Mai's Gypsy Litter
Birth to 8 Weeks
Raising healthy, well-adjusted, true-to-type puppies in the family home takes an extraordinary amount of time and dedication. Their physical, social and emotional needs must be met at each stage of their development. It is a labour of love...
Mai tending newborn pups - a gentle and attentive mother
Less than one day old
Puppies' First Week
Their noses change from pink to black
There's nothing quite like snoozing on mum's leg after a good feed
Puppies' Second Week
Shuvani pups are weighed regularly to ensure they are thriving
Their nails are carefully trimmed to keep Mai comfortable as they feed
Mai with her puppies - relaxed and content
The sweetest little bookends imaginable
Puppies' Third Week
Their eyelashes are growing, along with their whiskers and soft waves on their ears
Each one a miracle
Puppies' Fourth Week
Anyone for a cuddle?
The puppies enjoy human company
They have started eating solid food
They are alert and curious
Wrestling playfully, learning important social skills
and they sleep... a lot
Puppies' Fifth Week
Outside for the first time
Morning tea on the verandah
Followed by a picnic lunch
Hanging in there
Life is good
and they still sleep... a lot
Puppies' Sixth Week
Mai gets one to one time with her puppies, teaching them how to behave and washing their faces
They are curious and affectionate
with kindly expressions
and soft coats
and the ability to nap wherever they drop
Puppies' Seventh Week
Growing up beautifully
Handsome boys ...
Stunning girls ...
(now Australian Champion Shuvani Freyja Rose)
and ready to find their places in the world.
At Eight Weeks
At eight weeks the puppies are ready to go to their forever homes. Shuvani Puppy Packs are prepared, and so are the puppies...
My thanks to the wonderful families who open their hearts and their homes to a Shuvani Golden.
Copyright remains with photographers:
Chris Cooper, Kim Wormald, Jane Hodges, Rachel White, Marston Whitcher