Sunday, July 5, 2009

3 weeks old

Puppy pile

Pups checking out the Tony Stewart flag

The pups have almost mastered nursing with Cleo standing

Yellow girl sleeping on her back

Blue boy hanging out in the litter box

Silly Cleo hiding in the puppy tub

The pups are growing up fast. They weighed in at 2.7 to 3.25 lbs. I am pleased that the little pups have caught up with the pack, and the weights are very uniform. I have just started noticing some reactions to sound, so their ear canals are beginning to open. And little baby teeth are starting to come in - poor Cleo. The pups are enjoying life in the puppy pen, and doing an admirable job of using the litter box. They are acting like little puppies - starting to groom themselves and each other, doing a little bit of play wrestling, interacting with toys, and trying to climb over the low panel I have in front of the pen so that the adult dogs can come and go easily. But mostly, their little lives are concerned with sleeping and eating. Together, they are eating 1/2 can of Iams dog food 3 to 4 times daily, and I just introduced soaked puppy kibble, which also went down well, although a bit messy when fed from a pan.

First pan of puppy kibble - not a pretty sight!

The pups are still learning how to lap and eat, and not just suck down everything. I have a low bowl of water in the pen which a few pups have explored by dunking in their muzzles, but mostly just get their feet wet or spill it. All part of learning.

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