We all had a late night preparing the puppies for their first night outside of the womb. Wanting to ensure that they had enough heat, they slept inside a container with the security and warmth of a heating pad. Ming was a doting mother last night and did not want to be separated from her young'uns. Still, she needed to rest for the days ahead. This morning, we were heartened to see the puppies latch on. In contrast to her first labor where she delivered nine puppies, four seems awfully manageable. We are also happy to observed that they gained anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce from last night!
Part of it may be that Ming's milk is coming in well, the puppies are latching on and there is no contention for milk as there are just four. In contrast, recall back over a year ago when Ming nursed nine! The picture below depicts the 'mob' scene back then.