Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I schedule no more than 2 visits a day so if you are interested please reserve a time slot. Thanks in advance for helping get these puppies off to a good start.
This is how we contain them now. They have out grown the warming box and are in two laundry baskets.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I know they can't hear or see but amazingly they can coordinate their activity times. It is usually in the evening and they all start in motion, voices raised and just having a ball. Sometimes it is just after they have nursed when you would expect sleeping but no - they burst into puppy songs and slithering with lots more push offs with those back paws. This is why the fleece is important - it gives them something to push against so they can get to the wobbly walking stage.
The puppies are week old today and all have doubled their weight and are all over 2 pounds. Cheeto is eating and drinking and obviously making lots of milk. When you compare them to the video in Day 3 you can really see how much they have grown.
Friday, October 19, 2007
If your stomach is a little weak you might want to skip this post, but I think it is an amazing thing that the doggie mom's do for their pups. For the first 2 weeks the pups cannot eliminate on their own so the mom must stimulate them with her tongue to do so and then she eats it. Yup. That is why the white fleece always looks so clean. Cheeto is great at it as you can see. She actually smells their little butts and then will lick some or go on to the next. The same goes for urine. I do clean the fleece but is it not because the puppies visibly soil it. More information than you wanted to know?
I love their little paws. When they were born they were all pink and now they have started to get pigment.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Rose and Orange are sleeping and comfortably fitting on the Weight Watchers scale. This won't be for long because they will shortly be too big for the bowl. They will graduate to the intermediate scale, also a kitchen scale, and then finally a baby scale I got on EBay. I have learned to let them nurse first then they get sleepy and I grab each to weight them while they are not interested in climbing out. They are growing like crazy with most them between 26 and 28 ounces, White is catching up quickly. Bob, my helpful husband, set up a table and I plug in the weights each day and can see how much each have gained and then view the whole litter in a graph. A little overboard but we love data. The 3 who gained the least the day before get to nurse first. They are taken out of the warming box first, and I just make sure they get a chance that day and they are almost always the big gainers the next day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
This is their mode of transportation - army crawl and pull ups with their front paws. It is amazing how they can slither around with this method. They cannot see or hear and find Momma Cheeto, some of the time, with their nose which is working for them. Some get very frustrated if they are far away and decide they are hungry. If you put them close to her this is what they can do. It is so fascinating. Today we start the neurological stimulation exercises. (http://www.breedingbetterdogs.com/articles.html) It gives them some experiences of sensations of touch and cold and position that are believed to simulate neural development. I did it with the last litter also. It is something Paws asks us to do. Just for your information all camera shots are taken with natural lighting so that is why sometimes they are dark . Even thought their eyes are closed we do not want to stress them. Momma Cheeto is doing great. We are spoiling her again. She is eating in the pool with her pups - chow with cottage cheese. She is eating 6 cups a day now and this will increase to 12 cups when they are older.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Lunch time Day 2. Everyone is growing and so therefore everyone is eating. Lots. Yellow is resting after filling her belly. The tails are getting in position. The picture of the tails from the O litter is probably my favorite. Thanks everyone for the comments. It is so amazing to watch them. Just thought you would like to have an real look at these little one.