The vet pronounced the puppies in good heath, and he docked (shortened) their tails in the surgery. This lessens the problem of very waggy tails on little busy spaniel bottoms, which would otherwise bang against their sides and cause injury when excited, out working in the field.
We take off just the last third, so the dogs still have enough tail for balance and to communicate with other dogs. A lot gets said between dogs based on tail position and how it wags.
Podge tells me a lot with her eyes, too-
In this case, her eyes tell me that she's experiencing the oxytocin rush associated with motherhood.
A loved-up spaniel and a basket of puppies made us very popular at the vets this morning.
At home now, puppies safely cocooned