What would you do if one of your dog's newborn puppies is a bit different from the others? This situation did happen to a woman from Scotland when her golden retriever welcomed her cute little puppies into the world. She and her daughter were there and witnessed the whole story...
As a keen animal lover, Louise Sutherland's house is full of both cats and dogs. She is no stranger to seeing all kinds of strange and funny animal behavior. Although Louise has many dogs under her roof, her three-year-old golden retriever, Rio, has a reserved a special place in her heart. A year or so ago, Rio had her first litter of puppies smoothly, so, when Rio was pregnant for the second time, Louise presumed Rio's second litter would be as easy as the first one. Unexpectedly, that wasn't the case.
There eventually came the important day. At the time, the birth was under the watchful eyes of both Louise and her daughter Claire, and they were in front row seats to watch the magical moment. However, the labor was not going according to the plan. Rio looked uncomfortable because one of the puppies was stuck. Louise and Claire knew they weren't able to stand by and do nothing.
Louise and Claire decided to put on their gloves and get to the action. They helped take the first puppy out to offer a little break to Rio. Once the first puppy was born alive and well, the remaining eight puppies followed without any further intervention from the two. Watching her beloved dog welcoming her adorable puppies into the world was a beautiful moment. After it was all over, Rio had immediately taken her puppies to her side. Suddenly, Louise noticed that one of the puppies had an obviously different color to the rest.
Usually, golden retriever puppies have golden colored fur, but this special puppy was mint green in color, instead of looking golden like his brothers and sisters. Louise and Claire were immediately struck by how vividly different it was. They couldn't help but wonder if this meant that there was some sort of risk, if it was sick, or if urgent medical care was required. So, was this green puppy a normal one?
Louise and Claire looked at the phenomenon on the internet, and luckily, they were assured that the green puppy was in no instant risk. But it’s true, the number of animals that come into the world with a green tinge to their fur is incredibly low. Actually, this phenomenon has a scientific reasoning, rather than being the result of some sort of flaw or due to a health condition.
Biliverdin is a green bile pigment discovered in the womb of a dog. It has a function to play throughout the pregnancy cycle in giving essential nutrients to the puppies, assisting them in development and nourishment within the womb. Human beings have this pigment in our bodies as well. That's why our bruises look both yellow and green in color. What's more, bile pigment can also be seen in other species. Back to our little green puppy, how on earth did the Biliverdin influence his fur's color?
Normally, the pigment is tucked away and not noticeable to the eye. However, in Rio's case, the Biliverdin may have become mixed up in the womb's amniotic fluid. And the Biliverdin's existence around our lucky green puppy stained his fur. Fortunately, it had no other life-threatening effect on the puppy. Instead, it was just a temporary change of color. As the weeks went by, the green tinge will become less evident because the puppy will be washed and licked by her mom. Eventually, the green coloring will completely disappear!
Although the puppy would not remain green forever and all the pups were loved equally, there was something extraordinary about the green pup. That's why they knew they had to give him a name that suited his special look. They eventually settled on Forest as the puppy's name, and their choice was greeted with positivity. But, where would Forest end up in the future? Would Louise keep him with the family or sell him?
The hardest part was yet to come, a difficult decision that many puppy owners have to confront. Louise knew they weren't able to maintain all the new puppies, so they had to decide what to do with them. Since they had sold Rio's first litter, they had to sell the second litter as well. But, when it came to Forest, Louise and Claire thought his extraordinary green fur was a sign that he was supposed to remain with the family. So, they decided to hold on to him.
Although the extraordinary color of Forest was a rare event, this is by no means the only case. Five years before Rio pushed Forest into the world, a lovely golden Labrador called Buttons welcomed in eight cute puppies of her own. However, the owners, a couple named Naomi Grimes and Kyle Murray, noticed that the second puppy had a green tinge to it. At first, the pair were worried, just like Louise and Claire. However, they searched for the symptoms online and learned about the bile pigment phenomenon. Everything was fine. They eventually named their little green superhero "Hulk."
However, this phenomenon does not just happen in golden retriever pups. In 2017, a dog owner named Elaine Cooper was surprised when her two-year-old chocolate Labrador, Milly, gave birth to a green puppy. After ensuring that her puppy wasn't in danger, she then settled on a name, Fifi, that suited the green coloring, referring to Shrek's Princess Fiona.
There's no way to predict whether your dog's puppy is going to have green tinge until it takes its first breath, so every new birth is truly fascinating. Hopefully, the exposure around these rare cases can make dog owners to understand that their green puppies are as healthy as the rest of the litter, especially when green is your lucky color. Now you know!
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