First days with the A-team

It’s taken me a few days to edit this, but here’s a snapshot of our Saturday night. It was quite nerve-wracking to be a part of the whelping process, and you feel a little bit helpless because the mother dog needs to do most of the work. Grace did well though, and we just had to assist – we’re very grateful for that because those whelping books were rather terrifying…

I’m aware people don’t usually post this kind of stuff – puppies just magically turn up and are announced when they’re a bit older. However, one important part of doing this puppy project is to show the work that goes into the process before a puppy goes to a new home. It’s also very rare for anyone to see this unless they are a breeder, so I want to share a glimpse for those who are interested.

I want to see a future where we have more healthy, well-adjusted dogs and the only way things will change is if we start thinking more about where dogs come from – that includes holding breeders to higher standards, but many people don’t know what they should be asking for. I can only be a small part of the solution, but it’s better than not at all.

3 days old

Busy busy! 3 days old and lots of places to be The books say pups this age only care about milk and warmth, but these speed nuggets are choosing different locations during the day – sometimes huddled together, sometimes taking some me-time snuggled into something soft, head or half a body squeezed into cushioning or switching which sibling they are cuddling up with.

For context, Grace carried all of these toys into the nest herself (either from the basket where they were stored or requested from the storage cupboard) and whenever we take them out she gets upset and brings them back. So, we let the mum have her way and watch them closely – they’re her favourites and Very Important, so maybe they make her feel more comfortable in this new life situation 🤷‍♀️

[Note: 4x speed!]

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