On February 3 and 4, Faithfull delivered her litter of ten in the whelping box my husband and children had made for her just the day before. Nothing like cutting it close! This is her not quite sure she likes her set up.
The mattress is there because Mouse sleeps with her beloved Faithfull until she starts delivering. Last year, Faithfull woke her up by laying a newly born puppy on her! As soon as things got started, the mattress moved out so Faithfull and her puppies could have plenty of room.
And it didn’t take long at all before puppy number one came along.
And number two.
And number three.
And numbers four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and finally ten!
And for all that work, mama defnitely deserved a little nap with her newborns.
Marley, the papa of the litter, so wanted to know what was going on in that box. Everyone was paying so much attention to those squirmy, squeaky things, he knew it had to be something special.
But alas, Faithfull is a good mama and not quite ready to share her litter. Her people are allowed to touch. And to fall in love.
But for now, Papa has to wait.
I will post more about English Shepherds and how we raise our puppies later, but for those who are interested in more information, this is a link to our puppy blog that covers her last litter, including what we do to help make housebreaking easier and provide them with a stimulating environment to make their transition to their new homes easier. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact me and I will answer as soon as I can!