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We've never had any dogs that we knew were kept with mom & siblings for at least 8 weeks and ... talking about waiting just a little longer if possible, but he's not the one doing the brunt of the work!

Neo may have ideas on that. She may leave them before 8 weeks and cut them off. Or she may, as Viva did, never really wean them and you have to just take them away. Viva never refused to nurse, even when it was clearly uncomfortable.
We're letting her sleep in the bedroom with us at night and getting up to feed her and let her ... be hard for her to let go when the time comes, which will be sad (probably for all of us).

It will, but she's been such a super mother I think you may be surprised at how she changes in the next 2-3 weeks.
I think you may be surprised at how she changes in the next 2-3 weeks.

That would actually make things a bit easier for us. Everything works better if we understand and, in fact, run the schedule. Having Neo run interference doesn't help the process and yet, we have to be sensitive to her process and her program as well.
These puppies have lots 'n lots of puppy teefies and they aren't afraid to use them.

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I think it's going to be hard for her to let go when the time comes, which will be sad (probably for all of us).

It will, but she's been such a super mother I think you may be surprised at how she changes in the next 2-3 weeks.

Here's the ending of a story I wrote when Shammie's puppies were about this old:
Then I look into the eyes of the redhead and know that she will handle letting her babies go with her usual aplomb and dignity, even while in my shortsightedness I blubber and babble. I see that I have been blessed to be a part, however small, of this miracle of joy that she has conceived and will release into the world, this bequest that is the gift of her pups. I know that for however short a time my life was graced by sharing her brood, it is a better life for the laughter and exertion and nurturing they infused it with.
Once again I gaze into the redhead's eyes and wish time could stand still and I could hold onto this moment, this life, this love, forever. But in reality, I know that one day I will have to say goodbye to her, too. I have no doubt that she will once again handle that parting with a great deal more dignity than I. When that time comes, I will try to remember how she loved her pups with all her heart and soul, but graciously let them go when it was time.
I have so much more to learn from the redhead about love and dignity and letting go. I hope I can learn it in the time she has left to teach me.
Susan Fraser and the AuH2Ok9s:
SheBop, Shammie (The Redhead)
and Gris-Gris (the one I just couldn't bear to let go)
I have so much more to learn from the redhead about love and dignity and letting go. I hope I can learn it in the time she has left to teach me.

That's so touching... thank you for sharing that with me.

Neo has given us an incredible gift for taking her in. I think we're finally over the surprise!

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Here's the ending of a story I wrote when Shammie's puppies were about this old:

Oh, Susan, that is beautiful! Now my nose is all snotty...

Lynne
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