Other than our daily gentle exercise, Mitten has been spending most of her time on the dog bag by the fire. Mitten is working hard for her pups right now, giving them most of her energy. Both girls have claimed Moose's red dog bed and refuse to give it back. (Moose is definitely unimpressed)
This week, Dad (Lawrence) will make Mitten a wonderful new whelping box. Maple has decided the green one is hers and she WON'T be sharing. Mitten does not mind, she would prefer to be by the fire anyway. Mitten will begin spending her nights in her whelping area to get acquainted and cozy. Mitten tends to be somewhat more reliant on humans than her sister. She does not care for change so her entry to the whelping area will be a gradual one.
At this time, Maple seems to be carrying most of her pups in her ribcage, her belly should begin to "drop" this week. Maple's whelping box is in the master bathroom now but will most probably be moved out into our living room alongside her sister. We usually whelp in our bathroom but it is just simply too cold for the girls this winter.
Two Side Notes for Puppy Parents:
Here are my thoughts:
- Nails should be trimmed weekly for the entirety of our dogs life. This establishes healthy nails as well as proper movement. If nails are left too long on dogs, they will actually be walking on their nails and this will lead to joint issues. Dogs (Obviously, I know) are meant to walk on their paws. Nails should NEVER touch the ground.
-Now, that being said, I know many people are intimidated by nail trimming. They fear they will hurt their dog. If you do not learn, this is true. But nail trimming is easy and should be done by us.
-So, when you come to get your puppy and if you are unsure of nail trimming, I am MORE than happy to do a demo on nail trimming.
Second, this is a kind request to send all emails and messages to AubertsAiredales@gmail.com ; please do not use Facebook messaging. I like Facebook but I would prefer to have all emails in one place. I have many puppy parents and I am finding that messages sent on FB go under the radar. Feel free to comment and message but if it's a question about the litter or pups, just send me an email. My intention is to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you!
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