|Our smiley Misty!|
As we head into the final couple of days, Misty is finally slowing down. This morning she was beginning to nest, which is a sign the big event approaching.
Misty knows exactly when it’s mealtime and barks at us if we are not feeding her promptly. She is dining four times a day and races to the kitchen at 7 am, noon, 3 pm and 7 pm.
We have set up the whelping box (birthing box) in our bedroom. While most expectant moms attempt to dig a giant hole somewhere in our backyard - usually under one of our spruce trees, we prefer a cleaner, more cozy, sanitary spot. We’re sure Misty will warm up to the idea soon enough!
This is Misty’s first litter and if she is like her mom Sierra, she will prefer a dark den-like setting, so we’ve covered the roof of the whelping box with a blanket to make it somewhat like a tent.
The above photo from National Geographic gives you an idea of what the puppies look like around this time. The puppies now have fully defined puppy features, however they will continue to develop during the final stages leading up to their birth.
We are looking forward to the big event with great excitement and will be praying for a safe and easy delivery of our “surprise litter”!