Sunday, January 29, 2006

There Is Always One That Sees The World First

Baby Girl Sees The World Through One Eye

Puppies are born with their eyes closed. This, of course, has an effect on their behavior. With our last litter of only two puppies, we were able to observe this difference clearly. Puppies open their eyes between 10 days and two weeks of age. Prior to this they find their way around by scent and sound. Their heads, which like most mammals are large for their bodies, bob back and forth as they try to find their way to their littermates and their mother for warmth and nourishment.

Once they can see, however, their attitude and their behavior changes. They go directly to where they want to go, no more bobbing back and forth. Their behavior goes from uncertain to self-confident, moving purposefully toward a goal.

There is always one puppy in every litter who gets to see the world first, in this litter it is a little girl. Even though she only has one eye open it has changed her demeanor she is looking at the world and figuring out where she wants to go. This baby Keeshond looks something like a pirate with one eye open and one eye closed, but soon she will be making her way purposefully across the whelping box while some of her littermates are still bobbing along.

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