I watched the last one being born at 12:30pm. And then there were six!
I've never seen the whole procedure, so didn't know how long it took, and how the mother looked after them. So it was an interesting day watching nature take it's course.
But that didn't mean we didn't get some work done too!
Kevin, getting ready to scrub the roof.
Should be done every three months!
And of course with the rain and humidity here during the summer months, it should have been done before now. I got the front half done, and that was the worst of it. I'll finish the rest up another day this week.
Meanwhile, there was also activity going on under the motorhome!
By mid morning, there were four.
But then around noon, I was sitting on the lounge chair reading, and I had a good view of the activity under the motorhome from there. Missy was just lying there, and the pups were feeding when all of a sudden she got up, nudged the pups into a pile, and went and lay down a foot and a half away. All of a sudden, I watched a new puppy arrive! It happened so quickly! This one was a little bloody looking, and I figured it had to be the last one. I called Ruth outside, and we watched how she handled the situation.
The puppies in the nest. Here there are five!
And here's Missy with number six, only a minute or so old.
She picked it up, and hard enough to make it squeal. We were a little worried for a second, but she set it down and cleaned it up. She then stayed away from the other puppies for most of the afternoon and fed just the one. It was kind of odd.
She temporarily put the newest one with the others, but somehow it made it's way back to her.
She left the others alone most of the afternoon.
What do they say? Three days before they open their eyes?
Just before dinner, she went and lay down and fed the rest of them. Everything seems fine this morning, and mom and babies are doing fine.
By the way, some of you might think that this is just a stray Mexican dog, but that's not the case. She's lived pretty much her whole life here at Rancho Altarose RV Park, and she's well fed and well looked after. But, she's an outdoor dog and this is where she chose to have her pups, so this is where she can stay for the time being. I guess we're staying put for another week or so!
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