Our puppies are one month old! They are at an absolutely adorable stage (as always, right?). They are fun to photograph because they respond to noises and look alert, but don't scamper away to play the second I put them into position. That will change. Soon. But for now, I'm enjoying capturing their inquisitive little black faces. Be sure to click on the pictures above to go to their individual pages and SCROLL down for their latest pictures. I put the newest pictures at the bottom. I also added their 4 week weight under "details." Bess is the biggest at 3lbs, 7oz, and Dolly is the smallest at 2lbs, 15oz.
It is at this stage that I feel like Jolly looks at me and says, "Well, I took care of them for a month; now it's your turn." We've moved them into a larger area, which you can see below.
Here you can see their sleeping area (where they are sleeping), their potty area (the newspaper), and their play area (everywhere else). We use this set up to begin teaching them the basics of house training through the Misty Method. Read my post from our last litter which explains the reason why we set up their living area in this way.
Of course, they don't spend all day in their whelping area. Here are a few snapshots from their past week.
As I mentioned, I feel like we begin taking over their care this week. One of the biggest ways we do this is by beginning the weaning process. We started over the weekend trying to teach them to lap milk. We use goat milk from our farm. They are raised on Jolly's milk as long as possible, but around this age, puppies need to learn to eat on their own. In the next few days, we will be begin soaking Purina puppy chow in milk until it is soft and then feeding it to the puppies. A messy, but fun new step for the puppies. Below is a picture of them learning to lap milk. Right now, we dip their noses & they just lick their lips or their litter mate's lips.
We are beginning to hear little yips and growls from the puppy box. The puppies are starting to realize they have litter mates that make great play mates. They still sleep and eat most of the time, but they are becoming more & more aware of the world around them. They are all fast approaching 3lbs.
Below are some snapshots from Valentine's day. Notice in the first picture Jolly is right in the mix making sure her babies are okay. She allows our children to handle them now, but often hovers close by.
During my photo shoot today, both my girls preferred to take a nap. I even captured a yawn from Bess. The first picture is Dolly, and the last three are Bess.
To see the best photos from today, visit the puppies individual pages here.
The puppies continue to grow & thrive. Everyone's eyes are open now, and they are beginning to try to walk around their whelping box. It is more like an army crawl at this point, but that will soon change! They are all around 2 pounds. This litter is very uniform in size, unlike our litter of 8 puppies in 2015 where some puppies were half the size of their litter mates at birth.
I update the puppies' individual pages every week with new pictures - go to our current litter page and click on their photos to see their individual pages (or simply click their pictures below).
Below, are the best of this week's photos.
Below, I thought you may enjoy some pictures of the assistance I receive during puppy photo shoots.
Just to show you how they can get around, check out Blaze exploring behind the snowman.
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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