This past month we have had
the pleasure of watching one of natures most beautiful things happen. Jewel was bred to Skor
but only one pup. His name is Bravo.
good friends Judy and Larry
Kasper bred one of their females Peeze, to TJ. she was
due about 3 weeks later. As happens sometimes she had
to have her pups via c-section. Being a maiden, she was
confused and was unable to feed her pups following. Judy
had been quite ill, and Larry was working very long
hours. Since Jewel was still nursing
her boy, I decided to offer to attempt to put Peeze's 6
pups with Jewel. I figured that it was worth
trying, and if she wouldn't accept them at least we will
have tried. Then we would have bottle fed, etc. I had just begun to feed Bravo
some solid food, but of course he still needed his
mother as well.
So... We brought the 3 day old
pups over and carefully introduced each one to Jewel.
She immediately began licking and cleaning each one as
it was presented. We put her into her whelping box with
all the pups, and she took over from there.
We did move Bravo out, as she kept warning him away from
the little ones. Which , of course she was right about,
since he is so much bigger, and more developed. We set him up in a pen next
to her, and she moves from one pen to the other first to
feed, clean and play with him and then back to the other
pen to gently care for "her" newborns.
Bravo is now 6 weeks old and
the little ones will be 3 weeks tomorrow. Jewel has remained the
consummate mommy for all of the pups. Instinctually
providing for both age groups as needed. Her physical care has been of
utmost importance of course, we have been careful to
provide for her needs to help her with this incredible
task. I am honored that I have been
able to witness this beautiful example of nature at its