This is an amazing photo produced by National Geographic a few years ago that will give you a very good indication of how the development is progressing this week for Daisy’s puppies. The puppies are now approximately 45 mm long and have begun to develop skin pigment. Their canine features continue to become more pronounced.Daisy is still a bit picky with her morning meals but always seems to enjoy the fresh turkey, chicken or beef that we add in along with fresh veggies or cottage cheese. Diet is extremely important at this stage as the puppies grow rapidly during these next few weeks. Hard to believe that we are only 20 days away from the “big event” !! We have already set up the whelping box and have begun to get everything in place so that we are prepared when the time comes….
Daisy continues to be in great spirits — still swimming like a puppy when we throw a stick into the lake and very much enjoying all the treasures that are revealed on our property now that the snow is disappearing. She loves to explore around the gardens and tree areas to see what the winter has left behind. She still enjoys playing with the others – although she is sleeping a bit more than usual and seems to like catching a quick nap in a quiet corner whenever she can.
Daisy’s abdominal area is now measuring 83 cm. and she definitely has a bit of a matronly waddle to her walk — but she is still as beautiful as ever !! Even though Steele is not the daddy for this litter he seems to keep a bit of a protective eye on her as though he senses the events that are about to come…. Maybe he will even be allowed into the delivery room if he keeps up his debonaire and gentlemanly charms !!
We will continue to do everything possible to help Daisy have a successful pregnancy and are looking increasingly forward to May 15th ~~ !!