We are delighted to share our latest addition with you - 5 black & silver puppies! Click on their pictures for more details about each puppy.
Sheerah's new litter is doing fabulous! They entered the world weighing 8 or 9 ounces and have now all doubled their birthweight, which is a milestone we like to see by 7-10 days. Below is the litter at birth and the litter at 1 week old snuggled together - see how they've grown in just one week!
One of our goals on our blog is to give people insight into the beginning stages of a puppy's life because so few people get to watch this miracle of life unfold. So, what is a newborn puppy like? A healthy newborn puppy eats and sleeps and repeats. Their eyes and ears are closed for about 10 days. However, they have other very developed senses that aid in their survival. They naturally seek food and warmth. Notice the puppies are all snuggled together. That is not staged for the photo - healthy puppies naturally pile together (sometimes in the cutest up and over positions). For the first week, we handle them only to weigh them and change their bedding. Sheerah takes care of all their nutrition needs, as well as keeping them spotlessly clean by licking them. We give the puppies care at this stage by taking the best care of Sheerah - solid nutrition, constant access to water, appropriate exercise, and cleanliness of the whelping area.
How big are they? Their birth weights are listed on their pages. Their one-week weights are as follows: Samson - 1lb, 4oz; Charlie - 1lb, 3oz; and Silas, Lena, and Whitaker - 1lb, 1oz. But how big is a one pound, one week old mini schnauzer? Below is a picture of Charlie by a stick of butter for some comparison. Keep in mind he weighs about four to five times what the butter stick does.
Can a newborn puppy walk? Nope, but they sure can move! We call their movement a "swimming" motion because they look like swimmers propelling themselves through the water. When I set the puppies alone on a blanket for a picture, they naturally seek out their mother and siblings. Below is Silas scooting around and Lena searching for a snack.
Each day the puppies are growing, and our children are looking forward to the day their eyes open up because that means they can begin to handle them. I plan to post updates for this litter every 7-10 days; check back for updates. Thanks for stopping by!
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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