She used the pup's distress call as a form of 'conversation', and was therefore called 'Moany Rony'! The two pups soon became inseparable, following each other around the pen and in and out of the pool, and sleeping together in the kennel. As they grew older, Rona seemed to transfer much of her her affection from us to Star – this is one of the benefits of keeping two pups together.
Rona and Star
Rona and Star were both found alone at the Minerstown pupping site within one day of each other – Rona on July 2 and Star on July 3, 2001. When found they were newborn and weighed only 7 kg (Rona) and 7.5 kg (Star).Both pups were therefore born extremely underweight (both 3-4 kg less than the normal birth weight of around 11 kg), and it is possible that they may have been twins, although this is pure conjecture. Nevertheless, Rona and Star were brought up' together! Of the two, Star appeared to be shyer and more retiring, while Rona was the extrovert. Rona decided on day 1 that we were her mothers, and constantly sought contact and tried to suck from us (though we could not get her to suck from a bottle, much to our annoyance!).