Pup Checks are going to be harder from here on out. We experienced this last year, although it was a little later. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons. The pups move more now, and may not be in the den. They are physically bigger. They weigh more and are all-leg which means they dangle, and can be harder to support. And, let’s face it, it’s just really hot while we work with them.
We started at 7:00 AM Monday to beat the heat. Neither pup was in the den. Fortunately, M2246 (pup A) ran down the cliff and into the den upon our arrival. M2247 (pup B) stayed on the cliff longer with his parents and waited until we entered the yard and climbed the cliff until he decided to run into the den too. Actually, not too bad at all considering what could have ensued.
Our Team in the yard today at the den was Aaron, Janine, Mary, and me. Janine got the first pup out of the den and then Mary had her first training in entering the den and bringing out a pup. We transported each pup in its own crate to our work area on the side of the exhibit area, and began to do our work quickly.
We were a team of eight this morning dealing with the catch, the check-up, the pictures, the notes, the clean up. By 7:50 we were (or at least I was) soaking wet, back in the building, and changing in to dry clothes.
Today’s activities included a general check of ears, paws, skin, hair, and teeth. Additionally, the pups received the fourth round of dewormer (of five) and the second vaccine (of four rounds).
It’s also getting a little harder to tell the pups apart unless they are next to each other. M2246 has always weighed more, but the markings on the chest are almost faded and we won’t put the microchips in until the next check up.
We could easily tell them apart today when they were next to each other. Check out the photos below of the two.
Above, on the left, 2247 has a shorter and wider snout and head, is much darker, and his ears still don’t point all the way up like his brother’s. On the Right, 2246, has a longer, skinnier muzzle, and his ears are more vertical.
Photos below of failed attempts to get easy ID pictures of the pups side by side for comparison. Neither would cooperate and easily hold still, next to each other, for our photo.
The next planned pup check will by July 20th. Given the summer heat, there’s a chance it get moved, but as of now that’s when we’ll have hands on again. Any guesses what their weights will be then??