Congratulations Mitten & Perch!!
Today was our FIRST big day! We went on a car ride to the veterinarian, where they removed our dew claws and docked our tails. Our tails will be quite longer than Mom's as our human parents prefer Airedales with a more "standard" tail length, not so short. If you are curious what our tails will look like when we are adults, check out photos of our friend, Mugo.
At this time, Mitten's puppies have four primitive reflexes; burrowing, suckling, perineal and carrying. Their nervous system is still developing so in the meantime, these reflexes assist in their survival. The burrowing reflex makes the pups search for warm parts of their mother to snug up to. The suckling reflex enables the pup to drink it's mothers milk. The perineal reflex activates bodily elimination and the carrying reflex encourages the puppies to stiffen when picked up at the neck.
The pups are unable to regulate their own body temperature and are born deaf and blind.
Everyone is enjoying the presence of puppies in our house again! Even Bonsai, the pomeranian, is curious about the new activities and sounds coming from the master bathroom.
Maple spends most of her time grooming herself or laying by the door to Mitten's puppy area. Once a day, Maple has the opportunity to go in and visit with her sister to check out her nieces/nephews. She waits for that moment ALL DAY! She's a very devoted Aunt and sister to Mitten. The bond between Maple and Mitten is truly something beautiful.
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