Today the pups are one week old and doing exceptionally well. Princess has proved to be a jewel of a mother and the pups health and well-being vouches for this.
It's quite warm in the shed during the day, but there is ample ventilation so Princess and pups are very comfortable
The litter of seven clamoring to get at the milk bar!Not only is Princess feeding, cleaning and mothering them, in every sense of the word. She is wildly protective of them as well. Michael and I are permitted to work in the doggie nursery: Michael keeps the place scrupulously clean and replenishes Princess' water regularly. I am allowed to place her food bowl between her paws so she can eat while she, in turn, feeds her babies. I also stroke and cuddle the pups and of course, photograph them in all their cuteness.
Lately I've noticed that when Princess is out stretching a leg, she often hurtles past my window as if chasing something. Yesterday I checked and she was chasing something; several somethings, in fact! She doesn't eat much of her food that is brought from the Guest House (because I feed her so well!) so the sparrows, Cordon-bleus, crows and hadedas enjoy the spoils from her large feeding bowl. Normally the dogs don't mind sharing their food with the birds. But suddenly Princess is more concerned with the proximity of the long legs and beaks that the ibis yield, that she keeps them off the yard!
The peace-loving Ibis wouldn't hurt Princess' pups!
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