Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the Womb - Dogs

Has anyone seen the new series called "In the Womb" on the National Geographic Chanel? Mom and I watched the episode "dogs" the other night and we were both just amazed. They actually follow four dogs (wolf, labrador, mastiff and chihuahua) right through their life in the womb from conception to birth. The photography is amazing and so is the information they give. Did you know for example that at day 35 exactly - the momma dog can either decide to continue with the pregnancy or adsorb the fetuses! This is actually a wolf trait. They said that in wolf hierarchy only the alfa female tends to give birth if conditions are not good (lack of food etc) so any other pregnant females adsorbs their puppies but continue to produce milk and will help in looking after the alpha females pups. This doesn't happen often in domestic dogs but can if the dogs are stressed. This is what happened this year to my dog mom, she was pregnant and then suddenly she wasn't but continued on with a 'phantom pregnacy' and as a result we didn't get a little sister for me. You can actually watch the show online and here is the link. This is whole series and they also follow cats, humans etc.



  1. Wow Reilly, that is amazing! I have watched the series when they featured human babies but never doggies! I'll have to pop over and check it out. Thanks for the link. :)

  2. Hi Reilly, that was very interesting we must visit that link.
    Puppies being reabsorbed is a strange thing - leads to lots of disappointment as with your sister.
    Better luck next time.
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  3. Looks like a really cool show - we have seen that it is going to be on tv but haven't watched it yet!

  4. That is very interesting. I'll definitely watch it sometime.

  5. If you hadn't told us what that pawtograph was, we were going to say it was a dog in space.

    Essex & Deacon

  6. Bummer! We don't get that channel!
    It sure looks like a very interesting show to watch!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch


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