|The daylilies are at their peak|
Now we have to get through one more week. Because I lost a litter to canine herpes several years ago, I'm still paranoid. It's very rare, and there is no reliable way to prevent it. Because it can be a respiratory infection in dogs, most adult show dogs (and probably most city-dwelling pets) have been exposed to it, but will show no symptoms. Because they will not necessarily develop an immunity, the dams may not be able to pass immunity on to their pups. It's normally only fatal to pups under the age of 3 weeks because they can't develop the fever necessary to fight it. Once pups are 3 weeks old they will be able to fight the virus, so we will keep all fingers tightly crossed for one more week. If you've ever heard of Fading Puppy Syndrome, this is one of the causes.