The evening before the litter was born, Lily was
restless and turned down her dinner. We settled into the whelping
room for the night. She paced and nested while I attempted to doze.
In the early morning hours, I saw she had one of my shoes tucked
into the whelping box with her. Thinking I would need it later, I
reached into the box of pre-washed puppy toys and found one to offer
in trade. That green dinosaur became her favorite puppy. She spent
the rest of the night with it in her mouth or nestled between her
Puppy Zero has shown a tremendous amount of early promise, stacking nicely for photos. But like most "puppy flyers" we expect him/her/it to fall apart as the littermates mature and get outside to run.
Stacked photos at eight weeks reveal a puppy's structure. Unfortunately that short upper (and lower) arm disqualify this puppy as a show prospect. I suspect there are some throwback genetics at work here. It's a shame. I was looking forward to the challenge of showing a self green sable.