Maya had her pups today. She was 5 days early with pretty subtle labor signs and as a result, she whelped unassisted overnight while we slept. She went to the spot we prepared for her and gave birth to 10 pups. Upon discovery this morning, 3 were dead Whether this was something that could have been prevented if I was there helping is unclear. The pups appeared normal and good sized, were cleaned and umbilicals severed. Another pup was born dead when we took Maya out for a potty break. So the final count was 11 pups with 7 living. Of those, 3 are females and 4 are males. Four are dark sables (some with white, some without). Three look to be black and tan or tri. We’ll have to wait to see if that is in fact their coloring or if they are just really dark shaded sables. Mom is now clean, settled and comfortable and pups are nursing well.