Daisy had seven darling girls on Saturday, October 4! She did really well and delivered all of them in about 4 hours.
During delivery we got to witness the sweetest thing. After a pup is born the mama is immediately attentive to cleaning the puppy (with some help from me) which helps stimulate breathing and gets blood flowing. The puppy then crawls up to the mom to snuggle and nurse and get warm. It's quite a thing to see a little deaf and blind newborn find and bond with her mother. Once labor/pushing starts with the next pup the mom will stand up and start to pace and turn around so we move the already delivered puppy out of the way to make room for the next baby.
So, during Daisy's delivery we moved the pups into a dog bed just outside the whelping box where they started to whine and cry. That's where Sadie came in! She trotted over and licked the pups and then laid down in the bed so they could nurse and get warm. She stayed until Daisy was done delivering and we moved all seven puppies into the whelping box with her. So sweet! We love to see mothers helping each other. It reinforces our belief that we all need each other in this world.
She is such a sweet mama! Daisy is especially attentive she keeps the pups and the whelping box completely clean.
All of the girls are turning into little butterballs--they have their eyes open and are learning to walk instead of crawl.