Maya’s senses have been working overtime, as spring melt occurs, smells from the earth are everywhere, and Maya’s skilled predatory behaviors are stimulated. Maya has also been showing much more whining, submissive and greeting behavior. As this week’s image shows, she has many nose to nose responses. This may be the influence of the spring and summer hormones of prolactin. This is likely to increase dramatically when the pups are on site, and this will be important for her as she becomes the surrogate mother to the newest pups. She is an ideal candidate for this maternal behavior and the Maya/Shadow combination will make great pack leaders.

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