Saturday, April 21, 2018

More Interactive

Oh how these puppies are changing so fast, every day it is something new or more pronounced.  Yesterday they were three weeks old and now the fun begins.  They are starting to play with each other, are awake for longer after meal times and I introduced a few toys into the whelping box which they are starting to take an interest in.

Pink Girl is definately the most laid back and easy going puppy.  She is content to sleep and doesn't interact much with the others. She is usually the last to get to the milk bar and the first to get her fill and leave, no messing around with her, go in get the job done and sleep, that's her motto.

 Blue Boy for being the smallest holds his own and man when he gets a nipple he doesn't let go, no matter how much jostling the other ones do.  He and Lime Girl play together a lot and chew on each other.  Lime is just a big chunk, although she got outweighed this morning by Green Boy, first time she has been bypassed in the weight department.  Although that doesn't surprise me as Green is usually one of the first to get to the milk bar and the last to leave, he doesn't miss a meal that one 

Yellow is the happiest to be picked up and cuddled, he loves his cuddle time and is super sweet.  Red Boy is the last to settle down, you know the toddler that doesn't want to go to bed and cries because he is so tired - well that is red boy.

Their teeth are starting to poke through and it won't be long before mom decides that nursing is not her thing, right now she is going in every couple of hours and letting them nurse.  I was trying to remember when I started the last litter on gruel and it was today, but they weighed less and were gaining less than these puppies, which is interesting because it is the same breeding.  I think I am going to hold off for a couple of days before starting, but as long as we are getting good weight and mom is willing to let them, I think the more they can get from her the better they will be.

I will get pictures this afternoon and post them as soon as I can.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We can hear now

Well today has been a pretty big day for the puppies, when I left this morning, they were not hearing me, however when I came home from work today, as I walked into the whelping room and asked how my babies were doing, two of them lifted their heads and looked at me.  It became very evident that they were all hearing me this afternoon.

On top of that they are also starting to interact with each other more now, whether or not that is smelling milk on each other and trying to determine if they can get it by biting each other's noses, who knows.  What I do know is that is is very fun to watch them and see them starting to play with each other.  Now the fun begins

They are also gaining nicely,  Lime Girl is still the largest at 4 lbs 2 oz and Blue Boy hit the three pound mark this morning.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekends just are not Long Enough

I hated having to go back to work this morning, getting to hang out with puppies all weekend was the absolute best and it was just not in my wheelhouse to go to the office this morning, but it had to be done.  Larena is staying at the house now, so I know they are in excellent hands while I am at work, she adores them, loves on them and makes sure that Nevada doesn't step on one when coming in and out of the whelping box, but I doubt that will ever happen. 

Some girls are not very careful around their babies, that is not the case with Nevada, she is so good, so careful, she comes into the whelping box as if walking on egg shells, gently and carefully putting down each and every foot,  Now that they are getting more active, their sense of smell is getting better and they are up and scurrying in seconds when she is in, she usually stands at the front, lets them all scurry towards her, then she hops over to the other side and quickly lays down.  Sometimes she cannot get down fast enough and then we remove the puppies from her and give her the chance to lay down and they immediately attach themselves to her once again.

The Puppies are all gaining in leaps and bounds.  They are moving around better by the hour and are now pretty much all walking and there is still some wobbeling with the movement but for the most part they are going in a forward direction.  All of their eyes are open and I have to say that these pups have the darkest eyes I think I have yet to see on any of my pups.  I am fortunate that my lines have nice dark eyes, which I believe comes from my foundation bitch Ivie (Nevada's mom).  Usually when puppies eyes are just opening their is a film and they look kind of grey, not these guys, they look black so I am thinking they are all going to have nice dark eyes, which is much prettier and pleasing to the eye than yellow or light brown eyes.

Nevada was very happy to have me home from work today and the first place I needed to be was in the whelping box with her and her babies.  I got puppy kisses and could just smell the puppy breath, I know that is mean, but I swear it is the best feeling in the world and nothing can make you happier than cuddling and loving on the babies.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2 Week Pictures Up

I know you will all be happy to see the new pictures of the babies.  They are changing by the hour, I swear.  They are getting stronger on their feet, Red is really scooting around the box.  Pink is always the first one to raise her head when Mom comes in as if to say the milk wagon is here and then the scurrying goes on.   Blue always makes his way to the best teat, Yellow usually tracks right behind pink and Green & Lime always get lost on the way.

