The puppies are 4 weeks old today! They have had a busy past 2 days as their new families have been coming to meet them & decide which bundle of fur is going to be their very own. All 6 families now know who will be their puppy. We enjoyed meeting everyone, and we are so honored to be a part of adding a puppy to 6 homes!
In the past week, the puppies have continued to grow. Ranger and Jewel still lead the pack at 3lbs, while Sasha and Ebony remain the smallest at 2lbs, 6oz. Charity and Pollyanna fall in the middle at 2lbs, 10oz and 2lbs, 8oz. In addition to growing, they are becoming more aware of life around them. My boys were sure they needed toys this week, so we gave them a stuffed animal. They were curious about it, but soon went back to taking naps.
The whelping area expanded this week to allow a play area for them in addition to their bed and potty area. They have made a few mistakes outside the potty area, but the majority of the business has landed in the right place.
I took them outside for the first time this week. They stayed together in a group and sniffed around cautiously. At the same time, I allowed Cooper to "get his paws" on them for the first time. He has met them through the whelping box wall, but he's never been able to play and sniff. He was delighted with them, but disappointed they couldn't be his playmates yet.
And, of course, snack time when Mom walks by!
Speaking of feeding, I feel like at this age Jolly looks at us and says, "Hey guys, I've done my part, now it's your turn to feed this hungry bunch!" In the next week, we will begin the weaning process with the end goal for them to be on dry food by 7 weeks. They will continue to get Jolly's milk until about 6 weeks, but they will get less and less from now until then while getting more and more solid food.
Thanks for stopping by & have a Happy Memorial Day weekend!
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Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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