The puppies are all continuing to enjoy their life of sleeping and eating – although they are spending a few more minutes awake every day. Their eyes are all open now with Miss Star taking the prize for having her eyes open first on Day 11 !! I guess she just didn’t want to miss out on anything – although at this point they really can’t focus on much and everything is just a blur of light and dark and shapes. The pups are becoming more mobile and Mr. Green was the first to escape the whelping box in pursuit of Lovely and her meal tray. We now keep up a short gate on the whelping box so there won’t be any more escapees for the next little while. It is interesting to watch their awkward attempts at walking – which consists of taking a few steps and then stumbling and crawling – and usually ending up in a heap with brothers and sisters.
All of the pups continue to have ravenous appetites — Lovely is trying her best to keep up but we usually help bottle feed at least one meal a day to ease up some of the demand. Lovely is the perfect mum and waits on her puppies diligently. She prefers to sleep just outside of the whelping box where things aren’t so crowded (or warm) – but the pups scarcely let out a whimper and she is right back with them checking on them and providing a fabulous menu of milk and more milk whenever they ask for it :-). All of the puppies are weighing approximately 3 lbs. (or 1.33 kg) and never, ever miss a meal.
Lovely also has ventured out on a few mini walks – but in her usual maternal fashion – she only travels about 400-500 feet from the front door before she puts the brakes on and will not travel any further away from her pups. She is truly dedicated and never leaves their side for very long.
In the days to come the pups will start to hear also – they continue to do SO much growing and developing in these early weeks. They are becoming increasingly aware of the world around them and enjoy all the snuggles and cuddles they can get. Josh is of course my #1 helper and is such a complete blessing to have — as he cares for and attends to the pups almost as much as Lovely 🙂
We will have an exciting week ahead as the puppies spend more time awake and their individual personalities begin to emerge.