Having Larena here is so nice, she has been such a help in just a short period of time.  This morning just having her hold puppies so I can trim toenails on the back feet was a huge help and for once I don't think I got any to the quick.  That extra set of hands is so nice. 

This morning the sun was shining and I was able to go out and pick up the dog yards, and I decided I would try and mow before the rain came back,  I got all of the dog yards done, the side yard and started on the front when I ran out of gas for the lawn mower.  Getting this done before the rain started was so nice.  This time of year, I swear the lawn can grow 3 inches in a day, so getting a head start on it before it gets too big to mow was a very nice feeling and of course knowing the puppies were being watched allowed me the ability to get some outside chores done.

This afternoon we tackled the pictures.  She understands what is needed to get the pictures and is patient enough to get it done right.  Puppies on the other hand were kind of squirmy and not all that cooperative.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2 Weeks

Where has the time gone - hard to believe they are already two weeks old.  I swear they are changing and getting stronger by the hour.  Eyes are opening, yesterday they were little slits, today they are a little more open than yesterday and I am sure by Sunday they should be open all the way.  They are getting up on all fours and walking, this morning it was more like a wobble, this afternoon Red was making more progress and by tonight I swear they are almost running to mom when she comes in the box.

Today my house sitter has moved in for the rest of the duration.  Lorena loves the dogs and they love her, she is moving back to Sequim and  her new apartment won't be ready until the end of the month, so I told her she could stay with me until it is ready.  It is a big help for me and I worry about my dad and his ability to get around as the pups get busier, last thing I need is for him to lose his balance and fall and break something.  Lorena has a cat named Tigger and he is also great with the dogs.  I think it will be good for the pups to see a cat and this morning he climbed in the whelping box and checked them all out, they all sniffed and realized he wasn't mom and Nevada was just fine with him being there.  My cat used to teach all the pups about cats, but she crossed the rainbow bridge last winter at 17 1/2 years of age, so having Tigger here is nice.

Tomorrow we will take new pictures and get them up on the blog for you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good Morning

This morning I am moving on the slow side.  Last night, I was rushing down the hall to let Charlee in the house, one of my rugs slipped out from under me and I came crashing down on my left hip and wrist.  Nothing broken, but I am sure the bruise when it pops up in a couple of days is going to be all kinds of pretty.  Of course this is my left hip, which is the side I lay on to watch the puppies from the day bed, so last night was a rough night for sure.  Aleve is my best friend right now and waiting for it to kick in so that I can make my way into the office, at least for a little while.

The puppies are all doing what I like to call the drunken sailor walk, they get up on all fours and totter around trying to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other and move in a forward direction, it is quite cute.  Green and Red Boys this morning are starting to show a sliver of an eyeball peeping out, so the others should follow suit and I would expect by this weekend they should all be open.

Green boy is the talker, he barks and growls, it is quite hilarious to listen to him tell his momma that he is hungry and she should be making her way into the whelping box.  He is a smart one.  He knows that when he talks she comes, not too bad for a puppy that is 12 days old.

Nevada is being an incredible mom, I wouldn't expect less, she was good with her last litter and her mom was an amazing mom so it runs in the genes.  Yesterday, dad said she was in the whelping box from about 11am to 3pm he kept trying to coax her out but she was perfectly content to be with her babies.  They are super clean and I have yet to see a wet pee spot or poop from them as she cleans them long before they can do it on their own, which at this point they should be able to do, I just haven't been able to witness it, because she takes such good care of them.

Monday, April 9, 2018

New Pictures

Today Dad helped me take pictures of the puppies.  At this age, getting pictures is never easy.  They move around and of course every time I try to take a picture they have to turn away from the camera.  So not the best of pictures but I am sure you will agree they are better than none.

First day back at work went well, although I had to come home early.  A good friend of mine had planned on using Dallas as a Stud Dog and her girl wasn't scheduled to come into season for a couple of months.    Well Charlee didn't get that message and mom and dad have a trip to Hawaii planned, leaving tomorrow.  So we have a guest for a couple of weeks.  Charlee is a great girl and I have her in my bedroom where she can go out the side door to a yard of her own.  Nevada has let her know that she is in charge, Charlee backed off and they are getting along quite well, which makes me very happy.