A word to all those who think that looking after cute and cuddly, squeaky, wriggly, adorable little puppies is a breeze. Forget it! the mum’s appetite will shoot through the roof, and she will be having 4 to 5 meals a day. Mind you, she won’t eat it from the dish. Oh no – she needs the dish holding and likes feeding by hand. For example, her daily feed could be: Cheese and milk in the morning, then a huge dish of good quality kibble, soaked, with a large handful of mince added. Then she can look forward to lamb for tea and eggy bread for supper. Where they put it all I’ll never know!
Then drinking – well she will get a fair bit of liquid with her feed, but likes to wash it down with a good drink of water. Mind you, the dish has to be held again and she may like a hand to be cupped inside the dish. Not that she’s spoiled mind!!!
Then there’s the puppy washing – not the puppies, the blankets. The vet-bed is needs to be changed 4 times a day at the beginning – we can’t have the little darlings getting smelly can we! That’s 2 loads of washing per day, then there’s the drying – in this weather?!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I adore puppies and particularly love this time of their lives when they are young and vulnerable, but just for those of you who thought that it was easy … Wake up and smell the puppies!!!