The Maternal Instinct in Border Collies: Amazing Animal Stories

Second Week of The Chihuahua Puppy Chronicles

Well in the first installment of the Chihuahua Puppy Chronicles I described how the little dickens got here- Kawawaski and Kamakaze (BTW: we renamed Markie Kamakaze - I'll tell you why later) Two adorable twin chihuahua puppies that have now become part of our growing family (along with 2 border collies and 4 cats..geeezz)

So now in the second week things are getting even stranger..... After introducing the Chihuahua puppies to our almost 2 year old Border Collie Karma - an unusual thing has happened. Not only has Karma decided to be their nanny but she is also nursing them!! I kid you not!!

Karma The "Nanny"

Have you ever heard of a Border Collie nursing Chihuahua puppies??
Have you ever heard of a Border Collie nursing Chihuahua puppies?? | Source

Karma the New Nanny

I knew that Karma really liked the puppies because as soon as we got them home - she wouldn't leave them alone! She followed them everywhere, started breaking up their puppy fights and kept an eye on them 24/7 (that's why we've renamed here the "nanny") But she took her new nanny and step-parent hood one step further- which was unbelievable to me.. One day while they were all playing on the bed the chihuahua puppies starting trying to nurse from Karma, and instead of pushing them away she just laid there and let them!!

(At this time I thought there was no way they were getting any milk because Karma has never been a mother - so I figured the pups would soon give up)

WRONG. A couple days later the pups were after her again, but this time I heard strange slurping sounds. Weird. So I checked Karma and sure enough she was lactating - which I assume to be some type of milk.

I just about fell out! I had heard of animals doing this but never thought I'd see it in real life!

Karma "Nursing" Her Chihuahua Puppy

I thought this was such a special "maternal" picture that I did some special effect blurs on it....
I thought this was such a special "maternal" picture that I did some special effect blurs on it.... | Source

Chollies or Borderhuahuas?

So the closest understanding I have of this with Karma is that she is having some sort of "pseudo pregnancy". Karma apparently has such a strong maternal instinct that she has adopted the puppies, and in response to the puppies trying to nurse - it has caused her hormones to produce a lactation response..........

I haven't been to her vet yet and asked her about this - so it will be quite interesting to see what she has to say about this odd event.

So my question is now, does this mean the chihuahuas are going to be half border collies now? Chollies? or Borderhuahuas?

Maybe we should ask Karma, she seems to have everything under control.....

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer and soon might be called Mrs "Doolittle" at the rate she is going!)

Karma and Kawasaki the Puppy

Karma seems to be saying: "Hey, I didn't sign up for this job!!"
Karma seems to be saying: "Hey, I didn't sign up for this job!!" | Source

Kawasaki and Kamakaze- The Chihuahua Puppies

Taken this morning, Kamakaze and Kawasaki are just the cutest little dickens!
Taken this morning, Kamakaze and Kawasaki are just the cutest little dickens! | Source

Chihuahua Puppies at Their Cutest

Kamakaze and Kawasaki-the chihuahua puppies. They play so rough that the "nanny" has to break them up......
Kamakaze and Kawasaki-the chihuahua puppies. They play so rough that the "nanny" has to break them up...... | Source

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great story. I can't wait to read the continuing adventures of Karma and the pups.


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terenceyap07 7 years ago from Singapore

Truly lovable looking pups. Thanks for this story and pictures!

*smiles*


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL I actually read about humans capable of the same thing, so I don't think there is anything odd about lactation. :) Either way it's a cute story, thanks Dorsi :)


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Thanks for the smile this morning! Nature always seems to go beyond our reasoning gives us such surprises.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Is Karma related to Dorsi by blood? Sounds like she has instincts much like you wanting to take care of things. Great story and can't wait for the next installment! C.S.


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks CS., Misha, RGraf, Terence, Susan and Britney for stopping by and glad you enjoyed reading this and thank you for the comments. The maternal instinct is simply amazing, is it not?

(And CS- hehehehe...I think that yes Karma and I might be related- my husband says we look alike....now I could take that wrong, resembling a dog but I know he means it in a good way..lol...)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Is your collie brown, or is it just the lighting in the photos?


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

London Girl, Karma is carmel color with white. She has carmel colored eyes too. She is so gorgeous.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

My family's new collie puppy, Dylan the Doglet, is growing fast. He doesn't just chew socks, he eats them...


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

The chihuahua pups need a new home due to some family health problems. If any of you are in the vicinity of the SF Bay Area and are interested in these loving chihuahua's please let me know. They need a good home. This is heartbreaking!!

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