soon have photo's of wide eyed pups. Although around 12 days onwards their eyes start to open it will be another week or two before they can truly focus them, so their world is a little blurry for a day or two.
For humans who have sight imagining a world without sight is scary & we are born seeing from day one although a little unfocused which makes me wonder why pups are born with closed eyes & not able to focus until around 28 days old, as if you converted this time in comparison to a human baby it would mean a baby not seeing until around 1 years old.
My oldest son & I where talking one night about pups not being able to see at birth & we came up with thinking it is to fine tune their nose & from day one to teach them to take notice of this sense more than sight, as breeds like Beagle's who have one of the best scenting noses have not the best sight & the same can be said for Bloodhounds & Basset's who rely on nose over sight. As a predator sight is only really used in close quarters for pack hunting dogs as they closen for the kill but to locate & track the prey the nose is the primary sense used.
We also talked about communication between dogs & subtle body langauge. Does this make their communication on a higher level than speech affords us humans. As humans most of us have lost the ability to read subtle body gesture's & very often what someone is saying & what their subtle body language is saying can be opposing. Imagine a world where a subtle look & movement could be all that is needed to get your message across. I do not think an app will ever be made to do this, lol, but unfortunately with technology at such a level now that we may lose this form of communication completely in years to come & find it only in our pets such as dogs, who may understand us more than a fellow human & some may feel their pooch has already reached that stage.
A bit philosophical tonight !
Smudge has been confirmed in pups today. The vet has said she is carrying at least 7 pups & maybe might be 8. This is a large litter for a Cavalier & especially as it is Smudge's first. Like her mum Millie she is a very laid back girl which helps when becoming a Mum. I can't deny I am a little worried for her as having big litters is not the best for mum & can over stretch the uterus causing uterine inertia which cause the contractions to be to weak to expel the pups & uterine inertia can also happen in long labours where the bitch gets exhausted. Very often when the bitch gets this from exhaustion a half ml of oxcytocin & this helps the bitch to contract & expel the pup but if caused by over stretching of the uterus normally a cesarean is best done first as last.
Smudge though is a big strong healthy Cavalier, so hopefully all will go well.
Reggie is having a girlfriend over for a few days with Fizz coming to visit him. Fizz is a Cavapoo we breed & is from Ysobel's first ever litter by my sister's Miniature Poodle Rollo. This will produce f1b's being three quarter Poodle & 1/4 Cavalier. Fizz's owner just wants one litter from her as they think she is so lovely to have one back herself & one for her sister. So hope Reggie works his charm as I will be very interested in the outcome of this mating.
Millie's Cavapoo pups are doing really well & will get more photo's up tomorrow.
Thought I better get some photo's up of Millie & her Cavapoo pups who are now just over a week old as they are growing so fast. It was a busy end to last week with my youngest & oldest child having their birthdays a day apart & at the weekend we took advantage of the weather with a walk along the Taw River & a picnic. Last night I went to blog then got bogged down in a mammoth email & then realised it was very late & with an early start this morning waited until now to catch up.
Millie's pups at this stage are growing so quickly & in a few days time we should start to see their eyes opening.
Smudge is booked in on Thursday morning for her 28 day scan & I am pretty confident she is in pups as a distinct string of beads can be felt in her uterus area. From around 21 to 35 days a bead like string can be felt in a pregnant bitch & then the spaces between the beads which are the pups fills & then feels like one solid mass anytime from 28 days onward. It takes experience to feel this & you should not palpatate a bitches uterus unless you know what you are doing because to heavy handed you could cause damage & for the bitch to abort.
So scanning Smudge will be for me to know roughly how many pups she is carrying to aid me in feeding her & preparation & actions taken when she goes into labour.
Lastly Jessica's DNA results have arrived & she is normal for Curly Coat, Dry Eye & Eposodic falling.
Millie's Cavapoo Pups
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Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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