I've been exceptionally lucky to be able to keep most of my litter of puppies. Not only has it been fun but it's been a great learning process, too. This week I had yet another lesson in genetics. Over the last week I took all the Porties to the vet for annual checkups. Everyone did great but when the blood reports came back we learned that all the girls have low thyroid levels and need a supplement. That means that all Samba's surviving puppies are hypothroid like their mother. Dr B has suggested that I report this to the breed club.
I've been able to observe these dogs from their first breath straight thru to adulthood. They are a close group and enjoy each other's company. They occasionally have a spat but have never actually gotten nasty with each other, though they can get too rough with other dogs not in their family group. They also form little sub groups or best friends. Lola and Bailey are BFFs and like to go off by themselves to play. Tess and Norma Jean are BFFs as were Noah and Sky. Since Sky's death, Noah and Tess have become close.
Fudge likes water and is a lazy retriever too. He's not much of a hunter and he's a good sleeper but he loves to jump and spin. He's passed those techniques on to all his pups. They all jump, especially Tess and Norma Jean and they all spin. Dinnertime can be very interesting around here. As I'm busy filling their bowls, they're all spinning as fast as they can go. A stranger observing this would think they were in a looney bin and they'd be partially correct.
I'm very grateful that I've had this opportunity to closely observe a whole litter from start to finish and I think they're all very happy to have spent their lives together. We include Gracie in our group because we're in close touch with her Mom and we see her several times a year. If you ever get the chance to raise a litter of puppies, grab it. It's a lot of work, but it's so rewarding.