Magic gave birth on Thursday morning to 4 beautiful puppies - 3 boys and a girl. All went very smoothly - she was a little superstar of a Mum and did everything that needed doing all by herself. No need for any equipment or help of any kind. Here are a few photos of the new arrivals:
2 of the pups on the heated pad.
Magic does look more than a little frazzled here - she obviously got quite messy with doing all the hard work herself - tearing the sac surrounding the pups and severing the cord and then cleaning the pups. The ribbons we initially used to identify the pups but actually we can tell them apart without so have removed them now.
All 4 pups enjoying a warm rest on the heat pad.
The pups favourite activity - feeding!
The white bar in the photo is a special barrier in the whelping box to help protect the puppies when they are very small from being rolled on by the mother and squashed against the wall of the box.
One of the pups snuggling against Magic's cheek - it gives an idea of their small size.
I will put up more pictures and more details about the birth etc in the next week but thought Magic's bloggy friends might like to see the first day's photos - thank you to everyone for the good wishes you have posted in our blog comment box!