DanaRuns· Esquire Golden Retrievers
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Summer is being a great mom, so far. We are thrilled. This is her first litter, so there is still some discovery to be had, as there are several times of change ahead. How is she when the puppies start to get teeth? Does she wean them appropriately? Does she teach them bite inhibition? Does she play with them? Etc. So far she's doing great. Different from Ziva, but great. Summer doesn't spend as much time with the pups at this age as Ziva did. But they are all fat and happy and clean, and she's doing everything she's supposed to do, so far. It's too early to be able to compare Summer to her grandmother Ziva, and we don't really think in terms of who is a better mom, just whether they do the things they need to do at the times they need to do them. And you know what? It always amazes me that they know just when to make necessary changes. Nature is amazing.I've spent too much time watching these babies - same as I did with Khaleesi's litter a few years back. I'm a bit clueless about what makes a great mother but I've been super impressed by both Khaleesi and Summer ... so calm, attentive and patient. Do you (Dana and Theresa), as breeders, rate one higher than the other? Just interested.
One thing Ziva did that I hope Summer does is that Ziva started to house train her litters, teaching them to go to the bathroom outside. That was awesome, and saved us some nasty poop and pee cleanup. Ziva also played with her puppies when they were outside. Deuce also plays with puppies, mostly by rolling onto his back and letting the puppies climb on him and bite him. Amazingly patient. It's great discovering their behavior with litters. You realize how sophisticated their "society is, and how innately sensitive to the puppies' needs they are, each of them in different ways. It's great to watch. I hope people get to see some of it on the puppy cam as the babies grow.