Cyda's pups at 2 weeks old.

Cyda's pups at 2 weeks old.

Cyda with her pups at 2 weeks old

Cyda with her pups at 2 weeks old

Cyda’s pups are 2 weeks old today and are doing very well.  She is caring for them extremely well and is proving to be an excellent mother.

At this stage the pups are totally dependant on their mother not only for food but also for toiletting needs (which their mother satisfies by licking them – and “cleaning up” afterwards).

The puppies instinctively seek out their mother from birth onwards.  I believe scent and warmth have some bearing on this – their noses are active from birth, and the bitch’s body temperature rises just before the pups are born which helps to keep them warm (in the early pictures you will see that Cyda is panting).