In their first week of life the puppies are very vulnerable as they cannot regulate their own temperature so need to be kept warm and safe. We keep the whelping box at a temperature that allows the puppies to be safe while not being uncomfortable for Summer. The puppies spend lots of time snuggling up with her for comfort and warmth.
At this young age the neonates cannot hear and their eyes are not yet open, they are however pretty good at moving around in order to get to their mother for nursing. Summer is attentive and gentle, calm and content. I could sit and watch them for hours on end.
|Bert on the left and Ernie on the right.|