A trip to Melbourne to Dr Robin Stanley today. A nice long trip – the pups slept almost all the way. The screening was conducted through the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) One pup with normal eyes the others have slight PPM’s which Dr Stanley thought would absorb in the next few weeks. All pups with PPMs signed off as being clinically insignificant and will not cause any vision issues.
The puppies had their first vet visit today. Their first vaccination and microchips inserted. DNA swabs were also taken by Dr Sue for parentage verification. The pups took the whole experience in their stride and were paraded around the back surgery for the nurses to see.
Sierra’s puppies are living in the lap of luxury. Not one but 3 ‘mothers’. Sierra is extremely laid back with her fur-kids and it doesn’t worry her in the slightest if the other dogs come in for a look. In fact I now have nightly ‘fights’ as to whom will sleep with them. I’ve given up trying to explain that they are Sierra’s puppies. Halle (grand mother) has particularly taken them in as hers. Halle has even produced milk and is assisting in feeding and her cleaning is, as always, incredible. Meja (great grand mother) also like to nurture, no milk form her – she is a little long in the tooth for that.
The next phase in development is slowly starting. The pups eyes are beginning to open. This leads to further their interaction with one another and their personalities begin to form. Sierra is as patient as ever, lying quietly as a whirling dervish of puppies squirm and prod as they feed.
The puppies are one week old today. They had their dew claws removed last Thursday. Basenji’s are generally fantastic parents are Sierra is going with the ‘norm’ plus. She has no issues with the other dogs coming in to look at her kids. In fact Halle, Sierra’a dam, has rather taken to the pups and whilst Mum feeds them Halle cleans them – Team Tambuzi!
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