Why did Mabel have more puppies than she can nurse? Is this a built-in way to strengthen her litter by sending out a couple extra so the strongest survive? If so, we're hoping to intervene and help all nine survive.
Church friends took turns with us and we (barely) led a Good Friday service while puppy #4 was born. Cyndi and I took Mabel and those four puppies to the vet while Phillip finished the service (and #5-6 were born in the parking lot). Then the Fourmans held a puppy each and we all tried to bottle-feed while Mabel had puppies #7-9.
Phillip and I both had to facilitate the Easter service, so my sister Heidi (in Chicago) and cousin Lydie (in North Carolina) watched the dogs in a zoom meeting (covid-19 era nanny cam?). Taking turns!
Live puppy cam coming tonight!
We hear about shelters "running out" of dogs throughout the US. Mama Mabel and these 9 puppies will be available for adoption late May/early June. Apply at https://www.pawswapofgreaterlafayette.com/adopting.html Welcome work/life balance and a healthier body, mind and spirit with pets!