A year ago today we welcomed our first litter, the “southernisms” gang. Cheery-O free whelped 6 girls and 2 boys. She wasn’t too sure about the first born, a tri girl, but as soon as the second came, a tri boy, either instinct and/or hormones kicked in because from that moment on she was in love with her babies and with motherhood. She did take a day or two to realize she actually had to lie down (and if you know Cheery, you know that being still for any length of time is not her thing) in order for them to nurse, but she fed those big babies (birth weights were 10.4 – 13.5 oz.) entirely herself without any help from me. As a matter of fact, she was most put out with me when they were 6.5 weeks old and we has a talk about maybe, possibly, sometime in the future, weaning the little monsters, um, I mean angels. She also kept her box and her babies spotlessly clean. Thank you, Cheery, you were a wonderful mama and you made it so easy for me!