3 days old and doing amazing! Dora is very much a typical first timer, being hyper attentive and easily stressed if they get too far from her. Just like she has always been with me, she always wants to be as close as possible, always touching all of them. She is so tired because every sound they make sets her into cleaning and nosing them around, but this will settle down in time. She has only left them three times since they were born, twice to potty, first time taking almost a full 24 hours after delivering, (which is completely normal) and once last evening while I working working nearby the whelping room, she came over and pressed against me, I sat and pet her as long as she wanted and I could just tell she needed some me time with her person. She has grown close to me and is completely trusting.
Her eating habits have completely changed since delivering, before she ate and drank so slow and not a lot, now she eats and drinks so fast she almost chokes herself, poor girl! I wonder if it's a hold over from her past when she no doubt didn't get fed properly. Currently I am still holding her dishes next to her so she can eat and drink as she is glued to them and won't leave for anything. She is getting the royal treatment with lots of meals in bed
The puppies are doing wonderfully, eating well and crawling around. The reason they aren't wearing whelping collars like my litters normally do is because the collars are too big, the babies are so tiny, here in a week or so I will be able to put their collars on, which they will be wearing for quite some time no doubt before they can switch to big puppy collars. They are growing like weeds thanks to their mom's huge milk supply, I think she could have had 2-3 more and still had more than enough milk to feed them all!
Though they cannot see or hear at this age, their sense of smell is extremely good, and so that is the area of socialization that is focused on. I spend lots of time each day petting and holding the puppies, by being handled and cuddled it begins the process of getting them accustomed to body handling, and makes them feel warm and comfortable, and since their ability to smell is so good, they quickly begin associating human smell with pleasant things, starting their bond with people right away. Raising good puppies starts from the moment they are born!
Breakfast in bed
Jasper getting cuddles
Current setup for the puppies