This has been a very busy week, the Pups are now 6 weeks of age and growing like weeks, full of energy and to be honest it scares me to death to leave them alone, so I don't! Thank goodness for my father who comes over every afternoon and puppy sits and takes care of them so I can do some work at the office.
They are getting so big, they now weigh between 13 and almost 16 pounds, Red Boy is the biggest, he is just a hunk and Lime boy and White Boy are right behind him in size. Their legs are all huge, as are their feet and I am just amazed at what a consistent litter this is. Typically I think when you breed dogs you have one or two, possibly three dogs that might be show quality. At this point I think I probably have 4 or 5 boys and 3 girls that could make the grade, very exciting for me as a first time breeder to have such beautiful heads, type, bone and overall a great litter. I couldn't have gotten it without great parents in Ivie and Abbott! Ivie is the most amazing mom. She is extremely careful of her brood, watches where she places her feet and is constantly making sure that no one is getting into trouble or doing something they shouldn't be doing. She is still letting them nurse and I am not sure how she does that with their sharp little teeth but she does.
We have had LOTS of Visitors, which is awesome! Sometimes we get two or three a day and I am so happy for them to be getting the various attention and socialization from friends and family. If you want to come and play with puppies please let me know and I would love to have you. bring your Steel Toed shoes (just kidding) and don't wear flip flops or sandals and feet are their favorite chew toy. They play for about 30 to 40 minutes then crash and sleep for a couple of hours and do it all over again. We now have the big back yard enclosed off so they cannot get under the deck, it has been trimmed of all weeds and I take them back there daily. They love to run and play but when they are tired, they want to go back to their deck and comfort zone. Ivie had dug a big hole and that seemed to be worth hours of amusement this afternoon. A couple of the puppies thought they would try and make it deeper and at one point I thought I was going to loose Green Boy but he managed to re-appear after pulling out others that had managed to get on top of him.
Tuesday we are doing the temperament testing and it is so hard to believe that in two weeks they will almost all be in their new homes. I am sure my other dogs will be happy to have my attention again but I know I am going to miss them, they have brought so much joy and happiness to my day to day life this summer.