Photos (below) of Rosie's pups at eight and nine days old.
Trying to take a video(below) of the pups on the move and children start arriving home from work. Not a good idea.
Photos (below) of Rosie's pups at 6 and 7 days old. One week old and all rearing well. Rosie is doing a wonderful job with her pups. They are growing well and getting more active by the day. Any day now we should start to see the beginning of their eyes and ears opening.
Comforting scientific research for those with a dog with an incurable eye disease New Links Found Between Dogs' Smell and Vision
'Researchers have provided the first documentation that dogs' sense of smell is integrated with their vision and other unique parts of the brain, shedding new light on how dogs experience and navigate the world.'
Researcher Dr. Johnson explained about seeing with their noses, in an interview about her article:
"We've never seen this connection between the nose and the occipital lobe, functionally the visual cortex in dogs, in any species. When we walk into a room, we primarily use our vision to work out where the door is, who's in the room, where the table is. Whereas in dogs, this study shows that olfaction is really integrated with vision in terms of how they learn about their environment and orient themselves in it. They can still play fetch and navigate their surroundings much better than humans with the same condition. Knowing there's that information freeway going between those two areas could be hugely comforting to owners of dogs with incurable eye diseases. Veterinarians have long wondered how dogs with complete blindness have navigated so well in their environment, even in foreign and new environments. The olfactory connection we identified gives us an answer to this, and shows that they are less dependent on their eyes alone and likely use olfactory information to help navigate their world."
Rosie's pups get one day under their little belts. Rosie is doing a wonderful job caring for her new brood and all the pups seem to be doing well. Born with eyes closed and ears closed which will start to open from around 10 days old with eyes only starting to focus around four weeks old. It is amazing how they locate Mum by smell and vibration alone. At the moment they wriggle belly crawl to get around, by three weeks they can stand up and by around four weeks old most pups are able to walk.
Rosie gave birth to her first pup this morning at 6.01 am and gave birth to her ninth and last pup at 10.25 am. Five boys and four girls. Five born backwards and four born forwards. One of the Blenheim boys has rear leg dew claws on both legs. Great Great Grandmother Millie to Polly had dew claws on both back legs. Not so often seen outside the few breeds that call for hind dew claws.
Order of birth
6:01 Ruby boy 12 1/2 ounces born forwards
6:45 Tri girl 13 1/4 ounces born backwards
7:34 Blenheim boy 14 1/4 ounces born forwards
7:40 Blenheim boy 12 7/8 ounces born forwards
8:15 Blenheim girl 14 3/8 ounces born backwards
8:26 Black and tan girl 12 ounces born backwards
8:36 Black and tan boy 12 1/8 ounces born backwards
9:37 Tri boy 123/4 ounces born backward
10:25 Tri girl 11 ounces born forwards
Photos (Below) are warts and all. Too tired to go through and edit, so I loaded up all (I believe) 117 photos of the birth. Strong pups, calm and wonderful birthing by their Mum Rosie, as she did with her first litter. Now I just have to make sure Rosie is given every chance to rear them all safely. Surprised to get so much white and shows Rosie can produce pups with tan points. Will be interesting to see how much roaning out we get on the whiter pups. Enjoy!
Got this bit of video (below) of Rosie this morning around 7 am. Her temperature has dropped this morning and has based out and is now coming back up. If she steadily goes along as she did last time, I would expect the onset of labour by tomorrow morning. Fingers tightly crossed!
In just a couple days we can see that the movement of Rosie's pups (below) in her uterus has become stronger as the pups grow and get ready for being born. Her first due date is Friday. She could go any time now and we are taking her temperature every few hours trying to catch that temperature drop. A bitch close to whelping (giving birth) undergoes considerable hormonal changes that are essential for triggering contractions and the onset of labour. Oestrogen levels increase slightly but, it is progesterone levels in the blood, that have remained high until now maintaining the pregnancy, that will drop sharply. It is this information that a vet would determine whether a bitch is full term or not, if dates are not known of mating by checking her progesterone levels. This sharp drop in progesterone around 12 to 48 hours before the onset of labour, disrupts the bitch's body temperature, causing a transient drop in her temperature. Generally the temperature drop is 1°C compared to previous days. Catch that drop and you know that things are on the move and the bitch should not be left unwatched.
I took this video (below) of Rosie's pups moving on Sunday at just over eight weeks pregnant. Filmed for ten minutes and it's been really difficult to get it loaded up on here. Finally edited it into four bits of film. Still not loading very well. I have managed to get two bits of the video loaded up. I have just taken another bit of video of her today, which I'm going to try and load up to see how much stronger in a couple days the movements has got.
Jessica this morning secured Gold in the Three legged dog Armchair Jump Event. She will be eleven years old in October. When she lost one of her back legs at two years old, we were told not to expect her to make old bones because of the extra pressure on the hip joint of the remaining back leg. She obviously did not get the memo!
Rosie is doing really well. Been super careful with her over the last couple days with the heatwave making sure to not let her over exert herself and not to be out in the heat for any length of time. Basically during the worst of the heat out quickly for toilet time keeping to the shade. lovely to have it cooler today.
Rosie is now around seven weeks pregnant. Pups can be felt moving and Rosie is looking really well and coping well with the warm weather.
Our next litter is hopefully Autumn 2022
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