Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A little visitor enjoys the pups.

Our young grandson, who is so gentle and well mannered, LOVES to sit with the pups.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pups eyes are open!

Just as I thought, on Easter Sunday (Day 16), those puppy peepers opened for the first time.  What they see is very fuzzy and it will take a few days for them to fully adjust. Until then, the puppy room will remain shaded as their eyesight develops.  Another milestone achieved! By the time I take their 3 week pics on Friday, we should see eyes. I won't use a flash however because they will still be sensitive to such brightness.

I might also add that I took out their Perla Bed that they had been in since birth and they now sleep just on the Vet Bedding. Since the weather is improving and they are now able to regulate their body temperatures, they don't need the high sides that the Perla Bed provided against drafts, etc. I did add a baby bumper around the pen to prevent little feet from getting caught in the wire posts. Once I see them wanting to move away from their bedding to potty, a litter box will be introduced.

How does one say 'relaxed'?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A couple of cute pics to share. (2 wks.)

I was cleaning out a couple of storage bins and glanced at the pups and took these shots.
Purple Girl had climbed right atop the stuffed doodle and was very comfortable.

Her siblings below were cutting the Zzzz's big time and it looks like Orange Boy is snoring!

Friday, April 18, 2014

It is Easter Weekend and Tillie's pups are two week's old!

I bet a lot of you will be with family this weekend so I hope I have posted these pics for you to enjoy before having to travel.  They are more adorable on a big screen like a computer.  :+)

The pups and Tillie enjoy the puppy room although I do have to monitor how much light and heat they get in the afternoon when the sun shines in.  The floor has radiant heat and we do have a fan as well as air conditioning when needed.  Right now, just closing or opening a window keeps them comfortable.

As you can see by their weights, they are doing very, very well with Orange Boy being the heavyweight and Neon Boy appears to favor the smaller size of his mom.  Both girls are right on target for about 30 pounders. I expect eyes to be opening by the end of the weekend.

Weekly car rides are planned and Early Neurological Stimulation will continue for three more days. Soon they will be available for visitations which begin at 4 weeks of age. Contact me when you would like to plan a visit.

I did not use the typical colored egg theme - I chose, instead, my 'country cottage egg basket' for a background prop. - it just suited the pups.  Those little hats were just too cute to pass up at the store. :+)

Teal Girl is 2 lbs. 1 oz. at 2 wks. 

Purple Girl is 2 lbs. 7 ozs. at 2 wks.

Hefty Orange Boy is 2 lbs. 13 ozs at 2 wks.

Trim Neon Boy is 1 lb. 14 ozs. at 2 wks.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pups were moved to the Puppy Room today.

Everyone is a bit confused even momma Tillie but in another hour they will be settled and all will be calm. Since I had to take their weights, I thought I would post this novel way of showing it to you.  :+)

Here they are in the pup room with their floppy eared buddy to snuggle with.
Tillie is not with them all the time now.  She takes lots of breaks and we have even played ball a bit in the puppy play area.  I have to say, Tillie does not like to share - she gets the ball and tries to hide it so the other dogs can't participate. When she won't bring it to me or drop it, the game ends.  She also will spend time sleeping in our bedroom at night. If she hears the pups, she runs down to check on them. Very cute.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unbelievable, Tillie's pups are a week old today.

What sweetie pies they all are! Nice weight gain on all and the Early Neurological Stimulation exercises I do on each pup in the morning is going well.

I do plan to take them for another car ride today to help imprint car movement as a positive not a negative feeling. This has been successful in minimizing car aversion. It is not 100% but it certainly has helped on many of my litters.

All are doing well and growing like crazy. Tillie takes breaks now and even allows the other girls in the room with them but is still letting them know these are 'her babies'. Tillie is VERY tolerant and I am quite pleased by her accepting demeanor.

Enjoy the Week 1 pics.  :+)

Purple Girl - 1 lb. 8 ozs.

Neon Boy - 1 lb. 4 ozs.

Orange Boy - 1 lb. 11 ozs.

Teal Girl - 1 lb. 5 ozs.
You will notice that their noses are beginning to darken quite a bit from their birth pictures. Each week they will continue to do so until black. They are such content puppies at this stage.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tillie's pups on Day 4.

Tillie continues to eat well and enjoys her brief breaks from her 24 hour job of taking care of the pups. Last night she even took a few minutes to sit on my lap and watch t.v.- a brief break is welcomed and enjoyed.

I don't know why I am always amazed when first time moms do such an exceptional job - especially since wild dogs do this all the time with no people intervention!  :+)

Obviously, Tillie's milk is rich and plentiful because each of these pups are already over a pound in weight!!

You will notice that I have switched from the white pee pads to a blue bedding.  This fluffy looking material is called Vet Bed and it is like a child's diaper - it will whisk any urine down through the fluff to prevent the pups lying on any wet surfaces.  Although Tillie is OCD about keeping her puppies spotless, this bed keeps the pups warm, provides excellent traction for those little legs and is very soft for cushioning. I love that it is machine washable.