In comparison to the busy-ness of Tia’s 8 week-old pups, Juliet’s puppies have had a mild-mannered and quiet week. They are spending a larger amount of time awake, but for the most part their day is still spent dreaming and sleeping. However, the week has not been uneventful as they have learned how to climb out of the whelping box. We have put the small barrier door in place to keep them safely inside – for now they are content to just explore the four corners of their little area and play with the toys that Juliet leaves for them.
The pups are quite smart and observant; they have learned to recognize the sounds associated with Juliet or myself coming into the room and quickly scurry in anticipation when they think that meal-time might be imminent. As of today the puppies are now getting one meal a day of PUPPY MUSH – which is that scrumptious delicacy of goat’s milk, yogurt, oatmeal, honey and an egg – already they seem very content to have something a bit more substantial in their tummy to add to Juliet’s offerings at the milk bar. As the week progresses we will increase the meals to two and then 3 a day, and then add in some ground meat and other nutritious items. The key is to always make this transition gradually – although their appetites would like a 24 hour buffet I’m sure if they had a say in it!!
The puppies are all weighing around 4 pounds now and their weight will most likely start to climb a bit more quickly now that they are not relying solely on Juliet for dining. They are all healthy and strong pups with not much difference in weight or size right now between the girls and the boys.
Juliet continues to be a wonderful mum and watches over her pups day and night. She is enjoying the occasional play date with her other adult golden friends here but she always returns quickly to check on her babies and is happiest to lay just outside the whelping box where she can keep a watchful eye on them.
We will look forward to the week ahead as the puppies begin to spend more time exploring the world and the people around them!!